Does vitamin D deficiency trigger carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), consider getting a blood test to measure your Vitamin D levels.  The authors of this study also commented on weight gain and carpal tunnel nerve pain with Vitamin D deficiency.  Other studies show that excess body mass leads to more carpal tunnel release surgeries as well.…

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Tai Chi and Neck Exercises Help Chronic Pain In The Neck

A study in the Journal of Pain found that Tai Chi and regular neck exercises both worked equally well in helping patients with chronic neck pain and helping to improve quality of life. J Pain. 2016 Sep;17(9):1013-27. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.06.004. Epub 2016 Jun 23. Lauche R Abstract This study aimed to test the efficacy of Tai Chi for…

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Bed rest for back pain? A little bit will do you

  Published: February, 2015 Bed rest, once a key part of treating back pain, has a limited role in healing sore backs. In very small doses, bed rest can give you a break when standing or sitting causes severe pain. Too much may make back pain worse. Here is how to do bed rest “right.”…

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Modified Atkins diet helps children with rare form of epilepsy

Friday 24 February 2017 Doose syndrome or myoclonic-astatic epilepsy is a rare syndrome accounting for one to two percent of childhood epilepsies. A ketogenic diet, which is low in carbohydrates and high in fat, is an effective treatment, but it is very restrictive and difficult to follow. In a recent study, 25 of 30 children…

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Mediterranean diet may decrease pain associated with obesity

Obese patients who followed a Mediterranean type diet, to include fish, peas and nuts, found that they could reduce the inflammation associated with being obese, and thereby, reduce their own pain levels. Published: Friday 24 February 2017 Eating a Mediterranean diet could decrease the chances an overweight person will experience regular pain, new research suggests.…

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Acupuncture Useful for Migraine Prophylaxis

Pauline Anderson February 24, 2017 “True” acupuncture reduces migraine frequency, number of days with migraine, and pain intensity compared with “sham” acupuncture and being wait-listed for acupuncture, a randomized trial shows. These are some of the “several benefits” of acupuncture for patients with headache shown in this study, said author Fanrong Liang, MD, Acupuncture and…

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The Beginners Guide to Chiropractic by Dr Heidi Haavik [Video]

ABOUT DR HEIDI HAAVIK: Dr Heidi Haavik is a chiropractor and a neurophysiologist who has worked in the area of human neurophysiology for over 15 years. Heidi has a PhD in human neurophysiology from the University of Auckland. YouTube Video Link

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Dental Health: Waterpik vs. flossing: What is best?

Written by Nicole Galan Reviewed by Christine A. Frank, DDS Last reviewed: Fri 24 February 2017 Most people know to brush and floss their teeth regularly. However, many people have questions about whether water flossing is an alternative to traditional flossing. Flossing Brushing the teeth is an effective way of removing food plaque from the…

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Can staying active help to prevent chronic pain?

The more it hurts, the less we move to try to protect it, but if we move more, it will hurt less. Kind of ironic, isn’t it. The article below describes a study that found that light to moderate activity helps to prevent or reduce chronic pain in arthritis, back pain and fibromyalgia. Date: February…

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The Side Effects of Orthopedic Knee Surgery: Doubling Down at the Great Orthopedic Surgery Casino

by Chris Centeno, M.D. What are the side effects of orthopedic surgery? One of the more disturbing things we see in interventional orthopedics is patients who have undergone multiple aggressive types of orthopedic surgery. The behavior is a bit like a gambler at a casino. If you don’t hit it big the first time, keep doubling…

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