Archive for July, 2012

“Why Happy People Have Less Pain”

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

I talk to A LOT of patients and do so daily and have been doing so for over 12 years.

What I’ve seen is that those who are happy do a lot better when it comes to getting rid of pain and recovering from injuries.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “that’s a load of baloney…I’m happy but I still have pain.” Well, that may be the case, but I’m just talking in general here. The mistake that many patients make is believing that others are happy BECAUSE they are free from pain.

But the truth is, they were probably already happy before they had pain and probably even during.
Happy people see the world differently.

Happy people think differently.

Happy people are more optimistic, confident and are in large, more likable.

…and that’s why they feel better also.

So, how do you become happier?

Do things that make you happy.

Be around people who make you feel good.

…and most importantly, choose to be happy.

It’s a choice.

Need help?

Try this…

If you were happy, what would you think about?

What would you do?

How would you carry yourself?

How would you see others and the world?


Do that!

It really is that simple. Let me take care of the getting rid of your back pain part, you attempt to do the being happy part.

Watching Your Back,

Dr. Michael Pritsker, DC

Dr. Pritsker’s Top Ten Ways To Keep Your Back Pain Free

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Keeping your spine pain free is easier than you think. Here’s my top ten tips that I share with patients to keep them free from back pain:

1. Never bend and lift at the waist when lifting heavy objects. Always bend at the knees, then lift. Remember this: “Lift like an elevator, not like a crane.”

2. Stretch every morning for “5 minutes when you’re out of bed. You may prefer taking a hot shower first but the long-term health of your spine is based on the daily little things and stretching is a “HUGE” little thing.

3. Never sleep on your stomach. If you sleep on your side, put a pillow between your knees.

4. Always wear shoes with backs/heel straps on them. Flip-flop sandals are the worst and should be avoided. Supporting your feet supports your spine.

5. Sitting for two hours straight without stretching is your maximum. Sitting through a long movie is probably okay but stand up and walk around afterwards and arch your back, lean side-to-side, and take your low back through different ranges of motion before you sit down again or drive home.

6. Water intake should be about 8 glasses of water per day. If you drink alcohol, soda, coffee, or are eating salty food, you must drink an additional 12-24 ounces of water that day.

7. If you know you are going to be doing a heavy-duty activity such as moving furniture or even be on your feet for hours at a time then wear a back support belt.

8. Proper nutrition remains important to maintain the health of your discs. I recommend the supplement Glucosamine Sulphate.

9. Exercise is great. Walking 1/2 hour each day with light weights is the best. Leave the weights at home if you prefer but get in some walking every single day! Other great options are yoga, Pilates and step aerobics. But for those of you with type-A personality’s exercise caution with these- DO NOT GO TOO HARD TOO FAST! Also, be sure to walk or run on even surfaces.

10. If you have any questions, be sure to ask! I’m here to help you so if you have a question don’t hesitate to ask. Be sure to read our latest blogs at and follow us on facebook at for the latest news and tips on how to live pain free.

Watching Your Back,

Dr. Michael Pritsker, DC

Dr. Michael Pritsker, DC is a chiropractor at New Century Spine Centers and The Back Stop.

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