It’s Short But Is It Sweet?

January 20, 2016  |  Health Tips  |  No Comments  | 

  Many of you may have made New Year’s resolutions that included exercise.  Hopefully you are still striving toward your goals.  I wanted to explore with you a popular form of exercise that is short in duration but high in intensity.  This is called HIIT – High intensity interval training.  It is often touted that you can get a full workout in 20 minutes or less.  A HIIT workout usually combines intervals of intense (all out or near all out) exercise for 10 to… Read more »
  The idea that “natural” is better is heavily promoted in the health, fitness and beauty industry.  Being natural may have an immediate appeal to many of us while something synthetic, artificial or man-made is unappealing.  Besides, isn’t it common sense that natural must be better for us?  We all want the food, supplements and products we use to be safe, healthy and wholesome. Isn’t natural always better? I wish I could simply give you an enthusiastic YES.   It would be wonderful if… Read more »
  People that have chronic neck and shoulder pain have the following three things in common.   Lower muscle mass in the upper body. This is an indication of poor physical condition.  Weakness and a decreased ability to withstand postural forces likely leads to increased pain. Less body water was noted. Dehydration of tissues can lead to higher level of pain. Increased fat deposits and fatty tissue. Increased weight and poor physical condition can be a factor leading to chronic neck and shoulder… Read more »

Do the Most Important Things First

November 23, 2015  |  Health Tips  |  No Comments  |  Tags:

    This past week I had an extensive conversation with someone regarding the best type of salt to use – iodized table, kosher, sea, Himalayan or Celtic.  She was very convinced that one particular type of salt was the best, had great health benefits and that you would be foolish to use anything else.  Although the conversation was interesting and you should consider your health in any choice you make, the whole encounter left me feeling a little frustrated.  I think the… Read more »

The Most Common Problem I Treat

October 22, 2015  |  Back Pain  |  No Comments  |  Tags:

    Because the low back bears much of the upper body’s weight and is a key stress point in body movements, the most common problem I see is called mechanical low back pain.  This is simply a problem with the function, position and movement of the spinal joints and with the supporting muscles that move these joints. If the spinal joints, muscles and discs are not working smoothly together you can develop pain and dysfunction in the lower back.     The problem may… Read more »

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

September 8, 2015  |  Acupuncture  |  No Comments  |  Tags:

I’ve been using acupuncture for chronic pain in my clinic for the past 15+ years with good results.  Recent research from an international team of experts confirmed that acupuncture does provide real relief from common forms of pain. The team pooled the results of 29 studies involving nearly 18,000 participants. Some had acupuncture, some had “sham” acupuncture, and some didn’t have acupuncture at all. Overall, acupuncture relieved pain by about 50%. The results were published in Archives of Internal Medicine.   This is one… Read more »