Gardens, Weeds, Masks and COVID

Well, we’ve reached the “dog days” of August. And, it’s hot in the Berkshires. I’ve been spending every possible moment outside to take advantage of summer this year. My vegetable garden is doing well, but the flower garden has been taken over by weeds. Every year I find it difficult to keep on top of…

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Is COVID-19 Causing Your Back Pain?

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen evidence that working from home or binge-watching TV during this COVID-19 epidemic brings up another whole set of health issues. More people with back pain than you can shake a stick at! That’s understandable for a couple of reasons – let me explain: Sitting too much by…

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What do Back Pain and Meditation Have in Common?

You might think meditation and back pain an odd combination. Let me explain why it’s not. People with chronic pain of any kind, could be back, hip, knee, shoulder, neck, all have one thing in common, STRESS. Being in pain all the time is stressful. When it’s difficult to stand, or sit, or walk comfortably,…

A Diagnosis of Osteoporosis Can be Life-changing Here’s an Ounce of Prevention!

What a coincidence. May is National Correct Your Posture Month AND Osteoporosis Awareness month. What’s a body to do? Well, here are a few of my top recommendations for prevention. Exercise is a key ingredient for osteoporosis prevention. BUT, it’s very important to have good posture in your exercise program, so, for me, the first…

It’s Earth Day – Go Out And Play!

Happy Earth Day! I know that most headlines on major news networks give a picture that looks pretty grim for the health of our mother earth, so I wanted to give you a few that give us hope instead. Here’s a headline about a group of scientists and engineers who have designed a wall for…

Play Ball To Relieve Your Sciatica! Check It Out!

With all the headlines today about the opioid epidemic, and the addictive properties of prescription pain meds, we are all looking for better alternatives. Anyone who has ever suffered from sciatica, or any type of chronic pain, will do just about anything to get rid of that pain. The problem is that most doctors aren’t…

Think that fast bicycle crunch is helping to strengthen your back? Think again!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! Mine was excellent! Great food, delightful company, and lots of leftovers. I’m sure you’ve seen those musclebound guys at the gym who do their bicycle crunches so fast, that, by the time you get two done, they’ve done 20. Well, don’t feel the least bit bad about your efforts because that twisting at…

Your Back Pain Is NOT In Your Head Or, Is It?…

Almost everyone deals with back pain at some time during their life, and sometimes, when the reason is not obvious, we can be made to feel like we are imagining it. BUT, usually, we are not. Certainly, there are times when physiological pain can be exacerbated by a stressful situation, but in this day and…