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The New FlexiSpot Smart Workstation: Relieve Pain While Boosting Productivity

Learn about the features and perks of the FlexiSpot EM6S Smart Workstation that create the ideal mix of productivity, style and spine health.

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Arthritis and Humid Weather: Why Do Your Joints Pain?

You swear your joints pain can predict the weather. Is there a link between arthritis and humid weather? Here's about how weathers can affect your joints pain.

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4 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain Between Shoulder Blades

The shoulders have to shoulder a lot of daily bodily movements. Shoulder pain might be something obvious like an injury or something like an underlying disease.

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The Link Between Bad Posture and Back Pain

Back pain is a common problem and bad posture is often the cause. Most of the time pain related to posture is brought on by repetitive activities, strain, and tension. Improving our alignment helps the body work more easily and is an effective back pain treatment approach.

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Arthritis and Humid Weather: Why Do Your Joints Ache?

You swear your joints can predict the weather. Is there a link between arthritis and humid weather? Here's why your joints are weather-sensitive.

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4 Common Causes of Pain Between Shoulder Blades

Pardon the pun, but your shoulders tend to "shoulder" a lot of responsibilities. They help you lift, lower, turn, twist and move your upper torso in all directions — and it's in large part thanks to the muscles between the shoulders and the shoulder blades.

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3 Signs of Cervical Radiculopathy

What causes pins and needles in your shoulder, arm, or hand? The problem might be cervical radiculopathy, a pinched nerve in your neck.

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A Guide for Employees Living With Chronic Pain

Many Americans live with health issues, including managing chronic pain at work. Living with chronic pain is a challenge, but it can be overcome. 

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Why You Get Upper Back Pain After Running

Running is great for your cardiovascular fitness. However, if you run improperly, you may experience upper back pain after running. 

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5 Exercises to Help Strengthen Your Back

Back strengthening exercises can help reduce or eliminate back pain. 

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3 Habits That Can Lead to Anterior Head Syndrome

Anterior head syndrome can be a pain in the neck. Here's why three common habits may be to blame, and how to nip them in the bud, fast. 

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Can My Doctor Prescribe a Standing Desk?

One common question from health-conscious workers is, "Do I need a doctor's note for standing desk requests to my employer?" No, but it can help your case. 

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Why You Should Learn How to Sleep On Your Back

How to learn to sleep on your back can be as easy as a commitment and a few good pillows. 

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What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Wondering what is spinal stenosis? Learning more about this degenerative problems helps you lower your risk for developing it. 

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Driving With Sciatica Tips

One of the exacerbating factors of sciatic pain is sitting for long periods of time, especially while driving. Here are a few driving with sciatica tips.

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Pain When Walking: What You Shouldn't Ignore

What should you do if you experience pain when walking? 

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Can You Use Medical Marijuana for Back Pain?

Considering medical marijuana for back pain? Here's what you should know. 

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How Much Does It Cost to See a Chiropractor?

The average cost of chiropractic visit depends on the chiropractor's education level, experience and access to specialized medical equipment. 

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How a Standing Desk Can Help with Your Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common reasons people experience heel pain, and it leads to over one million doctor’s visits each year in the U.S. Unfortunately, the condition is not that well understood and so most treatment routes end up falling short. Luckily, a new, simple, non-invasive strategy may be a promising option for ridding patients of their pain. This approach requires no medication, no surgery, and no costly equipment or therapy. Instead, it simply requires that people use a standing desk.

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Identifying a Pinched Femoral Nerve

Characterized by numbness and nerve pain in the groin, a pinched femoral nerve may also bear similarities to other nerve conditions. 

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Why Is My Shoulder Popping?

If you're wondering "Why is my shoulder popping?" then wonder no more. Check out a list of all the possibilities and what to do next. 

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Typing Ergonomics Tips: Improper Techniques Could Be Hurting You

Practicing good typing ergonomics helps your health and productivity. Here's how to maintain an ergonomic typing position all day. 

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How Many Thoracic Vertebrae Are There?

