6 Reasons to LOVE Cinnamon Even More

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In Honor of Dr Cinnamon Claudio, we found 6 reasons to love Cinnamon even more!

1. CANDIDA YEAST INFECTIONS: Cinnamon has anti-fungal properties, and it’s been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment. Real Ceylon Cinnamon Tea infused with Cinnamon Bark Oil could be an excellent way to fight internal Candida infections and boost your immune system. For topical applications (except genital areas and mucous membranes) 1% Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil mixed with a carrier oil could be an extremely effective treatment option.

2. CANCER PREVENTION: Cinnamon is a promising solution in the treatment of Tumors, Gastric Cancers and Melanomas. Research studies show that sugar maybe causing or sustaining cancer cells and cinnamon may have a mitigating effect by controlling blood sugar levels in the body. The evidence seems to suggest that Cinnamon is starving cancer cells of the sugar needed to sustain them.

3. IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS): As a digestive cinnamon dramatically reduces the uncomfortable feelings associated with IBS especially the bloating. It does this by killing bacteria and healing infections in the GI tract and enabling the gastric juices to work normally.

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Dr Cinnamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. MASSAGE THERAPY: Cinnamon is a well-known warming agent. Combined with a carrier oil it is highly effective in relaxing and relieving muscle pain. Some put a few drops in their bath to relax and to sooth tired and aching muscles.

5. BRAIN BOOSTER: Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. Just a whiff on the magical stuff can boost brain activity! Research led by Dr. P. Zoladz and presented April 24, 2004, at the annual meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, in Sarasota, FL, found that chewing cinnamon flavored gum or just smelling cinnamon enhanced study participants’ cognitive processing. Specifically, cinnamon improved participants’ scores on tasks related to attention processes, virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual-motor speed while working on a computer-based program.

6. WEIGHT LOSS: Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and simultaneously increases insulin levels in the body. It imitates the biological activity of insulin and increases the metabolism of glucose. Since high blood sugar levels can lead to increased storage of fat by the body, cinnamon helps prevent this increased storage of fat and enables you to lose weight. In addition, it influences the manner in which sugar is metabolized by the body and prevents the transformation of the metabolized sugar into fat. Cinnamon also delays the passing of food from the stomach into the intestine. Hence, you feel satisfied for a longer time and eat less. This helps you lose weight. Cinnamon also helps the body to process carbohydrates more efficiently and this assists you in losing a few pounds. Studies show that abdominal fat is more sensitive to the effects of cinnamon than fat from other parts of the body.

 

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One thing to stay away from this 4th of July

 

HOT DOGS!

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According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (NHDSC) Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday alone, part of the 7 billion hot dogs eaten over the summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day.    But Beware!

a chiropractor The Cancer Project’s latest billboard shows a pack of hot dogs  coming out of a pack of  cigarettes.   The Cancer Project is trying to  get the word out about the dangers of  processed meats, especially  hot dogs.  Eating a hot dog every day can increase your  risk of  colorectal cancer by 21 percent. It’s as bad for you as smoking.

An NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study found that processed red meat was associated  with a 10 percent increased risk of prostate cancer with every 10 grams of increased  intake. A study in Taiwan showed that consumption of cured and smoked meat can  increase children’s risk for leukemia. A study in Australia found that women’s risk for  ovarian cancer increased as a result of eating processed meats.

Hot Dogs contain Nitrates.   These nitrates are compounds added to hot dogs and  other cured meats to extend their shelf life and improve their color (without the  nitrates, the hot dogs would turn brown or gray – ewww).  Once Digested, Nitrates can  form nitrosamines, which have been linked to cancer in test animals.  To reduce this  risk, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires hot-dog makers to add antioxidants,  like vitamin C, to their products.

But what about the nitrates that naturally occur in vegetables like spinach and celery?    That is absolutely true, but the difference is that these veggies also contain vitamins C  and D, which inhibit the formation of those N-nitroso compounds.

Ok so if you have to have a hotdog this 4th of July try pairing the hot dogs with an antioxidant-rich food, like tomatoes, or vitamin C–packed orange juice.  Or you can try some nitrate-free hot dogs, like the ones from Applegate Farms or Organic Prairie. These hot dogs do contain nitrates from vegetables, but do not contain traditionally used synthetic nitrates.

 

6 Reasons to LOVE Cinnamon Even More

5 Easy Tips to Eating Healthy this Summer

1)     SHARE! SHARE! SHARE!  Food portions in America’s restaurants have doubled or tripled over the last 20 years, so next time you are out with your family of friends, split a meal with someone.  This will not only save your waistline, but your wallet as well.  Dessert Especially!

