Protect Your Neck During Summer Activities

By Dr. Sushil Basra The spring and summertime are excellent opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Many of us will take this time to enjoy water activities such as swimming, diving, surfing or simply enjoying the beach. Unfortunately, some of these activities are associated with injuries to our neck (cervical spine). These injuries include fractures (broken …

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Chronic Back and Neck Pain’s Close Connection to Insomnia

If you have chronic back or neck pain and struggle with sleep, you might assume it’s the pain keeping you from sound slumber. Seems obvious, right? But the connection between chronic pain and insomnia is more complex than you may think. As many as two-thirds of people with chronic pain have sleep disorders, and researchers …

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Healing Power of Man’s Best Friend—and Cats, too

Here are some ways that our four-legged friends can help us to live better with chronic pain. 5 Ways Pets Can Relieve Chronic Pain 1. Animals make us feel less stressed. Even if you aren't passionate about pooches, research has shown that just 10 to 15 minutes of petting a dog reduces the amount of …

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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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Don’t Be Fooled By Shoulder Pain!

Pain felt in the shoulder area can sometimes be coming from your neck. This is because the nerves and muscles that arise from your neck pass through your shoulder on their way down the arm. The nerves from your neck (Nerve Roots) also travel down your arm (via the Brachial Plexus). Thus neck pain may …

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