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5 Things to Take to Your Spine Surgeon Consultation

Having a consultation with a spine surgeon can be overwhelming. You probably have a lot of questions and want to make sure you leave with a clear understanding of your diagnosis, treatment options, and next steps. Here is a list of the five things we recommend taking to your spine surgeon consultation: List of questions for your surgeon. Prepare a list of questions to ask during your consultation. We have a list of 10 questions to ask your surgeon before back surgery that can be a great starting point. List of alternative/conservative treatments. Like most chronic back and leg pain sufferers,…

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Namasté, Spine!

Greet your recovering spine each day with some simple yoga exercises. Yoga is recommended for some patients recovering from spinal fusion surgery. When considering yoga in recovery it is very important to gain approval from your physician before practicing yoga. Be sure to practice with a knowledgeable, experienced yoga teacher who has studied yoga therapeutics and can tailor a practice specific to your rehabilitation program. Not all yoga poses are appropriate for patients recovering from spinal fusion, since twists, and forward and back bends, are often contraindicated. The fusion needs some time to heal and become stable, so flexing…

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Try These 2 Easy Acupressure Exercises for Allergy Relief

If you’ve never done any acupressure, there are so many reasons to try it. It’s easy to learn, safe, effective and costs nothing. For allergy sufferers, there are some simple acupressure techniques that can give you sinus relief. Watch this video to learn two simple exercises. The first exercise helps relieve pressure below the eyes and at the base of your nose. The other exercise can help relieve pressure in your forehead. Each of these techniques takes only three minutes to do. SOURCE: http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/02/try-2-easy-acupressure-exercises-allergy-relief-video/

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How You Can Tell If You’re Exercising Effectively for Heart Health

Every New Year’s, millions of Americans make a resolution to exercise. In January, they buy gym memberships, new treadmills and bicycles. By February, those resolutions are often distant memories. As a person who would rather read a book than exercise, I can totally relate. But as a cardiologist, I know the tremendous amount of benefit that exercise can have. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugars and weight. In addition, exercise lowers your risk of coronary artery disease, heart attacks, strokes and dying. Effective exercising It’s really discouraging that most Americans do not get regular exercise. Also, many who are exercising…

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6 Simple Steps To Make Your Family a Healthier One

The holidays have been over for a couple weeks, and as another year begins, we’re still thinking about resolutions. While most people immediately vow to go on a diet, it’s not the best New Year’s decision. A diet implies a finite period of time and once the diet is over, many go back to their old, unhealthy ways. This year, skip the word diet and instead use these six tips to help your family develop healthy habits that will stick – for life. 1. Try new foods – particularly new fruits or vegetables. Did you know? Only 4 percent of Americans eat…

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7 Worst Heart Health Mistakes — and How You Can Avoid Them

How much do you know about heart health? Turns out, we all could probably learn a few things about this amazing organ, the heart, and how to keep it, and our bodies strong. Cleveland Clinic recently conducted research involving 1,009 adults (487 men and 522 women) living in the continental United States. We asked them questions to understand their views and to learn about their heart-healthy habits. While some people were well-informed, many others had an opportunity to improve their health and understanding. Based on the findings, we wanted to share heart-healthy recommendations with you, based on the most common misunderstandings we found. Here are…

Giving Dolls NY

On December 10th LISS was so honored to visit a wonderful non-profit organization, The Giving Doll New York in Ronkonkoma. They are a group of about 300 volunteers made up of mostly retired women that meet every Thursday and make dolls for children in need. Every person there has a different job and at each table there is something different going on. One table is knitting the doll’s outfit, another table is cutting the patterns, and the other tables are stuffing the dolls, sewing their hair and assembling the dolls. It’s a family atmosphere and these dolls are being…

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6 Tips to Protect Your Lips from the Cold

Winter can be a brutal time of the year for your lips. The cold air, the chilling wind and dry, heated air inside all conspire to make your smoocher dry and tight. In addition, when we go out in the cold, the mouth is usually among the last things we cover up, says dermatologist Melissa Piliang, MD. “The cold weather has a very significant effect on our lips,” Dr. Piliang says. “When we go out in the cold, we take steps to cover the rest of our body, but our lips usually are exposed.” Lips are a special type of skin that is…