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Industry Overview: Chiropractic Care

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Suzanne Carroll

Millions of Americans have sought pain relief through chiropractic treatments. As an alternative form of care, chiropractic doesn’t face the same scrutiny as traditional medicine, which makes it more important for patients to educate themselves about the field. The old image of chiropractors as “spine-crackers” is outdated; today, practitioners use an array of techniques to heal patients. Below, we’ll define some chiropractic approaches, offer some tips for spinal health and answer some questions you may have before seeking treatment.

Treatment Methods

Activator method
This method uses a small, handheld instrument to apply a quick, low-force pulse to the affected area, thereby restoring or improving the range of motion. It was developed as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine and extremities. Read more

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5 Tips for Better Indoor Air Quality

Posted on April 04, 2017 by James Florence

Spring has arrived once again to the Bay Area—the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and, as a result, many local inhabitants are sniffling and sneezing. If you’re one of them, going outdoors during this time of year can be an unpleasant experience. Fortunately, even though you can’t control the outside air, there’s plenty you can do to improve air quality inside of your home. Here are five tips for creating an allergy-free haven:

1. Get a good air filter (and replace it regularly). This is the cornerstone of indoor air quality. For most homes, a mid-grade MERV 9 filter will do nicely, but if you have extreme sensitivities, consider upgrading to a MERV 13 filter: a four-inch pleated model that removes airborne particles down to the level of viruses and bacterium. Read more

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Five Tips for Healthy Vision

Posted on February 07, 2017 by James Florence

Whether or not you wear eyeglasses, you shouldn’t take your vision for granted. Here are five tips to maximize eye health and comfort:

1. Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV light, which lead to the development of cataracts, macular degeneration and other vision problems. To ensure protection from an early age, young children should start wearing sunglasses as soon as they’re able.

2. Treat dry eyes. This condition can be instigated by numerous causes (including a sustained lack of sleep) and may even come as a symptom of aging. In addition to getting an eye drop prescription from your doctor, consider taking omega-3 supplements, which can further help alleviate this condition. Read more

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Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2016

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Jennifer Chan

Followers of our Facebook page know that we post daily tips for Bay Area consumers. Whether these tips concern home improvement, auto care, health or something else completely, we strive to make them relevant, practical and helpful. Here’s a sample of 10 noteworthy tips from 2016. For more, be sure to “like” our page at www.facebook.com/diamondcertified.

Tip of the Day: While materials and workmanship are crucial factors in a fence’s longevity, another important aspect is preventative maintenance. To protect your fence from rot and premature wear, make sure fence posts are kept out of contact with the soil, and adjust sprinklers so their streams don’t hit the fence. Read more

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Video: Mold Remediation Procedure

Posted on December 08, 2016 by James Florence

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on mold prevention and remediation. One of the aspects mentioned was the rigorous procedure that remediation professionals follow when removing mold. To learn more about what this procedure entails, watch this informative video by Terri Barlcai of 911 Remediation LLC, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Erez Gilad.

 

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Diamond Certified Experts: Mold Prevention and Remediation

Posted on December 06, 2016 by James Florence

Silent, it grows undetected. Hidden, it lurks beneath your floors and inside your walls. No, it’s not some alien from a science fiction movie—it’s mold! While less terrifying than an extraterrestrial invasion, mold is nonetheless a pervasive problem found in homes throughout the Bay Area. Due to its potentially serious health repercussions, combating mold requires a proactive approach, both in terms of prevention and dealing with it remedially. To shed some light on this important subject, we’ve asked four Diamond Certified Experts to weigh in with their professional knowledge.

Mold prevention
It’s well-known that the primary cause of mold is moisture, often as a result of damp, humid conditions, which is why the best way to prevent it is controlling your home’s humidity levels. Read more

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Holiday Stress-Busters

Posted on December 01, 2016 by James Florence

’Tis the season to be jolly, but for many people, the holidays are more synonymous with stress than merriment. From checking off your gift shopping list to getting your home ready to accommodate guests, the nonstop pace of the “holiday hustle” can eventually dim even the brightest of spirits. That’s why, in the interest of avoiding a yuletide meltdown, it’s important to be proactive about self-care in the weeks leading up to your seasonal celebration. Consider the following ideas for busting your stress buildup:

Practice simple stress-managing techniques. You may not realize it, but the power to alleviate stress is literally in the palm of your hand. For example, placing your palm to your forehead has a legitimate physiological effect. Read more

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