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Mindset

Six Tips for Forming—and Sustaining— Positive Habits

By on March 10th, 2018

Continuing on the theme of positive habits, let’s consider the best ways to ensure you develop habits that stick as you work to become stronger and straighter. The following six tips are courtesy of the U.S. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury.1 These tips…


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Fundamentals of changing your Habits

By on March 4th, 2018

In previous posts, we discussed the role of bad habits—texting, sitting, sedentary lifestyles, or driving with improper posture—in contributing to the epidemic of back and neck pain. If good postural habits and routines are vital to relieving our pain, what is the best way to form them? How can…


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Posture

Proper lifting

By on February 25th, 2018
Another quick reminder of proper posture. It is best if you can bend your knees and keep your back straight when you lift. This is not always possible, soeven if you need to bend at the hips to lift, here is a tip for decreasing strain on your back.


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Text Neck

By on February 25th, 2018

Bending incorrectly does indeed carry consequences. In fact, one of the emerging epidemics in spinal health is “text neck.” The human head weighs about
12 pounds, which doesn’t sound like much, until you bend forward and increase the weight on your neck.

In a recent study, Dr. Ken Hansraj, chief of…

Kamshad Raiszadeh, M.D.

Dr. Raiszadeh's completed medical school at UC San Francisco, orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis and his Pediatric and Adult Spine Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York City. He has 20 years of experience with the broad range of spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery, complex spinal disorders such as scoliosis and kyphosis, and cervical spine disorders. During this 20 years he has noticed a dramatic increase in patients turning to surgery for treatment of neck and low back pain, but many of them not getting their desired long-term result. He therefore became increasingly interested in improvement and standardization of non-operative treatment. By developing the best aspects of non-operative treatment in an atmosphere of empowerment to maximize the body’s own healing capacity, he noticed that many fewer patients required surgery, and the ones who underwent surgery had much better long term results.