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Get Relief from Tailbone Pain

By | August 20th, 2014|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

Do you find after sitting for long periods that your tailbone is achy or sore? Coccyx or tailbone pain, or "coccydynia" is less common than low back pain, but can be very painful and annoying. I've experienced this, and have found that posture has a huge impact on the level of pain in this area. Where is your coccyx, or tailbone? Your coccyx or tailbone is a small bony section at the bottom of the spine. It's normally composed of 3-5 segments which are usually fused, and it's attached to your sacrum, which is the most posterior (rear) part of [...]

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How to Sit on Couches/Sofas without Pain

By | September 18th, 2013|Back Pain, Furniture, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

Do you find yourself complaining about how uncomfortable furniture is? Do you squirm a lot, constantly shifting your posture to get comfortable?  This is really common.  There are 2 big challenges these days to getting comfortable when sitting: 1) Our modern misaligned posture and 2) Our modern unhealthy chairs.  How can you deal with these challenges? To deal with the first issue of misaligned posture, I’ll refer you to previous articles on my blog.  Try searching under the “sitting” category.  You can find a link to my YouTube video on Pain-Free Sitting as well as an article on “10 Tips [...]

Who’s More Misaligned? (Part 1)

By | June 7th, 2013|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture, Standing|

You may wonder why Americans have such poor posture. This started back in the early 1900’s, probably with the “Flappers”, but unfortunately the trend has continued unabated since then. People have speculated why this change took place. Some say it was a rebellion against the rigidity of the Victorian age. Others say it had to do with Americans wanting to be “modern” and look “relaxed.” There may have been many causes of this phenomenon, but certainly the cost to our society in terms of back pain is huge – billions of dollars are spent on dealing with back pain each [...]

Study Shows Sitting is Bad for Your Health

By | June 3rd, 2011|Exercise, Healthy Posture, Sitting|

On April 25, 2011, National Public Radio did a story on how sitting is bad for your health. The conclusion of a study by epidemiologist Steven Blair was that men who had more sedentary lifestyles (time spent doing things like sitting, driving, and watching TV) had a higher risk of dying from heart disease. The men who reported more than 23 hours per week of sedentary activity were 64% more likely to die of heart disease than those men who reported less than 11 hours per week. Some of the more sedentary men exercised regularly. So the story says that [...]

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Get Relief from Headaches!

By | December 3rd, 2010|Headaches, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

When I was 17 I didn't pay too much attention to the warning to "wear your seat belt." One day I was driving with a friend, going about 30-35 miles an hour, when she crashed into the car in front of us. Afterwards, when I asked how that big crack in the windshield got there, she said, "That was your head!" I had no memory of it. I developed a huge egg-shaped bump on my forehead and went to the doctor, who found nothing wrong with me. Later, when I was in India studying yoga & meditation, I was in [...]

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Healthy Aging for Baby Boomers

By | July 5th, 2010|Aging, Healthy Posture, Sitting|

Do you want to live to be 100? The Centers for Disease Control reports that Americans currently have an average life expectancy of 77.9 years. This has risen from 49.2 years at the turn of the 20th century. The aging of the Baby Boomers also means that we now have a larger group of people age 65 and older. If you're going to live a long life, you probably want to be healthy until the end. I know I do! How can you make the most of all your years and stay as vital and healthy as possible? Dr. Andrew [...]

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“Your Office Chair Is Killing You”??

By | May 19th, 2010|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting|

An article in Business Week on April 29 (http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_19/b4177071221162.htm?chan=magazine+channel_etc) discusses the dangers of chairs and sitting. It's called "Your Office Chair Is Killing You", and it states that "sitting is a public health risk." Some of the article discusses the dangers in terms of obesity. Of course, movement is necessary to the health of your body, and constant sitting with no exercise isn't going to be good for your health. But what I found most interesting was the discussion about back pain. It states that the spine wasn't designed to sit for long periods. However, we see people in many [...]

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10 Tips for Pain-Free Sitting

By | December 18th, 2009|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

According to the National Institutes of Health, low back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion each year. It is a leading cause of missed work and the most common work-related disability. Conventional treatment for back pain includes bed rest, ice, exercise, medications, spinal manipulation, and surgery. Alternative treatments for back pain include acupuncture, yoga and various forms of somatic education. Some of the causes of back pain, according to the NIH, are trauma to the back, stress, poor posture, aging, and degenerative conditions such as arthritis.  Let’s look at one of these causes – poor posture. The Problem with [...]