Picking the Right Mattress

imagesThe importance of quality sleep has been getting a lot of coverage in media lately. Among the many factors which contribute to its quality is your mattress.

Given the amount of time we spend on our mattress, its just makes sense to invest wisely in the right mattress- for you.  As clinicians who listen to our patients as they tell us about the many things which are influencing their health and well-being, we get a variety of perspectives on many topics.  When it comes to mattresses, one thing is clear: mattress preference is highly individual.

Did You Know…     “Sleep also supports healthy growth and development. Deep sleep triggers the body to release the hormone that promotes normal growth in children and teens. This hormone also boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues in children, teens, and adults. Sleep also plays a role in puberty and fertility.”   from the website www.nhlbi.nih.gov

Mattress Guidelines

Proper Mattress Can Improve Sleep Comfort, Reduce Pain, Says American Chiropractic Association

A good night’s sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle; however, an estimated 70 million Americans complain of sleeplessness. This October, during National Chiropractic Month, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is offering advice to help consumers select comfortable mattresses and pillows that can help limit unnecessary back and neck pain.

“Americans spend one-third of their lives sleeping, so it makes sense to invest in a sleep set that can improve your comfort and overall health,” says Scott Bautch, DC, DACBOH, spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. “Many people don’t realize the reason for their neck or back pain is literally right underneath them—it’s their mattress and pillow.”

A 2006 study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine showed that sleeping on a new mattress can significantly reduce stiffness and back pain.  Researchers found that study participants reported immediate and sustained benefits after sleeping on a new mattress. This was especially true of participants who entered the study with back pain complaints, as they reported a 63 percent improvement in back discomfort with a new mattress.

When it comes time to purchase a new mattress, the ACA recommends the following:

Shop for Support
Look for a mattress that provides uniform support from head to toe; if there are gaps between your body and the mattress (such as at the waist), you’re not getting the full support you need.  Mattresses can be too firm; pay close attention to uncomfortable pressure on prominent body features such as the shoulders, hips and low back.

Shop for Comfort
When mattress shopping, give each option a good trial run before you buy; lie down on a mattress for a minimum of five to 10 minutes to get a good idea of its comfort level. If you cannot find a comfortable position, you probably have the wrong mattress.

Shop for Size
Does the bed provide enough room for both you — and your sleeping partner if you have one — to stretch and roll over?  The ideal mattress will also minimize the transfer of movement from one sleeping partner to the other, which means one person shouldn’t feel motion as the other leaves the bed.

Generally, a mattress should be replaced every 5 to 8 years to ensure proper support and comfort. Be aware that life’s changes can signal the need for a new mattress as well. For example, people who have lost or gained a considerable amount of weight, those who have a medical condition which has changed the way they sleep, or even those who’ve changed partners may need to consider a new mattress.

The American Chiropractic Association is the nation’s leading chiropractic organization representing more than 16,000 doctors of chiropractic and their patients.

You may find this site quite helpful for many reasons including comparing one mattress to another: http://www.us-mattress.com

For a continuation of the discussion on getting good sleep and some tips for trouble-shooting any difficulties you may be having, see our page “SLEEP IMPROVEMENT” here.

Is It OK to “Crack” Your Own Joints?

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Do you or someone you know self-manipulate (crack, pop, click, “adjust”) your/their own neck? If so, this is very valuable information. Please pass it on to someone you care about that self-manipulates. There have been people who have even torn the vertebral artery in their neck by doing this. That will quickly lead to a stroke. Professionally performed adjustments do not carry this danger.

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A Doctor of Chiropractic is very well-trained in manipulation/ adjusting of joints.  Besides a background in basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, neurology, the muscular and skeletal systems, biochemistry, histology, and pathology, a chiropractic student spends many hours in the clinical sciences of physical diagnosis, neuordiagnosis, gerontology, pediatrics, and so on.  Along with these courses, the student has many courses in biomechanics and adjusting techniques.

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One of the first rules or axioms learned in chiropractic college is, “It is just as important to know when NOT to adjust as when to adjust!”

A lay person can not know all these things and is very likely to apply non-specific  forces rather than specific forces to the joint. There is also a real possibility of too much force and at an angle which is destructive rather than therapeutic.