2)     Stop eating before you feel full.  Slow the pace of your meals. Pay attention to what you’re eating. And call it quits when you’re about 80 percent full. After a pause, you’ll likely find that “mostly full” is full enough. Studies indicate that simply by eating at a leisurely pace, you could drop up to 20 pounds a year.

3)     Curb Your Cravings.  Cravings often mean your body is lacking in some nutritional department.  Cravings are not quite the same as hunger…and in fact they couldn’t be more different. Hunger is controlled by the stomach, but cravings are controlled by the brain. Hunger is all about your survival mechanism, but cravings are all about your body communicating with you.  Solution?  Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods.

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4)     Leave something on your plate.  Break the habit!  Most of us were taught as kids to clean our plates before we could get up from the dinner table.  As adults, people do not break these habits, and are not paying attention to the quantity of their food intake. People are not paying attention to the signals their body’s are giving them about fullness. Instead, they are taking the visual clues of a clean plate, no matter how much food is put in front of them.  Eating one less bite at every meal could save about 75 calories a day, which equates to nearly an 8-pound weight loss in one year!

5)     Cheat Meals.  We are all human and it’s going to happen.  We are going to cheat every once in awhile on our healthy diets.  Here is the rule: If you are going to allow yourself a cheat meal, limit it to one item.  For Example, if you are craving a hamburger, just eat the hamburger.  Leave the fries and soda alone and really focus on enjoying the burger.

 

One thing to stay away from this 4th of July

8 Reasons to Massage on Raleigh!

1)      Improve Sleep:

Massage can promote healthy sleep!    Fluctuations in several types of brain waves either relax you or wake you up. Massage increases delta waves, which are linked with deep. Oh so that’s why it’s easy to drift off on the massage table!

2)     Ease Pain:

Eight out of 10 Americans will experience debilitating back pain; if it lasts more than three months, it’s considered chronic.  Massage can help!

Another study showed people with long-lasting low-back pain who got a one-hour Swedish or structural massage once a week for 10 weeks felt and functioned significantly better and faster than those who received standard medical care; they also used less over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.

“We found the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments: medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga,” Dan Cherkin, Ph.D., lead author of the study, said in a press release.

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Relaxing Vacation Massage

3)     Ease Anxiety:

A review of studies that measured the stress hormone cortisol in people before and immediately after massage found the therapy lowered levels by up to about 50%. Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine; two neurotransmitters that help reduce depression. That may play into why massage has been shown to help people with anxiety disorders, to increase calm before surgery and to decrease stress and depression in cancer patients; in fact, a recent Turkish study found back massages given during chemotherapy significantly reduced anxiety and fatigue.

4)     Boost Immunity:

Massage in Brier Creek may give the immune system a boost by helping to increase activity levels of natural killer T cells, which fight off viruses and tumors.

Past, preliminary science suggested full-body massage enhanced immune function of women with breast cancer; a newer but also early study on premature babies came to a similar conclusion: Those who received massage therapy had more active killer immune cells (and gained weight faster), compared with infants in the control group.

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Amazing Massage Room

5)     Reduce Blood Pressure.

Women with prehypertension (or slightly elevated blood pressure) who received three 10-minute Swedish massages a week for 10 total sessions lowered their pressure more than patients who relaxed in the same environment but with no massage, according to a small study. Other more recent research on 35 older adults showed therapeutic massage also helped reduce blood pressure, as well as improve stability.

6)     Raise Alertness:

Want to boost your brainpower? Adults who were given a 15-minute chair massage in a small 1996 Touch Research Institute study were more alert and completed a series of math questions faster and more accurately.

7)       Curb Headaches:

Headaches can be alleviated thanks to massage! Regular massage can reduce a person’s number of migraines, according to WebMD, as well as limit how painful each migraine feels.

Massage works by increasing oxygen and blood flow to tense muscles.  .During a tension headache, muscles of the scalp, jaw and neck are tightly contracted. The blood vessels supplying oxygen to these muscles are constricted, so that the muscles must work with an inadequate supply of nutrients. It is believed that this combination of muscle spasm and inadequate blood supply is the main cause of pain in tension headaches. Massage helps relax the contracted muscles.

A 2009 study found that a 30-minute massage decreased pain for people with tension headaches, and even curbed some of the stress and anger associated with that pounding head.

8)     Celebrity Beauty Secret:

Massage in the right places can even have beauty benefits. Massage increases blood flow, which plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage (the shuttling of toxins out and away from cells so that more nutrients can travel in) and adds vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair.

