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Importance of Good Posture

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. We recognize poor posture when we see it. Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without [...]

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Auto/Whiplash/Ligament Injuries

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Injuries, ugh, I can relate by having a few myself over the years. I had a shoulder injury from a barbell that took about 7 months to heal, become pain free, and regain full range of motion. I had a knee injury from playing basketball that seemed to take 10 months to fully recover. I [...]

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image of water flowing through a dam

Walking out at a lake today, I noticed that the spillway was letting out less water than it normally seemed to. Down below, the plants furthest down river appeared to be suffering showing signs of wilted, droopy leaves, and weak stems. These were all signs of reduction of nutrients and/or water to the plants. Seeing [...]

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Plan an Adventure!

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At the end of the year last summer I realized in talking with my kids that it seemed like we had missed out on some great adventures. We did have some great times but it seemed like the summer went by so quickly. The weather was turning colder as it is now and I kept [...]

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What Is Whiplash?

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When you think of whiplash, most people immediately think "car accident." But a fall or many types of repetitive movements may also cause whiplash. Sometimes the symptoms from whiplash take days or even weeks to manifest themselves but the damage it causes can last for years. What exactly is whiplash? It's a condition in which [...]

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Pumpkin time

A unit in my sons class had him begging to visit a pumpkin patch. The drive to The Pumpkin Patch went fast and before long we had our wagon and were headed toward the fields. After visiting some animals and seeing some great displays, we left with homemade treats, pumpkins, gourds and even tiny jars of [...]

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Baby cichlids!

Many of my patients enjoy coming in to see the office fish tank. The kids seem to enjoy spotting the different colors of fish. Many of the adults love coming in just to relax and watch them swim around. I admit- it's rather calming. I enjoy the tank because my son loves helping me keep [...]

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Day trip to Springfield

Some people head to Springfield, Illinois for the history. Others go to visit friends and family. But my wife and I gathered the kids and hit the road for two reasons: Scheels and Chuckie Cheese. For months now, our four-year-old has been begging to go to Chuckie Cheese. And for months now, I've been wanting [...]

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Fall leaves

Leaves are deceptive. What appears to be a fun, fall project always takes more time then expected. I had a vision of raking the yard while the kids took some downtime. I planned to leave a couple large piles for them to jump and play in. But when the kids decided to "help" earlier than [...]

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Agave sundae

My father-in-law recently attended an event, and the gift to each attendee was a box of treats. As the kids searched through the products, my eyes caught a glimpse of a product I'd heard of, but never tried. It was packets of flavored agave nectar. I'd read stories about how some swear by the nectar [...]

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