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back pain

5 Bad Habits You Don’t Know Are Causing You Back Pain

You hear about the typical reasons for back pain all the time; a slipped disc, a work injury, a genetic disorder. But you may not know all the things you do on a daily basis that indicate you’re headed towards a whole heap of pain. Back pain often isn’t an instantaneous thing. It usually occurs as a culmination of things that have happened to your body over the years. So, we’ve put together the top five bad habits that you might not even know are contributing to your pain or might contribute to pain in the future.

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yoga

National Yoga Day Stretches to Ease Back Pain

Whether young or old, male or female, chances are you’ll experience back pain at some point in your life. Whether you drink hot tea or sweet iced tea, whether you’re a world traveler or homebody, chances are an injury, poor posture, or aging will affect the way you sympathize with chronic back pain sufferers. We have the expertise, staff, and passion for treating back pain for every walk of life, but there are things our patients can do at home – like yoga – to help prevent or help alleviate inflammation.

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migraines

How To Avoid Migraines During the Holidays

Migraines always seem to strike at inopportune times. And with the countless holiday parties, gatherings and trips that will be going on in the next month, the number of events that could be effectively ruined by an ill-timed migraine are about to greatly increase. Unfortunately, along with the number of events that could be ruined by migraines, the amount of migraine triggers is also about to go up. Indulgent food, bright décor and unusual schedules can all heighten the chance of migraines, yet avoiding these throughout the next month seems near impossible. By following the below guidelines, you can increase your chances of enjoying your typical holiday merriment while also keeping headaches and migraines in check.

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Holiday travel

Protect Your Back During Holiday Travel

Holiday season is officially here, and for many central Arkansans, that means lots of travel hours spent in the car and airport to see far away friends and family. Grueling holiday travel can be taxing on the healthiest people, but for those with chronic back pain, it can be almost unbearable. Below, we’ve outlined a few basic practices to help you have a happy, pain-free holiday.

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thankful

What Legacy Is Thankful For

As in the case with most of us, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily routine of life. A pop-tart on the way to work. Lunch at your desk. Picking up kids at soccer practice. Attempting to clean the house before it gets destroyed again by the new puppy. Rarely, do we all have a moment to sit, breathe, and take in this amazing life we are so honored to live.

When you are suffering from back pain, it gets even harder to shift that focus to thankfulness. So, we are taking this time to allow our amazing Legacy staff to remind us about the important things in life that keep them thankful all year long.

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smoking and back pain

The Rocky Relationship Between Smoking and Back Pain

It’s not new news necessarily, but even more research has come out to back it up. Smoking is directly linked to your back pain. Scientists from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois released information through a study that suggested that smoking directly interferes with a circuit in two different regions of your brain that is associated with pain.

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prevent back pain

Prevent Back Pain on Plane Rides

Holiday season is quickly approaching and some of our patients are booking their flights to go home to see family they don’t get to see any other part of the year. We love to see their excitement. But hate to see the anxiety that ultimately sets in when they think of the low back pain they experience when sitting for a long period of time.

By the very nature of the word “vacation”, a person should experience the act of vacating their normal routine; including dealing with chronic back pain. So we’ve put together an action list for those flying to family and friends this season to help them prevent back pain on plane rides.

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Epilepsy

Definition, Symptoms, and Treatment: Epilepsy

For most, November marks the month of temperatures dropping, football-related blood pressures rising, and turkey-induced napping. But for others it’s a month to rally behind those living with epilepsy. For National Epilepsy Awareness Month, we want to educate all our readers and patients on what epilepsy is and what the treatment options are.

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Migraines and Botox

Botox and Migraines: Your Questions Answered

Chronic migraines are one of the most debilitating problems we treat, even rivaling significant back pain in the amount of agony it causes patients. When a migraine begins, work, family and friends must all be put to the side until the patient can get their pain to subside – which could take hours. Patients with chronic migraines experience this excruciating occurrence 15 days a week or more.

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Healthy Foods

The Best Foods to Eat Post-Surgery

Today, we’re going to talk about an important part of the healing process that often goes ignored: nutrition. After spinal surgery, many patients feel they should “treat” themselves during what can be a difficult time, by eating all their favorite unhealthy foods. While we’re certainly not opposed to an occasional bowl of ice cream or slice of pizza, we do want our patients to provide their bodies with the proper fuel for recovery. Here are a few foods you should make sure to incorporate into your diet post surgery:

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