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Is Cracking Bad For Your Back?

Fact or Fiction Everyone has a guilty pleasure. For some people, it’s chocolate. For others, it’s bad rom-coms. And for others, it’s cracking. In fact, Time Magazine reported that “from fingers and toes to necks and knees, everyone knows a ‘cracker.’ Up to 45% of people do it.” But wait. Cracking your knuckles can lead […]

Swim Into Summer To Reduce Back Pain

Summer and Back Pain Unlike many health conditions, back pain does not require an underlying disease to produce symptoms. Too much or too little exercise, improper lifting techniques, prolonged sitting, standing, or lying down, uncomfortable sleeping positions, lugging around heavy bags, carrying babies and toddlers…all these things can contribute to pain in your arms, shoulders, […]

Eat Away the Pain

Some of the Best Foods to Aid in Back Pain Inflammation is one of the most prominent issues of back pain, causing joint stiffness, aches, and reduced mobility. So what can we do to help reduce this inflammation and alleviate these symptoms? Believe it or not, your diet can have a major impact on reducing […]

No-Impact Exercises To Strengthen Your Spine

Stretch To Strengthen Your Spine The spine is the core of your body. It’s a complex system of interconnected bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments that work together to keep your spine stable, maintain your flexibility, and allow for a wide range of movement such as standing, sitting, bending, and twisting. Proper nutrition is essential but […]

Prevent Spring Back Pain

Get Outdoors and Soak Up That Sunshine After a long winter of up-and-down temperatures, high winds, and snow, Spring is a welcome relief. Spring is the time to throw open the windows to air out your home, get outdoors, and yes, clean! Spring maintenance generally surrounds yard work: cleaning gutters, clearing and planting your garden, […]

Stay Hydrated To Prevent Back Pain

Water and Wellness One of the most common tips for staying healthy is to drink plenty of water and keep your body hydrated. But why? Why is water so important? It’s a fact that: Water is the source of all life. Your body is 45-60% water. Every system in your body requires water to function. […]

Love Your Spine By Building Strong Bones

Love Your Spine As a child, you learn to drink milk because “milk builds strong bones.” It’s actually the calcium within milk and other dairy products that¬†builds bones and maintains bone structure, even the ones located in your spine.¬†According to American Bone Health, 75% of Americans do not get enough calcium. But why is calcium […]

Prevent Winter Back Pain

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway Unless you’re Elsa, those suffering from back or neck pain may notice that their symptoms worsen in cold weather. While the exact science is uncertain, the reason could be that muscles, joints, and ligaments stiffen in lower temperatures. Your spine is made up of over 120 muscles, 100 joints, […]

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Dashing Through The Snow When it comes to Buffalo’s weather system, anything is possible. There are times where it feels like we’ve experienced all four seasons in a handful of days, times when we think the high temperatures will never break, and times when we fear winter is never going to end. But one thing […]

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Trick-Or-Treat Yourself To Some Pumpkin No, we’re not joking. Pumpkin, a member of the gourd family, has become one of the most iconic symbols of Halloween. While your children, nieces, and nephews, are busy thinking up new things to carve into their pumpkins, you should be thinking up new ways to add pumpkin to your […]