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  1. Exercise Regularly- This does not have to be anything overly strenuous. Something as simple as a daily walk can make a huge difference.
  2. Eat A Healthy Diet- Proper nutrients allow the body to repair itself easier
  3. Maintain Good Posture- Are you sitting up straight as you read this?
  4. Stretch Your Spine Before And After Sports- This will also help to loosen up the surrounding muscles.
  5. Don't Overload Your Backpack Or Purse- Remember to carry it over both shoulders to balance the load (if possible).
  6. Stretch Your Legs And Back After Each Hour Of Sitting- Whether in a car or at a desk, stretching regularly will help to keep you from tightening up or injuring yourself further.
  7. Never Cradle The Phone Between Your Neck And Shoulder
  8. Sleep On Your back Or Side, Not On Your Stomach- This helps to keep your spine in line and reduces the risk of hurting your neck while you sleep.
  9. Invest In A Good Chair, Pillow And Mattress- When you think about the amount of time you use these things each day, it's worth it.
  10. Have Regular Spinal Check-Ups- It's much easier to prevent a problem than to correct one.
  11. Posture: As you can see from our other tab referrences and pictures, good posture is crucial for good spinal health. Consider looking at good posture as "Postural Hygiene." We all get our teeth checked a couple of times a year don't we? Do our teeth hurt when we do? For most of us, no; we go to our dentist for oral hygiene and try to make sure problems don't occur in the future. We chiropractors feel the same way about Postural Hygiene. Watch your posture, get occasional check ups and seek to PREVENT problems from happening before they do.

Dr. John Haberstroh is a Everett Chiropractor and Boston Chiropractor.  Find us at Boston Spine Clinics.

WHOLISTIC: All of the tips mentioned above can be summarized by the term "Wholistic." This refers to the concept of looking at the whole body, the whole lifestyle, the whole diet, etc. and deciding what is good, what is bad and what needs to be changed. It is looking at the whole picture of someone's life, a global perspective. Visit the Headache discussion to read about a true headache story that involved the Wholistic approach to good health. A great book to read is cited below. I urge everyone to obtain a copy of this excellent publication:

Trudeau, Kevin, "NATURAL CURES; 'They' Don't Want You to Know About," Alliance Publishing Group, 2004

Good Posture?
"SUE" was one of the first to start thinking about
standing UP straight. Except when she was
chasing dinner, as pictured here.



9 Conditions You Couldn't-and Shouldn't-Do A Thing About;

Sometimes it's best to let the body heal itself

By Rich Maloof for MSN Health & Fitness

"First, do no harm."  (this whole article sounds like it could have been written by chiropractors)

That's the numero uno credo of physicians around the world (especially chiropractors!), and a reminder that medical intervention can sometimes do more harm than good. The human body has a remarkable ability to function as its own pharmacy and even its own emergency room. Sometimes, wise doctors know, we need to step aside and let the body conduct its own repairs.

Several of the conditions listed here can be difficult to endure, and perhaps the future of medicine will save us the pain and speed the healing. Until then, always consult your doctor but don't be surprised if you are told that time is the balm that will heal all of these wounds.

>Broken Rib

For years, physicians would wrap a patient's chest tightly in bandages to immobilize a rib fracture-until it was understood that the practice led to increased instances of pneumonia. Bandaging a torso inhibits deep breathing, which can lead to respiratory infection. Your upper body's muscles and skeleton adequately form a de facto cast of their own. Unfortunately, all you can do for a broken rib is try not to laugh or cough too much; the force of either is very painful and can even re-fracture a healing break.

>Food Poisoning

So you thought the deli's tuna salad was supposed to be brown, and now you can't be more than eight feet from a toilet. A wave of vomiting and three or four hours of diarrhea is not the best way to spend an afternoon, but it's the best way to clear your body of the bacteria you've ingested. "The more you try to stop it, the more trouble you're going to get into," warns Dr. Thom Horowitz, chairman of family medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. "Your body is trying to clean itself out. Our rule is, 'The first couple of hours of diarrhea are your friend.'" When you're finally ready to eat again, find a new deli. And a new friend.

>Conjunctival Bleed

This condition sounds and looks far worse than it is. When tiny blood vessels burst in the eye, blood gets trapped beneath the eye's clear surface (the conjunctiva), leaving red splotches in the white part (the sclera). Your doctor may want to check your blood pressure and discuss blood-thinning medications, but a conjunctival bleed can occur with no apparent cause-and there's no treatment necessary. The blood will disappear, absorbed into your eye, within two weeks.



They say one of the few times a man pays full attention is when he's talking about himself. Another is when blood is coming out of his penis. Traces of blood in the semen, known as hematospermia, seems nightmarish but is typically the harmless result of blood vessels breaking in the testicle or along the urethra. The condition often follows sexual exploits that are a bit too, er, vigorous. "It happens when someone's into indoor sports," Horowitz adds dryly. "Men almost always panic when they see that but it's not associated with any bad diseases. Unless it keeps bleeding, get a good night's sleep. And be a little more gentle next time."



A cough that results from an upper respiratory infection is one of the body's protective mechanisms; expelling air prevents secretions from getting into the lungs. Though very annoying to the patient (and to others in their vicinity), coughing can and should last the six or so weeks it takes to completely clear the infection. Says Horowitz, "As long as a person is not having fevers or bringing up large amounts of colorful phlegm-or getting exhausted because they can't get any rest-it is actually counterproductive to stop a cough."

>Sheared-off Nail

Having a fingernail or toenail torn off can be torturous, there's no question about it. But once the nail comes sliding off its bed, there's little to do other than cover the area and wait for it to start growing back from the cuticle. If there's blood under a nail and the patient is desperate to save it, a doctor can sometimes drill a small hole to drain the blood.


>Fractured Skull

When you break an arm or a leg, the fractured bone needs to be immobilized (with a splint, cast and/or sling) so that it can heal in its proper position. When the dome of bone around your brain is cracked, though, only rarely will movement cause the fissure to open or worsen. Short of a second blow to the head, the fracture most likely will stay aligned and heal on its own. "There can be a problem if the fracture is out of place, putting pressure on a nerve, or if there's bleeding underneath it," Horowitz says. "The issue is not whether the skull is broken but whether it's out of alignment."


>Ruptured Eardrum

The eardrum is a thin membrane that can be breached by loud noise, air pressure (e.g., on an airplane or while scuba diving), infection, or by having a friend stick a pencil in there. A perforation of the membrane is like a tear in fabric, but the hole will usually close on its own as the delicate tissue grows back. One of the worst things you can do for a ruptured eardrum is to use ear drops, because the ear needs to remain dry and free of infection to repair itself. When a rupture worsens or won't heal, a doctor may patch it in a simple office or outpatient procedure.


>Missing Recommended Sleep

"People get very concerned if they're not getting eight hours of sleep because they see the commercials on TV and the propaganda," asserts Horowitz. "Getting people into a coma for a full eight or nine hours has turned into a multimillion-dollar business." It's an oppositional view in the age of Ambien and Lunesta, but people vary tremendously in the amount of sleep they require. When assessing your own requirements, separate the concepts of sleep and of rest. Are you functioning properly in the daytime? Are you alert and clear-headed, or were you fired for napping in a board meeting? As long as you regularly feel rested and healthy, there's not a pressing need to spend a third of your life in your pajamas.



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