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Dear Stress, Let’s Break Up

Stress is what you feel when you have too much to handle. You may have too much work to do, or you may be having trouble with children or a spouse. If stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can affect your health.

Where do you hold your stress?

We all “hold” stress in different ways. Some people hold stress in their minds. They may worry so much about a problem that they can’t think clearly.

If you hold stress in your body, it can affect your back. You may begin to tense your back muscles, which can trigger low back pain or make it worse.

Round and round you go

Stress and low back pain can create a vicious circle. You have back pain, and you begin to worry about it. This causes stress, and your back muscles begin to tense. Tense muscles make your back pain worse, and you worry more … which makes your back worse … and so on.

Can you avoid stress?

You’ll always have some stress in your life, but you can try to prevent situations that cause stress and change how stress affects you.

Time management

When you don’t have enough time, things pile up and stress mounts. Try these tips for managing your time:

  • Focus on what you are doing. Don’t juggle too many tasks at one time. Break large projects into smaller ones.
  • Don’t try to do everything yourself. Ask others to help you.
  • Rate your tasks by how important and urgent they are. Spend your time doing things that rate high on the list.
  • Make time for yourself. Plan your day so that you have time for something you want to do.
  • Don’t put things off. Use the 3 Ds: Deal with it, delegate it, or dump it.

Lifestyle

Some behaviors and lifestyle choices can help your body bounce back from stress.

  • Get enough sleep. Your body recovers from stress while you are sleeping.
  • Eat healthy foods. And when you eat, sit down and relax. Avoid too much caffeine.
  • Be active every day. Go for walks, work in the garden, or play with your kids.
  • Don’t smoke.

Interacting with others

If you have a lot of stress, tell people about it and ask for help. Look for support from:

  • Family members and friends.
  • People at work or school and people who share your interests.
  • Members or leaders of your church or religious group.
  • Support groups that focus on special situations, such as giving care to someone who has a long-term illness. You can find these groups in your community or on the Internet.
  • Programs offered through your school, job, or community. These could include stress management or time management courses.

SOURCE: http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/reduce-life-stress-to-relieve-low-back-pain


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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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