Food for Thought: Diet for a Healthy Spine

Healthy meal mediterranean dietMost of us are aware that good nutrition, a balanced diet and regular physical activity are key components of overall health. However, it may come as a surprise that proper nutrition is an essential component of maintaining back and spine health, including the prevention and healing of back problems.

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Dense Breast Tissue: What Does It Mean?

04_05_18_MATHER_3DIMAGING08Nearly half of all women age 40 and older who get mammograms are found to have dense breasts. Dense breast tissue refers to the way breast tissue looks on a mammogram. It’s a normal and common finding. Breast tissue is made up of milk glands, milk ducts, and supportive tissue (dense breast tissue), and fatty tissue (non-dense breast tissue). When viewed on a mammogram, women with dense breasts have more dense tissue than fatty tissue.

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Avoiding Back Pain during Your Summer Travels

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It’s summer and for many of us that means taking a long awaited vacation. Whether you’re taking planes, trains or automobiles, don’t let back pain interfere with your travel plans. Here are some tips for preventing back pain on your summer holiday.

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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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