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Jun 11, 2012 - 3 comments
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inversion tables

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7 Benefits of Inversion Therapy

As a chiropractor, I endorse activities that safely promote spinal health. When used appropriately, inversion tables have several benefits.

1) Improved Circulation
2) Promotes Natural Alignment
3) Alleviate Back Pain
4) Improved Posture
5) Stress Reduction
6) Improved Flexibility
7) “Height Management” (Inversion won’t physically make you taller, but it can effect your height. Spinal discs tend to compress with age, resulting in a subtle reduction of height over time. Routine use of an inversion table may play a roll in hindering this process.)

In addition, an English study out of Newcastle University found that inversion therapy may reduce the need for back surgery.

Tips for Buying an Inversion Table:

** Evaluate the table’s weight limit. Cheap “economy” tables have weight limits at or below 200-lbs. You definitely don’t want your table to break while you’re hanging upside down.

** Aim for solid/sturdy construction. Inversion tables shouldn’t squeak, lean, or bend.

** You don’t have to buy the most expensive model available, but avoid bargain-basement inversion tables. Expect to spend $250-400 for safe and durable units.

Don’t Use an Inversion Table if…

While inversion therapy is considered to be safe and natural, there are some contraindications. Research studies have found that inversion increases pressure within the eye. Patients with glaucoma or detached retinas should not try inversion therapy. Other conditions including conjunctivitis (pink eye), pregnancy, extreme obesity, uncontrolled hypertension, hernias, congestive heart failure, recent surgery/fractures are also considered contraindications for inversion therapy. Finally, patients taking blood-thinning medications (anti-coagulants) are discouraged from using an inversion table as well.

For more information on inversion tables and which models I recommend, visit my blog: www.drtanase.com/2012/06/11/my-opinion-on-inversion-tables/


Best Multivitamins?

Feb 26, 2012 - 0 comments
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Multivitamins

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multivitamin

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vitamin

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Nutrition

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supplements



There are over 1,500 different multivitamin products available today. While their ingredients all sound the same, the way your body uses these supplements can differ.

So I’m going to tell you about a resource that will help you find out if the supplement you’re taking is any good... Here's the link to my blog where you can learn all about it:

Link - http://drtanase.com/2012/02/25/whats-the-best-multivitamin/
Shortened URL - http://goo.gl/QsPF7

Best Pillow Type?

Feb 20, 2012 - 0 comments
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sleeping

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pillows



Patients ask me almost every day what kind of pillow they should be using. While it’s no secret that some pillows are better than others, I believe that finding the right pillow is rather subjective.

I’ve sampled a LOT of different pillows over the past 12 years, but one kind in particular stands out above the rest: Latex.

I like latex pillows because they’re neutral – they don’t have any curves that are often too big/small for your neck. They’re also affordable ($40), and the material lasts a long time (5-10 years). I recommend a specific type of talalay latex over cheaper synthetic rubber materials.

I will also say that I’ve enjoyed sleeping on water-based pillows, but feel that these are better suited for a short-term “change of pace” rather than long-term nightly use. If you like firmer pillows, it's a good option.

Regardless of the type of pillow you choose, just follow a few basic guidelines:

1) Don’t use down/feather pillows. While they are pleasant to the touch, and used in many fine hotels, they’re not supportive.

2) You should never wake up with neck pain, soreness, or headaches.

3) Don’t sleep with more than one pillow beneath your head. Your forehead and chin should be level with the floor when sleeping on your side. If your forehead it tilted up, your pillow is too thick. If your forehead tilts down, your pillow is too thin.

I've written a detailed article on my blog where I discuss 6 types of sleeping pillows that you might find beneficial, including the exact talalay latex brand I sleep on... Here are links to that article:

Shortened link - http://goo.gl/jMd8L
Full link - http://drtanase.com/2010/01/26/my-opinion-on-6-types-of-sleeping-pillows

Best Mattress?

Feb 13, 2012 - 1 comments
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Low back pain

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Neck pain

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mattresses



Every week patients ask me about what type of mattress they should buy... So I finally composed a detailed blog post that answers this question. Here's a portion of it. If you'd like to read more, feel free to check out the full article.
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"Buying a new mattress can be expensive and daunting if you’re not sure what to look for… So I’m going to tell you exactly what I recommend (and don’t recommend) to patients who ask me what type of mattress is best. I’ll also share some additional mattress-buying tips which could save you up to $1,000 or more!"

Link: http://drtanase.com/2012/02/13/whats-the-best-type-of-mattress/

Adam Tanase, D.C.
@ChiropracticSTL