Learning about these groups of vertebrae will help you protect them and keep them healthy. So, let's start with, "How many thoracic vertebrae are there?" 

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How to Sit Comfortably With Sciatica

The best sitting position for sciatica is standing. 

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6 Bra Shopping Tips to Help Relieve Back Pain

Got back pain from bra line areas? The right bra type and fit can make a world of difference. Here's how to find it. 

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Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal decompression is a treatment that has its critics and its champions. So, we ask the question, "does spinal decompression work?" 

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5 Easy Hand Stretches to Relieve Carpal Tunnel Symptoms NOW

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common nerve problem in today's society due to extended computer use. Try these simple and effective hand stretches. 

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The Best Sitting Position for Lower Back Pain

FInding the best sitting position for lower back pain can make your days at the office enjoyable. It doesn't require fanc equipment either. 

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Getting Just the Right Massage Technique for Lower Back Pain

Many people turn to deep tissue massage for lower back pain when other interventions don't work. Learn more about what to focus on here. 

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Fixing Your Anterior Pelvic Tilt

Fixing anterior pelvic tilt takes time, but you can use exercises and stretches to help put your pelvis back into proper alignment. 

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Shake If Off: The Health Benefits of Vibration Therapy

The benefits of vibration massage can include relief from back pain. 

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How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work? What to Know Before You Go

Wondering how does deep tissue massage work? Like its name suggests, this technique reaches the deeper layers of tissue, but it's not right for everyone. 

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4 Back-Friendly Reasons the ACA Endorses the FlexiSpot ClassicRiser Series

The ACA granted FlexiSpot its full endorsement for all four sit-stand desk models in the ClassicRiser series. 

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Three Movements, Three Workarounds: How to Protect Your Spine While Lifting Weights

It's important to know how to protect your back when lifting weights both to prevent injury and to maximize desired results. 

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You Won't Believe What Sitting All Day Actually Does to Your Butt

What can you do if you experience pain in your buttocks when sitting for long periods? 

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Working With MS: Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Issues and the Office

Working with MS isn't impossible. Knowing your rights and planning for what you need help you stay in the workforce long-term. 

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Are Your Genes to Blame for Your Back Problems?

Certain genetic changes may boost your likelihood of developing a congenital spinal deformity or other painful spinal problems. 

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Talking Back: How to Describe Back Pain to Your Doctor

To get the right treatment, you'll need to know who to see for back pain and how to describe it at the appointment. These tips can help. 

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What Is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?

There's no need to wonder, "What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?" any longer. Use this guide to learn if OMT can help you. 

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Understanding Your Feet: A Beginner's Guide to Pronation and Supination

If your back hurts, there's a chance it's the natural movement of your feet as you walk. Understanding what is supination and over pronation can help. 

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Flying With Back Pain: Protecting Your Spine While Traveling

If you're flying with back pain, here are some tips on how to make your travel more comfortable. 

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Coming Back to Work After a Wrist Injury

What should office workers know about working with wrist pain? 

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Here Comes the Sun: Vitamin D Deficiency and Your Spine Health

Vitamin D deficiency may add to back pain, but you can boost your levels with some foods, supplements and time in the sun. 

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Do Posture Braces Work? The Pros, Cons and Three Alternatives to Consider

Do posture braces work? The scientific evidence seems to be up in the air, but these pros, cons and alternatives might help you decide what's best for you. 

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Prevent Future Neck Problems With Good Pillow Practices

A good night's sleep is a key factor in preventative health. But your pillow may be doing more harm than good. 

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Back Pain: Should You Try Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Care?

Back Pain: Should You Try Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Care? 

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What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Most people have back pain sometimes. But what if your back pain is caused by something from within the spine itself? What is Degenerative Disc Disease? 

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The Benefits of Back Massages Extend Beyond Relaxation

Massages for back pain are among the preventive health care activities that can really make a difference in your daily life. 

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How an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Can Help Your Back Pain

If you're looking for foods to alleviate back pain, try an anti-inflammatory diet. You'll have to eliminate a lot of foods, so here's how to start. 

