Health and Wellness Articles
Patient Education articles
The Importance of Neck Stabilization Exercises
An article published in The Journal of Rehabilitative Medicine citing the importance of neck stabilization exercises in the treatment of neck pain. Patients performing neck stabilization exercises demonstrated more significant long-term, lasting improvement than patients treated without these exercises.
Improvement of Cervical Lordosis and Reduction of Forward Head Posture with Anterior Head Weighting and Proprioceptive Balancing Protocols
This research article provides details about forward head posture, which may precipitate pain, decreased ranges of motion and other health problems, and the ability to treat and correct abnormal posture. Using Halo Posture equipment to improve posture is an important component of the corrective care that we provide in our office.
Having a Pain in your Butt - It may not be Sciatica
Feeling good about yourself because you finally decided to clean out the garage, but you're so sore the next day you can't move - particularly in your butt muscle? Many patients see us for emergency treatments this time of year because they did something out of the ordinary, such as: golfing; cleaning out the garage; raking leaves; or camping and sleeping with a rock underneath them. And now they are experiencing pain in the butt.
Painful Stress Headaches Affecting Your Work?
Learn how creating "Wellness Triggers" can prevent headaches and migraines
Because of poor posture, sitting in the same position for hours at a time, and doing repetitive tasks such as typing and talking on the phone, many people experience frequent headaches while on the job. Unable to concentrate, frequent headache sufferers are less productive and miss more work than other employees.
Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain
This article, published within the Annals of Internal Medicine, specifically recommends spinal manipulation (ie chiropractic) for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain for patients who do not improve with self-care options. See recommendation #7 for specific details.
Question: What Scares Doctors? Answer: Being The Patient!
A very interesting article that was featured in the April 2006 issue of Time Magazine. Based on the information in this article, it seems that even traditional doctors don't always trust traditional medicine.
Back Pain? Check Your Feet!
Foot Abnormalities Can Cause Back Pain, and Orthotics can help. We offer custom-made orthotics at Heritage Health.
Custom-Made Foot Orthotics Are Helpful In The Treatment Of A Wide Variety Of Problems
There is an abundance of research supporting the benefits of custom-made orthotics for a wide variety of conditions. Call today for a FREE phone consultation to find out if custom-made orthotics from Heritage Health can help with your pain.
Back Pain Myths and Facts
An interesting slideshow from WebMD. According to guidelines from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, both chiropractic and acupuncture(see slides 9 and 10) are effective tools for treating back pain.
How To Wreck Your Back
A feature article from WebMD describing 5 common ways that people "Wreck" their backs without even knowing it. Considerations such as common daily activities, commuting, and computing are discussed. Reference the other article entitled Proper Posture and Body Mechanics below for ideas on how to avoid "wrecking" your back.
Proper Posture and Body Mechanics
A patient education hand-out develpoed in our office to provide you with information regarding correct posture and proper body mechanics. You can find information about proper lifting techniques, correct sleeping positions, and instructions on how to set up your work station to avoid problems.
Is your child's backpack safe?
Now that we are well into the school year, many of our kids are coming home with full, heavy backpacks. Some kids will complain about carrying such a heavy load, others accept it as a part of school life. There are several things you can do to ensure your child is safely using their backpack and help prevent long-term injury.
Relieve Back Pain With Core Strength Training
A great article from WebMD regarding the importance of abdominal and back strength training to help provide long-lasting relief from back pain. This is an important principle that we incorporate into all of our treatment plans at Heritage Health, under the supervision of Mike Stofan, MSPT, our licensed physical therapist.