Chronic Pain and Disease

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Genetic Testing: The First Step to Preventative Medicine

The accompanying picture is one I took of those really cool bracelets they give you when you are admitted to the hospital. I got one just last week, after my second visit to the emergency room in two months. As you may have read last month, I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my …

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Feeling Good Does Not Mean Living ‘Pain Free’

With less than three months left in the year, have you taken an accounting yet of 2017? Is it everything you thought it would be? I can honestly say that some great things have happened in 2017. Brenda Smith has joined our team to expand our massage services; physical therapist extraordinaire Gina Hann (formerly Gina …

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We Told You So: New Recommendations for Back Pain Treatment

NBC News finally reported what progressive doctors have known for a very long time: back pain responds to active not passive care. “Around 80 percent of adults will experience lower back pain — the most common cause of job-related injury. New recommendations say patients should first attempt to treat pain with non-drug therapies,” reads the lead to …

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How the Mundane Can Make You Thankful for a Second Chance at Life

This holiday season, I’m thankful for a second chance at life. You often hear words like these after someone survives a near-death experience. I’m speaking these words after having my hip replaced. It is something of a shame that it takes a life-altering experience in order for people to have perspective. Like most of you, …

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Is It Too Early To Take a Look Back at 2016?

We are rounding out the always exciting “marathon season,” where crazy people all over this great country of ours volunteer to put their bodies through the brutality of running farther than the human body was ever meant to go.  As a former “marathoner” and arguably, an ongoing crazy person, I can attest that the sacrifice …

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Uninitiated and Afraid: The Gallup Study on Perceptions of Chiropractic

About 35.5 million American adults have visited a chiropractor in the last 12 months, and 77 percent said they received “very effective” treatment. But for the 51 percent of U.S. adults who say they’ve never been to a chiropractor, nearly 30 percent of them say they think chiropractic care is dangerous. It’s a shame since a …

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Reader Question: Can Alternating Ice and Heat Help Chest Wall Inflammation?

We frequently get questions from readers who have read one of our particularly enduring and popular articles — about alternating ice and heat for faster recovery after a workout, and we are happy to offer some thoughts on how it works and how it can be applied. If you’ve read the article on alternating ice and heat, …

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