Patient credits lifestyle, treatment for health

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Much like his prized Hawaiian shirts, Bernie Bush is vibrant and full of life.“This is one of the Christmas shirts,” he said smiling, pointing to the “Mele Kalikimaka” text on the sleeve.Bush has fond memories of the island and his time there, serving with the Marine Air Corps in Kanehoe Bay, Hawaii, and later at Pearl Harbor.

But while he was living in a tropical paradise, the demands of his job started to take a toll on his body.“It was 1992 and my back went out at work after moving some heavy office equipment,” he said. “I think it was brought on by 25 years of office work. I also think it had a lot to do with the poorly designed office equipment.”“It’s amazing what high stress, repetitive motion or lack of motion, and ‘typical’ wear and tear on the body will do to the human spine. Everyone hears about arthritis and degenerative disc or joint disease, but once you see yours on x-ray or MRI, it can really shock people,” Dr. Heller said.Through his studies of mindfulness, chiropractic treatments and a general upbeat attitude, Bush was able to move on with his life. Even though …

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