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Knee Anatomy

What does it mean when your knee starts popping and swelling? Is it because of a tear in the meniscus or is it because of a maladjusted spine? At my age, I’m used to the sandy sound of chondromalacia, but the popping and swelling is a whole new adventure. When the Knee Popping Began About… Read More

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Freedom from Back Pain

Having suffered with sciatica pain for several years, I’m happy to say that it has been five years since my last knock down, drag out flare up and I’m working proactively to keep it that way. Now don’t get me wrong; Ms. Sciatica has tried to clear her painful throat a few times, but when… Read More

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Getting Ready for 2017

New Year 2017

It’s the end of the year and I’ve been looking through this year’s blog posts. That was real easy to do since I only had 2 blog posts in 2016. To extend my stroll down memory lane, I decided to look through 2015’s posts. That was a little more labor intensive since I had a… Read More

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TENS 7000 Case

Some time ago my chiropractor suggested I purchase a TENS unit to help with tight muscles in the upper leg area. For those of you unfamiliar with a TENS unit it is a portable electronic stimulator unit. It stimulates nerves and muscles electronically. (The acronym TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) Why did he… Read More

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Illness

Obamacare, HIPPA, pre-existing conditions, deductibles, co-insurance, covered or not covered. These are all terms we associate with US health care (or should I say sick care). Whether or not you have insurance, you owe it to yourself to spend some time watching the following video. It’s 1 hour and 12 minutes long, so if you’re… Read More

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Keeping Sciatica at Bay

piriformis

After suffering with a long-lasting sciatica flare up, I think I finally know what I should do to keep it at bay. Over the past couple of years I’ve suffered on and off with sciatica. When it first happened, I didn’t know what it was and unfortunately, the chiropractor I regularly visited at the time… Read More

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If you suffer from hot flashes or night sweats (whether they are caused by menopause or not), sage may be your answer. Here’s the story. About a decade or so ago I had my first bout with hot flashes. I changed my dietary habits and they went away. From time to time when I went… Read More

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Far Infrared Lamps

Far Infrared Technology

I can’t believe it took me so long to figure this out. Far infrared lamps rock! Through visits to my acupuncturist, I was introduced to the far infrared lamp. I didn’t know that’s what it was. I thought it was a plain old run of the mill heating lamp.  Boy was I wrong. All I… Read More

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Good Bye Sciatica?

Stretching

I’m cautiously optimistic that my sciatica is a thing of the past. It’s been about 7 weeks of deep tissue massage, chiropractic adjustments, electronic stimulation (the first few weeks) and area specific exercises. In those 7 weeks we turned the condition around. I don’t have a hint of pain, numbness or leg tingling. I’m able… Read More

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Biking with Sciatica

What a dink I am. In my last sciatica progress report I mentioned how my chiropractor gave me “permission” to ride the bike for 12 to 15 minutes at a leisurely pace. In my smug attitude, I said, “Forget it. What’s 12 to 15 minutes?” You see, I wanted to go back to my 45… Read More

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