Category Archives: Dealing with Everyday Life

Rear and Side View Car Mirrors

A panoramic rear view mirror* became a necessity when my neck muscles were so spasmed I could barely turn my head.  To this day, I still use a panoramic rear view mirror, because it feels wrong not to.  Why don’t … Continue reading

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Habit Formation, Exercise and Posture

As much as possible, the brain converts repeated actions into automatic routines or habits in a process called chunking. Once chunked, behavioral routines require minimal attention or mental energy to perform. All that’s needed is a cue (or trigger) that … Continue reading

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Neck Pain From Using Cell Phones, Tablets and Laptops

My son, a personal trainer, mentioned that one of his clients was complaining of neck pain. He asked her how often she used her new Kindle Fire. It turned out that excessive tablet use coupled with poor posture was the … 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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