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How to Avoid Suitcase Strain This Holiday Season

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MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 – With holiday travel comes the risk of injury from toting heavy luggage. In 2017, more than 85,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms, doctors' offices and clinics for injuries related to luggage, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. "Hurting your neck, back, or shoulders can put you out of commission for a long time," Dr. Charla Fischer, an ...

An Expert's Guide to Avoiding Back Pain

Posted 25 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 – Back pain is a common problem in the United States, but there are ways to protect yourself, an expert says. "The back is a complex structure with many delicate parts, but with good judgment and healthy lifestyle habits – including proper lifting, good posture and exercise – it's possible to avoid common back pain caused by strained muscles," said Dr. Lawrence Lenke. ...

New Nerve Stimulation Technique Might Relieve Back Pain

Posted 16 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 – Stimulating a specific set of nerves that are nestled along the spine may deliver relief to those who suffer from chronic back pain and cut the need for opioid painkillers, new research suggests. The therapy, which targets the root ganglion nerves, is more effective than other spine stimulation procedures because it places tiny leads precisely at the area where pain ...

Health Tip: Know the Risk Factors for Lower Back Pain

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

-- About 80 percent of Americans will have lower back pain at some point in their lives, the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates. Lower back pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing sensation that renders a person unable to move. The agency identifies some risk factors for lower back pain: Age: The first instance tends to occur between ages 30 and ...

Sit-Stand Desks Good for the Mind. What About the Body?

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – "Sit-stand" desks can get office workers on their feet more often – and improve their well-being along the way, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when they swapped out traditional office desks for sit-stand versions, workers stayed on their feet for an extra 80 minutes on the average workday. And over one year, that translated into lower levels of anxiety ...

For Pain Relief, Why Not Try Drug-Free Alternatives

Posted 2 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – Pain sends more people to the doctor than any other ailment. But if you don't want relief from a medicine bottle – or when that relief isn't enough – consider complementary and integrative health approaches for their emotional as well as physical benefits. Though certain types of movement can feel painful, especially if you're in the midst of an osteoarthritis or ...

Three New Genes Linked to Chronic Back Pain

Posted 1 Oct 2018 by

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 – New research pinpoints three genes responsible for skeletal development that appear to be connected to chronic back pain. The study authors said their findings could shed new light on the biological factors involved in the development of the condition and lead to new treatments for back pain, which is the leading cause of disability around the world. For the study, an ...

Acupuncture: A New Look at an Ancient Remedy

Posted 19 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 – Widely practiced in Asia for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Yet it's still viewed with some skepticism in the Western world. And for the squeamish, just the idea of needles can be a turnoff. But, depending on what ails you, it might bear trying. Acupuncture uses very thin needles inserted lightly into the ...

Health Tip: Change Poor Posture

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by

-- Everyone has back pain at some point, whether due to poor posture, heavy lifting, a spinal condition present a birth, or an exercise-related injury. While other triggers for back pain may not be as easy to prevent, poor posture is a relatively easy fix. Harvard Medical School suggests how: By imagining good posture, you can help create it. Imagine a straight line passing through your body ...

1 in 12 Americans Lives With Debilitating Chronic Pain

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – Of the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, the pain is so bad for 20 million that it keeps them from doing the daily activities of life, researchers say. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain are more common among women, older adults, the poor, people previously employed, those ...

Could a Placebo Pill Help Ease Your Back Pain?

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – With millions of pain-plagued Americans looking for an alternative to opioids, the solution for some might be no medicine at all. New research suggests that a good many back pain patients might find relief in a "dummy" sugar pill, eliminating their need for strong medication. About half the chronic back pain patients in a new study saw the intensity of their pain drop ...

Mindfulness May Be a Buffer Against Pain

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – Mindfulness meditation may take the edge off of pain, a new study suggests. "Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment," explained lead researcher Fadel Zeidan. He's an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "We now know that some ...

Health Tip: Prevent Back Pain at Work

Posted 5 Sep 2018 by

-- Chronic back pain makes it more difficult to do your job, whether you're behind a desk or operating heavy machinery. The Mayo Clinic suggests how to avoid back pain at work: Maintain good posture. Lift with your legs and tighten your core muscles, and avoid twisting. When possible, use a lifting device. Alternate physically demanding tasks with less demanding ones. Limit the time you spend ...

Low Back Pain? These Exercises May Help

Posted 30 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 – Low back pain is a common health complaint. And if it sidelines you for too long, it can lead to weight gain, a loss in your fitness level and keep you from doing things you love. But not moving isn't the answer – specific exercises can help you get back to everyday activities. If you're under the care of an orthopedist or physical therapist, you may be given a series ...

Health Tip: Buy the Right Backpack for Your Child

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by

-- Your child's backpack may be incredibly handy and reflect a personal sense of style. It should also be functional and help protect your child's back, the Nemours Foundation says. If a backpack is poorly worn or too heavy, it can strain muscles and joints and cause back pain. Doctors recommend that kids keep backpacks filled to no more than 15 percent of their body weight, the foundation says. ...

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