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5 Common Walking Mistakes You’re Probably Making

For all the health benefits associated with going for a brisk morning stroll, walking is about much more than simply putting one foot in front of the other. And doing it wrong can cause a multitude of problems, from lower back pain to repeated stress on bones and joints. Feeling those aches and pains? Ditch the stilettos and analyze your gait. These common walking mistakes could be the root of it all. OVER-STRIDING Many people have a tendency to step out farther than required when increasing walking speed. Often find yourself speed walking around town due to perceived busyness? Check your gait. Over-striding throws…

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How to Not Cave When there’s Sugar at Work

So you’ve been a rockstar. At home, you eat super healthy. You only buy what’s on your grocery list, which includes a plethora of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. You’re sure to buy organic to reduce the load of chemicals on your body. And generally, you do an excellent job of keeping sugar out of the house. But when you go to work there’s not a week that goes by that you’re not celebrating someone or something. Sweets like cakes, cookies, or candies find their way to the break room. And you inevitably fold under the pressure of camaraderie and your inner…

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The 10 biggest back pain mistakes you’re making

Nothing’s worse than when your back’s in pain. While your back pain should get better quickly, some may find that they only become worse with time and care. If this is you, there’s a good chance some of your treatment techniques are actually making your pain worse. Here we’ve rounded up the ten biggest mistakes you’re making. 1. Avoiding a diagnosis The cause of sudden back pain may be obvious, but long-term discomfort can often spring from a less obvious trigger. “If you’ve been in pain for more than three months, it’s classed as chronic pain, and diagnosis is important,” physiotherapist…

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How Running Can Benefit Your Back

Running is a great way to improve cardiovascular fitness and aid in weight loss, but many worry that pounding the pavement will take a toll on their back. However, a recent study may put those fears to rest. Researchers in Australia looked at a group of 79 adult men and women; two-thirds of whom were runners for at least five years. The rest of the people rarely exercised. All of the participants wore accelerometers that tracked their activity level. Using specialized MRI scans, researchers measured the size and liquidity of each person’s spinal discs. These discs, which are located between the vertebrae act as shock absorbers, preventing…

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Should You Take A Vitamin Every Day?

As a kid, popping a single chewy, sugary multivitamin alongside breakfast was easy. But as an adult, navigating the world of vitamin supplements is more complicated. The sheer number of options available at the store, combined with confusing labels and a lack of nutrition knowledge, can turn the simple task of bettering your health into a seemingly impossible feat. That’s why we chatted with two experts to help clear up the vitamin confusion. Read on to learn what vitamins are, why they’re…

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7 Meal Plan Tips for Spine Surgery Recovery

Do not attempt to lose weight following surgery. The recovery time from spine surgery is not the time for cutting calories; it’s a time for increasing them. The days, weeks and months after surgery are not only a time for your spine to heal—it’s a time when your entire body goes through the recovery process. The progression is generally slow, but a high-quality diet can help ensure a smoother and speedier healing process. It’s normal to feel nauseous during the first few days following surgery. Coming out of anesthesia and starting pain medications can kill your appetite, but that’s not a…

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14 Natural Ways to Improve Your Memory

Everyone has moments of forgetfulness from time to time, especially when life gets busy. While this can be a completely normal occurrence, having a poor memory can be frustrating. Genetics play a role in memory loss, especially in serious neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. However, research has shown that diet and lifestyle have a major impact on memory too. Here are 14 evidence-based ways to improve your memory naturally. 1. EAT LESS ADDED SUGAR Eating too much added sugar has been linked to many health issues and chronic diseases, including cognitive decline. Research has shown that a sugar-laden diet can lead to poor memory and reduced…

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These Simple Tips Can Trick You Into Eating Healthier

Looking to eat healthier? With a few subtle changes in your kitchen, you might just be able to trick yourself into making it happen. We chatted with dietitians and nutritionists about simple ways you can arrange your fridge, prepare your food and store your snacks to promote a healthier lifestyle. Here are their tips. Fruits (and other healthy items) to the front Having healthy snacks ― fruits,…

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This Is Why Your Hands Are Always Cold

Are you the kind of person whose touch can provoke that, “Wow, your hands are freezing!” or “Ah, your feet are cold!” reaction from a loved one? Some people are prone to chilly fingers and toes, and there are several potential reasons for it. Here’s what you should know about cold hands and feet, plus a couple of possible explanations why, according to experts: Your blood circulation may not be to…

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Muscle Relaxants for Back Pain and Neck Pain

Muscle relaxants are medications that help reduce muscle spasms, which are involuntary muscle contractions caused by a spine-related problem, such as whiplash, fibromyalgia, or low back strain. Often, muscle spasms cause severe pain and may limit your mobility. Your doctor may prescribe a muscle relaxant to ease muscle spasms, reduce pain, and help your muscles move better. When your muscles move better, it makes other spine pain treatments, such as physical therapy, stretching, and exercise, more effective. Understanding Spasticity Versus Spasm Muscle relaxants treat 2 conditions: spasticity and spasm. Spasticity is marked by long-term muscle contraction caused by a brain or spinal cord injury. Spasms,…