The top picture also illustrates that self-manipulation will often affect the “wrong” joint (the already overly mobile joint) which destabilizes it all the more.  Meanwhile, the under-mobile, or stuck joint, remains stuck and contributes to more destabilization because it does not contribute to the overall interdependent joint movements of nearby joints.  These nearby joints have to compensate for the stuck neighboring joint by over-reaching their normal movement, putting stress on the ligaments and other associated joint tissues.  The stuck joint continues to irritate the area and to experience cartilage degradation due to the death of its cartilage cells in the absence of motion which bathes the cells in regenerative nutrients.

No, it is NOT OK to “crack” your own joints.  Get a professional.  See a doctor of chiropractic.  

We would love to help you!  Please call us for a free consultation to see if we may be of help to you.

(952) 474-1777

Plantar Fasciitis Self Care

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fascial (connective tissue) support strap which lies on the bottom of our feet.  The damage is from a “pulling away” type stress, most commonly at the attachment to the heel bone (calcaneus).

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in our society. Our “over-use” of footwear may be the reason for the prevalence.  It’s possible that foot muscle atrophy (weakening) has occurred because shoes are doing the support work for the muscles of the foot which no longer have the ability to create the arch and stability needed to keep the tissues from being  damaged during activity- even normal activities!

Orthotics, while a “life-saver” for those with PF and other foot ailments, may be contributing to the problem by allowing the foot muscles to get away with minimal work.  This seems to be especially true of rigid orthotics which also prevent the foot from going through its normal wave of motion with each step by holding the foot in an unnatural rigidity of its own “foot posture”.  Weaning ourselves off of external supports whenever possible may be the best cure.  This needs to be done gradually and systematically to prevent giving the weakened foot too much too soon.

In addition to these self-care strategies, we have found that chiropractic adjusting of the foot a few times during the “reconstruction” phase adds great benefit to symptom relief and shortening of healing time.

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Above all, it is important to consider what is causing the problem!  Obviously, treating symptoms only without addressing the cause is an unending struggle and a waste of effort, time, and money.

Do you need to lose weight?  Do you need to buy new/ better shoes or orthotics?  Do you need to train less?  Train on a different surface?  Do you need to reevaluate your nutritional status?  Is your genetic predisposition (eg. ligamentous integrity) a factor?  Is the activity you are involved in just not a good one for your body type and/or body challenges due to genetics or past health and injury history?

In addition to the above investigation, consider the following self-care activities:

Ice; this is an inflammatory condition, ice is a wonderful anti-inflammatory.  Be sure to follow proper icing procedures and never put stress on a freshly iced part/area.  Let the foot warm up a while before putting your full weight back on it.   Never, ever stretch any body part while it is being iced or if it has been recently iced!  The tissues are not pliable and you can easily tear them, causing further injury.

Anti-inflammatory medications do have their place used short term.  Used long term can lead to: 1) gastrointestinal ulceration and bleeding. 2) inhibition of your body’s natural anti-inflammatory activity. 3) liver and/or kidney damage. 4) inhibition of your body’s ability to repair itself through building of new tissue.  Better yet, be sure to eat an “anti-inflammatory” diet (https://www.deflame.com/deflaming/diet/) and take anti-inflammatory supplements such as vitamins C and D and omega-3 fish oils.

Ball rolling/stretching of the plantar fascia; use a golf ball or foot-roller device to gently and consistently stretch the bottom of the foot.  Never do this when the foot is freshly iced! (see STRETCHING TIPS)

Strengthen the foot through the use of progressively increasing repetitions and sets of 1. “writing” the alphabet with your big toe, 2. toe-ups, 3. towel/newspaper scrunches, 4. dowel/pencil or marble lifting and moving using your toes.

Here is a video which will explain and show some good exercises.  These exercises are good for all feet, not just those doing “minimalist running”.  If you lack the equipment needed for some, improvise or go with other exercises which are done without those props.

