This Is What Walking Does to Your Brain

You’re likely aware of the physical health benefits of exercise – it helps to maintain a healthy weight, lowers blood pressure, decreases inflammation in the body, reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart attack, and even decreases the risk of developing certain cancers and diabetes. What you may not know is […]

Sciatica: What is it and What Helps?

Sciatic nerve pain, commonly referred to as sciatica, is pain that runs along the pathway of the sciatic nerve. There are two sciatic nerves, one on either side of the body, that run from the lower back to the hip, buttock, and down the leg to the foot. Sciatica is quite common with estimates suggesting […]

Managing Headaches: Causes, Types, and Treatments

Managing Headaches: Causes, Types, and Treatments According to The World Health Organization (WHO) about 47% of adults suffered with at least one headache within the last year, making headache disorders one of the most common nervous system disorders. Headaches affect people across all ages, racial background, geographical location, and socioeconomic status. Types of Headaches While […]

How to Improve Balance and Avoid Falls

Ways You Can Improve Your Balance Balance is vital to performing activities of daily living, including household chores, shopping, cooking, and traveling, safely in older adults. Maintaining balance independence is crucial for health and well-being during the aging process. Poor balance has been shown to be a major risk factor for falls; and falls are […]

Sleeping with the Enemy: Getting a Good Night Sleep with Back Pain

Low back pain is an extremely common complaint, with approximately 80% of the population suffering with low back pain at some point in their lives. One of the main issues that people with low back pain report is decreased sleep quantity and quality. Why is this concerning? Well, poor sleep quality has been linked to […]

Getting an Epidural: What to Expect

Chronic lower back pain is an extremely common condition and is the leading cause of disability around the world. There are a variety of conditions that lead to lower back pain with or without sciatica, including prolapsed intervertebral disc herniation. Various conservative treatment options exist including physiotherapy, manual therapy, manipulation, and numerous anti-inflammatory and pain […]

Staying Social: Why It’s Important to Our Health

Social connections are essential for health and well-being, especially as people get older. Loneliness and social isolation are quickly becoming public health concerns as the population ages. While loneliness and social isolation can occur at any age, studies have shown that older adults often spend more time alone, leaving them more vulnerable to social isolation […]

Achy Knees: The Facts About Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects more than 240 million people around the world, making it the most common joint disease. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body but more commonly occurs in the knees, hips, hands, lower back and neck. In individuals with knee osteoarthritis, the cartilage wears down and becomes rough, and the protective joint space […]

Spinal Stenosis: The Other Cause of Back Pain

Spinal Stenosis

 Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common condition, affecting more than 200,000 adults in the United States. Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common reason for spinal surgery in patients over the age of 65; however, surgery has shown no significant benefit over conservative treatment options. If you have recently received a diagnosis of lumbar spinal […]

Cognitive Skills: Keeping the Brain Flexible

Cognitive Skills: Keeping the Brain Flexible What is Cognition? Cognition is the ability to think, reason, remember, analyze, interpret, judge, and problem solve. It involves the higher-level brain functions such as language, perception, imagination, and planning. It is a mental process to gain knowledge and understanding. Cognition and memory are the cornerstone of rational thought […]