Author Archives: Susanne Elsebrock

5 Overlooked Ways to Relieve Back Pain

Back pain affects a large portion of the population. Approximately eight out of 10 people will experience this common medical condition at some point in their lives. Though it’s common, it’s notoriously uncomfortable and sometimes hard to treat. Common methods of intervention include prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, spinal injections and, in severe cases, surgery. These methods help patients find …

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Why Hats Should Be Mandatory for Your Kids in Cold Temperatures

When bitterly cold temperatures hit, you have to be careful to avoid staying out in the frigid air for too long. A cold weather emergency can happen relatively quickly, especially with children. Your child should never leave the house without a hat in this kind of weather. Children, especially younger children, can lose a third of their …

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What to Do When Lower Back Pain Slows You Down

Lower back pain afflicts approximately 80 percent of the population at some point in their lives, and is responsible for $50 billion in healthcare costs every year. The semi-good news is that lower back pain is usually not a sign of a serious medical problem, such as arthritis — more often, it’s an artifact of lifting your kid one too …

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Why You Can’t Shake That Cold: Tips on Walking Pneumonia

When you have cold-like symptoms — headache, runny nose, cough and a sore throat — you likely slow down a bit, thinking you can beat it in a few days. But when the symptoms linger or worsen — not enough to knock you off your feet, but enough so that you can’t ignore them — you may have walking pneumonia. Walking, …

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10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's resolutions have a habit of being broken more than any other goals. This year, impress your friends and show yourself resolved to follow through with these 10 scientifically-proven ways to honor your commitments to self-improvement and healthy change. 1. TO FEEL MORE FULFILLED, VOLUNTEER. People who volunteer as little as two hours each …

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Poor Posture Hurts Your Health More Than You Realize: 3 Tips for Fixing It

Didn’t listen when your mom nagged you to sit or stand up straight? You should have. If you’re a serial sloucher, you can probably trace your neck and shoulder pain, stiffness, and aching back right back to your posture. Ignoring advice on good posture can affect your health overall, and set you up for neck and …

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Why Working Out with Friends Makes You Fitter

For many of us, working out is a major chore. But we still try. We sign up for gym memberships. We buy a new pair of sneakers. We start going to that dreadful 6am bootcamp workout. But a few weeks later, we’re back where we started: on the couch watching reruns of Friends. But maybe more …

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Sciatica: Symptoms and Possible Causes

The term sciatica is commonly used to describe pain traveling in the distribution of the sciatic nerve, so it's more accurate to say that it's a symptom of a spinal disorder not a spinal disorder itself. Common symptoms of sciatica include: Sciatica usually affects one side of the body. Pain from sciatic nerve compression may …

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22 Fast Facts About Exercise and Your Heart

You may think you know all there is to know about your heart and exercise. But myths abound about how much — and what kind of — physical activity you need. Here, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Director Erik Van Iterson, PhD, shares 22 key facts about heart-healthy exercise: Physical activity is an important way to prevent heart disease – the …

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Facts Every Young Professional Should Know About Back Pain

What do you do when it becomes recurrent or severe? Do you rush to the hospital? Take painkillers and retire early or assume and carry on with your daily activities? What really causes back pain? The same way people don’t go to the hospital when infected with the common cold is the same way people …

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