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Are you Itching to Get Out of Your Skin?

        Eczema is a challenging condition since it has many possible causes, including heredity, the environment, stress, dehydration and food sensitivities. Heredity is beyond our control, but by reducing exposure to the other potential causes, it is possible to eliminate or dramatically reduce the symptoms of eczema.     Food sensitivities/dehydration             …

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The Power of Color

What are phytochemicals? Phytochemicals are substances in plants which promote health in three important ways: (1)Acting as powerful antioxidants; (2) Reducing inflammation; and (3) Detoxifying the body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage our cells, leading to heart disease, cancer, cataracts, premature aging and a variety of other conditions. Antioxidants have the power to dramatically decrease the damage …

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Are you Clothes and Accessories Causing Your Pain?

  They say that the first thing a woman notices when she meets someone is their shoes. When I see a patient in chronic pain, I start with the shoes, but work my way up to the head. You would be surprised how what a person wears and the items they use to accessorize can affect or perpetuate their pain. …

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Coffee- The verdict is out

      Coffee has been around for thousands of years. It originated in the Ethiopian highlands, where the legend goes that Kaldi, a goat herder, discovered it after noticing that his goats, upon eating berries from a certain tree, became so spirited that they did not want to sleep at night. Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of …

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Can nutrition improve athletic performance?

  If you want to become faster, stronger, and more flexible, the food that you eat matters. Optimal nutrition is the key to peak performance. Food provides essential nutrients necessary to build, repair and maintain a strong body. Exercise adaptations are built on a sound training regimen and generally occur over a period of weeks. Changes in diet can be …

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Life is about Balance- So is Pain

    Your body is designed to maintain homeostasis or balance. It does this via the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Numerous systems in the body are regulated   by the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS has two components: The Sympathetic nervous system- is responsible for the “flight or fight reactions” or the stress response. In general, the sympathetic nervous …

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Pain- is it the Puppet or the String?

    Most of us have experienced some sort of pain. There is a tendency for patients and their healthcare providers to focus on the site of pain. Approaching pain from this perspective can often be frustrating for both the patient and practitioner. Hence the title of this week’s blog:                     …

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Is RICE Good for You?

RICE is the acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It is the common prescription for an acute injury.     Unfortunately, while this approach may seem to make sense, in many cases, it is counterproductive and can possible adversely affect recovery and/or predispose one to chronic problems. Another approach involves manual stimulation to mechanically load the injured tissue. The …

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The Bain of Pain is in the Brain

      Does your pain keep recurring? Do you feel like your health care providers are chasing your pain?     Has your treatment been directed towards your symptoms vs the cause?       Pain usually begins with some sort of injury affecting the Human Movement System (HMS): Soft Tissues, joints and the nervous system. Over time, this …

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Dry Needling- It could be the answer to your pain

  Lately I’ve been receiving a number of referrals from other practitioners (MD’s, PT’s and other Chiropractors) for a technique I learned about 20 years ago called Dry Needling. Dry needling is a procedure in which a filiform needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at  myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points consist of contraction knots, which are related to …

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