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Staying safe on the pickleball court: good advice for every age

Staying safe on the pickleball court: good advice for every age

Although it’s been around over 50 years, pickleball has really taken off in the last decade. According to USA Pickleball, nearly 4.3 million Americans play regularly. Of that total, some 67 percent are 55 or older.

Picking up a racket sport in middle age is not without risk. If you play or are planning to start, it’s important to do it safely.

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Does insurance cover chiropractic care? It depends.

Does insurance cover chiropractic care? It depends.

Back in the 1980s, insurance coverage for chiropractic care was straightforward. “You either had health insurance or you didn’t. And if you had it, it typically covered chiropractic quite well, some allowing as many as 60 visits per year,” says Barbara Kemenosh, business manager for Mark Kemenosh and Associates Chiropractic in southern New Jersey. “Today, the landscape is radically different. The marketplace is splintered, with many different plans. Each plan has its own rules and it’s virtually impossible to stay ahead of all the nuances of coverage,” she says.

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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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Dr. Mark’s 2020 Stay Fit & Feel Great Holiday Gift Guide

Dr. Mark’s 2020 Stay Fit & Feel Great Holiday Gift Guide

Someone on your gift list with a passion for fitness? Or someone who wants to do what’s best for their health and body? (That’s everybody on your list, right?) We’ve got you covered. So skip the fruitcake and dive into our Holiday Gift Guide, stocking-stuffed with creative ideas for keeping your loved ones in top-top-shape. 

We’re not getting paid for these—we’re just passing on ideas for the gear and professionals we really like. Happy holidays!

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head to head trauma

Second impact syndrome: winning the game isn’t worth losing your head.

Getting a concussion is bad. But getting more than one can be significantly worse. Doctors use the term second impact syndrome to describe the aftereffects of multiple concussions in a short period of time. It can be deadly. 
Concussion happens when the brain moves beyond its normal limits. With a blow or jolt to the head or body, the head and brain move back and forth rapidly. These sudden movements can make the brain bounce or twist inside the skull.  It’s also known as mild traumatic brain injury. The new name came from recent efforts to make it sound as serious as it actually is.

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ELDOA

ELDOA: a unique stretching regimen that targets fascia

ELDOA is a myofascial stretch—designed to stretch and relax fascia, the tissue that surrounds and contains the muscles.

“I refer to ELDOA as the best thing you’ve never heard of,” says Dr. Mark Kemenosh, founder of Kemenosh and Associates Chiropractic. “It was invented by a brilliant doctor in France. It has quite a following throughout the world, but isn’t well known in south Jersey,” he says.

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