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Why Hugging Is Actually Good for Your Health

Turns out, hugs don’t just make you feel good. It might sound a little corny or just something fun to do, but researchers find that giving people an affectionate squeeze is actually good for your health.

“The health benefits of giving and receiving hugs are quite impressive. They have a therapeutic effect on people,” says psychologist Joe Rock, PsyD.

 

He says research has found that hugs:

  • Decrease release of cortisol, a stress hormoneUniversity of Miami researchers have published numerous studies backing the benefits of the human touch. They found it can do things like lower the output of the stress hormone cortisol and cause a surge of “feel good” brain chemicals.
  • Lower blood pressure and slow heart rate in stressful situations — A University of North Carolinastudy found hugs can lower blood pressure and heart rate in premenopausal women
  • Strengthen the immune system — Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that people who experience high levels of social support and frequent hugs may be at a decreased risk for getting sick when under stress.

Dr. Rock says if both people are up for it, go ahead and pass on the handshakes and high-fives and give a hug instead. It breaks down some of the barriers that can make us feel detached, he says.

SOURCE: http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/02/why-hugging-is-actually-good-for-your-health-video/


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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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