 

5 Easy Tips to Eating Healthy this Summer

Foot Problems: Could You Be Wearing the Wrong Shoes?

 

 85% of people wear running shoes that don’t fit, according to an American College of Sports Medicine!

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Chiropractor Raleigh, NC

The average person walks more than 115,000 miles in a lifetime. Every walking step you take exerts pressure up to three times your body weight on your feet. Running exerts up to ten times your body weight.  We cram our feet into tight fitting, stiff shoes, subject them to the unnatural angles of high heels, pound them on pavement and asphalt, smother them in airless socks and shoes, or simply stand on them for hours on end. It’s no wonder that the skin, 26 bones, and intricate webbing of muscles and ligaments in each of our feet sometimes can’t stand up to the pressure.

When you wear shoes that are too small your joints have to compensate over time to fit the shoe.   This can cause:

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chiropractor Raleigh, NC

Plantar Fasciitis   which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that connects the heel bone (calcaneous) and the toes. This ligament is composed of fibrous bands of tissue, and runs along the entire bottom of the foot. It stretches and contracts with every step or movement, and may become inflamed when tiny tears occur in the tissue.

Bunions   If you’ve noticed a lump on the side of your foot at the base of your big toe, it’s probably a bunion . Bunions are caused when the base of the toe is pushed out of its normal position. This causes a bulge on the side of the foot that can be painful and inflamed. Rather than pointing straight ahead, the big toe will also frequently press against the other toes.

Corns and Calluses   The skin protects itself against repeated friction and pressure by building up hard layers of skin cells at the site of the irritation. The skin cells form round, kernel-like bumps, called corns. They are often found on top of or between the toes. Calluses usually form on the sole, but they can also occur elsewhere on the feet, and are thick, yellowish, and flat.

Hammer Toes   When one of the smaller toes takes on a claw-like appearance, it’s called a hammer toe . Misalignment of the toe joints or muscle or nerve problems in the foot cause the toe to curl up instead of laying flat. People with diabetes are prone to developing hammertoes. Wearing shoes that are too short can also cause this problem.

Back Pain, Knee Pain, Hip Pain and more!

Proper size

Don’t select shoes by the size inside the shoe. The size your foot measures is your foot size. Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Judge the shoe by how it fits on your foot. Don’t hesitate to try on a shoe in a size other than what measuring indicates. Don’t assume that you know your current shoe size. Have both feet measured, as you stand, each time you by your shoes (the size of your feet changes as your grow older). Most people have one foot larger than the other. Fit to the largest foot.

Try on shoes at the end of the day (or after a workout for athletic shoes) when your feet are the largest. Allow 3/8″ to 5/8″ room between the end of the longest toe (in some people it is the 2nd toe) and the end of the shoe (i.e. Toe box). Your foot continues to move forward inside the shoe even when the ground stops the shoe from moving.

Try shoes on with the same thickness of socks you intend to wear. Finally, if you use orthotics try the shoes on with them.

Raleigh, NC Chiropractor

Raleigh, NC Chiropractor

Your local Raleigh chiropractors can help you prevent running-related problems by assessing your gait, as well as the mobility of the joints in your feet, legs, pelvis and spine. Should you suffer stress and strain from running, a chiropractor in Raleigh can also provide treatment for your pain.

 

8 Reasons to Massage on Raleigh!

Do you have a Humpback?

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The Humpback Posture:

Kyphosis, also known as a round back or humpback, is a condition in which the spine in the upper back has an excessive curvature. The upper back, or thoracic region of the spine, is supposed to have a slight natural curve. The spine naturally curves in the neck, upper back, and lower back to help absorb shock and support the weight of the head. Kyphosis occurs when this natural arch is larger than normal.  This forward head posture and rounded, forward shoulders, will lead to problems with headaches, neck aches, back and shoulder pain.

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Raleigh Chiropractor

As you can see from the diagram, for the average person, the humped back places up to an additional 42 lbs. of extra downward pressure on the lower back.  Is it any wonder that many individuals have lower back pain?

Kyphosis will eventually cause shallow breathing as a result of the forward compression of the chest. Kyphosis can affect people of any age. However, it rarely occurs in newborns because it is usually caused by poor posture. Kyphosis caused by poor posture is called postural kyphosis.

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Raleigh Chiropractor

As one ages, and the humpback deepens, one’s overall mobility will decrease, increasing the risk of falls and other health issues from the decreased oxygenation from the shallow breathing. Some studies even suggest that a person will die sooner if they suffer from kyphosis, in fact some studies have shown that older men and women with advanced kyphosis have as much as a 44% greater rate of mortality than those who do not!