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Up, Down, Up, Down: The Benefits of Adjustable Beds

Are you curious about the benefits of adjustable beds? Here's a brief guide to help you understand your options. 

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Choosing the Best Bag for Back Health

Better back health support starts with choosing (and wearing) a back-friendly bag. Learn more about picking the best bag for you. 

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Road Trip: Long Distance Driving and Your Spine

Snacks. Gas. Music. Map or GPS. You have a lot to plan for when you are headed out on a road trip, but driving and back pain may not be one that makes the 

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Step by Step: Walking Apps and Your Back

Can walking help back pain? Walking apps can help you get your daily steps, which can keep you in shape and alleviate ailments like back pain. 

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Mental Tricks To Lessen Back Pain and Reduce Stress at Work

Try these mental tricks to reduce stress at work and alleviate back pain. 

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Finding Your "Sole" Mate: The Best Shoes for Your Back Health

From flats to high heels, how choosing the best shoes for back can offer back pain relief.
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What to Expect From a Chiropractic Manipulation

Back ache? Neck ache? Headache? You may want to learn more about what is a chiropractic manipulation, and what it can do for your spine health. 

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7 Ways to Avoid Back Pain as a New Parent

The next time you're feeling the aches and pains of parenthood, consider these tips to ease the load of back pain for new parents. 

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Managing Scoliosis in the Workplace

Managing scoliosis in the workplace can be daunting, but the right tools and your doctor's advice help you eliminate pain and stay productive. 

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6 Tips For Treating Your Spine Right

Your spine is literally the backbone of everything you do, so good spine health is critical to your quality of life. 

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Dealing With Arthritis in the Winter

As the months get colder, individuals who suffer from arthritis in the winter begin to feel their joints tense up. Here are 5 suggestions for relief. 

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Preventing and Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common ailment that leads to missed work days and productivity. Follow these preventative tips to avoid this painful condition. 

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Could a Neck Traction Device Decrease My Neck Pain?

A neck traction device is a great tool for treating general neck pain symptoms. There are a variety of medical office and home options you can try. 

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Busting Broken Neck Myths: What Do Spinal Cord Injuries Really Mean?

There are several broken neck myths, which seem to stem from the fact that the term isn't very clear. What does it mean to "break your neck"? 

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Can You Feel Better When Cold, Wet Weather Aches Your Joints?

For many people, joint health in cold weather is a real concern. Try these remedies to east the aches and pains during the winter months. 

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How Long Commutes Can Affect Spine Health

Whether by train, car or subway, the effect of long commutes can take a health toll. Here's how to alleviate back pain, among other commuter ailments. 

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What Pillow Is Best for Neck and Back Pain?

How to find the best pillow for back pain and neck pain management, and the best sleep position to go with them. 

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Joint Replacement Surgery: Recovering From Hip Replacement Surgery

Any kind of joint replacement surgery is a major operation. But recovering from hip replacement surgery in the workplace doesn't have to be strenuous. 

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Wrist Injury Prevention: 5 Tricks To Make Sure You're Protecting Your Wrist

Wrist injury prevention is vital, whether you're gaming, typing, texting or on the phone. Here are some tricks to keep your wrists pain-free. 

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Manage Osteoarthritis in the Workplace

When you hear someone talk about "arthritis pain" it's likely they are talking about osteoarthritis. Learn how to manage osteoarthritis in the workplace. 

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How To Prevent Health Problems With Back Ergonomics in the Workplace

Learn how to prevent health problems with back ergonomics in the workplace. 

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How To Manage Spinal Fusion Recovery in the Workplace

Spinal fusion surgery is one of the most common health issues in the workplace. Learn more about recovery while working here. 

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Five Simple Ways to Manage Your Sciatica at Home Without Drugs

Understanding the anatomy of the sciatic nerve and what symptoms to expect can help you manage your sciatica pain with these 5 simple steps. 

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On-the-Go Preventative Exercises for Bone and Muscle Health

What preventative health strategies can you use to protect yourself from injury? 

