Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesdays: Safety on the Job

By Abagail Sullivan


The importance of safety on the job goes far beyond the individual – it affects families, careers and futures.

The LESS Institute is proud to be Department of Labor (DOL) approved to receive worker’s compensation patients in their network, as well as in Rockport Healthcare Network – a national network services solution. In 2016 alone, there were 7,406 DOL Workers’ Compensation claims involving the back.


The following stats show the surprising number of workers in Florida who injure their backs while on the job.


If you’ve been injured on the job, resulting in back and neck pain, call the LESS Institute at 1-855-411-LESS for a consult today. We are enrolled and ready to help.

And check out the following resources for information pertaining to Workers’ Compensation in Florida:



Wellness Wednesdays: Rest Up! May is “Better Sleep Month”

By Abagail Sullivan


Rest up! May is Better Sleep Month and we’re here to remind you of the major benefits of prioritizing your sleep – giving you even more reason to hit that snooze button.

Benefits of Sleep that Might Just Surprise You

Strengthen Your Memory Skills

Sleep can help strengthen memories and your brain can even practice previously learned skills while you’re at rest.

Get That Inflammation Under Control

People who get less than six hours of sleep a night have seen higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins; one study found that C-reactive protein – which is associated with heart attack risk – was higher in people of the same category.

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Sleep helps reset your mind and restructure your memories, fostering potential for a creative-revamp. Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep – so maybe “sleeping on it” is a good idea after all.

Relieve That Nagging Pain

Getting just the right amount of rest is believed to help with chronic pain, as many studies have given evidence that lack of sleep can lower your pain threshold.

Change Your Mindset

The pure power of rejuvenation (and waking up on the right side of the bed) can improve your mood and set the tone for the rest of your day. Just don’t over-do it on the R&R, or you could have health effects to the other end of the spectrum!

For those who (attempt to) sleep with back pain…

Listen up, restless sleepers! Back pain can become a big pain when trying to achieve your best night’s sleep. Here are some tips to get you through the night.

Back sleepers: place a pillow under your knees to maintain the normal curve of your back.

Stomach sleepers: sleeping on your stomach can be detrimental in this realm, but if you can’t shake your go-to position, try placing a pillow under your pelvis and lower abs to reduce some of the strain on your lower back.

Side sleepers: place a pillow between your knees as you rest. Try a body pillow for full coverage!

We spend about ONE THIRD of our lives sleeping – so let’s enjoy it! Let us know what YOU do to snooze deeper, longer and all-around better. Share your tips and tricks to your best night’s rest yet.

Wellness Wednesdays: Iraq War Veteran Joshua Odom

By Abagail Sullivan

“I’m back to how I was in my twenties,” said Joshua Odom, Iraq War veteran and a LESS Institute patient success story. Odom came to the LESS Institute a year and a half ago to see Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, who completed both neck and lower back surgery on him. After visiting several doctors who told him there was no chance in his healing, Odom found the solution in Dr. Chin.

“He came to see me, really suffering,” said Dr. Chin. But post-surgery, Odom is now feeling “fully healed.” From jujitsu and golf to running and lifting, Odom is back to his daily routine and continually benefiting from his decision to visit the LESS Institute.

Odom has minimal cosmetic incisions and he was even able to go home the day of surgery. Odom said he was amazed at the process, previously believing he would have to remain in the hospital for several days of recovery. Instead, he began his healing process amid family in the comfort of his own space.

“Josh is a great example of how we’re changing lives by doing outpatient surgery,” said Dr. Chin. “I’ve been privileged and honored to help him get back into society.”

View video coverage of Odom’s visit to the LESS Institute here and visit the LESS Institute YouTube channel for more success stories.