“I Don’t Have Time to Relax or Be Grateful” Sounds Like Nonsense When You Say It Out Loud, Doesn’t It?
Mindfulness practices are legit, people. Especially if you actually do them. Dramatic Sufferer’s Log: Week 2 I had my first Mindfulness Session this morning at 8am and it was glorious. I decided to really do it up right and went to the beach and set up my own little Zen space. A huge pink beach… Continue reading “I Don’t Have Time to Relax or Be Grateful” Sounds Like Nonsense When You Say It Out Loud, Doesn’t It?
It’s Never Too Late to Reinvent Yourself Or, for our patients under 40: New Habits, Who ‘Dis? We know starting a new habit can be intimidating. You might even feel some “analysis paralysis” holding you back from taking the first step. Or maybe you’re afraid to start because you’re afraid to “fail.” But what… Continue reading BeingWell Team’s August Newsletter
Wow This Hurts. Can We Do Something About It? FINALLY. My chronic back pain is being taken seriously and I’ve been offered an evidence-based healing program. Praise the spine gods. Day 1 of the Epic Saga: I got an email from my online coach Sarah welcoming me to the program. She seems really great… Continue reading My Low Back Pain Now Has Bonus Neck Pain… SPINEZONE PLEASE HELP?
Who Are We? SpineZone: it’s not just for spines. The “quick fix” rush to surgery has grown stale and out of date. You’ve got low back pain, neck pain, a sports injury. You’re physically compromised and mentally distressed so a quick fix sounds wonderful, right? But is it? When a San Diego-based orthopedic surgeon came… Continue reading Why SpineZone Instead of Surgery?
The Bad Guys: Backpacks that are too heavy, especially in adolescents Improper posture while sitting/working Sitting at a desk or laptop for too long The dreaded doomscroll on our phones Not taking breaks while driving long distances or doing anything sedentary The Havoc They Cause: Shoulder/neck/back pain, stiffness, and weakness Jaw pain Headaches Tinnitus/ear ringing… Continue reading Neck Pain Villains … and the Superheroes Helping to Make Them Go Away
Yes, that’s exactly what the team at SpineZone and Dr. Kam’s book Take Back Control are telling you. You’ve been lied to. We’ve all been lied to. I’m not sure who started the rumor that as we age we’ll have painful back and neck issues and we’ll lose our mobility and be sedentary as a… Continue reading So… Developing Back Pain When We Age Is NOT Inevitable?
7 Ways to Combat Negative Thoughts While Injured – Part 2 At SpineZone, integrated care is our middle name. Along with alleviating unnecessary suffering from back and neck pain. And also optimum health and wholebeing. We have lots of middle names, like the European Royal families but with significantly less pretentiousness. In Part 1 we told… Continue reading Back & Neck Pain Relief Hacks
When Your Workplace Culture is Healthy, Your Patients Benefit Too Believe it or not, physical therapists play one of the most important roles in our healthcare system. Physical therapists sit on the front lines, and every day they’re seeing patients who have a somewhat uncertain road ahead – patients struggling with pain, who have probably… Continue reading Physical Therapists: the Backbone of SpineZone
7 Ways to Combat Negative Thoughts While Injured- Part 1 In his book Take Back Control, Dr. Kam says we need to stop separating the physical from the emotional and treat our bodies with the Whole-Person Protocol. This philosophy works whether we’re hurting or not, but it’s especially effective when used to address fear and… Continue reading Back & Neck Pain Relief Hacks from the Experts
Getting Out of Funkytown… The Science of Feeling Good Happiness Challenge Grownup Lunchables Recipe Provider Spotlight “Talk about it, talk about it, talk about it, talk about ittttttt”… Feeling depressed, discouraged, and way down in Funkytown at times is normal in life, but it doesn’t have to become your normal. Have you heard… Continue reading SpineZone’s Start to Summer Newsletter
Can Mindfulness Woowoo Heal Physical Pain? Science Says “You Betcha It Can”, If You Actually Do It… I, for one, am ready to learn something new, something backed by science, something that was looked at as legitimate medicine thousands of years ago but in modern times has been often discarded as “woowoo”. Neuroplasticity. The… Continue reading Can Mindfulness Woowoo Heal Physical Pain?
Hey there, I’m Michelle, an active 51-year-old woman, a work-from-home copywriter, an avid traveler, a mom, and a chronic back pain sufferer. I just joined the marketing team at SpineZone this month and I’m starting their treatment program next month. I’m convinced my back will thank me. When did my back pain start? Well, a… Continue reading 27 Years of Sporadic Low Back Pain: Can Treatment at SpineZone Help Me?
Leaving the highest paying job in medicine was a tough decision. In 2014 I left the highest paying and most sought after job in healthcare. I was an orthopedic surgeon and lead physician at Kaiser Permanente in the Sports Medicine department in San Marcos. My annual salary was more than Barack Obama’s and my job was pretty cushy.… Continue reading How leaving medicine revived my love for it
“My body is falling apart” I thought to myself! It was the beginning of September 2015 and I had just returned from a routine Hawk Hill bike ride, which I had previously done more than 50 times without pain. I was starting to sniffle, but more worrisome was a strange soreness I felt on the left side… Continue reading My Eye Opening Bout with Back Pain
Science has always been a huge part of my life. My father is a chemist and my mother a pathologist. They started a small clinical laboratory and me and my older 2 brothers grew up working in the family business watching my mother diagnose cancer by looking through a microscope, and seeing my father run large… Continue reading Meet the Father of SpineZone
Many different factors can increase or decrease pain levels when it comes to chronic back pain. Therefore, effectively managing sleep, diet, and exercise can help reduce back pain. Sleep A good night’s sleep is essential to rest and recharge. Three hours before bedtime and onwards, one should avoid eating, exercising, and using electronics (cell phones, computers, televisions),… Continue reading How to Prevent Back Pain with Sleep, Diet, and Exercise
It’s funny how I got into health… I was a typical start up guy: worked hard, traveled lots, ate fast (Trader Joe’s was my best friend) and exercised regularly. I spent my career in the coal pits of China where I saw climate change from ground zero. That experience led me to a simple mission: to reduce… Continue reading My journey with melanoma
I spent 10 years traveling the country setting up spine centers before I joined SpineZone in 2014 to manage operations for the company. During my travels I saw several outpatient rehabilitation programs with some more successful than others. I was most interested in those programs designed for back and neck pain patients who had long-standing,… Continue reading Confidence Helps Heal Back and Neck Pain