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How to Effectively Take Breaks to Protect Your Spine

How to prevent health problems and promote spine health: Press pause at work and learn how to take breaks. 

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The Benefits and Risks of Going to the Chiropractor

Millions of people visit a chiropractor each year. Should the risks of chiropractic adjustment keep you away from seeing a chiropractor for back pain? 

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The Dos and Don'ts of Back Surgery Recovery

These simple tips for back surgery recovery help you handle back pain at work and recover as safely as possible. 

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Biking and Your Back: Cycling Tips and Tricks

Biking is a beneficial, low-impact way to get daily exercise, but biking with back pain is not fun. Here are simple tips to avoid biking with back pain. 

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Choosing a Mattress That's Best for Your Back Pain

Choosing a mattress is a tricky business. There's a lot at stake, we spend hours a day in our beds, and a good night's sleep is crucial for our health. 

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How To Manage Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction at Work

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is uncomfortable, but boosting your health in the workplace is simple with your doctor's help. 

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How to Deal with Back Pain During Pregnancy

Having back pain during pregnancy is unfortunately a common complaint. Understanding the underlying causes and treatment options can optimize your comfort. 

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How To Tell the Difference Between Muscle Pain and Nerve Pain

Knowing whether you are experiencing muscle pain or nerve pain can be the first step in finding relief. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Back Pain Prevention

Back pain is a very common problem. It has been well established that it's a leading cause of job related disability in the U.S. This ambiguous topic involves many theories surrounding the best treatment. Quite frankly, it can leave your head spinning! Whether you have experienced back pain before and want to prevent it from happening ever again, or just want to avoid it all together, here is a full comprehensive list of what you can start doing now to prevent back pain while also improving your overall quality of life (bonus!).

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Is Your Child's Backpack Too Heavy? Proper Spine Care for the Younger Generation

Back pain isn't something only older adults need to worry about. Children can suffer from it too. The biggest contributor? A child's backpack weight. 

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Numbness in Hands – Causes and Solutions

Ever get numbness or tingling in your hands or fingers? You’re not alone—it’s a common issue that can range from momentary and minor to recurring and severe. It can stem from a variety of underlying issues and can indicate bigger problems developing. So how can you figure out what’s causing your hand numbness, and what can you do about it?

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The Symptoms of and Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries

What treatments are available to people with spinal cord injury symptoms?

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Improve Spine Health with Spinal Care Bedding and Restful Sleep

What is spinal care bedding? Find out how to develop sleep habits that help you sleep painfree and promote strong spine health.

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How To Breathe Better For Pain and Stress Relief

What if there were a simple, free way to reduce your levels of stress, anxiety, and physical pain while improving your health, your productivity, and even your relationships? Well, if you’re breathing right now (and if not, please start), you have just such an amazing tool at your disposal. But to get the benefits, you need to know how to use it...

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Are your pain beliefs affecting your ability to heal from an injury?

Pain beliefs affect our ability to recover from an injury. Adequate pain management is key to a good quality of life. 

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How To Relieve Jaw Tension And Neck Pain

Most people know there's a connection between jaw tension and stress, but you might be surprised about some ways jaw tightness can affect your health... 

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What Actually Causes Disc Related Back Pain?

Addressing the ambiguities surrounding back health when you have a bulging disc. Learn what is causing the back pain and what to do aobut it. 

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Battling Hypocalcemia to Improve Spine Health

Hypocalcemia, or calcium deficency, can lead to serious spine damage. Improve spine health by working with your doctor to battle low calcium levels. 

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How (and Why) To Protect Your Cervical Spine Nerves

What is the cervical spine? And how can you protect your cervical spine nerves? Learn how this region of the spine plays a key role in body function. 

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How (and Why) To Protect Your Thoracic Vertebrae

The thoracic vertebrae function as important players in maintaining a healthy spine. Learn how to best protect yourself from a thoracic spine injury. 

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How Proper Nutrition Can Help You Avoid Calcium Deficiency

Fending off a calcium deficiency is important for maintaining good bone strength and physical health. Learn what nutritional changes with help. 

