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How Lack of Sleep Makes You Suck at Life

How was your sleep last night? And what about the night before that? How about three nights ago? Did you feel relaxed and refreshed each morning after getting the recommended 7-9 hours? Or are you among the growing group of people who don’t get 7+ hours each night?  A 2013 Gallup poll showed that a

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Fixing Sciatica with Nerve Flossing – Part 2

There are numerous things that cause sciatica or sciatic like pain. Last week we looked at disc herniations or disc bulges putting pressure on the nerve roots and causing sciatica. The focus of this article will be on adhesions along the sciatic nerve that cause sciatica and how nerve flossing can help. I’ve always pictured

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Shoulder Pain – Part 1

Rotator Cuff Tears and Shoulder Pain Surgery Right? Dr. Tom Cotter, DC, DACRB Active Health KC   So often we hear of a friend or family member that has been struggling with ongoing shoulder pain. Most try to ignore it for a while. Eventually they go to their doctor. The doctor takes either an X-ray

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Low Back Pain Care in Prairie Village

Low Back Pain Prairie Village Chiropractic Care How prevalent is low back pain today? Research has show that 70-80% of the population will suffer from low back pain.  That means that in the Kansas City metro area alone, over 1,750,000 people will suffer from low back pain.  Often, low back pain will go away on its

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Proper Breathing Can Help Kansas City Have Less Stress

Proper Breathing Can Help Kansas City Have Less Stress Can You Really Breathe Wrong? Right now you’re probably saying, “Really? An article about breathing? What’s next, an article about watching paint dry?” While a little harsh, those are pretty fair questions. After all, if you’re reading this article, you’re obviously able to breathe, so what

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Treatment with McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Therapy

We use various different treatment techniques and methods in our office, but one of the most important is the McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Therapy, or MDT for short.  Named after renowned physical therapist Robert McKenzie, this technique is an absolutely invaluable tool for muscle, joint and spinal pain.  Rather than babbling on about what

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Have Pain? Your Diagnosis Doesn’t Matter!

My Diagnosis Doesn’t Matter?! That statement might sound a little extreme, so let me clarify it a bit.  First, our clinic deals with pain and injuries.  So this post is about diagnoses for musculoskeletal conditions.  Hopefully, it’s obvious that if you’re dealing with pain caused by something like cancer, your diagnosis is VERY important and

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Common Gym Exercises to Avoid

Common Gym Exercises to Avoid It pains us to see some people routinely performing exercises that are destroying their bodies. The worst part of it is that many people believe they are actually helping themselves! The purpose of this article is to look at five gym exercises that you shouldn’t be performing, tell you why,

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Pregnancy and Unresolved Back Pain: Part 2 – Post-Partum Pain

Pregnancy and Unresolved Back Pain: Part 2 – Post-Partum Pain Last week we focused on back pain during pregnancy. This week I want to focus on back pain after pregnancy. As mentioned before, 68% of women who experienced moderate to severe low back pain during pregnancy continue to have back pain after birth, according to

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Pregnancy and Unresolved Back Pain

Pregnancy and Unresolved Back Pain Don’t Let Back Pain Interfere with Your Pregnancy Part 1 Our first child coming in 8 weeks and my wife is now coming in for regular visits to keep pregnancy-related back pain at bay. Pregnancy, as you can imagine, has been on my mind a lot. Pregnancy can be a

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Chiropractic Myth Busting

Everyone has a different viewpoint on chiropractors. Some absolutely love them while some think they’re all “quacks.” While these varying viewpoints are frustrating to us as practicing chiropractors, we can understand the confusion. Generally, it is due to the general public not really knowing what we do. So to help clear things up, this article

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