Monthly Archives: November 2016

4 Things to Look for in a New Pediatrician

This one’s for the traveler with kids!

Whether a parent-to-be, recently relocated or simply looking for someone new, the search for the right pediatrician can be overwhelming. There will likely be referrals from friends, family, the OBGYN, and your insurance company. And they will all sound great, yet each will leave you panicked, wondering if that person is the right fit. But if you are formulaic in your search, you can compare them to one another, and find someone who is a good fit for you. So as you look, here are 4 things to look for in your new pediatrician.

  1. Insurance – Does this doctor accept your insurance? If not, there is no need to even meet; unless you are comfortable paying for each visit out of pocket.
  1. Hours – Is the doctor available when you are? If you and your spouse work 9-5, can you get appointments before work? After work? On weekends? Is there a day when the doctor is available not by appointment? If your child is sick, can you schedule an appointment the same day? Are there other doctors available at the practice if yours is unavailable? Understanding the scheduling practices of the pediatrician is

5 Great Stretches for Lower Back Pain

5-great-stretches-for-lower-back-painOne of the most common complaints any doctor will receive, relates to some form of lower back pain. But before recommending surgery or physical therapy, they will often start patients on a stretching therapy. Here are 5 common stretches that can help reduce and eliminate lower back pain.

  1. Knee to Chest – This is possibly the most common stretch for lower back pain, and it can be done with either one or two knees at once. You simply lie on your back with your legs straight on the floor. Then, you bring one knee toward your chest and hold it for 15-30 seconds. Repeat with the other leg. If this causes too much discomfort, start with both legs at the same time, pulling them toward your chest, together.
  1. Child’s Pose – Go on your hands and knees, then sit back so that your buttocks is sitting on your heels. Next, either reach your hands forward to stretch the middle of your back, or to the side to stretch the opposite side. Hold for 15-30 seconds.
  1. Hamstring Stretch – Lying flat on your back, arch one leg so that the knee is pointing up but the foot is on the ground.