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Neck Pain From Mobile Devices? Encourage Ergonomics in the Workplace

Neck pain from mobile devices is more common than you might think, and it can cause issues over time. Here are some causes and treatments for tech neck. 

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Good Posture Begins With Fixing Forward Head Posture

Forward head posture is becoming more common, but it's possible to achieve good posture with certain exercises and stretches. 

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Recovering Safely From an Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Incomplete spinal cord injury recovery time is different for everyone. Learn about the treatments you may encounter and workplace adaptations available. 

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7 Simple Exercises You Can Do at Work for Back Health

Today, it’s common knowledge that exercise is crucial to a healthy balanced life.  Choosing exercise that promotes muscle balance (strength, flexibility and coordination) can prevent a whole slew of joint issues. 

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7 Amazing Things You Did not Know Your Spine Could Do

What is the spinal cord and how does it work? From its tiny size to its huge responsibilities, these seven fast facts might just blow your mind. 

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How to Use the Alexander Technique for Back Pain Relief

The Alexander Technique is one of the best approaches for relieving back pain you’ve never heard of. For over 100 years, performers, athletes, and others have used it to alleviate tension, overcome injuries, and operate at their best.

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Yoga for Back Pain: 5 Easy Poses To Get Relief Now

Want to know how to relieve back pain fast? Yoga may be just the thing for you! Read this post to learn five easy, effective poses for back pain relief and spine health.

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How to Prevent and Alleviate Lower Back Pain While Driving

Everyone has a different reaction to the prospect of a long drive in the car. Little kids might whine and complain—or beg to watch a movie during the journey. Some people love road trips and would happily sign up for a 10-hour drive. But to others, a long drive sounds like a sentence to sit in excruciating pain while trapped in a moving vehicle. If you can relate, keep reading to find tips for how to prevent and alleviate back pain while driving.

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Seeking Medical Care for Neck Pain

Understanding what neck pain symptoms warrant a visit to a healthcare practitioner is essential as neck pain can be an indicator that there is an underlying, more serious problem that needs to be addressed.

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Spine 101: Anatomy and How It Affects Your Health

There is a reason for the saying “he has no backbone.” Without our spines, we would be very limited as human beings with no core strength or coordination to help us eloquently use our limbs to read, write, dance, run and enjoy life. Knowing some of the spine’s complex anatomy can help us appreciate the importance of back health and why it is one of the keys to a healthy and happy life.

The Basics

Each joint in the body has a unique combination of stability and mobility to optimize human performance and health.  This combination varies slightly in the spine with each level (7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar and 5 fused sacral vertebrate) of the spine, depending on whether its function is more related to movement or support.  In general the neck is designed for movement, the mid-back for protection of the organs with the help of the ribs and the low back for bearing weight while providing strength for movement. 

The Bones and Ligaments

Each vertebrae in the spine has the same general shape.  There is the main “body” that gives each bone its strength in front of a large opening for the spinal cord.  There are then three “processes” that stick out from each side and the back.  These are connection sites for many of the major ligaments and muscles in the body.  The dense network of ligaments and muscles around the spine add to the intricate layers of support and strength that help with overall back health. The only exceptions to this general shape are the top two cervical vertebrae that are made specifically to be able to rotate our heads, making them resemble more of a ring that rotates around a bottom post.

The Joints

There are several different major points of articulation in the spine.  Between each vertebrae is an intervertebral disc that provides cushion and shock absorption for the spine while allowing some movement.  The vertebrae then stack and “l

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Back Benefits from a Standing Desk - and 5 Tips for Making the Switch

A very common ailment of office workers is back pain. Sitting at a desk all day at work puts unnecessary pressure on your spine and can lead to discomfort and injury. But trading in your traditional workstation for an adjustable standing desk can reduce that pressure and help to increase the health of your spine. Read on to find out why your back can’t stand all that sitting.

Sit or Stand – How Does Position Impact Your Spine?

