Posted on: October 7, 2018
I had a patient come in recently who was dealing with a strain from playing his favorite sport. He shared with me that he had been doing that sport for over a decade without injury, so why now?
Has this happened to you? Is there an exercise or sport you used to do easily and without pain that now seems to be more taxing or even injuring your body, such as basketball, hiking, golfing, or running?
Posted on: August 12, 2018
Have you heard the buzz phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking?” It seems that with our advancement of technologies, people are sitting more than ever. Where smoking used to be seen as the major detriment to people’s health, sitting for long periods of time is having serious consequences for structural health and cognitive function.
Posted on: October 21, 2017
We talked about the importance of taking corrective action so that the body does not develop well-traveled pain pathways. Reversing the cause of unnecessary pain can also prevent deterioration of a condition into something much worse––and perhaps untreatable down the road.
If a simple sprain of one of your ligaments, in the joints of your back, neck, wrist or ankles goes untreated, it will tend to re-injure more easily. This is because a poorly treated injury creates an opportunity for the ligaments to heal looser than the original, creating an unstable joint.
Mechanical imbalances left untreated often lead to premature arthritic degenerative changes which can be difficult if not impossible to control once established.
Posted on: March 1, 2017
How loose and flexible do you feel in your body? Where could your joints move more freely? Could you find opportunities to do some light stretching throughout the day?
Here are some simple ways to improve your flexibility:
1. Create a realistic goal
If you think flexible means you can easily touch your toes, do a backbend, or twist like a yogi, I encourage you to reframe your vision to one that works for your body. Maybe for you, being able to bend over and touch your knees without pain would be a win. Or, maybe you just want to be able to do a side stretch and feel more space in your abdomen and chest. (more…)
Posted on: July 20, 2016
Exercising in the heat can be very tricky. It’s not about just being uncomfortable, there are some real dangers often overlooked.
It’s common knowledge that we humans need to drink more water when exercising in the heat. The lack of water can cause weakness, lightheadedness, fainting, nausea and even total collapse. But the answer to being safe is not just to drink gallons of water.
Exercising in the heat creates a big increase in the need for your body to produce perspiration to cool down the body by evaporation. You may not even notice the perspiration because it can evaporate quickly.
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