Dizziness: Increased Risk for Fractures

Dizziness is a common problem that can affect a person at any age. There are many reasons for dizziness, some more serious than others. One common, easily treatable cause of transient dizziness is called “benign paroxysmal positional vertigo,” or BPPV. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes dizziness related to head movement and position and is due to a problem in the inner ear. Dizziness can negatively affect one’s quality of life and is associated with an increased risk of falls. This may be especially problematic for older people, who have a greater chance of falling and breaking bones. Recovering from a fracture can be particularly difficult for someone who is elderly.

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IS YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK MAKING THE GRADE?

Adults know that carrying a huge load on their backs may do harm over time. But children continue to walk around with monstrous backpacks on during the school year.  In a study conducted by Spine Magazine, 80 percent of surveyed children said that their backpacks were heavy. Worse, 65 percent of them felt their backpacks caused them fatigue and 46 percent said they had back pain due to the heavy load. What can you do?

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Select a More Appropriate Backpack
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Keeping Your Heart Healthy

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Do you give your heart enough TLC?  Since heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women, you don’t want to become a statistic. Take stock of how you care for your body’s blood-pumping powerhouse.

While you can’t control some heart disease risk factors – like age, family history, race or gender – you can control others, such as smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity and uncontrolled stress.

Knowing you can make a life-saving difference puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to preventing heart disease. It all boils down to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But how? Continue reading

Taking the “Pain” Out of Spring Cleaning

imagesAs the temperature warms and the days grow longer, people are energized to clean their homes of winter must and dirt.  But spring-cleaning can be very hard on muscles and the skeletal structure!  In fact, the National Safety Council says an injury occurs every four seconds in the home.  Many of these injuries could be avoided by following a simple rule – never twist, rotate or overextend your back, neck and shoulders.  Keep yourself injury-free and pain-free while doing spring cleaning, consider these tips:

Vacuuming:  The twisting and turning movements most people use when vacuuming put increased compression on the spine and neck.  To avoid problems, vacuum with the machine or hose close to the front center part of your body and at waist height.  Using both hands on the handle, push the vacuum in front of you while walking in a long line and then pull back using the same motion.  Never push and pull the handle back and forth with short strokes.

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COLD WEATHER EXERCISING

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It is cold, sometimes wet and the daylight hours are filled with work and family activities…but there is no need for your outdoor fitness routine to go into hibernation!  Staying active can help beat the winter doldrums, keep you in shape and ready for spring.  Here are some guidelines for staying safe while exercising in the cold…

Find a buddy
Recruit a friend to exercise with you. Knowing that someone is waiting for you will help motivate you! Not to mention safety.