Neck and Upper Back Pain From Knitting

Knitting has been used for relaxation, passing time while waiting, helping with stress management and practical for families all describe this past time. The popularity of knitting has been increasing. Those who are serious about knitting are well aware of the “community” of knitters. Knitting circles and clubs are like coffee shops, knitting while socializing […]

Health Tips for Garden and Yard Work

Your browser does not support the audio element. After being cooped up all winter we’re anxious to get outdoors and start our yard clean-up. We can’t wait to get into the garden, till the soil and prepare for planting. The sooner we get flowers and plants in the ground the sooner they grow and bloom. […]

Why are Opioids so Dangerous?

Opioids have been used to control acute and chronic pain for many hundreds of years. The name is from Opium Poppy plants. Opium and its derivatives became more popular in our society during the mid-19th century. Morphine was an early derivative of opium. It was addictive then as it is at present. Oxycodone was developed in the […]

Neck Pain and the Recliner Chair

A common complaint that is heard from patients in the office is reoccurring neck pain and stiffness after watching TV or taking a nap in a recliner chair. Why does this happen? There are several reasons for this complaint and some will be presented in this article as well as some suggestions given to prevent […]

Temporomandibular Joint Headaches (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint. It only opens and closes, like a door hinge. The joint is the connecting point of the lower jaw to the skull. A faulty jaw will cause mechanical jaw pain that can include headaches. Altered mechanics of the joint can cause chewing problems that may trigger other symptoms or […]

Tech Neck

Neck and upper back pain have become more common with the use of high tech communication equipment. Have you noticed that everywhere you go people are using their smart phones, iPads or other devices to text or read? People are using their devices in coffee shops, restaurants, shopping malls, and even walking down the street. […]

Neck Pain and Cervical Facet Syndrome

There are many causes of neck pain. A common cause is cervical facet syndrome. This occurs when the joints of the neck become inflamed and pain develops. It is not age specific, but can occur when the joints have been injured and have lost the ability to glide and move correctly. The facet joints are […]

Snow Shoveling Safety

It is inevitable that those of us living far enough north or south of the equator deal with snow accumulation. The reduction of back pain and how we can move snow safely is the purpose of this article. Numerous times throughout late fall to early spring patients present to the office with back pain as […]

Tension Headaches

There are many types of headaches. One of the most common headaches present in society today is the tension headache. It’s reported to affect over 70% of the population. The headache has been described as feeling like a tight cap or tight band on the head. Tension headaches have been called “diurnal headaches”. These are […]

Decrease Neck & Back Pain by Improving Sleep Habits

There are a number of factors that you can control to help you obtain a good and restful night of sleep. This article will examine proven methods that can be used to help you sleep and decrease your neck and back pain. Have you been having a problem obtaining a restful night of sleep? What helps […]

What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

The thoracic outlet carries nerves, arteries, and veins. It is actually an opening at the lower front and side of the neck between two muscles. Vessels arise out of the chest cavity from the heart and nerves enter the outlet from the neck. The clavicle or collarbone lies above the nerves and vessels as they […]

Posture At The Computer

Technology is changing rapidly in our culture. More and more companies are allowing workers to be at home using their computers and interfacing with others at work or a company client. Work posture is important for many reasons, not only at the job site, but at home. Poor posture results in increased headaches, neck pain […]