Morning Mobilization Routine

Here is a basic seriese of mobilization exercises you can do each morning to: Awaken the nervous system, Map activation pathways Increase flow of blood,  oxygen and nutrients throughout the body If Motion = Life, then Stagnation = Death. Just look at the water quality of a flowing stream vs that of stagnant pond. The human body is no different. Whether we’re addressing it on the level of bio-energy, biochemistry, molecules or emotions – flow and movement is the natural state that will always lead to better wellbeing. Description Sleep is a time of inactivity. While key parasympathetic actions (digestions, …

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How to Abolish Your Low Back Pain – for Good!

A staggering 100 million people suffer from low back pain in the United States at any given time, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition, an estimated 50 billion dollars are spent on treating low back pain each year, yet it remains this country’s leading cause of missed work and still holds true that eight out of ten Americans will experience it at some point. The price we pay for low back pain is high and growing. It’s time we turn our attention toward avoiding this problem, not just treating …

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“Don’t Let Your Knees Go Past Your Toes!” – Really?

Have you ever heard a yoga teacher, read an exercise article, or worked out with a trainer who told you, “Whatever you do, don’t let your knee go past your big toe!”? The idea, here, being that it’s bad for your knees if you allow them to protrude beyond your toes (as viewed from the side) when doing squat or lunge exercises. Well, is it? – Southampton Hospital’s knee specialist, Dr. John J. Brennan, says “No”. Before jumping into the physiological rationale, let me ask you another question: Have you ever seen Roger Federer throw himself into a super-lunge to …

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Fix Your Posture – All the “Why” and “How” You’ll Need

  You’ve been told: “Don’t slouch”, “Keep your shoulders back”, “don’t drop your head”, and by God, “Sit up straight”. You’ve been nagged ever since you graduated from the highchair; always told it’s important to practice good posture. But until now, you’ve never been told why. When it comes to working out, what are our main concerns? If you’re a guy, you probably want to build a bit of muscle, burn some fat, gain strength and get lean. If you’re a girl, you likely focus your efforts on weight-loss, getting toned, and total body conditioning. But goals aside, let me …

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Stretching: continued

In last week’s column, we clarified some of the recent confusion about stretching; mainly the claim that no one knows if stretching is useful. Today, we’re going to leave all myths behind and answer some frequently asked questions, based on proven benefits. That way we may resume our flexibility enhancing ways, and do so, most importantly, with good reason. Q: How often should I stretch? A: If you haven’t been in the habit of stretching regularly, a good fifteen-minute stretch session, three times a week will be sufficient to loosen your muscles and begin to increase flexibility. After about a …

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The Truth about Stretching Revealed

Recently, several articles have been circulating and studies emerging, which raise questions about the age-old practice of stretching. We used to be so clear on the matter; stretching is a good thing and has important bodily benefits. Now, an article in the New York Times states: “The truth is that after dozens of studies and years of debate, no one really knows whether stretching helps, harms, or does anything in particular for performance or injury rates.” – How did we all go from stretching in every gym class to being so confused?

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High Heeled – High Risk: Ladies, the price you pay for fashionable footwear

In 1998, Harvard researchers found a direct connection between wearing high heels, and knee osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. Since then, emergency room doctor at the University Hospital of Wales has studied high-heeled shoe related injuries, both acute, and long term. His conclusion –  “Women should stick to shoes with heels less than 4cm (1.5in) if they want to avoid a trip to the hospital.” The lack of support they provide, combined with their excessive height, give high heels a mechanical advantage, perfect for rolling an ankle. Furthermore, because of their steep incline, “when you wear heels”, one researcher says, …

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