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Downward-Facing Dog is Daily Decompression

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The downward-facing dog pose is a win-win for chronic back pain sufferers

At our office in Hackensack, we talk a lot about spinal decompression. So much of modern life involves unhealthy compression of the spine- from sitting all day, to using mobile devices too frequently, to foregoing physical activity. Our spines are already under an immense amount of pressure to begin with- from gravity, our body weight, etc.- so why must we pile on the compression even further with unhealthy habits? Nevertheless we persist, which means that our society is in desperate need of decompression. There are multiple avenues available to the decompression-seeker: the most popular are the nonsurgical kind we offer on specialized chiropractic tables, and spinal decompression surgery. But there is a third, holistic kind of decompression that can be done daily- it's called spinal elongation, and the best way to achieve it is through stretching.

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Letting Go of Muscular Tension Naturally

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When your body feels like one big ball of tension...

...you know that it’s time to act. Yet so many of us choose to ignore our muscles at the end of the day, opting instead to lounge around and let the tension fully set in. No one is blaming you- you work hard and you deserve every minute of rest that you can find. However, if your muscles feel chronically tight, it may be time to take a look at how your lifestyle causes systemic tension. Everyone knows that excessive sitting is bad- it is the position that causes more spinal pressure than any other, damages your internal organs and contributes to muscle tension. When you sit, especially when you sit with bad posture, certain muscles remain overly contracted while others are over-activated. The result is a musculoskeletal system that is literally pulling itself out of alignment, and this manifests itself in your feelings of pain, stiffness and soreness that accompany your commute home. One response to such systemic tension is myofascial release.

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The Undesirables: Foods to Avoid with Back Pain

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Don’t shoot yourself in the foot...

Despite being of primary importance in the struggle for spinal health (along with exercise), we often forego the power of nutrition by reaching for nutritionally-deficient foods. We are here to tell you that immediate gratification and sensation of comfort that comes with eating bad foods is more than offset by the discomfort is piling upon your spine. The truth is, your diet is a tool of either development or destruction for your spine. The good news is that the choice is all yours. 

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