A Strong Core to Prevent Back Pain

Strong Core BNP - PlanksStrong core muscles are important in supporting and stabilizing the spine. When we think of our core, we often think of our abdominals, or six-pack region. While the abdominals are a significant part of the core strength, there are other muscles that are important as well. Continue reading

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Burning More than Fat in your Yoga Pants

Yoga Meditation info card photoYoga pants and fitness apparel have become multi-functional staples in almost everyone’s wardrobe. The market for stylish and comfortable athleisure attire has exploded over the past few years and the versatility of this clothing has allowed it to become common dress for many activities including chores around the house, running to the store, as pajamas, and to actually work out in. Although yoga pants may be perfect for when you’re in downward facing dog, they can cause major problems during some radiology imaging studies.

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“Pillow Talk”: Finding the Right Pillow for You

red pillowsJust as good sitting and standing posture is important to the health of your neck and spine, so is good sleep posture. Choosing the right pillow is an important part of maintaining a healthy sleep posture. The purpose of a good pillow is to keep your head and neck aligned in a neutral position while you sleep. The right pillow for you is largely determined by your dominant sleeping position, whether that is your side, back, or stomach.

Here’s the “pillow talk” on trying to find the right pillow for your preferred sleep position:

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Is your loved one abusing opioids?

Is Your Loved One Abusing Opioids.jpgWhen we look at someone we love, we tend to see only the good, which is just one of the many reasons it may be hard to spot the signs of opioid abuse and addiction in a loved one. You may start to notice slight changes in mood or behavior that don’t make sense. Follow your intuition, even if you can’t pin point anything specific, don’t dismiss your concerns. You know them best and if your instincts are correct, then you could help save their lives.

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A High-Tech Pain in the Neck: “Text Neck”

text-neck-mather-hospital-back-and-neck-pain-centerWe live in a world where we are constantly connected. We always have our phones in our hands and we can be reached at any time. But this constant connectivity can actually be a big pain in the neck and it all comes down to how you look at it… literally.   Continue reading

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Medicine is going to the Dogs… in a Good Way

Pet TherapyImagine you’re in the hospital and your doctor or nurse mentions that they have a pet therapy program and asks if you’d be interested in having a dog visit you. You say yes and soon thereafter a dog and its handler arrive. You interact with and pet the dog. After they’ve gone, you notice you feel lighter, happier and more relaxed and you can’t wait to tell your friends and family about your new furry friend.

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Fitting in Fiber for Heart Health

oatmeal-fiber-for-heart-healthWhen we think of fiber we often think of digestive health. But fiber does more than just keep you regular, it is also beneficial in fostering heart health. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t get enough fiber in their diets. Continue reading

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