Green Tea

Green Tea Health Benefits

With cooler fall weather on the way, many people around the Pacific Northwest are reaching for hot beverages rather than cold ones. If you’re usually a coffee drinker (or even a traditional tea drinker), here’s a thought… Why not try something a little bit different–green team? The benefits of drinking green tea have been understood for centuries, since it was…

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Lower Back Pain

Lumbar Arthritis Causes and Treatment Options

Arthritis of the lumbar spine (lower back) is a degenerative condition that can be extremely painful and debilitating. It is most commonly seen in men and women over the age of 50, but can also develop much earlier in individuals who have higher risk factors for developing the condition, such as those who sit for long periods of time or…

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Mosquito

A Hiker’s Guide to Insect Repellent

As the cooler fall weather approaches, many of us heed the call of the wild and go camping or hiking to enjoy being outdoors and in nature. Unfortunately, one aspect of nature that we tend to forget about until we’re out there on the trail are insects. What was supposed to be a relaxing hike in nature can turn unrelaxing…

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Hip Anatomy

Anatomy of the Hip

The coxal (hip) joint is a synovial ball-and-socket joint formed by the rounded head of the femur (thigh bone) connecting into a cavity in the hip bone called the acetabulum. The left and right hip joints are located laterally on each side of the pelvis. The two coxal (hip) bones fuse together to the lower front at the pubic symphysis,…

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Students Sitting in a Lecture Hall

Pelvic Crossed Syndrome Causes and Treatment Options

One of the most frequent causes of lower back pain is, interestingly enough, due to common bad posture habits. When individuals sit for long periods of time, often hunched over (for example, to view a computer screen), they unconsciously tighten their hip muscles and simultaneously relax or “turn off” their gluteus and abdominal muscles. This is due to the principle…

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Chiropractor Examining Feet

Plantar Fasciitis Causes and Treatment Options

Chronic foot pain is no fun, and can spoil your enjoyment of life. One of the most common causes of pain in the feet – one that affects nearly two million people yearly in the U.S. – is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that connects the heel bone (calcaneous) and the toes. This ligament…

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Family Lunchtime

Healthy School Lunch Options that Kids Love

In an era in which we are bombarded with media articles about “pink slime” in school cafeterias and pizza being considered a vegetable because it contains tomato sauce, it is natural for parents to want to provide healthy alternatives to the lunches provided by schools. But this provides a challenge. What should we pack in their lunch boxes? And how…

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Tennis Forehand

Tennis Elbow Causes and Treatment Options

The majority of injuries to the elbow are caused by overuse or repetitive strain to the joint itself and to the tendons that surround it. One example of this is “tennis elbow,” or lateral epicondylitis. Its symptoms include a painful burning sensation and tenderness on the outside of the elbow, weakness of the wrist and forearm, difficulty with elbow flexibility…

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Lower Back Stretch

Simple Stretches for Back Pain Prevention

Many people consult a doctor of chiropractic when they are experiencing back pain, which is a good idea, because back pain–especially if chronic–can be a symptom of more serious structural problems that should be treated before they become worse. But there are proactive steps you can take to prevent back pain in the first place, and one of them is…

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Woman Kissing a Frog

Natural Bad Breath Fixes

Bad breath, or halitosis, afflicts most of us at some point or another. If your friends have told you that you have bad breath often (and you know that they are friends if they tell you, because it’s often difficult to detect bad breath ourselves), rather than rely on gums, mints, and mouthwashes that are primarily flavored alcohol, there are…

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Rotator Cuff

Rotator Cuff Injury Causes and Treatment Options

One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is injury to the rotator cuff, which is comprised of a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, providing the shoulder with both stability and movement. The tendons from these muscles merge into a single rotator cuff tendon that attaches to the top of the humerus. Most…

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Exercises for Sciatica Pain Relief

Sciatica (or sciatic neuritis) is a set of symptoms arising from the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerves or nerve roots. It is experienced as pain in the lower back and buttocks, and sometimes in the legs and feet, and may be accompanied by tingling sensations or numbness, muscle weakness and restricted leg movement. The pain may be felt…

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