| Posted On Oct 05, 2021 | By:

Seasonal Yard Work: Preventing Back Pain

As the seasons change, many people here in New England are dusting off their rakes and snow shovels in anticipation of the cooler weather. While often an inevitable part of home maintenance, the repetitive bending and lifting involved in seasonal yard work can lead to muscle strain or can exacerbate chronic back pain.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe and injury-free while you spruce up your outdoor space.

Don’t forget to stretch

Like any physical activity,

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| Posted On Dec 27, 2017 | By:

Our Top Health Blogs of 2017

As we look forward to a healthy 2018, we thought it was a good time to look back at some of our most popular health blog posts of the year and provide a quick summary if you happened to miss any of them.

Body Mechanics of Snow Removal

Winter weather in New England is unpredictable, to say the least. We can go from no snow in sight to 10 or more inches overnight.

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| Posted On Aug 03, 2017 | By:

What Are Kidney Stones?

With one in ten people estimated to develop them at some point in their lifetime, kidney stones have become one of the most prevalent illnesses in the United States.

Similar to a real stone, kidney stones are hard, round deposits formed in your kidneys. However, unlike a real stone, they are actually made up of chemicals from your urine that bind together and form crystals. There is no single cause but there are a variety of a factors that increase your risk of developing kidney stones,

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| Posted On Jun 08, 2017 | By:

Would You Know if You Had Gallstones?

Have you ever had a gallstone? Many people haven’t even heard of them, but they are actually quite common. Although they sometimes occur and pass without a person experiencing any symptoms, they can cause pain, discomfort, and even complications, so it’s good to know what they are and the symptoms you may experience.

First of all, it’s good to have some basic definitions. Gallstones are hardened deposits or “stones” of digestive fluid – also known as bile – that can form in your gallbladder.

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| Posted On Oct 20, 2016 | By:

Should You Use Heat or Ice on an Injury?

Whether it’s at home, at work, or in the gym, that age-old question of whether to use heat or ice for an injury continues to be debated. And there’s good reason for the debate, as there is no one correct answer to the question – it depends on the injury in question.

Below we describe the physiological and therapeutic benefits of both heat and ice to help you decide which one might be most effective to use.

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| Posted On Mar 02, 2012 | By:

Stand Up Straight! Improving Your Posture

Growing up, most of us were told at some point by our parents or grandparents to “Stand up straight!” or “Stop slouching!”  Although it might have felt like they were nagging, studies have shown that this was in fact excellent advice. There is a direct correlation between maintenance of proper posture and efficient body function throughout your daily activities and work tasks. Poor posture habits, such as slouching while standing or hunching over your computer at work,

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| Posted On Aug 25, 2011 | By:

Backpacks: Pack Them Light, Wear Them Right

Back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and one item on most everyone’s list is a new backpack.  Backpacks are a practical way for children and teens to carry books and supplies back and forth to school. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles, and when used correctly, backpacks can be useful equipment.

Unfortunately, many parents and children are unaware of the potential dangers of improperly worn backpacks. 

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| Posted On Jul 26, 2011 | By:

The Shoes of Summer

When you think about it, shoes serve any, if not all, of these three purposes:

    1. They help protect the skin of the foot from trauma.
  1. They support the foot so that it functions better with less discomfort while also reducing the risk of injury.
  2. For some, the shoes we wear tell the world something about ourselves, our sense of style, what we like to do,
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| Posted On Mar 09, 2011 | By:

Acute Low Back Pain

Given the harsh winter we’ve experienced this year with lots of snow removal and ice chipping, it’s not surprising that we’ve seen an increase in the number of people experiencing acute low back pain.  Don’t jump to the conclusion, however, that if you’ve hurt your back you’re automatically facing surgery and months of recovery: the good news is that acute low back pain should go away relatively quickly and can usually be treated at home.

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