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VSI Doctors Featured In Washingtonian Magazine: 15 Easy Tips for Improving Your Health in the New Year

Authored by Washingtonian Magazine, Dr. Colin Haines, MD, Dr. Ehsan Jazini, MD, Dr. William Kemp, MD. January 3, 2024

As Featured in Washingtonian Magazine: 15 Easy Tips for Improving Your Health in the New Year

Washingtonian asked select doctors from around the Washington, DC area to provide one piece of advice they wish their patients would follow. From VSI, Spine Surgeons Dr. Colin Haines and Dr. Ehsan Jazini, as well as Neurosurgeon Dr. William Kemp, shared their secrets to living well.

Don’t Skip Stretching

“Stretching is a critical component of good health. One simple way to build stretching into your routine is to follow what I call the 5-5 rule—five minutes of stretching before you exercise and five minutes after. If it’s really cold and you’re exercising outside, do that warm-up inside before heading out, and come in for the cool-down stretch, too.”
– Dr. Haines, Spine Surgeon

“Pay attention to what you’re stretching. When you watch people stretch, they generally work their legs. Maybe they stretch their arms, too. But very rarely do people remember to stretch their core and their back. And yet that’s where a bulk of injuries come from. Our spine muscles need to be flexible to power our exercise, help us react quickly, and build endurance.”
– Dr. Kemp, Neurosurgeon

Pick a Fitness Activity You Actually Enjoy

“In the past year, I’ve tried Glow Boxing, Pure Barre, Solidcore, Orangetheory, and spin classes. Sometimes you may try something and never go back. Or you might discover a new love. But keeping workouts fresh is a good way to make exercise fun.”
– Dr. Jazini, Spine Surgeon


You can access the full Washingtonian Magazine article here.


Virginia Spine Institute’s reputation is unmatched as a world-renowned luxury destination in spinal healthcare, dedicated to providing an elevated level of concierge care for those suffering from neck and back conditions. For three decades, their proven methods have led them to dramatically improving the quality of life for over 100,000 patients, from 32 countries.

People seek care from Virginia Spine Institute because of their elite team of board-certified spine-specialized physicians offering unique approaches to safe and effective back and neck pain relief. As one of the few centers that begin treatment with non-surgical options before recommending surgery, 90% of their patients get better without spine surgery. Through a comprehensive model, Virginia Spine Institute is able to offer regenerative medicine, non-operative treatments, minimally-invasive spine surgery, and physical therapy through their team of spine specialists.

The team’s dedication to detail and patient success is a shining light in the field of spinal healthcare. As pioneers and leaders in this field, they have also accomplished many of the world’s firsts in spine surgery by using modern treatments and cutting-edge technology not offered anywhere else.

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Reviewed by: Dr. William Kemp, MD.

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