How to Be Happy in the Dark

Its no secret that it’s starting to get darker earlier, and when you wake up its staying darker longer. This happens every year, yet I never seem to be ready for it. The dark is often accompanied by colder temperatures. The combination of the dark and the cold can lead to many people experiencing what’s known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) or seasonal depression. If you have more trouble getting out of bed, avoid social interactions, find yourself eating more/less than usual or have feelings of heaviness or fogginess, you might be dealing with S.A.D.

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What is the "best diet"?

It’s no secret that popular diets come and go. Who remembers the Atkins diet? How about the Prism Weight Loss plan? Paleo? The newest “kid on the block” is the Ketogenic diet. I do my best to keep up on the latest “trending” diet and truthfully, unless you live under a rock, you probably know someone who has tried one of these. As with everything, there are those who try every new trending diet, and those on the complete opposite side of the fence. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle. I am often intrigued by the science through which each is thought to work.

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Are compression stockings good or bad?

Compression socks can be helpful but also harmful in certain situations. Let’s talk about what situations in which they can be helpful. For someone who’s running for multiple hours at a time it would probably be helpful. However, if you have the compression stockings that don’t go all the way down to the toes, what your actually doing is reducing the blood flow to that area.

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Is your diet causing you pain?

Chronic pain is very common in today’s society for several reasons. I find that most patients believe that for pain to occur, there must be something physically wrong. This is actually not necessarily the case. As a matter of fact, chronic pain can last long after the body is fully healed from any actual damage. So what causes us to have pain long after our body has actually healed from an injury?

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Physical therapy for back pain

What does physical therapy treatment of low back pain (LBP) involve? This really depends on each person’s individual cause for the LBP. If the cause of pain is due to one single event, the treatment will likely involve reducing the inflammation or “acute pain response” of the body. This oftentimes will reduce the intensity of pain. Treatment of acute LBP may involve hands-on soft-tissue massage to relax musculature or reduce the sensitivity of the nerves in the area, and/or what’s called isometric strength training. Other treatment methods are available, but these are simply some of the more common treatments provided when starting treatment. This might last several weeks but it depends on your body.

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Common causes of low back pain

Low back pain (LBP) is the most common musculoskeletal condition and will affect more than 80% of people at some point in their lives. It can be caused by a variety of different sources including but not limited to inactivity, excessive and improper lifting of objects, physical trauma to the area, arthritis and others. Anyone is susceptible to back pain; from office workers to construction workers and everyone in between.

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Why do I feel so tired?

As an adult, one thing that I’ve noticed to be true is this: I feel more tired than I ever remember feeling as a child. Why is it that even though I am getting 6-7 hours of sleep every night, I still feel tired? The answer will be different for nearly everyone because we all live different lives, however there are a few things that can lead to excessive fatigue. Determining the cause of your fatigue is the first step in solving the problem.

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America’s number one enemy isn’t what you think

America: the land of the free, home of the brave. Our country truly is one of a kind, and I hold it near and dear to my heart. We have opportunities in our country that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. We have the freedom to speak our minds and to debate ideas, and the freedom to choose to live our lives any way that we want, as long as you’re willing to put in the work. However, our home is not without enemies, between the middle east and rising tension in North Korea. Despite these threats, I do not think our biggest enemy as a country is another country or another people.

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What you can do this winter to get in shape (and stay there!)

Between snuggling under our covers while binge-watching our favorite shows, and over-eating at family get-togethers, the winter can certainly lead to unintentional weight gain! Luckily, there are a few actions you can take to make sure your weight stays in check, and you can still fit in those new jeans you got for Christmas by the time the snow thaws.

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Knee pain caused by the type of shoes you wear

Knee pain can be caused by the type of shoes you wear. If you spend most of your day on your feet, its important that you have shoes that properly reduce the amount of force on your feet. When standing or walking, the force from the ground with each step travels up from the foot, to the knee, to the hips and through the upper-body. So increased forces through the feet lead to increased forces through the knees, hips, and lower back joints.

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Knee pain caused by leg weakness

Knee pain can be caused by limited leg strength.

If your level of activity is consistent but suddenly increases, the muscles of the leg can sometimes experience pain.

This can happen with folks who sit at work for most of the day but then are up on their feet for a long period of time suddenly for whatever reason (holiday shopping, New Years exercising goals, etc).

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How Back on Track is different!

Its different here. You will be seen one-on-one by a Doctor of physical therapy, for the entire 1 hour session. No exceptions. Once you step through our doors, you have our 100% attention. Guaranteed! No more being seen 5 minutes and not getting the focus and attention that you deserve. No more being seen at the same time as 1 or 2 other patients like in many other physical therapy clinics. Insurance and deductibles are on the rise and the quality of healthcare is quickly falling! We refuse to play by the rules of the insurance companies.

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