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Pain in the Neck? Think Dry Needling

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Chris NawrockiI have the daily experience of working in outpatient physical therapy care of evaluating and treating many spine patients.  Having over 22 years of clinical care and pursuing advanced credentialing as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment I think I have a pretty strong background in helping patients deal with their spinal pains.  Throughout my day I evaluate then educate and explain why the pain is limiting their life.  Hopefully we get the correct treatment structure in place to make their pains go away and resume getting back to normal life.  I have always felt empathy for those patients wreathing in obvious pain and my goal was always to encourage them to work through the pain and realize there will be better days ahead.  And then….May of 2016 hit me with a pain in my neck.  Literally.

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Is Apple Cider Vinegar the Remedy You Need?

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applesApple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for centuries as a folk remedy to treat everything from warts and the common cold to acid reflux and arthritis. There has been renewed interest in this mysterious amber liquid and it seems that every time I turn around a friend is talking about it, or yet another Dr. Axe article about ACV shows up in my Facebook feed. I use it regularly and sometimes wonder if the scientific findings show that it’s actually making a difference, or if I’m just benefiting from the placebo effect. What exactly is ACV and which claims hold up under scrutiny?

Anne Slater 4First, you should know that I am not what one would call a “weekend warrior.” It’s true that I have not been in my true peak physical condition since my days participating in high school sports. That said, I stay pretty active playing team sports in adult rec leagues; I play volleyball every chance I can get, I am always willing to jump into a pick-up game of ultimate Frisbee, or join a game of Spikeball at the beach.  I’m in what I call “volleyball shape.” I rarely run voluntarily. When I was asked to sub for a soccer league by a coworker, I was not trying to relive the glory days; I thought, here’s an opportunity to get some cardio and have fun at the same time.

Mindy SimonI have been very fortunate to have worked as a Physical Therapist for the past thirteen years for this wonderful company. I think most of my colleagues, myself included, became a PT so they can help people improve their lives by enhancing their function. Hopefully, most of us have a strong sense of empathy that lets us look at a physical problem from your patient’s perspective; what their goals and needs are should always take precedence over what I think their goals should be. Just when a person (me) thinks she is pretty good at being an empathetic person, life and God have a way of showing you that you can always improve…

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