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Get Rid of Headaches Once and For All

The stress of the holidays are over and you are likely charging full throttle into your New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you have goals of eating better, exercising more and meditating twice a week. What about those headaches you’ve been experiencing? Is getting rid of them on your list? I have developed a special interest in treating patients with headaches for several …

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Fear of bending your back?

Do you have a fear of bending your back? Are you concerned about doing forward folds in yoga or even reaching down to pick something up off the ground? Perhaps you’ve had a back injury and you were advised to avoid forward bending at all costs forever. So, is forward bending AKA lumbar flexion really that bad for your low …

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Skip the MRI for low back pain?

Have you suffered from low back pain? Have you wondered if you should get an MRI  so you can identify the problem? Unfortunately, MRIs are not always beneficial. Let me explain. With a lumbar MRI you get an image of the joints, discs, ligaments, nerves and muscles of the low back. Now, if you are over the age of 30, …

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What is Physical Therapy Fellowship Training

//What is Physical Therapy Fellowship Training and why does it matter to me as a patient? I often get this question and, the answer has several parts. Nearly all modern day physical therapists are Doctors of Physical Therapy. This means they have an undergraduate degree and then complete 3 years of physical therapy school. After PT school, some clinicians pursue …

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Headaches, a pain in the neck?

A splitting headache is not the way to begin or end a long day of work or play. Headache treatment can be a challenge for both patients and healthcare providers – several types of headaches exist and, considering that individuals may suffer from more than one type, diagnosis can be difficult. The three most common headache types are tension, migraine, …

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The Truth About Sitting

Did you know that more than half of an average person’s day is spent being sedentary — sitting, watching television or working at a computer? We know that this much inactivity isn’t good. And, even if you engage in some physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk for disease. How much uninterrupted chair time do you …

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Traveling Tibetans

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting a special guest. Meet Yangtso! She is participating in the Columbia University Tibetan Small Business Training Program. The program aims to provide education on all areas of running a small business with a special focus on eco-tourism. Yangtso is from Xinlong county of Ganzi Prefecture, like many Tibetans from this area, she …

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The Problem With Satisfied Patients

  Alexandra Robbins   A misguided attempt to improve healthcare has led some hospitals to focus on making people happy, rather than making them well. When healthcare is at its best, hospitals are four-star hotels, and nurses, personal butlers at the ready—at least, that’s how many hospitals seem to interpret a government mandate. When Department of Health and Human Services …

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Wrinkles on the inside are normal

Disc bulges, disc degeneration, disc height loss and facet degeneration are common findings on MRI and CT in individuals WITHOUT low back pain and these findings increase as we age. Many image-based degenerative changes are a part of the normal aging process and are often not the cause of low back pain.