This posture is often created when we slump over our desks and our computers all day long. We often slump forward when we stand for a long time as well.

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Raleigh Chiropractor

Much of our flexibility, mobility, and activity depend on the health of the spine. Getting treatment to help correct the curvature may help you reduce the risk of complications later in life, such as arthritis and back pain.

Risks of Untreated Kyphosis:

For most people, kyphosis does not cause serious health problems. This is dependent on the cause of the kyphosis, however. If kyphosis is caused by poor posture, you may suffer from pain and breathing difficulties. These will only get worse later in life.

Treating kyphosis early by strengthening the muscles of the back, seeing a physical therapist, or receiving chiropractic adjustments will also be helpful. To decrease pain and other symptoms, the goal will be to improve your posture long-term.  Dr. Claudio with Triangle Spine Center, Your Local Raleigh Chiropractor, can help.  Call for your appointment today 919.957.3600

 

Foot Problems: Could You Be Wearing the Wrong Shoes?

Are Your Shoes Causing Your Back Pain?

Statistics show that high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women, with up to a third suffering permanent problems as a result of prolonged wear.

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So what are the harmful effects of wearing high heels?

 Posture:

When standing in high-heeled shoes, posture changes so that the back is arched, the pelvis and chest are thrust forward, the buttocks sticks out, and the calf muscles tighten .

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Raleigh NC Chiropractor Posture Assessment

A high heel shoe puts your foot in a plantarflexed (foot pointed downward) position, placing an increased amount of pressure on your forefoot. This causes you to adjust the rest of your body to maintain your balance. The lower part of your body leans forward and to compensate for that, the upper part of your body must lean back to keep you balanced. This is not your body’s normal standing position.

When standing straight up without wearing heels, the body creates a 90 degree angle with the floor, which is a normal stance.

 Gait:

Many women actually does not realize how high heels have affected the way they walk and how it can have an impact on their legs or feet.

When walking in high heels, your foot is in a more fixed downward position and you are not able to push off the ground with as much force. This causes your hip flexor muscles in your legs to work harder to move and pull your body forward.

Raleigh Chiropractor Posture Assessment

Raleigh Chiropractor Posture Assessment

New York Times‘ Health writer Tara Parker Pope cites a new study by researchers in Australia that reveals how heels affect a woman’s gait, increasing overall inefficiency and potentially making them more susceptible to strain.

For the study, the researchers fastened electrodes to the legs of women who wore heels regularly. They then asked the women to walk along a walkway in their favorite heels while the electrodes monitored muscle activity and movement patterns. The women were then asked to complete the same circuit, only this time barefoot.

After analyzing both experiments and comparing them with results from women who didn’t wear heels, the researchers discovered that women who were habituated to wearing heels had a different gait. Even when walking barefoot the heel-wearers walked differently.

Women who wore heels displayed a shortened walking style and when they walked their feet were flexed and their toes pointed. As a result, they put greater strain on the muscles of the calf, which had shortened in response.

The researchers speculate that over time, this increased amount of muscle tension may amp up the risk of injury due to strain. Questions about potential injuries aside, walking this way also just requires more effort to get from point A to B.

Spine:

The normal s-curve shape of the back acts as a shock absorber, reducing reduce stress on the vertebrae. Wearing high heels causes lumbar (low-back) spine flattening and a posterior (backward) displacement of the head and thoracic (mid-back) spine. High heel shoes cause you to lean forward and the body’s response to that is to decrease the forward curve of your lower back to help keep you in line. Poor alignment may lead to muscle overuse and back pain.

Hips:

The hip flexor muscles are located on the upper front part of your thighs. They are forced to work much harder and longer to help you walk because your feet are held in a downward position (plantarflexed) and have reduced power to move your body forward. If your hip flexor muscles are chronically overused, the muscles can shorten and a contracture can occur. If a contracture occurs, this could lead to flattening of the lumbar (low-back) spine.

 But some of us just can’t bring ourselves to give up our high heels, so here are some  new technologies for healthier high heels

Raleigh Chiropractor Posture Assessment

Raleigh Chiropractor Posture Assessment

• Nike Air teamed up with Cole Haan, an American shoe and accessories company, to develop high heels that utilize Nike Zoom airbag pockets, which cushion the sole and ball of the foot, alleviating the pain you may feel wearing heels. High heels with this technology average three to four inches.

• Insolia inserts, developed by New Hampshire podiatrist Howard Dananberg in 1997, are designed to lift the arch of the foot and shift body weight so it is evenly distributed between the heel and toes. The idea is to improve body alignment and reduce leg and lower back pain.

