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Before or after? When is stretching best?

Before or after? When is stretching best?

It’s amazing how often we do things because “that’s how it’s always been done.” The COVID pandemic has at least one silver lining; it has forced us to revisit old habits.

We’re reexamining everything, it seems, including how we exercise—with gyms closed and all the other disruptions. That brings an opportunity. We are rethinking whether it is better to stretch before or after exercise.

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For pain: heat, ice or neither?

For pain: heat, ice or neither?

It’s one of our most frequently asked questions. For muscle and joint pain, what’s best—heat or ice? As in much of medicine, the answer—it depends.

First, it’s important to make the distinction between treating the problem and the symptoms. For the most part, heat and ice work on symptoms. It’s been studied and some research suggests a therapeutic benefit, but those results are very limited and not well established.

Neither will do much to mitigate the cause of the pain. But for a pulled muscle, back spasms, twisted ankle or soreness after intense activity—ice or heat can help you feel better. And there’s a third option: nothing. Sometimes it’s best to just leave it alone.

Let’s break it down.

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For chronic pain: meditation can help, long-term—with no risk or side effects

For chronic pain: meditation can help, long-term—with no risk or side effects

Following decades of over-prescription of opioid pain medications—opioid addiction has reached epidemic levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, over 190 million opioid prescriptions are written in the U.S., each year. That has led to over 11 million reporting abusing the drugs—and at least 15,000 overdose deaths, from prescription opioids, alone.

Opioids, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, have their place in pain management. But the medical community has new awareness of the dangers, especially considering revelations of questionable marketing tactics by some manufacturers. 

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Crunching the numbers: how many are In pain from working at home?

Crunching the numbers: how many are In pain from working at home?

We’ve known for a while that the coronavirus pandemic is making millions of office workers uncomfortable. Few had proper home offices set up when their office buildings closed. Working in a makeshift environment – the kitchen table, sofa or even from bed – is putting all kinds of strain on the body.  

Thanks to a recent insurance study, we have a better idea of how widespread the problem is. Although the study was completed in England, it’s reasonable to expect comparable numbers in the U.S., since our economies are similarly white-collar dominant. And it isn’t limited to working adults; home-schooling kids are also at risk.

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Working From Home - Back Pain

Working from home can be a real pain. A plan to prevent pain and stiffness.

Technology is a godsend for those of us lucky enough to have kept our jobs during the pandemic. But working from home can leave joints and muscles aching by day’s end.

Since the COVID-19 crisis unfolded quickly, few had the opportunity to prepare for working from home, long-term. Many are making do with what’s on hand – working at the kitchen table, from a laptop or even the coffee table.

Since most of us do not have a fully equipped home office, problems crop up in the neck, back, shoulders, hips and other spots. Fortunately, relief comes down to common sense, making small adjustments to prevent trouble and taking action to keep your joints and muscle limber and healthy during the quarantine.

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coronavirus

What’s a coronavirus, anyway? Our most frequently asked questions – and answers.

The global COVID-19 outbreak is dominating headlines and causing serious disruptions in daily life. Not surprisingly, like most healthcare providers, we are getting a lot of questions about the virus – and about viruses in general. Since the topic is on most everyone’s mind, here are some answers, based on current science and accepted guidelines.

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Can Vitamin D protect against respiratory illness?

Can Vitamin D protect against respiratory illness?

Vitamin D is a hot topic in microbiology. For good reason. We know it’s important to bone health. But we now know that vitamin D is active in many cells outside the skeleton – and can also influence genetics that affect cancer, infection and autoimmune disease.

A deficiency can make many problems worse, including cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, depression and diabetes. One recent study adds another to the list; respiratory infection. That is particularly noteworthy during a global pandemic caused by a respiratory virus.

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Coffee: How many cups are too much to drink a day?

PLEASE NOTE THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON SCIENCE DAILY AND NOTED BELOW! As a bunch of coffee and tea drinkers, we found this exceptionally interesting and worthy of being shared on our blog at this office! – Craig Evans, DC, ART Date: May 10, 2019 Source: University of South Australia Summary: A morning coffee […]

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The New York Times – Bring On the Exercise, Hold the Painkillers

Over the weekend a fantastic article that speaks to a team of chiropractors like we have at the office appeared on my social feeds! On The New York Times Running Newsletter the following article was published about exercise and why some forms of NSAID’s and Painkillers and endurance athletes like runners, swimmers, and cyclists should […]

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