YouTube Video of foot exercises

 

Calf and Achilles tendon stretch (Soleus and gastrocnemius muscles)

  • Stand with one foot in front of the other, feet at hip width apart, knees soft and slightly bent, feet flat on floor.
  • Gently bend the back knee further down until you feel a stretch along the back of the back leg (soleus muscle.
  • Hold for 5 to 15 seconds.
  • Straighten the back leg and lean your hips forward until you feel another calf stretch (gastrocnemius).
  • (this stretch is also seen in the above video)
NOTE: It has been found that significant contributors to overly tight plantar fascia and calf muscles are high heel shoes and bed sheets which are tucked in too tautly at the foot of the bed, forcing the foot into toe-pointing position for long periods of time and therefore shortening the structures which need to be at proper length for proper mechanical functioning of the foot.
 
Taping; using a good-quality and possibly hypo-allergenic athletic tape, 1 and 1/2 inches wide:

1. wash and dry foot

2. apply tape non-weight-bearing, not too snug to a relaxed foot

3. start with a strip across the transverse arch of foot/ across metatarsal heads as an anchor

4. lay a half figure-8 beginning at base of big toe and going down and around the heel, back to base of big toe

5. lay a half figure-8 beginning at base of little toe and going down and around the heel, back to base of little toe

6. lay another strip across the transverse arch and proceed down in 1/4 inch overlaps, shingle style, to lay successive transverse strips toward the heel.

7. you may keep this on your foot as long as a week if you can stand the smell!  Otherwise, reapply every few days. You must keep your foot taped for at least a week (but no longer than 2 weeks) for the healing process to be complete enough.

NOTE: you may want to shower with a plastic bag on your foot secured with a rubber band.

(if this seems too complicated, try an internet search for “plantar fasciitis taping” for some good pictures and possibly a video instruction on how to do it)

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Thank you for visiting the Levin and Chellen Chiropractic web page. Please note that the information located on our site is not intended to provide specific chiropractic advice. You should consult with a chiropractic doctor and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific condition. We welcome the receipt of electronic mail though not for making appointments, soliciting and sales, or inquiries which need immediate response. Please be advised, however, that the act of sending electronic mail to this office or to Dr. Sharon Levin, DC or Dr. Nels Chellen, DC does not alone create a physician-patient relationship. We will neither accept requests for chiropractic advice or treatment nor offer specific chiropractic advice over the internet. The information here is presented for general information purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice.

Should anyone share his or her personal health information with us via internet, telephone, or in writing, we will respect their right to confidentiality and abide by federal guidelines set forth according to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Therefore we present to you our Notice of Privacy Practices. This document is available to you through a link on the Resources page of this web site.

Pull Your Weeds, Not Your Back, When Gardening

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Gardening can be enjoyable, but it is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. The back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when using your green thumb.

A warm-up and cool-down period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity,” said Dr. Scott Bautch of the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Council on Occupational Health. “Performing simple stretches during these periods will help alleviate injuries, pain and stiffness.”

Before a gardening session, make sure you have had plenty of water.  If not, have some right away and while you’re at it, grab some to take with you outside to have during your gardening.  Afterward, sit and relax with some additional water before rewarding yourself with that cola, coffee, beer or cocktail.

Two very important principles of stretching are: Do NOT force a stretch and NEVER bounce.  These behaviors actually cause your muscles to tighten more and may even tear one.  Stretch only as far and as you comfortably can.  Additionally, during any stretch, breathe in and out slowly and rhythmically; do not hold your breath.  Next, review our suggestions for proper stretching at this link:  STRETCHES

Here is a good routine to warm up your muscles and joints before, during, and after your gardening session:

Ankles- draw circles with your toes in the air, one foot at a time, while balancing on the other foot- if you can; grab a stable object otherwise.  Next, point and flex your foot to target the front and back of your lower leg.  Hold 5 to 10 seconds.

Quadriceps-  (You may need a prop for balance)

1. Stand on one leg while grasping ankle or foot of opposite leg behind you.  Use a strap or loop a towel to cradle around your ankle if getting your leg up to your hand is difficult.

2. Slowly bring bent leg backward to meet the thigh with the knee pointing toward the floor. Hold 10 to 15 seconds.

Hamstrings-

1. Place one heel out in from of you while standing on the other leg, pointing your toe toward your shin OR…sit on the floor with one leg extended in front of you and the other leg bent with the foot in towards the thigh.

