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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7 Ways to Give Yourself More Free Time

Are you happy with the amount of free time you have? Time with no obligations, when you can relax and do whatever you want? For many of us, unscheduled free time is at a premium. Between work, family and other obligations, there’s very little “me” time left at the end of the day. But research shows having …

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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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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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