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Know the Risk Factors for Sciatica

In layman’s terms, sciatica is a pain that occurs along the course of your sciatic nerve--a nerve that begins in your lower back and continues through your hip, buttocks, and down each leg.  Normally, sciatica only affects one side of your body.  The most common causes of sciatica are pressure on the nerve from a herniated disk or bone spur.  This pressure leads to an inflammation and numbness in your leg that can be very painful. Even if you are…

Getting Your Posture to “Work” for You

If you’re reading this at work, take a moment to check in with your body. How is your back positioned? Is your computer screen in your natural field of view? Is your chair at an optimal height? When was the last time you got up? If you work at a desk for 40 hours a week, like many Americans, awareness of your body’s ergonomics and posture can help prevent big back problems down the road. When we move around, the…