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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

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 you can always count on is the snow! While we've been fortunate with mild temperatures and minimal snowfall, we are only on the cusp of winter, meaning the snow is coming. So as we sing about how "the weather outside is frightful, but the fire ...
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Health Benefits of Pumpkin

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 diet! After all, regular physical activity and a healthy diet improve both your overall health and your spine health. Your spine is instrumental in providing the body with strength, support, flexibility, and a range of movements. Treat your body right and reduce the chance of ...
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Prevent Autumn Back Pain

Prevent Autumn Back Pain

Falling leaves aren't the only thing to worry about this season. Football. Bonfires. Comfy sweaters. Pumpkin spice. Halloween. There are so many things we associate with fall, and yet back pain generally isn't one of them–but it should be. Back pain can occur along any part of the spine, usually as the result of injury or overuse of muscles, ligaments, and joints. Running. Jumping. Bending. Twisting. Lifting. These movements all put additional stress on the spine which can result in sprains and strains that, when combined with inflammation, can cause chronic pain that can continue or worsen over time if not ...
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Foods To Help Reduce Inflammation

Foods To Help Reduce Inflammation

Suffering From Chronic Spine Pain? According to the American Chiropractic Association 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. Why does this statistic matter? It's a reminder to anyone suffering from chronic pain that they are not alone. Back or neck pain can happen to anyone at any age, of any ethnicity, at any level of fitness. There is no "one size fits all" solution to reducing chronic pain, because each person is different. However, there are several things you can do to help reduce or prevent back pain. The spine has an excellent memory. It's true! Your ...
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Preventing Summer Back Pain

Preventing Summer Back Pain

Whether it is the humidity or increased activity, summer can be a time of increased back pain for some. With the beautiful weather and unlimited activities, it is only natural that you want to soak up as much outdoor time as possible. However, if you have back pain, the warm weather can bring more opportunities to injure your spine. While spending time enjoying the fresh air, remember to keep your back in mind. Here are some tips for preventing back pain during some of your favorite summer activities. Travel For those with back pain, traveling can be anything but fun ...
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Small Changes for Lower Back Pain

Small Changes for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain can be debilitating. For those of us who suffer from daily pain, we know the key to relief is protecting, strengthening, and nourishing our lower back. However, what if we told you there were three easy things you can do every day to take stress off your lower back and help it heal? These basic routine changes are effective for treating mild or acute pain, as well as reducing the effects of chronic, severe pain. It's time to change up your daily routine and add these simple things to help with pain relief and recovery. Use A Stand-Up ...
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Why Upper Back Pain is Different

Why Upper Back Pain is Different

Regardless of where your spinal pain originates, it can still become bad enough to reduce your ability to lead an active lifestyle. However, there are aspects of your upper back that make this type of pain different from neck and lower back pain. Common Causes of Upper Back Pain Treatment for upper back pain depends on the cause of the condition. Even when the cause is obvious, like an injury from a fall, finding the source of pain can be difficult. When upper back pain becomes painful, it is most likely due to an injury that resulted in muscular irritation ...
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Symptoms of a Cervical Herniated Disc

Symptoms of a Cervical Herniated Disc

Spinal discs play a crucial role as shock absorbers between the vertebrae. They support the upper body and allow for a wide range of movement in all directions. If a disc herniates, your normal everyday actions can be a painful experience. A cervical herniated disc happens when the inner core of the disc in the neck leaks out of the disc and presses on the adjacent nerve root. Usually apparent in 30-50-year-olds, cervical herniated discs can originate from trauma or neck injuries, while some symptoms can start spontaneously. Pain radiates from the nerve pathway of the arm, causing numbness and ...
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An Accurate Diagnosis for Lower Back Pain

An Accurate Diagnosis for Lower Back Pain

Your recovery from back pain starts with an accurate diagnosis. There are many structures in the lower back that can cause pain. This makes finding the source of your pain difficult. While some diagnoses are straightforward, like tumors, infections, or fractures, for many conditions it is hard for spine specialists to agree on a concrete diagnosis. With different diagnoses requiring different treatments, it is imperative that it is accurate. The sooner an accurate diagnosis is made, the sooner treatment can be issued, and the sooner the patient will have relief. For back pain, your doctor will perform a series of ...
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Nutrition for Back Health

Nutrition for Back Health

For those with back pain, you know the little things can make a big difference in your spine. Good nutrition and a balanced diet are important for overall health, but they can also help your back pain. The bones, muscles, and other structures in the spine need proper nutrition so they are strong enough to support the body and perform their functions. Here are some nutrition tips for a healthier back. Balance If you favor comfort foods over vegetables, then it is time to make a change. It doesn't have to be an immediate change, but simply switching a cupcake ...
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