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In most cases of back pain, poor posture is to blame. For those who maintain good posture while standing, it’s important to remember that you need to maintain good posture in any position you put your body into for extended (or frequent) periods of time.

By being mindful of how you are holding your body in these common but overlooked body positions, you will not only reduce your level of pain but also maintain a healthy back for life.


Between commuting, traffic and short jaunts around town, the time you spend in the car really adds up. The default car posture for most folks is a curling position where their lumbar-pelvic area tucks forward and their upper back and head lean forward. Long term, the results are disastrous – transforming the elegant and resilient “S” shape of your spine into a “C”. The next time you get in the car, modify your seat, steering wheel, head and arm positions to look like the photo below. Have a friend take a picture of you to make sure you’ve got it right. Maintaining this posture will take some practice, but it’s well worth it.

Couch Computing

In this era of laptops, tablets and smartphones it’s easier than ever to curl up on the couch and start surfing the interwebs for hours on end. Before you know it, you’ll have held a degenerative neck and back torturing “C” position for the entire evening and then wonder why you have a headache. My honest advice is to stop using devices on the couch. Besides being terrible for your posture, it blurs the boundaries between stimulating screen time and rest and relaxation. If you are going to do it anyway, try to maintain a reclined position while using your device with a pillow supporting your head and a bolster supporting your device on your lap.

Text Neck

Text Neck is insidious and pervasive. Since we all have phones, and they are with us all the time, everyone is assuming an extreme forward head posture numerous times a day. The negative effects of repeated and extreme forward head posture include headaches, neck pain, disc degeneration and more. I do not know why we prefer to bring our faces closer to our phones rather than our phones closer to our faces, but it’s super important to keep your head up and use your hands to hold the phone in front of your face. It’s also more attractive than a slumped head.

I encourage you to examine your daily habits, decide which one of the above postures you assume the most and dedicate a week to transforming your posture around it. After you succeed and enjoy the benefits of your accomplishment, choose another position and transform that posture too. Good luck!

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/3-ways-you-are-unknowingly-stressing-your-back.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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