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Why Do I Wake Up Stiff and Sore?

February 16, 2016  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments  | 

    I often wonder if something mysterious happens at night.  Every day I ask people if something happened that caused their back pain and they tell me that they “just woke up with it”. Sometimes the stiffness and soreness in the morning becomes a daily occurrence and you begin to dread going to sleep knowing what you will feel like in the morning.   Other than some unknown person coming into your bedroom and roughing you up without your knowledge, what are the… Read more »


February 26, 2015  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments  | 

  Proper sleep is critical to your health.  Proper sleep position is important to your back and neck.  One third of your life is spent in bed.  This can cause some significant neck and back issues if not done correctly.  So what are the best ways to sleep?   Best:   The Sleeping Beauty Position This is sleeping on your side, back slightly curled with knees bent and arms folded.  This posture compliments the natural curves of your spine.  Try putting a pillow between your… Read more »
      If it’s true that 75% of people that have an episode of back pain can’t recall an incident or accident that brought it on, then where does back pain come from?   A great deal of back pain comes from what we call in the business “body mechanics”.  Body mechanics is how your muscles, joints and discs work together to produce smooth, pain free movement.   If your body mechanics are faulty, over time this can produce pain and dysfunction.   Let’s… Read more »
    Curcumin – the yellow pigment of turmeric (Curcuma longa), the spice that is the chief ingredient in curry, has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity in many experimental studies, but its clinical effects have been limited because of poor absorption in humans. Theracurmin, a special, highly bioavailable form of curcumin, represents a major breakthrough in the clinical use of this natural product.   Now, a new study with Theracurmin conducted by researchers from the Orthopedics Division at Kyoto Medical Center in Japan, is the… Read more »
      A brand new study showed that people with leg pain related to back problems had more short and long-term relief if they received chiropractic care along with exercise and advice, rather than just exercise and advice alone.   The research was done at our very own University of Minnesota and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine,  September 15, 2014. Patients were recruited through newspaper advertisements, direct mail, and community posters.   Nine months after the treatment ended, patients who received chiropractic… Read more »

Sit Better, Live Healthier

August 4, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments  | 

    Sit with your ears in line with your shoulders. If you’re leaning too far forward your posture is off-kilter.     Uncross your legs.  The correct way to sit in a chair requires you to place your feet flat on the ground. That means no crossing your legs or sticking them out in front of you. If making your feet completely flat is uncomfortable, prop your feet on something. A small laptop stand or some old, thick books could work as makeshift… Read more »

What Makes You Happy?

January 28, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments  | 

An interesting study by Lane Kenworthy ( ) shows puzzling results for happiness in the United States.  First, despite a variety of favorable developments, Americans haven’t, on average, gotten happier over the past four decades. Second, despite our comparative affluence, Americans are only in the middle of the happiness pack among the world’s rich nations.   WHAT CAUSES HAPPINESS? For any given person, genetics and unique individual circumstances play an important role. But scientists have identified a number of external factors that also… Read more »

Does Cold Weather Cause Joint Pain?

December 16, 2013  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments  | 

4 Ways to Relieve Achy Joints   “Every mile is two in winter” said poet George Herbert. A poll of what people thought caused their joint pain found that 42 percent blamed cold weather — by far the leading cause. But can the elements really make your joints ache?   The scientific evidence is conflicting. Some studies find a strong relationship between short, cold, damp days and arthritis flare-ups. Research from Tufts University suggests changes in barometric pressure worsen knee pain in people… Read more »

Improving Your Immunity Naturally

December 9, 2013  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments  | 

Here’s information on how to take preventative steps to protect yourself from colds, flu and other infections.   1.  Probably the single best measure you can take is to wash your hands often and keep them away form your eyes and nose.   Take the time to wash under your fingernails as this is where some bacteria and viruses are harbored. 2.  Try to avoid contact with people who have a respiratory illness. 3.  Get enough sleep, relaxation and rest.  Running yourself down will lead to… Read more »

Thanksgiving, Gratitude and Health

November 25, 2013  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments  | 

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?   Interestingly, research is finding a positive relationship between gratitude and a person’s cardiovascular and immune system functions.   University of California Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons’ research indicates that, “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, (and) regular physical examinations.” His research also revealed that grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that boosts the immune system. “A growing body… Read more »