2. Push your buttocks back.   Keeping your back straight, lean forward, pivoting at the hip joint just until your feel the stretch in the back of the thigh.  Hold 10 to 15 seconds.

Hamstrings Curls- Walk in place, exaggerating the backwards motion of your lower leg towards your buttocks, shifting your weight from left to right, right to left for 10-15 seconds.

Gluteus (butt) muscles-

Sitting or standing, pull one knee to your chest.

Gently pull your knee across your body toward the opposite shoulder.  Hold 10 to 15 seconds.

Sides- Reach up and across your forehead, feel the stretch along the side of the body and toward the spine.  Hold 10 to 15 seconds.

Lumbar Flexion and Extension- Slowly and carefully bend forward at your waist as if touching your toes.  Keep your knees soft.  Pay close attention to the pull on your back and hamstrings.  Make it a gentle, controlled stretch felt along your lower back.  Hold no longer than 5 seconds.

Place your hands on your upper buttocks, palm in.  Tightening your abdominal muscles, carefully lean back no more than 10-15 degrees.  Feel the stretching of your front and the tightening of the back.  Hold no longer than 3 seconds and repeat 3 to 5 times.

Shoulders- Roll your shoulders with a big, full motion, in a backwards direction.  Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Arm Circles- Rotate at the shoulder, first with elbows bent, then with straight arms.  Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Wrist Circles- Twirl your hands at the wrist in both directions.  Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Fingers- Clench and straighten your fingers several times.

*Just a word about fatigue: know your limits!  Resist the temptation to do “just one more thing” or “just a little more”.  Gardening while too fatigued may set you up for a sprain or strain that you would not have had otherwise.

NOTE: These exercises should only be performed after evaluation by a qualified professional. Should you experience pain or discomfort while doing an exercise, stop immediately. Follow only the exercises that your doctor has recommended to avoid the potential of further injury.

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Thank you for visiting the Levin and Chellen Chiropractic web page. Please note that the information located on our site is not intended to provide specific chiropractic advice. You should consult with a chiropractic doctor and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific condition. We welcome the receipt of electronic mail though not for making appointments, soliciting and sales, or inquiries which need immediate response. Please be advised, however, that the act of sending electronic mail to this office or to Dr. Sharon Levin, DC or Dr. Nels Chellen, DC does not alone create a physician-patient relationship. We will neither accept requests for chiropractic advice or treatment nor offer specific chiropractic advice over the internet. The information here is presented for general information purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice.

Should anyone share his or her personal health information with us via internet, telephone, or in writing, we will respect their right to confidentiality and abide by federal guidelines set forth according to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Therefore we present to you our Notice of Privacy Practices. This document is available to you through a link on the Resources page of this web site.

Tips for Keeping Sinuses Healthy and Quieting Allergies

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Tips for safe and successful use of the net pot for sinus irrigation

  • The article below does not mention that you should always use kosher (non-iodized) salt (1/2 teaspoon per cup of water).   USE NON-IODIZED salt! It will not sting like iodized salt can. Do not use sea salt! It is full of other stuff you do not want in your sinuses. You can also buy prepackaged neti salt at some stores like Lakewinds Natural Foods Co-op, Walgreens, CVS;usually any place selling the pots.
  • Your water should not be tap water due to chlorine content and possible micro-organisms; use distilled, bottled, well-filtered, or boiled water.  
  • Body or bath temperature water is recommended. When your sinuses are really inflamed this may be too warm and a cooler water temperature would be better to calm and de-flame your sinus tissues.
  • Never microwave in plastic! It can release carcinogens and other toxins into the contents of the vessel. Warm your water in a glass jar or on the stove in a pan. I use a 3 cup glass jar to warm and mix up 3 cups at a time as it often takes that much to get a good sinus rinse.  
  • Plastic neti pots are nice for travel, and are unbreakable.  
  • Rather than let your nose drain over the sink, and possibly splash around the counter, consider having a catch basin like an old Tupperware container to catch the used water as it exits.
  • Sometimes my sinuses are so plugged up I can not get any water to flow through them and I have to lay on my back for a few minutes and wait for a clearing to occur, then I rise and attempt it again.
  • Be sure to keep your neti pot clean and dry between uses. You should check for residue and mold with a peek inside the pot before each use.

