Heals Off the End of the Bed

I recommend sleeping with legs elevated while undergoing treatment for low back pain. It decreases the pressure on the nerve roots and joint spaces in the back of the spinal column and drains the excess fluid, plus it relaxes the muscles in the front of the spine.

Move down a bit so the heals drop-off the end of the mattress. This prevents the back of the knees from out-stretching and the legs from rotating outward. The back of the end of the calves contact the sleep surface and provide for a more comfort sleeping posture.

Shoveling Tips

Understanding the proper way to shovel can prevent low back pain.

While bending forward to scoop keep the low back arched and knees bent with each push to fill the blade. Bend the knees even more to lift the snow off the ground. Throw the snow forward, not to the side, which prevents the trunk from twisting.

This tips is most often not performed and it is as important as keeping the back arched with knees bent. Switch hands and alternate sides every ten shovels-full. This will prevent the dominant shoveling side from over-working.

Dr. Saracino
610 337 3335

The Benefits of a Home Humidifier

During the bitter-cold Winter months the proper amount of humidity is essential to preventing flu-like symptoms. (And, most know that well-humidified air does not dry-out the furniture and reduces static electricity.) If your HVAC (forced hot air) heating system does not have a built-in humidifier, one can be purchased separately at most local appliance stores and used right away. Another less effective method is to place a pot of water atop a radiator or adjacent to a vent. The best place for the stand-alone humidifier is at the top of stairs. This allows some of the humidified air to stay on the second floor and the rest to drift onto the first floor. A clean humidification system is essential to prevent the spread of harmful air born organisms so keep the water and filter clean. One should notice moister sinuses and skin within days.  Dr. Saracino 610 337 3335

Seasonal Temperature Changes

As the season changes, to prevent catching a ‘cold’ or flu-like symptoms, here are some tips. This Fall was particularly warm, so be aware of the changing temperatures throughout the day and evening. Dress more warmly than the day-time highs require, because at dusk the temperature often drops precipitously. The amount of moisture in the air affects the real-feel temperature more than most of us realize. The leaves on the ground, although appearing dry on top, hold moisture for days after is rains. I attest that during this period, even while the sun is shining, moisture emits from the ground and makes it feel colder than the thermometer would have us believe.

High-deductible Health Insurance Plans May Cost Your More!

Substantially more, as many as 75%, HSA (health savings account) high-deductible health 
plans are being forced upon employees for their health coverage.  This is a substantial 
increase from recent years, and, although it lowers premiums paid or taken out of 
pay-stubs per month it raises out-of-pocket expenses much more than traditional plans.  
To cushion the blow, some employers are paying a part of the high-deductible, but balance 
is the responsibility of the employee.  These pay-out must occur before the insurance 
policy starts.  


Don't be mislead by the lower monthly premium.  For example, for a $5,000.00 deductible 
plan, even if your employer pays for the first $2,500.00, the next $2,500.00 is your 
responsibility before the policy starts to pay.  Once the deductible is met, co-pays or 
percentages-of-payouts remain the responsibility of the employee.

Viruses Contagious for Thirty Minutes

Not all viruses are the same.  Some can survive and remain contagious for up to thirty minutes on the fingertips!  Flu is transmitted from person to person, mainly, by inhaling tiny virus particles that are released into the air when infected individuals cough and sneeze. Direct contact with contaninated fingers is considered an equally important method of transmission.  Do not touch one’s hands to the face and wash hands regularly.

Eye-strain Supplements

Near and far-vision for reading and driving are not enough to consider for overall good eye function.  One should consider ‘screen-distance’ and ‘television-distance’, too, because they measure differently than near-and-far, are often used and can cause eye strain if not prescribed for properly.  I recommend when one feels eye-strain to change the gaze by looking away form the screen to the outside through a window and add natural dietary supplements bilberry, which promotes circulation to and within the eye and lutein, (my preference) which is a derivative of vitamin A and helps to filter light.


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