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Two articles of interest for those considering back surgery

A New England Journal of Medicine article–Surgery versus Prolonged Conservative Treatment for Sciatica, Conclusions: “The 1-year outcomes were similar for patients assigned to early surgery and those assigned to conservative treatment with eventual surgery if needed, but the rates of … Continue reading

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Pillows

When my neck pain was bad, I went through—I can’t remember how many pillows…firm, soft, overstuffed, feathers, brand names, hotel, orthopedic etc.—trying to find one that didn’t leave my neck worse in the morning. Finally I took a medium polyester … Continue reading

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Mattresses

When my back was painful and spasmed because I had to sleep motionless on my back all night long (because of my neck), my new Beautyrest mattress was just as hard on my back as the old Sealy Posturepedic. I … Continue reading

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Poor Posture Everywhere

Having experienced and then overcome the chronic pain that poor posture caused me, I tend to think that everyone with poor posture will eventually develop some form of musculo-skeletal pain problem from it. But like a former smoker who rails … Continue reading

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Droopy Shoulders Syndrome

An exception to use of part 1 of Fix the Shoulder Blades Exercise is a condition called Droopy Shoulders Syndrome (DSS) that is mainly present in women with low set, steeply sloping shoulders and long, swan necks. Their collar bones … Continue reading

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Fighting the Fatigue of Chronic Illness

Chronic illness may cause severe fatigue,  leaving little energy for work, exercise, or just getting out of the house to enjoy a pleasant day. And fatigue deteriorates posture, predisposing to neck, shoulder and upper back pain.  How to fight fatigue?   … Continue reading

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