Internet Resources

See? The person is NOT drowning. Neither will you. Do not inhale or you will feel like you are drowning.

Good luck and better breathing!

For many other useful articles, links, and videos featuring tips for healthful living, visit:

https://sites.google.com/site/informationchiropractic/home

Disclaimer

Thank you for visiting the Levin and Chellen Chiropractic web page. Please note that the information located on our site is not intended to provide specific chiropractic advice. You should consult with a chiropractic doctor and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific condition. We welcome the receipt of electronic mail though not for making appointments, soliciting and sales, or inquiries which need immediate response. Please be advised, however, that the act of sending electronic mail to this office or to Dr. Sharon Levin, DC or Dr. Nels Chellen, DC does not alone create a physician-patient relationship. We will neither accept requests for chiropractic advice or treatment nor offer specific chiropractic advice over the internet. The information here is presented for general information purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice.

Should anyone share his or her personal health information with us via internet, telephone, or in writing, we will respect their right to confidentiality and abide by federal guidelines set forth according to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Therefore we present to you our Notice of Privacy Practices. This document is available to you through a link on the Resources page of this web site.

Checklist of Healthy Living Ideas

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You can do much to help yourself feel better, live longer, and heal faster while your chiropractic treatments are helping to restore proper joint, muscle, and nerve tone and balance. Here are several important considerations for you to apply to your lifestyle.

Posture– You are either building structure or tearing it down. See: POSTURE

❒ Diet– Every cell in your body is depending on you to make wise and conscious decisions about what goes through your mouth and into your body.  This is especially true when you are in a healing state. Along with this, commit to safely losing any extra weight and then maintaining by wise and healthy habits.

❒  Exercise– “Have you ever heard the expression ‘Use it or lose it’?  Inactivity is as much of a health risk as smoking!” from www.healthdiscovery.net/  Intensity of exercise should be considerate of your injuries and the phases of healing.

 Sleep– “Sleep also supports healthy growth and development. Deep sleep triggers the body to release the hormone that promotes normal growth in children and teens. This hormone also boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues in children, teens, and adults. Sleep also plays a role in puberty and fertility.” from the website www.nhlbi.nih.gov Be sure to get a good bed.  Do some research. Most beds are good for only 6-8 years. See: SLEEP and Picking a MATTRESS

❒  Chair– With the number of hours we are seated in our society it makes sense that we need to take our sitting posture seriously. You will spare yourself a lot of pain and breakdown when you commit to developing healthy, functional sitting posture.  See: HEALTHY BACK

Work habits- If your company has a department which can help you be ergonomically correct, enlist them! If not, do some research to find out what you can do to lower the stresses you feel while performing your job through assessing and correcting for awkward positions, repetitive motions, and imbalanced loads and maneuvers.  See: ERGONOMICSProper footwear and floor mats can also help a lot!   For a self-check of your work desk correctness, see: Work Station Set-Up Video

Icing- “Cold therapy is recommended during the first one to three days after an injury (depending on its severity) in what’s known as the “acute” phase of the injury. If swelling and inflammation aren’t stopped or slowed, more extensive tissue damage may occur and the injury may take longer to heal. For instructions on use see: COLD THERAPY

 Stress- Stress reduction is a must!  We recommend that everyone find methods which work for them and incorporate them into your life on a regular basis.  For more ideas on beating stress go to: BEAT STRESS  PS. Think positively, have some fun every day, and participate in social activities.

