The Spinal Column

Piedmont Chiropractic

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

 

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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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