Activity Trackers: The Ideal Motivator?

Activity trackers are very popular these days. These devices can track the amount of your activity throughout the day and night. Many people wear them on their wrists or clip them to their clothing. Even many smartphones are now equipped with an activity tracker function. So will an activity tracker make you more fit? Not…

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Cut my hand, now I need hand therapy!

Question: I cut a tendon in my hand with a steak knife, my doctor fixed it and said I will need hand therapy. What will I be doing? Answer: This depends on what part of the hand you cut and which kind of repair the doctor performed. But basically you can expect to wear a protective splint we fit…

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Back pain even though I work out!

Question: My doctor feels that my back pain may be from a weak back. How is that possible when I work out all the time? Answer: A person can be strong in the legs and arms, but still have a weak back. Often the back is the weak “link” in the chain. We have seen this frequently in patients who look…

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Low back pain from standing

Question: I have been having a lot of pain in my low back when I stand for too long. People have told me to go to a chiropractorand others have said physical therapy will help me. How do I decide? Answer: You might find relief from either physical therapy or chiropractic care. Fortunately, at STARS we offer both. A…

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Controlling Blood Pressure Without Drugs

Putting on the blood pressure cuff in the doctor’s office can make anyone’s heart rate rise. Nobody wants to be diagnosed as hypertensive, especially when that label can mean a lifetime of antihypertensive drugs that come with a long list of side effects—dizziness, sexual dysfunction, coughing and more. Years ago, people were not considered hypertensive…

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Get the Best Running Shoes for the Money

How to choose the best running shoes for the Money? Given the wide range of running shoes on the market, you may wonder whether you need to buy the most current or expensive pair of shoes. A shoe is only as good as the protection it offers the runner. Because the plantar fascia, a thick…

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