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How to Best Protect Your Muscles and Joints during Cold Winter Months

How to Best Protect Your Muscles and Joints during Cold Winter Months

Feeling a little stiffer after a day in the office now that autumn has turned to winter? Does it take your arms and legs a little longer to wake up when you’re preparing for your workout? Is your uncle complaining that his knee hurts so a storm must be coming? Well the good news is that you’re not alone. These are all just symptoms of wintertime cold weather and its effect on the human body. The effects of cold on your muscles: When temperatures drop, muscles contract more slowly because oxygen is not transferred to the muscle cells as...

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6 Tips for How to Safely Exercise During the Extreme Heat of the Summer

6 Tips for How to Safely Exercise During the Extreme Heat of the Summer

Whether it’s exercising more often to keep up that ‘summer bod,’ or just having more fun playing sports outside on a nice day, when the sun comes out, we become active. Yet with that summer sun comes the heat, which can have significant effects on your muscles and the way your body works. Here are a few things to be aware of when playing outside this summer. Muscle Fatigue, Dehydration & Heat Stroke Your body is constantly doing things to regulate its internal temperature. Too keep it cool, either from exercise or air...

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How To Warm Up Your Arm For Throwing

How To Warm Up Your Arm For Throwing

When you’re a pitcher on a baseball team, you have to make sure that your shoulder and arm are prepared to throw 50 to 75 pitches during a game. Injuries happen when your muscles aren’t ready to exert that kind of force. It stresses your muscles and joints, so you need to have a plan to warm up. Before you do anything, make sure your muscles are relaxed and loose. If you worked out the day before or just pitched a game, it tightens the shoulder muscles. Self myofascial release is a technique you can use if you can’t afford your own personal...

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Sitting Is The New Smoking

Sitting Is The New Smoking

There is no denying that smoking is a lifestyle choice with serious health repercussions. Most people are aware of this and have made a conscious decision not to start smoking. Unfortunately, these same people may face just as high of a cancer risk if they lead a sedentary lifestyle. Unlike past generations where most people engaged in physical labor to earn a living, we live in an era where it’s common to spend all day in front of a computer at the office and then come home and spend the evening in front of the television. If...

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Reduce Shoulder Pain & Increase Strength

Reduce Shoulder Pain & Increase Strength

Your shoulder is a complex joint made up of many tendons and muscles. When injuries or strain occur, it’s important to seek treatment from your physician. Sometimes, these injuries require surgery, but many conditions can be treated with physical therapy or exercises that focus on maintaining shoulder health. Check with a health professional to make sure the exercises listed below are appropriate for you. These exercises help with stability, flexibility, and strength – all of these are important for preventing strain or injury....

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Preparing For A Big Race

Preparing For A Big Race

You’ve already put in the long hours of conditioning, long-distance runs, speed work and stretching for hours every day. Now your 5k, half-marathon or full marathon (defined as a 26.2 mile race) is right around the corner. Hopefully at this point you have some idea of how to prepare for the race, but we want to give you some pointers on how to stay healthy and enjoy the race. It’s important that you do more than stretch and practice good nutrition. Protecting your health, along with your posture and joints, is imperative before...

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How to Identify A Disc Injury

How to Identify A Disc Injury

Disc injuries are one of the most debilitating types of back injuries you can experience, and there is little to no way to prevent them, other than being cautious. But sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’re just experiencing common lower back pain, or an actual slipped disc. Disc injuries can be incredibly painful and cause serious damage to your spine or neck if left untreated, so here are a few ways to determine whether or not this is what you’re suffering from. What causes slipped or herniated discs? A slipped disk happens when the...

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Easy Stretches For Back Pain Relief

Easy Stretches For Back Pain Relief

Back pain can be one of the most uncomfortable parts of getting older. It’s also a fact of life for people living with injuries and other spinal conditions. But even if you don’t suffer from any debilitating discomfort, you will benefit from from stretching the soft tissues – the muscles, ligaments and tendons – in your back, legs, buttock, and around the spine. Our spines are designed to endure continuous movement, and things like poor posture and lack of exercise can have negative effects on your spine’s health. Regular...

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Fixing Posterior Pelvic Tilt

Fixing Posterior Pelvic Tilt

Posterior Pelvic Tilt is a common problem that affects many Americans. A person can be affected by PPT if they don’t lead an active lifestyle or have poor posture whilst sitting at their desk. While the severe PPT can cause joint, knee and hip pain, it also makes your butt and gut protrude a lot more. In addition to the pain, this can affect the way your clothes fit, and maybe even your self confidence. Unfortunately, because this is a muscular/ skeletal problem, no amount of weight loss will help you get rid of that gut. Here’s some...

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Benefits of using ArthroStim Instrument

Benefits of using ArthroStim Instrument

As technology advances, your chiropractor might discover new ways to provide treatment to his/her patients. As you can imagine, your doctor sees many different types of people of all shapes and sizes every day, each with different sensitivity levels and pain thresholds. With such a wide variety of patient needs, sometimes the manual adjustment a chiropractor can provide might not be as effective or efficient, which is why your doctor might use a tool like the Arthrostim Instrument to enhance their treatment sessions. What is the Arthrostim?...

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