Archive for February, 2013

Shoveling Tips – Part Two

Use a lightweight, ergonomically-designed shovel. If possible, push the snow aside instead of lifting. If you need to lift, bend your knees, allowing the muscles of your legs and arms to do the work instead of your back.

Do not throw snow over your shoulder or to the side. This requires twisting or turning motions that can cause injury. Take frequent breaks – a fatigued body asks for injury. Stop immediately and seek medical attention if you feel faint, dizzy or have chest pain. If after a few days you continue to feel soreness or muscle strain, it is time for an office visit.

Dr. Saracino

Headaches Treatment Recommendations

Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? If you frequently experience headaches, ACA suggests the following:

 

  • If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour.
  • Avoid heavy exercise. Instead, try walking or low-impact aerobics.
  • Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, expect when swallowing.
  • Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.

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