Best Ways to Recognize Scoliosis in Your Child

Do you think your child could have a curve in his or her spine? Scoliosis, the medical term for an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, is most common in children between the ages of 10 and 16. But it can also occur in younger children or adults. “When scoliosis curves, it rotates the ribs, so if … Read More

How to Exercise Safely if You Are Pregnant

Contributor: Rebecca Justen, DPT, OCS One of the best things you can do during pregnancy is to continue to work out. It’s shown to help expectant mothers maintain a good weight, avoid the minor discomforts of pregnancy, and improve posture and body mechanics. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women exercise three … Read More

Have You Taken Up Yoga Lately? So Has Everyone Else

If you’ve started going to yoga classes lately, you’re joining a growing number of Americans who have taken up the practice in recent years. A new survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the use of complementary health approaches in the United States says the number of people in the United States practicing yoga has nearly doubled since 2002. … Read More

Try Mindfulness to Improve Your Well-being (Slideshow)

Daily meditation is a powerful tool for managing stress and enhancing your health. Practicing mindfulness can help you apply that same present-moment awareness to all your daily activities. Discover how appreciating the world around you can have a positive impact on body, mind and spirit. Here, wellness expert Melissa Young, MD, shares 11 tips for practicing … Read More

Should You Exercise When You Have Cancer?

Contributor: Jamie Schwachter, BSN, MSN, NP-C After you receive a diagnosis of cancer, starting or maintaining an exercise routine might seem like the least of your worries. That’s understandable. Regular exercise might be something you didn’t seem to have time for even before your diagnosis. With all the new demands of treatment, such as medical tests and doctor’s visits, exercising may … Read More

Simple, Easy Ways to Stay Fit While You Travel

When you travel, it can be hard to keep a routine of exercise and eating healthy. Time changes, new surroundings, and a packed schedule can all interfere. But even small changes can make a difference in your health and give you energy while you are away from home. The key is to keep things simple. … Read More

Complementary Therapy Helps Cancer Patient’s Mind, Body

Contributor: Kenneth Weiss, MD, FACP Most cancer patients leave their medical treatment plan in the trusted hands of their oncologist. But many want to play an active role in regaining control of their own health and wellness. Complementary therapies allow patients to do that. Complementary therapies are evidence-based, unlike alternative therapies, and integrated to treat … Read More

Your Mind Is Your Ally in the Fight Against Afib

Emotions are closely linked to heart function, and atrial fibrillation is no exception. Experts say patients can use biofeedback and relaxation methods like yoga for a calming effect on afib. Atrial fibrillation is a type of heart rhythm disorder in which the top part of your heart beats extremely rapidly and erratically. Getting older increases … Read More