Health and Wellness in Bel Air, MD Chiropractic Blog

The Pain of Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day weekend was the greatest weekend in Motor Sports. Lewis Hamilton all but cemented his 5th Formula 1 World Driver’s Championship with a spectacularly dominating performance; a Frenchman swept the month of May along with what some consider America’s greatest race and leg of the Motorsport Triple Crown at the Indy 500; and it all followed up with NASCAR’s longest race. Sunday was just shy of 1,300 miles of premiere racing. I’m pretty sure there were more flat tires and fender benders on the Hatem Bridge though during the biggest…  
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Joint Function & RockTape


The main goal of chiropractic care is to effect not just joint, but all movement and therefore the health of the body. We have many different ways for doing this. We push, pull, stretch, crack snap and sometimes just straight up jump up and down on ya.  Additional means of treatment include the use of modalities such as electric stimulation, hydro tables, flexion distraction tables, and kinesio-tape.     RockTap Recently, Dr. Lee and I (Dr. Hickey) completed a functional based course on kinesio-taping, called RockTape. RockTape is a type of kinesio-tape…  
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Caution: Good Side Effects May Occur


It doesn’t matter who you are, explosive diarrhea is funny. You can’t watch 3 minutes of TV without seeing a drug commercial. By law, they have to list the most common side effects. There’s yet to be one that doesn’t seemingly lead to the trots or something else you DO NOT want to happen. The other one that always makes my girls giggle is when they say: “if you experience sudden death, please contact your health care provider.” Side effects are a constant due to the laws of physics. Most of…  
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Core Strength


I remember back in college, my microanatomy tests were the worst. They were scantron, but offering answers A-E wasn’t enough, so they would offer A- J, all of the above, none of the above, only A-D, only F- I, etc.. Or sometimes teacher would ask of all the options, pick the 1 MOST right out of 10 correct answers. This idea what is the MOST right answer plays true in body as well. I need everyone reading this to stop what they’re doing. Stand up; gather around, and rock this…  
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February


February, the only month with less than 30 days. Why does it only have 28.25 days a year? Maybe it’s because nobody wants to put up with it for a whole 30 days. It’s cold, dark and full of snow. But there are plenty of nice things happening too. Like the start of the new NASCAR season, multiple 3 day weekends and great massage specials here at the office. It’s also the time where doctors are all blogging about how to safely shovel snow. But I’ve done that for the…  
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The Lucky 13


13 years ago, the first tweet was twittered. Daniel Craig re-launched one of Dr Lee’s favorite movie franchises as 007 in Casino Royal, his youngest daughter was born and Susquehanna Spine & Rehab treated our first patient. Yes, it’s true we have been here for 13 years. To celebrate here are our 13 top health tips: Laughter really is the best medicine. Also, if you think, act and feel like you’re going to get better, you will; if you don’t, you won’t. Most media outlets are purveyors of fear, which is…  
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Do you have a turtle neck?


Do you have a turtle neck? Sea turtles can reach their necks out to amazing lengths but us mere humans should not be able to do that. Love or hate technology most of us use it for hours per day. The phone is the most common. Think about what your body looks like while you are looking at your phone. Better yet look in a mirror. The vain part you should be thinking; man I don’t want to look like that. But there are bigger issues at stake here. Your…  
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The ugly sweater…


So, this is now a thing that you purposely buy ugly sweaters. A few years ago, Mrs. Spine was at a store looking to buy an ugly sweater for a holiday party and chose one that she thought was perfectly ugly. While in line a lady comes in right behind her holding the same sweater. She excitedly proclaims “Isn’t it beautiful? I am getting it for my daughter in law.” Now as you walk through stores there are ugly sweaters everywhere and I am pretty sure my mother seriously bought me one…  
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Stress Should be a Four Letter Word


Everyone is exposed to stress whether it is emotional, physical or environmental. I’m having an emergency, I am really busy, My _____ is driving me crazy (Mrs. Spine wrote this, so I know she doesn’t mean me). You get the point. But all stress, no matter how it starts or how severe, big or small, manifests itself in a physical manner. You may or may not feel it as sore muscles, tightness, restless sleep, cravings to eat (or drink), headaches, pain, etc. Over time these physical manifestations can cause weakness in your body where injuries…  
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Concussions


Football season is upon us, and a topic of interest as of late is concussions. These injuries occur in all age groups; from high school athletes to professional NFL players. Continued head trauma has been shown to be detrimental for brain and spinal health. Football demands consistent head to head contact, and with this excessive contact brain and neck injuries can occur. In addition to concussions, head to head trauma can cause: headaches, cervical sprains and strains, and disc herniation. Treatment for these injuries is possible. Cervical chiropractic adjustments have been shown…  
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