The Spinal Column

Piedmont Chiropractic

Beware of the chair! Be fit, don't sit!



Sitting and Posture
One major detriment to long periods of sitting is the effect on your posture, flexibility, mobility, and joint health. Probably the biggest single problem from sitting all day is back pain and signs of deteriorating spine health. This is brought on by gravity, of course, but also a progressive tightening of the hip muscles from the lack of movement while hinged at the hips for long periods. When you exercise after sitting all day, the hips need to move, but...
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Part 2: 10 Delicious Herbs and Spices With Powerful Health Benefits

Spice up your taste buds with healthy spices in your diet!

Spices not only just excite your taste buds but are composed of an impressive list of phyto-nutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for overall wellness. Spices have been integral part part of our food since centuries, and today, even become more relevent for us.
Here are 6-10 of the world's healthiest herbs and spices, supported by research.


6. Holy Basil Helps Fight Infections...

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Part 1: 10 Delicious Herbs and Spices With Powerful Health Benefits

The use of herbs and spices has been incredibly important throughout history.  Many were celebrated for their medicinal properties, well before culinary use.

Modern science has now shown that many of them do indeed carry remarkable health benefits.
Here are 10 of the world's healthiest herbs and spices, supported by research.


1. Garlic Can Combat Sickness and Improve Heart Health
Throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its medicinal properties.
We now know that...
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Garden variety exercise

Prepare for Garden-Variety Exercise
Now that spring is finally here, you're no doubt going to spend time planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Yard work can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety. Try these stretches to help your body prepare for time spent in the garden.
  • While sitting, prop your heel on a stool or step, keeping the knees straight. Lean forward until...
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Joint pain and cold laser therapy

Joint Pain and Cold Laser Therapy
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a fast growing field of medicine recognized by every major industrialized nation in the world, offering painless, non-invasive and highly effective drug-free solutions. Able to treat a plethora of neural muscular skeletal conditions such as: increased healing in chronic wounds, improvements in sports injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome, pain reduction in arthritis and neuropathies, amelioration of damage after heart...
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Avoiding Chronic Low back pain

How can I avoid chronic low back pain?
In our office we focus not only on treating your pain but also in giving you the tools to manage the condition.  Regular adjustments and massage therapy are great tools but stretches and strengthening exercises can be done at home to prevent chronic pains.
Massage and isolating muscles help increase body awareness.  Ask Dr. Parks or one of our licensed massage therapists to demonstrate proper exercise protocols to restore normal activation of...
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Low Back Pain and Obesity, Smoking, Drinking ...

Researchers say that modifying these factors might help ease condition
People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests.

"If you have lower back pain that is not explained by a spinal problem but is more of a muscle pain, things like obesityalcohol abuse, smoking and depression, factors that you can affect, can be contributing to it," explained lead...

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Eat healthy, Be Active, Stay Well


Adults of all ages have different nutrition and physical activity needs as their lives and bodies change.  A strong and healthy body can provide many benefits. As you age, maintaining healthy habits is an important way to lower your risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Make your food and beverage choices a priority and be physically active to feel and look better.   

Eat a healthy diet

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products...

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Cool New Research - To ice or stretch?


New studies are showing that icing banged up muscles may delay the natural healing process.  Ice is the most overused and misunderstood therapy modality available (except ibuprofen and aspirin).  When is ice indicated?  How long should you apply it?  How cold does it have to be?  If it is not cold enough is it even effective?  These are all legitimate questions that many never ask.  There are some studies that have compared different temperatures and it is a fact that...
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Black Currant



Native to northern Europe and Asia, blackcurrant (sometimes spelled "black currant") is a shrub that produces clusters of tart berries during the summer.

The berries are used in many foods and drinks. Blackcurrants are rare in the United States, however, and growing them was banned for several decades because they can carry a fungus that kills pine trees.

Black currant dried leaf is used for arthritis, gout, joint pain (rheumatism), diarrhea, colic, hepatitis and other liver...
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23.5 Hours of sitting: What is the best thing we can do for our health?

Many of us find ourselves in front of the computer all day and then crashing out on the couch when we get home.  What is the best thing we can do for our health?  Watch this video and find out.




Keep moving: Modify your exercises instead of halting activity
As a society, we are physically moving less and less, and as a result, we are getting sicker and sicker.  Most Americans sit 9.3 hours a day which is more than they sleep.  Studies show sitting six or more hours per...
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Swimming is a good exercise choice for everyone!

Swimming is a good fitness choice for just about everyone, especially those who have physical limitations or who find other forms of exercise painful. Water's buoyancy accommodates the unfit as well as the fit. Water cushions stiff joints or fragile bones that might be injured by the impact of land exercises. When immersed to the waist, your body bears just 50% of its weight; immersed to the chest, it's 25%-35%; and to the neck, 10%.

Not only is swimming easy on the body, its a gre...

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Chiropractic and Massage and its role in reducing arthritis.

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. Cartilage is a firm, slippery tissue that permits nearly frictionless joint motion. In osteoarthritis, the slick surface of the cartilage becomes rough. Eventually, if the cartilage wears down completely, you may be left with bone rubbing on bone.

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Iodine Deficiency and Thyroid Imbalance

Do you have an Iodine deficiency? 

Iodine Deficiency Disorders are one of the biggest worldwide public health problems.  The effects are hidden but profoundly affect the quality of life.  Iodine is a trace element essential for the synthesis of thyroid hormones which regulate the metabolic pattern of most cells and play a vital role in the process of early growth and development of most organs.
Iodine deficiency is a significant cause of ment...
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Buying Organic: What's the big deal?

Once found only in health food stores, organic food is now a regular feature at most supermarkets. And that's created a bit of a dilemma in the produce aisle. On one hand, you have a conventionally grown apple. On the other, you have one that's organic. Both apples are firm, shiny and red. Both provide vitamins and fiber, and both are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol. Which should you choose? Get the facts before you shop.

Conventional vs. orga...
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Tart Cherry: More than just a tasty snack?

Uses for Tart Cherries and Juice

Cherries help ease arthritis pain

For those who suffer from arthritis and gout, you will be relieved to find out that adding cherries to your diet can greatly decrease the intense pain associated with those ailments. Excess uric acid in the blood is the culprit behind the excruciating pain that causes swelling, tenderness and inflammation.  A study done by the USDA found that uric acid can be reduced...
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Preventative Chiropractic Care

Preventative Chiropractic Maintenance Care

Chiropractic maintenance care is treatment received in order to prevent future pain or health problems, prevent a relapse, and to improve quality of life.  Maintenance care is elective, so that means that the choice is yours!!  When it comes to receiving maintenance care, chiropractic patients can be divided into three groups.
The first group o...
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Keeping Down Your Cost of Healthcare


With the upcoming changes to our healthcare policies many Americans are growing more concerned with the cos...
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Once you go to a chiropractor, you have to go for the rest of your life, right? - the answer may surprise you!

Much like going to the dentist or the gym many people notice the benefits of seeing their chiropractor when they are not in pain.  We don’t brush our teeth because they hurt; we brush them to kee...

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