Head and Neck

The McKenzie Method – What it is and how Emerson uses it to get to the root of your pain.

If you have ever seen me as a patient, you might know that I favor a style of treatment called the McKenzie method of diagnosis. Never heard of this method? Fret Not! I’ll explain.  It all started with a man named Robin McKenzie, who was initially a practitioner in New Zealand. In 1956 Robin was beginning treatment for an individual with low back pain that started in the gluteal region and went down his leg to his knee. This

COVID-19: A Pain in the Neck (Tips for how to manage your headaches, neck, and shoulder pain.)

These are trying times for all of us, let’s face it. Even more challenging is the total lack of physical exercise that we are ALL suffering from. Personally, I went from exercising over an hour every day to being proud of myself for getting up and going to the fridge. What a change. Unfortunately, with increased sedentary lifestyle changes tends to come increased levels of pain. Of these increased pain, neck pain can be some of the most common and

Taking Care of my Body while Bartending

Many years ago, I decided to get a part-time bartending job at a local brewery. I was looking to purchase my first home here in Asheville and like many Ashevillians know, the struggle is real. It’s expensive to live here! So I figured the extra income would be helpful. Little did I know how difficult and taxing my little part-time bartending job would be on my body. Luckily, the knowledge I have gained over the past

Neck Osteoarthritis (OA)

What is Neck Osteoarthritis (OA)? Arthritis is defined as the presence of swelling, effusion (The escape of fluid into another part), or the presence of 2 or more of the following signs: limited range of motion(ROM), tenderness, pain on motion, or joint warmth. In this article we will specifically discuss neck osteoarthritis. Degenerative changes are common in neck or cervical spine. In some degree they are found almost universally in persons over 50yrs of age. Once you hit 70 years

5 Natural Inflammation Remedies

5 All Natural Ways to Soothe Joint Inflammation So you suffer from arthritis or some other form of joint inflammation, but you are unable to take medication or undergo surgery to alleviate your pain.  What can you do?  This short article will provide you will 5 suggestions for cooling inflammation without the use of invasive measures.  As always, you should consult your doctor or physical therapist before making changes to any existing treatment program.  Enjoy and be well! 1.  

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