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Backpack Safety Tips

September 14th, 2018
spine health
Two girls are walking to school holding hands on their first day wearing backpacks

It’s hard to believe that it’s September and the kids (and many adults) are back to school. It’s also the perfect time for a reminder about how to avoid problems caused by too-heavy backpacks. There’s been an alarming trend in increased back, shoulder, and neck pain in children linked to overweight bags – often slung […]

Great News For Veterans

July 31st, 2018
chiropractic
chiropractic benefits for military veterans

With the reality of the opioid epidemic impacting America’s veteran population, Congress has responded by increasing access to non-drug health care approaches, such as chiropractic care. Here’s the American Chiropractic Association’s press release about this important issue: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2018 Congress Passes Legislation Expanding Veteran Access to Nondrug Chiropractic Services Arlington, Va. […]

Spring is in the Err

May 16th, 2018
prevention
Gardening back injury

Ah, spring is in the air. The sunshine, the budding trees, the fresh air! And the shoulder strains, knee sprains, and low back pain! It’s already begun – the first nice day finds us out in the yard for a marathon clean up, or on the bicycle for a five-hour ride. Fess up, you weekend […]

Curing the opioid epidemic: It starts with prevention

December 28th, 2017
chiropractic, Pain
opioid crisis

175 people were killed today in the U.S. But it wasn’t in a hurricane or at the hands of a mass murderer. That’s the number of people who die from drug overdoses each day, according to multiple sources, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse and The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the […]

“I Didn’t Do Nuthin’!” -Sleep Positions and Posture

October 17th, 2017
Pain, spine health
sleep-related back pain

We had a new patient in the office recently with a complaint of right upper back, shoulder blade, and neck pain. He also noted intermittent right arm ache, numbness, and tingling to the ring and pinky fingers. “I haven’t done anything to cause this, I just woke up with it yesterday and it was bad. […]

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Study in Rhode Island

August 9th, 2017
chiropractic, research
pain relief

The state of Rhode Island’s Medicaid program has been coordinating a special pilot project in which high use, chronic pain recipients have access to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) providers such as chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. These recipients also receive patient education regarding healthier lifestyles, stress reduction, and more. According to the program administrator, […]

Mo’ Better News

June 28th, 2017
chiropractic
low back pain

A recent review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), provides further evidence of the safety and effectiveness of spinal manipulation in the treatment of acute low back pain. This new review, entitled “Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain”, examined all data on […]

New Low Back Pain Guidelines

April 14th, 2017
Pain, therapies
low back pain

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently released new guidelines for the treatment of low back pain. More specifically, the guidelines relate to “noninvasive” (i.e. conservative treatment, which excludes injection therapy and surgery), and “nonradicular” (i.e. localized low back pain, not associated with radiating sciatic pain) treatment. Among the highlights, the ACP now recommends that, […]

National Medicare Equality Petition

October 26th, 2016
chiropractic

Anyone remember 1972? Even if you lived through it, you probably don’t! Richard Nixon was president. A gallon of gas was 55¢. A Ford Pinto cost $2,078 (before it exploded, much less after!). And Medicare introduced chiropractic as a covered service. The initial inclusion of chiropractic required an x-ray to demonstrate a subluxation (i.e., a […]