Arthritic Hands? No Problem — Here’s How To Help

Check out this video for a demonstration of exercises that can help your arthritis.

Oh, those fingers and thumbs. When they’re healthy we don’t give them a second thought. But when our hands are in pain almost every daily task turns into trouble. The problem could be incipient osteoarthritis.

Many people get osteoarthritis in the hands. Osteoarthritis is bone arthritis — not rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic or any sort of immune arthro-type. Typically, bone arthritis is caused by wear and tear of the fingers. Repetitive stress causes the body to defend itself with the growth of bone. It happens to chiropractors, construction workers, massage therapists, seamstresses, clerical workers who hold a pen hour upon hour — osteoarthritis is a danger for anyone who uses their hands a lot over the years.

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The Secret To Avoiding Arthritis

By Dr. David Biedebach, D.C., C.C.F.C.

What Causes Arthritis?

Are you a little afraid that arthritis is inevitable? Just a little bonus that comes along with aging? Nothing could be farther from the truth. And the good news is that preventing arthritis is actually very simple: you need to use your joint structures repeatedly, regularly — and non-painfully.

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Is There A Way To Avoid Hip, Knee Or Shoulder Surgery?

By Dr. David Biedebach, D.C., C.C.F.C.

No matter what age you are, would you like to avoid hip, knee or shoulder surgery, or even a joint replacement? Avoiding surgery or a joint replacement is not only possible, it’s easy if you act early.

The key is understanding how your body functions. When you suffer an injury, you voluntarily and quite understandably limit your own movement — because it may hurt to strive for a full range of motion. That’s the beginning of the problem — you get into a habit of limiting your movement. Eventually, whatever movement you do not use becomes movement you cannot use. That part of the tissue becomes very brittle, drying and dying over time.

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Healthy holiday eating

Tips on Avoiding the Holiday Bulge

During the holiday season, there is so much activity that is centered around food and eating, especially when it is such a joyous time. Therefore, the time of year alone can make it hard to stay on your health regimen. Here are a few tips that might help you get past the holiday bulge;  1) Have a light but healthy snack before you start your holiday indulging, ie. eat a healthy snack before you leave for the holiday party or dinner.  2) Resist the urge to feel like you need to finish everything on your plate.  3) Eat at a slower pace and socialize more between visits to the buffet or hors d’oeuvres table.  4) Drink extra amounts of water to help you stay hydrated as well as satiated.  5) Keep moving, even if it simple movements, ie. around the buffet table.


Back pain is traditionally, the complaint of the aged or the athletic, but in truth it can strike anyone. Fortunately, it is not an issue anyone has to suffer through without striking back. For back pain ranging from the most chronic to the slightest twinge, there are many steps sufferers can take. Here are just a few of these steps.

Getting into Pilates or yoga is a great way in which you can work to alleviate or even permanently eliminate back pain. Yoga and Pilates focuses more on stretching, elongating and strengthening the muscles, which is perfect for your back and can easily help to eliminate some of your pain.

Hop in the shower. Taking a bath might sound nice, but lying in the tub might hurt your back. A shower is usually ideal if you are not in too much pain to stand. Stand with your back to the hot water and try to relax. It can be very soothing.

You should be diligent about lifting things correctly, even when you are lifting or nursing your children. Many parents injure their backs when rough housing with their children. Likewise, many new mothers strain their backs while nursing. Pain from these injuries is easily avoided by lifting your children from your knees and by holding them closer to your body.

Depression can be one of the culprits associated with back pain, so it is important to treat any symptoms of depression in conjunction with back pain if you are experiencing both. The depression may actually be helping to cause the pain, so eliminate the culprit and get rid of the pain.

In some cases, back pain is a severe problem and sometimes, it is a mere inconvenience. Regardless of its severity, back pain is not something that its sufferers need to ignore. The tips above are just a few of the ways to ameliorate back pain. There is a viable solution out there for relieving, almost any case.


A common problem that most people will eventually experience is back pain. Back pain can be a one time condition or a chronic condition that affects those who have it for days, weeks, months, or even years. There are different factors that can cause back pain. Use the advice in the following article to isolate and eliminate these factors.

Make sure you’re getting enough exercise. Exercise is essential to keeping the muscles in your back and your abs strong and healthy. If your muscles are too weak, you’ll be putting a lot more stress on your bones. Stronger muscles help take some of that stress for themselves and save the bones.

Use chairs that are easy to get into and out of. When chairs are to high or low you will force your back to make unusual and unnatural adjustments when you sit or stand. Target chairs that feel natural when you sit with little or no pain and make sure it offers good support to the back while sitting.

One of the best back pain remedies you can find is a simple hot shower. By standing in the shower and allowing hot water to flow over your back, your muscles will begin to relax. Even for something like a slipped disc, a hot shower will work wonders. Just be careful not to slip and cause more damage.

If you have chronic back pain and tend to spend a lot of your time in your car, make sure you’re getting out of the car and stretching as much as you can. Spending too long with your spine in one position will make it stiff and vulnerable to injury.

As stated before in the introduction above, eventually, most people will experience back pain. The pain can last a short time, or become a chronic condition that lasts for years. It is caused by different factors, some of which can be eliminated. Remember the advice from this article to help you isolate factors in your life that may be causing you back pain.


Most back pain is caused by some sort of trauma to the lower back. This could happen from sports, work, a car accident, or really anything that you are doing that puts pressure on your back. Here are some tips about back pain to help you get on the road to feeling better.

Some methods are better to try than others when fighting against back pain, and one of the best you can try is to simply elevate your legs. By lying flat on your back and elevating your legs, you are taking a whole heap of tension off of your back muscles. This will allow for the muscles to relax.

In some cases, back pain sufferers find that acupuncture is a good treatment for their ailment. The jury is still out on acupuncture, and it might be a little too pricy depending on how available it is in your area, but thousands of back pain sufferers swear by the results of the needles.

One area of your life that can be affected by chronic back pain is your sex life. If left covered up, you are not allowing your partner to be understanding of your back pain. Your partner may think another reason is putting a strain on you guys’ sex life. Therefore, it is imperative to be open and honest and look for ways for your back pain not to disrupt your sex life.

Sometimes, no matter what precautions you take, you can end up with that annoying back pain. What do you do? You should get off your feet and lay flat on your back. Also, drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. The water helps release toxins that hinder the pain in your muscles.

There are a lot of ways that back pain can start, and there are a lot of tricks to ending back pain. If any of the tips that you try feel uncomfortable, you need to stop. You may not be doing them correctly, and you do not want to end up more injured.