Sitting for extended periods has been shown to shorten and harden abdominal and hamstring muscles. At first glance this change might not seem related to the spine, but the imbalance that it causes impinges on the rest of the body’s core, reducing spine alignment and muscle symmetry. Standing helps strengthen muscles in the core and legs – essential to general strength and to preventing spinal injury.

Slouching is also much more common while sitting, and dipping your head toward the computer screen can cause neck and back pain and eventually impact your spine’s curvature. Performing repetitive tasks, particularly while seated, puts stress on muscles and joints and increases the risk of back and neck injury such as spine misalignment, pinched nerves and degenerative discs.

One advantage of an adjustable desk – whether used for sitting or standing – is the ability to customize its height and provide an ergonomic advantage for your body, promoting good pos

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Swimming is the Secret to Lifetime Spine Health

You might have heard swimming described as a “lifetime fitness activity,” but do you know what that means? Swimming earned its reputation as being a lifelong sport because it is a whole-body aerobic workout that can be performed by people of all ages.

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What You Don't Know About Spine Health

When you think about staying healthy, what behaviors come to mind? If you’re like most people, your thoughts immediately gravitate to things like eating well, exercising, skincare, and drinking enough water—all things that have visible outward effects. If you eat well and exercise, you’ll maintain a healthy weight. If you drink plenty of water and follow a skincare routine, you’ll have clear skin. We tend to give far less thought to our internal wellness, such as our skeletal structure. Yet bone health—particularly spine health—is crucial to our overall well-being.

If you’re an able-bodied, mobile, and relatively healthy adult, you probably give very little thought to your spine on a day-to-day basis. That’s not unusual—most of us take our spine for granted. But we shouldn’t. Our spine is, in a very real sense, the load-bearing support beam for our body. It holds us upright and allows us to stand and move. Without our spine, we would be immobile and inflexible. Our lives—and our species!—would be completely different.

Why Does Spine Health Matter?

Spine health is connected to the well-being of many different internal organs, systems, and processes. Spinal injuries can have devastating consequences, such as paralysis or even death. The spine is also part of our central nervous system; damage to any part of that system can wreak havoc on the rest of the body.

“A healthy spine is an often overlooked and essential part of a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Jeremy Hayes, D.C. Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Flossmoor. “Every day, millions of Americans suffer from misalignments in their spine that if left untreated, can lead to pain, health challenges and disease.”

Spine misalignments have be

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Should I Get a New Pillow and Mattress? Let me sleep on it…

Would you be comfortable sleeping on a sheet of ¾” plywood? Absolutely not, because it would create innumerable pressure points on your skull, elbows, shoulder blades, hips, and heels. It would be nearly impossible to find a comfortable way to lie down and sleep on such a hard, flat, unforgiving surface.
Contrariwise, it can be a painful experience to sleep in a hammock. Oh, it’s certainly more comfortable, but it makes us into an elongated curve. That’s fine for our shoulders and back, but our knees only bend in the opposite direction, and it can hyperextend our necks, so you can wake up with achy legs, and even a headache. Blood flows to your lowest point, your buttocks, decreasing the amount to your brain and feet, too, making the situation worse.
Humans need a relatively level surface upon which to sleep. Even rough ground with the proper rises and depressions makes a good sleeping surface, as our evolutionary ancestors knew well, provided it fitted our body contours.

First Attempts

A bag of straw (or nowadays, raw cotton fiber) makes a futon, one of the earliest mattresses. It has lots of give, conforms to our shape, and even helps prevent excess sweating to increase comfort.
The disadvantage is that it compresses over time, and no amount of “fluffing” will fix it. It needs to be unstitched, emptied and refilled with new material, or replaced entirely.

The Evolution

The modern mattress was placed in a wooden frame bed, and served for many years that way. Steel spring fames replaced that, giving the mattress more flex, allowing more air circulation, extending its life, and making it more comfortable.
Bedframes became passé, when we invented a spring system permanently mounted inside a box frame that perfectly matched the mattress. The box spring set still provided the flex, but added resilience that kept the center from sagging. It was a success and considered the height of luxury.

Variations

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