If you constantly cross one leg over the other, knee over knee, you may eventually experience hip, low back, or sacroiliac joint (located between hip and low back) pain. Because we’re creatures of habit, we’re more likely cross the same leg over the other, which can lead to a muscular imbalance, or asymmetry. Asymmetries between the left and right are predictive of future injuries because they cause us to compensate for weakness, tightness, or limited range when we’re active.Read More
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Sleep is an essential part of life and is something that most of us have struggled with at one point or another. Sleeping is important because allows our body and state of mind to recover from the business, stress, and demands of the day so we feel refreshed in the morning. Most of us don’t sleep enough, which affects how productive we are during the day. If you’ve ever been jet lagged, you understand how difficult it is to fall asleep at night, or stay awake during the day.Read More
Low back pain is one of the most common reasons why people end up having to miss work. Depending on what your job is, it might be contributing to your low back problems.
Generally people sit for long periods of time at their job regardless if you're a lawyer, admin, or UBER driver. Sitting is a normal thing that our bodies can do, the problem becomes how you sit and for how long you are sitting for.
Everyone has heard the phrase heels are bad for your feet, ankles, knees, etc. That statement is usually followed by the response of “But they make my calves and butt look good”. The reason they look good is because those muscle groups are forced to contract which makes them look more toned.
The real question is; is wearing heels more important than having your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and or lower back be pain free? I would hope that for most people that answer should be no, but that is not always the case.Read More
Feet can be a primary or secondary cause of many different conditions.
A common sign and symptom we hear is “the pain and discomfort is fine in the morning but worse as the day goes on.” Most people think that it is an overuse type complaint but it can also be foot related. This is because the majority of people are in shoes all day regardless if it is a pair of heels, loafers, or vans.Read More
One of the keys to a healthy life is food. Food is extremely important whether you are trying to lose weight, trying to train for a marathon, or just have energy to do things. One of the biggest questions we get asked is “what should I eat or is _______ a good diet to follow.”
Most diets have something that’s beneficial regardless if it is Jenny Craig, Atkins, Paleo, or Ketogenic diet. The thing that all these diets have in common is portion control and nutrients.Read More
If you work in an office or at home, chances are you spend a good amount of time sitting in front of a computer. This can vary from a couple hours a day to 40+ hours/week. It might not sound like a lot, but after 5-10 years, prolonged sitting can negatively affect your health.
Many people don’t think about posture or ergonomics until they start feeling uncomfortable sitting at their desk. This can include, but not be limited to, headaches, shoulder tightness, wrist soreness, and low back pain.Read More
At one point in your life, chances are, you’ve experienced an injury. It could range from a minor ankle sprain, jamming a finger in a car door, or low back pain while picking up groceries. Most of the time, these injuries feel better in 2-3 days if they’re taken care of. When the pain disappears, most people believe they’re healed and continue with their daily lives.Read More
Riding a bike is a great way to lose weight, burn calories, and work on cardiovascular fitness. But sometimes, we buy a bike and ride it for a couple weeks only to leave it in the garage because we can’t get comfortable on it. After a ride, you may feel saddle soreness, low back pain, or neck and shoulder discomfort. You may also experience numbness or tingling down into your hands or hot spots on the bottoms of your feet.Read More
When there is a problem in an area such as the knee or the lower back we want to address all factors that may have either caused or had a part in the problem.
After an injury there are three main steps in the recovery process that need to be addressed. First is to minimize and reduce pain. Of course this is the step that everyone wants and is the most noticeable, but just because the pain is reduced or gone does not mean you are completely “fixed or healed”. The next step is to restore range of motion and mobility. The last step is to regain strength and stability to the region. The reason it is done in this order is because our activities will most obviously be limited by pain. Then if we try to build strength and stability in a joint or area that does not have full mobility then we build improper patterns and create extra tension and compensations.Read More