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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Do You Have The Right Pillow?



I see many who base their pillow size on the size of their bed. This may work for decorative or throw pillows, but not for sleeping... For instance you can have a really petite/ small woman with a big pillow for her king size bed. That doesn't work because it just pushes her head up. And that's not what we want.

Really pillow size is based on height, but everyone's a little different...

What I mean by this is #1 - some people just prefer a certain size pillow. I have some people who fit the height mold for the small traction pillow but love a bigger pillow.

I also have a couple guys who are shorter than 6'1" but they have a football players neck. They like the large version of the traction pillow. Or let's say you're tall but have a shorter neck, maybe the medium is the way to go! The Back Dr’s specializes in pain relief for the neck and the lower back. We will help you have better posture, get better sleep and help you be more comfortable. Helping you find natural remedies for your active lifestyle.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Bode Miller's Back...

This stuff was in Bode Miller's Bake! Before we all freak out, it sounds like the medical staff dyed it blue for some reason.
Apparently disc material has come out, that's what this stuff is... Now, hopefully the body can put it into waste and get rid of it. But really who knows. This can be pressing up on a nerve and cause some major pain.


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Make Sure You Do Your Strength Training...



I always knew that it was important to do a certain amount of resistance training. It actually helps bone growth when you have add weight to the mix. In other words just doing air punches or arm circles doesn't cut it because you have no weight against you. Now a new study from Georgia Tech shows us that temporarily stressing muscles helps improve memory.

Yes, according to Good Housekeeping Magazine (GH Jan 2015), the research showed that lifting for just 20 minutes may improve your memory by 10%. You don't necessarily have to pump iron but using bands or machines works too. Who knew; a little weight lifting can be good for you back and body, but your mind also.



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Monday, March 9, 2015

KEEP YOUR BACK SAFE WHEN SHOVELING...

Did you know that about 11,000 people injure their back's shoveling? Yeah, pretty crazy right? That being said, here's some shoveling tips. Before even shoveling make sure you are dressed adequately. The weather channel link will even give you some tips on that.

Here's what to keep in mind when shoveling.

  1.  If you experience pain; stop shoveling. Have someone else do your driveway. And it's totally worth it to have someone plow your driveway. 
  2.  Bend with your knees. Flex the knees and bend as much as you can with them versus bending solely at the back.
  3.   Pick up and dump snow with the shovel as straight on as possible.  In other words, don't bend and twist, that's the worst position for the back.  
Other things to keep in mind in the winter is you aren't getting much vitamin D.You also are in the house alot so you don't get as much fresh air. You also need to keep warm enough. This is especially important when preventing a cold. Don't forget that most heat leaves your body through you head, so wear a hat...Keep those thing in mind too.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Do You Have "Computer Body"?

What's "Computer Body" you might ask? This is that forward head, slumped shoulders, hunched back, type posture. We are all guilty, "just 1 more thing to do..."; of course that "one more thing" may be another 20 minutes. Maybe you gotta pee. Holding it too long probably isn't a great idea either, but let's get back to the subject.

We've talked about that forward head posture and how detrimental it is. Once in a while is one thing, but most people have this computer body every day. And it's not just at work. When we come home we often get on our own computer, tablet or phone.

Think about it when the head goes forward the shoulders roll forward and the upper-back hunches... It can happen in any order. So these terms like :computer body", or "tech neck" sound funny, but exist for a reason. Especially at this day and age where we are on computers and phones all the time!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Article in the NY Times!

A pillow we recommend has gotten the attention of the NY Times...

You guessed it...The Cervical Traction Neck Pillow. My interviewer noted she has often struggled with getting the right pillow. She gave this pillow a try and had good things to say.

Read her article here:

NY Times H&G

Click on the picture link or go here:

pillow slideshow



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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    The Eight Hour Sleep Myth...


    In the past we really didn't sleep 8 hours at a time, it was broken up into two 4 hour chunks. Anyway that was the subject of a BBC news magazine article I read... Here's the link: "BBC News Magazine" What I have learned is that people will typically sleep around 6-9 hours a night. If you wake up rested and usually feel good you are probably doing alright. I will recommend a neck pillow however because you may sleep ok for 8 hours, but is it the best sleep you can get?


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    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    How To Use A Lumber Belt

    Here's an example of my low back belt...I I couldn't explain it better than I could show it...

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    Monday, January 5, 2015

    Your Doctor Isn't GOD!


    Some docs think they're like God; watch out for those guys.  I know many people that are almost afraid to go to their medical doctor for fear they get prescribed something dangerous or that doesn't work, maybe both, they get sent for unnecessary tests, or go under the knife with little chance of improvement, in fact, big chance of being worse.


    Some things may seem obvious to you but if there was no professional study on it, your doc may not take your word for it... So if your doctor alway has to be right or doesn't really listen to you, pleas see another one.

    Captain Obvious video: (this one might be for hotels.com)



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