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Vitamin D: The Truth

Vitamin D is an essential fat soluble vitamin that is essential for bone and immune health. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated commonly with rickets, but recent research suggests that deficiency is prevalent in other disease states. These include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, falls among the elderly, overall mortality, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cognition, and chronic pain. Most citizens of Westernized countries are deficient in Vitamin D, making it a pandemic!...

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Is it Back Pain or a Herniated Disc?

If you are one of 31 million Americans experiencing back pain, neck pain, or low back pain, a "slipped" disc1 or herniated disc may be the cause. But what exactly is a herniated disc, and how does it become injured? The spine consists of 24 blocky bones (vertebra) stacked on top of each other in a flexible column that allows our body to move. Between each vertebra sits a soft, rubbery cushion made of cartilaginous fibers and hydrated proteins known as an intervertebral disc2. Intervertebral discs act as shock absorbers2 for our spine, much like brake pads in a vehicle. Discs absorb the...

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Uncovering the Facts of Different Types of Muscle Strains

A muscle strain is an uncomfortable injury or trauma to the belly of a muscle. Minor strains often result in a stretch to the muscle, like pulling a rubber band. More severe strains can overstretch the muscle to the point where the muscle can have a partial or even complete tear. Strains often occur in the low back or hamstring muscles1, but any muscle in the body is vulnerable to a strain injury! ...

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Who’s Ready to Run?!

It’s getting warmer in Woodbury, MN!  Who’s ready to get outside and run?   Did you know that running has become one of the most common forms of exercise? It can be a community building activity, a personal challenge, a stress reducer and most importantly a great work out. It is a sport that everyone can participate in; all you need is a good pair of shoes and a little motivation. That being said, due to the repetitive nature of the sport, running can be extremely hard on your body, especially when you are just starting out. From shin splints to rolled...

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Jaw Pain? How can a Chiropractor help with that?

MN Spine and Sport offers many treatment options for those who are suffering from Jaw Pain. Before making an appointment, try eating soft foods, applying ice to the area, try to avoid eating hard or tough foods that may aggravate the pain. Also, be mindful when yawning. When altering your diet and avoiding chewing harder items is no longer effective, treatment of the TMJ may be needed. ...

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Pillow Talk! What Type of Pillow Should I Choose?

Determining the right pillow is a personal choice that can make or break a good night’s sleep!  When it comes to sleep, most people focus on the mattress. The mattress is one of the most important sleep equipment you will buy, but when it comes to sleep quality, pillows are just as important! Pillows, not only impact the quality of sleep, but can prevent any neck discomfort and soreness in the morning. These can be essential when suffering from neck pain, disc herniation or headaches. The right pillow selection will complement your chiropractic and rehabilitation treatment plan!...

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What is the Best Mattress for Low Back Pain in Woodbury, MN?

Buying a mattress can be quite a daunting task. With an endless amount of options, materials, and features available it can be difficult to determine which mattress is right for you.  The average adult sleeps for eight hours a night; this means that you spend up to a third of your life lying on your mattress, making this purchase all the more important!   Do I Need a New Mattress?   The average lifespan of a mattress is 5-10 years. Many manufacturers will have warranties that extend beyond the 10-year range, but for most the 8-year mark is when it is time to look...

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Are You Having Pain While Working? Time to Look Beyond Ergonomics!

In the past several months, our work environment has completely changed! Many of are putting in long hours working from a home office that may or may not be ergonomically correct.  We all know that prolonged sitting can be detrimental to your health, but what can you do to stay healthy if you have a desk job in the middle of a pandemic?   Part 1: Education Training and Understanding Pain/Injuries   The first step of preventing pain and injury, especially repetitive use, is first understanding how pain, injury and poor health occurs in the body. If we understand the downstream effects of sustained...

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Protecting Our Patients – COVID-19 Update

From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, MN Spine and Sport has committed to going above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff. Providing exceptional care remains our top priority, and right now that also means keeping our patients safe from COVID-19, which will continue to be part of our lives until we reach a widespread state of immunity. As we learn to live with the coronavirus in the community, MN Spine and Sport remains responsive to the needs of our patients and staff.   Here are a few precautions and processes MN Spine and Sport has in...

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Do You Have Lower Back Pain or Sciatica?

The visual that comes to mind when thinking of low back pain is a person half-bent over with a hand on their back.  Many Minnesotans have experienced low back pain, and you may recall feeling severely limited or even helpless during the acute phase of your last episode.  From experience, it can be absolutely miserable! Feelings of pain and helplessness are very common and are some of the reasons why low back pain is one of the most common causes for patients to seek emergency care!1 In fact, over 80% of people have experienced at least one episode of low...

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