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Back Stretches To Improve Mobility

When we imagine someone with back pain we may think of someone who has suffered a sports related injury or car accident. But more often than not, it’s the day to day activities that produce tension and tightness resulting in backache. A healthy and flexible back not only depends on the health of its primary muscles but also on surrounding muscles and areas of the body. The following stretches will help you build and maintain a healthy back. These back stretches cover the major muscle groups and joints, starting with the shoulders and moving down to the hips.

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A Study: Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain

Amid a worsening opioid addiction crisis, doctors are increasingly looking for alternative treatments for low back pain. A recent study in JAMA Network Open focused on U.S. military personnel. It found that those who used chiropractic care (including spinal manipulation, rehabilitation exercises and treatment with cold or heat), along with traditional medical care (including self-care, medications, physical therapy, and pain clinic referral), had better pain relief outcomes than those who only sought out traditional medical care.

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Fit Tips

Being active and staying fit can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce blood pressure, build strong bones, relieve stress, and maintain flexibility and good posture. Recreational sport is a great way to enjoy the many benefits of physical activity whether you pick up a hockey stick, golf club, racquet, or paddle, get on a bike, or put on your running shoes!  The important thing is to get moving.

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Flat Feet

Having “flat feet” is a term used to refer to lack of the medial longitudinal arch of the foot. A true flat-foot is referred to as rigid pes planus. This is where the foot is completely flat even during non-weight bearing. What most people with flat-feet suffer from is called flexible or functional pes planus. In this case, the arch will appear normal when the person is sitting (not bearing weight). However, when you stand up, you won’t be able to place an index finger under the arch.

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TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the name of the joint located on either side of your head, just in front of your ears. These joints connect your jawbone to your skull. The TMJ, which can rotate and move forward, backward and side to side, is considered one of the most complex joints in the body. This joint, in combination with other muscles and ligaments, lets you chew, swallow, speak and yawn. When you have a problem with the muscle, bone or other tissue in the area in and around the TMJ, you may have a TMD.

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Arthritis Pain

Aging is a fact of a life.  We must accept getting older, but that doesn’t mean we have to put up with all the aches and pains that come with it.  Arthritis is a condition that often creeps up on us as we age. Over 4.6 million Canadians are affected by arthritis. While there is no cure for it, there are treatments available through your chiropractor that can definitely help manage the chronic pain associated with the condition.

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