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It’s August already which means back to school for the kids! Here is a checklist to go through to make your children are protecting their spines as they head to class! Purchase a light-weight backpack that has wide, padded, shoulder straps. Wear both shoulder straps one over each shoulder. Make sure the shoulder straps are…

Having a new baby around is an exciting time, but it can be somewhat taxing on your body! Here are some tips to literally help relieve the stress on your body from some common tasks of a new parent or grandparent, and to keep you pain-free and moving around well. Tip 1: Diaper Changing Ergonomics Newborns need frequent…

No BLTs — At Least Not All Three at the Same Time Disclaimer: By “No BLTs” I do not actually mean no bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwiches. I just needed to get your attention, and it’s a good way to remember this tip. Often, after spine surgery, doctors restrict patients in recovery from any and all Bending/Lifting/Twisting. Over the…

You have heard it said that weak muscles lead to back injury. There is some truth to that statement. You have also heard that having good core strength will prevent back injury. Again, there is some truth to that, but it’s not all about core. Your core is half of the equation. Your back being…

Galaxy Gear? Fitbit? Jawbone? Garmin? Fuelband? Apple iWatch? An app on your smartphone? Old-school pedometer? It doesn’t really matter. I don’t care what kind of wearable activity tracker you use, just do something to measure your activity. Measuring your physical activity raises awareness of how much you move. Physical activity is movement. And, moving more…

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