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Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips

Some of us wait all year for the Black Friday shopping season, our heads filled with the promise of scoring the best price of the year on a new TV, tablet, printer, or high-tech gadget. But don’t let all the Black Friday hype fool you. You might end up overpaying if you get taken in by so-so prices masquerading as fantastic bargains, and you can miss out on great deals because you didn’t do your research. Our top 10 Black Friday shopping tips below will help you get the best deal on the items you want and keep frustration—and overspending—to a minimum. 1. Start…

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Sleep Well With Back or Neck Pain

Anyone who’s had back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, or any other chronic spine condition will tell you: Their pain is much more than physical. Chronic pain can cause mental and emotional issues, and its complex nature can come between you and a good night’s sleep. If you’ve had a long-term spine condition and struggle with getting quality rest, you’re not alone—as many as two-thirds of chronic pain sufferers have sleep disorders. Sleep is a key element to good health, so the importance of addressing your sleep issues cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, getting restful slumber is more complicated when you…

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How to Survive Thanksgiving as a Vegan

A day of giving thanks, a day of spending time with loved ones and a day of gathering around a large cooked turkey as a dinner centerpiece. The first two will appeal to vegans and vegetarians, but that last part can be a serious downer. It is not uncommon for ethical eaters to feel sadness and helplessness when Thanksgiving rolls around—especially if they are invited to a meal where an animal is served as the main course. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a super-stressful time, however. Preparing for the holiday is essential and there are several steps that can be taken…

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Group Workouts Mean a Better Quality of Life

Exercise can do a body good, but it can also be a chore. Workouts can get boring, daily commitments can shift and the stresses associated with exercise sometimes seem like they outweigh the benefits. New research tells us, however, that working out as a group can improve quality of life way more than working out solo. That’s right—group classes can not only get your blood pumping, but can reduce stress and make you happier day to day. Researchers from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine published a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association which detailed their findings. They…

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3 Myths About Spine Surgery

 1.  Spine surgery requires months of recovery and I won’t be able to work for quite some time.   In today’s age of modern spine surgery, this is just not true. The use of minimally invasive techniques allows for smaller incisions and minimizes muscle trauma, significantly reducing post-operative pain and complications. Recovery time is considerably shortened and many patients are able to go home the same day. More extensive procedures may require a few days in the hospital, but patients are usually out of bed and walking the day after surgery. Time off from work varies based…

Daniel E. Choi, M.D. Joins Long Island Spine Specialists.

Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C. is proud to welcome Daniel E. Choi, M.D., as an outstanding addition to our prestigious team of professionals dedicated to the care and management of the spine.  LISS offers our patients technologically advanced medical treatment and procedures, as well as, conservative options to restore patients to a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Choi is an orthopaedic spine surgeon who has been fellowship-trained at the esteemed Harvard Medical School, where he worked closely with world renowned spine surgeons. …

Veterans Day 2017

LISS proudly supports our troops! Happy Veterans Day to all of the brave men and women who have made sacrifices for our freedom! #veteransday2017 #usarmy #oorah #hooah#supportourtroops #LISS  

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5 Sitting Stretches For Lower Back Pain That You Can Do At Your Desk

You’re at your desk at work, and your lower back begins to send shooting pain all the way up to your neck. You’re practically cringing in pain, but you don’t necessarily want to be that person at the office who just busts out a downward dog next to the water cooler. While I have definitely —and shamelessly — been that person, I know you’re probably on the lookout for some low-key sitting stretches for lower back pain you can do at your desk without making it look like you’re preparing for a Hamilton audition in your cubicle. First of all, what exactly is going on in…

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Why Rooting for Your Team Makes Your Brain Feel Good

We’re all guilty of watching our favorite sports team and shouting out, “We won!” — when in fact, all “we” did was watch. So why do we identify with our favorite teams so much that we ride an emotional roller coaster with them, especially during playoff time? The reason is pretty fascinating: We have neurons in our brains that “play along” with the players, says clinical psychologist Scott Bea, PsyD. “It’s pretty wild and it actually happens a little bit more in men, but we can actually go on the same hormonal ride that the players are going on with one important exception: We…