The Wellness Blog

Dr. Brooke Joins “The Team Behind the Team” In Colorado

For two weeks this summer, I was a member of the Sports Medicine team at the United States Olympic Training campus (USOC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I have always been an avid sports fan so to have this experience was a dream come true. The one word that best sums up my experience for the two weeks that I spent with the Sports Medicine team is ‘affirming.’ After reflecting on my experience, I am certain that I am practicing in a manner that is congruent with the absolute best care that can be provided to athletes—or patients– of any level.

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Which Foods Are “Cures” Or “Causes” For Triggering Your Migraines?

It’s fall! And with the changing seasons comes shifting temperatures and the resurgence of festive foods – both potential triggers for migraines and headaches. When you can’t afford downtime because there’s work to be done or the kids have soccer practice, the last thing you need is a debilitating headache causing you to lose focus. Here are a few nutritional tips for heading off these nuisances before they start. You may have heard that certain foods can trigger migraines – that’s true, and while some people’s “cure” foods might be others’ “cause” foods, like caffeine, there are a few foods

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200 Miles? 500 Miles? When Should You Replace Your Running Shoes?

Ryan Hall won his first NCAA championship in 2005 when he ran the 5000 meter race in 13:22.32, beating his teammate by less than a second. That’s just off a 4 minute pace, for those of you who are counting. Gina Kolata from the New York Times wellness blog, caught him standing still long enough to ask him when he decides a shoe is ready to retire. He explained that he replaces his shoes every 200 miles, saying, “I know that my shoes could probably handle a couple of hundred more miles before they are worn out, but my health

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How to Deal With Frequent Migraines and Other Headaches

Whether you’re at work, in class, or parenting energetic children, you can’t afford to let a headache ruin your day. When a headache strikes, many people turn to medication to ease the pain. But medication isn’t always a viable or desirable option. You may be looking for treatments to complement traditional medicine or for alternative ways to treat and prevent headaches. This post outlines useful tips and treatments to help you cope with headaches, such as self-monitoring of symptoms, using relaxation techniques, chiropractic care, and more. The first step is determining what kind of headaches you suffer from. Four Types

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Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Tips and Advice for Athletes and Office Workers

Carpal tunnel syndrome, which can be painful and debilitating, affects people from all walks of life and lines of work. It can be caused by repetitive motions that strain the wrists, such as weightlifting or even typing with badly positioned hands. It’s estimated that carpal tunnel syndrome can cost a worker around $30,000 in medical bills and sick leave. What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? The carpal tunnel is a narrow conduit in your wrist through which nine flexor tendons and the median nerve enter your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) manifests as pain, numbing, and tingling in parts of the

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Could Better Shoes Help My Back Pain?

The Right Shoes Can Make a Huge Difference The feet are the foundation of your body — and of your posture. The way your weight is distributed on your feet while you walk, stand, and run can contribute to knee pain, ankle pain, and lower back pain, as well as painful conditions of the foot such as blisters, bunions, and even stress fractures. In a sort of domino effect, your body forms a “kinetic chain” and how the feet are positioned and supported can positively or negatively impact the rest of your muscles and joints. Providing the right support for

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How Do We Know How Healthcare Is Performing?

Healthcare is a hot topic right now on the political landscape, especially as election season accelerates and gains traction. With all the talk of healthcare it does beg the question, how does the healthcare industry collectively and objectively assess its current performance and areas for improvement? The best way to tackle this important topic is to ask those who matter most in the healthcare system—patients themselves. The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) agenda is a program of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality designed to collect data related to patients’ experience with individual healthcare providers. Participation

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Is It Bad to Crack Your Back?

There are varying opinions about whether people should crack their knuckles, back, or other joints in the body. Many people wonder about the cracking noise that occurs during a chiropractic adjustment, and some claim that having a friend apply force to “crack their back” can produce the same effect. But what actually happens when your back cracks? And how is it different than treatment from a chiropractor? Let’s take a look. What Causes Your Back to Crack? A recent MRI study published in April 2015 in the journal PLOS ONE illustrates what happens when you crack your fingers: Your joints are

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Back-to-School Wellness Guide

From unhealthy school lunches to heavy backpacks, kids and parents face a variety of challenges to maintaining health and wellness during the school year. As summer draws to a close and classes begin, this back-to-school wellness guide can help you and your children navigate these challenges. Lighten the Load On the first day of school each year, kids comes home with new classmates, new teachers — and a heavier backpack. A heavy load can cause chronic back pain in children, so to avoid side-effects from weighty textbooks, encourage your children to leave their books in lockers or at home whenever

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Is Your Diet Contributing to Your Stress?

Comfort Foods Aren’t So Comforting in the Long Run Stress can cause us to turn to comfort foods — and drinks. But consoling ourselves with these carbohydrates, fats, salt, and caffeine can do more than tip the scales: Eating foods that boost cholesterol and sodium levels can increase the risk of heart attack or developing diabetes. Fatty, salty foods are not the best choice. There are healthy alternatives that actually reduce blood levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, while providing the comfort we crave during stressful periods. Which Foods Should You Avoid? When you consume comfort foods like chocolate or

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