Water- We have looked all around for the best, holistically oriented information on water intake and Dr. Mercola’s site came in first.  That said, don’t get carried away with all of it, just the parts which ring true to you: WATER

Chemicals- Please see Environmental Working Group’s site for a wealth of information which “empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. We drive consumer choice and civic action with breakthrough research and an informed public.”  Go to:http://www.ewg.org/   Also, if you do use medications, use them wisely: see MEDICATIONS

This article and many more highly useful articles, links, and instructional pages can be found at the following link: https://sites.google.com/…/checklist-of-holistic-self-care-…

Disclaimer

Thank you for visiting the Levin and Chellen Chiropractic web page. Please note that the information located on our site is not intended to provide specific chiropractic advice. You should consult with a chiropractic doctor and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific condition. We welcome the receipt of electronic mail though not for making appointments, soliciting and sales, or inquiries which need immediate response. Please be advised, however, that the act of sending electronic mail to this office or to Dr. Sharon Levin, DC or Dr. Nels Chellen, DC does not alone create a physician-patient relationship. We will neither accept requests for chiropractic advice or treatment nor offer specific chiropractic advice over the internet. The information here is presented for general information purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice.

Should anyone share his or her personal health information with us via internet, telephone, or in writing, we will respect their right to confidentiality and abide by federal guidelines set forth according to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Therefore we present to you our Notice of Privacy Practices. This document is available to you through a link on the Resources page of this web site.

Think Twice Before Getting Knee Surgery

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“Think Twice Before Getting Knee Surgery”

There is a lot of knee pain “out there” and you may be one of those with it. Here is a well-written article to consider before asking your doctor for surgery. There is very little evidence that surgery helps most knee pain- unless there has been a traumatic injury.

 
The author concludes, “If you have bum knees, think exercise and weight loss before submitting to the knife.” I’ll also add that for 20 years the doctors of Levin and Chellen Chiropractic have greatly enhanced the healing process with our expert realignment of misaligned knee structures and muscle and fascial therapy for the supporting soft tissues of the knee. Our patients report significant reduction in pain and need for pain killers and increased ability to return to the activities they love. They often remark, “Why did I wait so long to come and see you?”
 
By the way, when there is an imbalanced load of forces on the knees transmitted from a hundred or more pounds of body weight coming from a distorted frame above (bones and muscles), the knees take an awful beating. Rebalancing the spine can significantly reduce the stress put on the knees this way.
 
Give us a call today to discuss whether our chiropractic services may be of benefit for you.  
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Click here to view the original article: KNEE PAIN
If you would like to find out whether our care might help you feel better, just give us a call to schedule your first visit or a no-obligation complimentary consultation.  We are waiting to help you!

Disclaimer

Thank you for visiting the Levin and Chellen Chiropractic web page. Please note that the information located on our site is not intended to provide specific chiropractic advice. You should consult with a chiropractic doctor and not rely on any information contained herein regarding your specific condition. We welcome the receipt of electronic mail though not for making appointments, soliciting and sales, or inquiries which need immediate response. Please be advised, however, that the act of sending electronic mail to this office or to Dr. Sharon Levin, DC or Dr. Nels Chellen, DC does not alone create a physician-patient relationship. We will neither accept requests for chiropractic advice or treatment nor offer specific chiropractic advice over the internet. The information here is presented for general information purposes only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice.

Should anyone share his or her personal health information with us via internet, telephone, or in writing, we will respect their right to confidentiality and abide by federal guidelines set forth according to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Therefore we present to you our Notice of Privacy Practices. This document is available to you through a link on the Resources page of this web site.

Better Ways to Manage your Child’s Backpack

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School will be letting out soon. However, there are still about 3 months for your child’s backpack to wreck damage upon their frame (musculoskeletal system).

 

 

Parents, are you aware of the better ways to manage your child’s backpack?

Also, check out our Helpful Information site jam-packed with all sorts of useful information on all sorts of lifestyle matters from backpacks to mattresses to stress.

https://sites.google.com/…/inform…/home/back-pack-guidelines

Sunscreens: Best to Avoid and Best to Purchase

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Environmental Working Group has a “Sunscreen Hall of Shame”
The sun will be getting stronger as the days get longer. We’ll be outdoors more. Many of us will be purchasing fresh sunscreens to protect ourselves and our families.
 
“There are a lot of sunscreens on the market: some good, some bad and then the shameful.”
 
Environmental Working Group has a “Sunscreen Hall of Shame” which educates us to make smart consumer choices regarding sunscreens, but also many other products. Although the list is for 2015, the information is still relevant. Please take a moment to save this article and pass it on to others.
 
Click here to view the entire article:  SUNSCREENS