• Taryn Rose, a line of shoes founded by and named for the California-based orthopedic surgeon who developed it in 1998, offers shoes with wider toes and tighter heel surround, arch support, foam linings to absorb shock, and a rubber-and-leather sole that’s flexible when the foot bends.

• All Day Heels, the fashionable line from Canadian footwear retailer and designer Ron White, provide arch support, have built-in cushioning materials, and also include rubber compounds in the sole or heel cushion. Heel height ranges between one and four inches.

If you wear high heels frequently, See your local Raleigh Chiropractor – Did you know that most chiropractors in Raleigh, NC are trained in adjusting the extremities?  This means that they can correct joint dysfunction in the feet, ankles, and knees as well.  They can also do a full evaluation to see how much the stress from wearing heels is affecting the rest of your body.

 

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Neck Pain in Raleigh

Neck Pain Raleigh, NC

Neck Pain Raleigh, NC

After repetitive stress, prolonged bad posture or an accident injury to the muscles of the neck may occur and uninjured muscles will often compensate. When this happens, the vertebrae of the neck not function correctly, and neck pain results. This is the point where a chiropractor in Raleigh can help.  Raleigh Chiropractic care helps the vertebrae of the neck function correctly by neck pain treatment.

Thorough Examination of Neck Pain Causes

Prior to treating neck pain, a chiropractor will thoroughly examine the patient with a chiropractic evaluation, which can include orthopedic, neurological, and imaging to help determine if your condition is a chiropractic case. If not you will be referred to the appropriate specialist before beginning Raleigh chiropractic care.

Initial Treatment for Neck Pain

To treat neck pain, a chiropractor in Raleigh, NC  will often use a series of chiropractic neck adjustments to help cervical vertebrae function correctly. Also termed cervical manipulation, these adjustments help the overall health of the vertebrae. This process alleviates pain by helping nerve irritation, reducing muscle spasms and improving range of motion.

Wellness Program

After the initial adjustment, a chiropractor may develop a personalized care program, based on the patient’s needs, which may include adjustments, massage, and rehabilitative exercises to ensure the cervical vertebrae maintain function.

 

Are Your Shoes Causing Your Back Pain?

Got Office Posture?

Chiropractors in Raleigh are experts at analyzing posture and spinal problems.

Dr. Cinnamon Claudio

Dr. Cinnamon Claudio Raleigh Chiropractor

They search for the problems that are at the root of poor posture, analyzing spinal curvatures, movement and alignment. Some of the postural analyses a Chiropractor in Brier Creek undertakes includes assessing a patient for:

  • changes in the stance
  • alignment of the knees
  • leveling of the hips or pelvis
  • height differences across the shoulders
  • tilting of the head and neck
  • forward tilting of the pelvis
  • forward head translation
  • increase in the spinal curvatures
  • changes to gait

Work at a desk in front of a computer all day?

Office Desk Posture

Office Desk Posture

Our backs were not designed to spend long periods of time sitting at desks – a common feature of many work environments.  Spending six to eight hours a day in front of a computer can lead to shoulder, arm, hand and neck problems, as well as issues with balance and coordination.

One study has found that over 45% of office workers experience neck pain. Back problems are big contributors to lost productivity in the workplace.

Common Posture Problems:

Forward Head Posture – Forward head posture is the most common postural defect found in computer operators.

Round Shoulders – Round Shoulders is distinguished by the hunched over appearance it creates, and is a poor posture that is often associated with office workers and computer operators.

Rotated Hips- Rotate hips can be caused by holding a poor position for a long period of time, such as sitting at your desk twisting to write as well as looking at the computer.

In severe cases, long term bad posture can lead to Scoliosis, a condition that results in the spine twisting from left to right, instead of running in a straight line from top to bottom. Depending on the severity, scoliosis of the spine can have a detrimental impact on vital organs, such as your heart, liver and kidneys.

Can I correct my poor posture?

Yes! Remember, however, that long-standing postural problems will typically take longer to address than short-lived ones, as often the joints have adapted to your long-standing poor posture. Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing what posture is correct will help you consciously correct yourself. With much practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture. This, in turn, will help you move toward a better and healthier body position.

How do I sit properly?

Good Posture

Good Posture

 

  • Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest, if they don’t reach the floor.
  • Don’t cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees.
  • Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
  • Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
  • Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- and mid-back or use a back support.
  • Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time

Your local Raleigh chiropractor can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. He or she can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities, helping reduce your risk of injury.

– Dr. Cinnamon Claudio

 

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