Is Your Purse Giving You Neck, Back And Shoulder Pain?

Is Your Purse Giving You Neck, Back And Shoulder Pain?

If we look at just the average of 4-6 pounds that comes out to being about the weight of a half gallon of milk. If you are out for part of the day or even the majority of the day that weight will eventually wear on you and become challenging. If most people were told they need to carry around a half gallon or sometimes a full gallon of milk all day, most would probably say no way. Some would do it but would likely being in pain or discomfort by the end of the day. 

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Are Your Workouts Burning You Out? Mix It Up!

Are Your Workouts Burning You Out? Mix It Up!

Our athletes have begun to specialize at a younger and younger age. I often ask parents if their children play any other sports and many say that they focus on just one. This leads to an alarming number of repetitive movement injuries in our young athletes. Since no two sports are completely alike, children who participate in multiple sports learn to incorporate different movements, patterns that are inherent to each particular sport.

Basically they become more well rounded because they are required to use different skill sets. Children are also less likely to get burned out as frequently when they are doing a wide variety of activities. It really doesn't matter what the activity, just try to keep some variety in their programs.

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Which Is The Best Mattress For Me?

Which Is The Best Mattress For Me?

One question we constantly get asked is “What is the best mattress for me and how should I sleep." Much like everything else in life there is not just one easy answer to fix all the world's problems. One of the biggest factors is individual comfort, that is because comfort plays a huge role in our lives and helps us decide to do or not to do something.

If we break down the 24 Hours of the day most people get around 8 hours of sleep. Some people might say they only get 6 hours on a good night which is still somewhat acceptable. So that means we spend 25%-33% of our lives sleeping most of which will be on a mattress.

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How Will Your Body Survive Being A Weekend Warrior?

How Will Your Body Survive Being A Weekend Warrior?

The weekend warrior usually has a busy 40 hour work week and therefore, is only active during the weekends.  They courageously step onto the court to play 5 on 5 basketball, they run, cut, and pivot across battlefields to victory, hit challenging trails to conquer the great outdoors, or schedule early morning tee times, swinging their weapon of choice at innocent golf balls. 

The weekend warrior is also known for being injury prone.  The reason?

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Is Your "WHY" Enough Motivation To Get You Through To Your Goal?

Is Your "WHY" Enough Motivation To Get You Through To Your Goal?

"Why are we doing this coach?" Fetty asked me as he groaned while doubled over. He was on the last on a series of ten banded 50 yard pulls.

I asked him, "You tell me?"

What's the point of it all?

Why are we doing what we're doing?

These questions form the foundation or the backbone of any athlete’s or coach’s program. Much attention is given to program structure, sets, reps, cycles etc. Instagram and Facebook are littered with "how to videos" but very little on the "why's."

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Just Ease Your Pain... Or Fix The Problem?

Just Ease Your Pain... Or Fix The Problem?

Pain can be a huge factor when it comes to injuries. Some people may think that they only have an injury when there is pain or the opposite that they are healed when the pain is gone. Sometimes these may be true, but more often than not that isn’t the case.

During any injury regardless if it is your neck, low back, or knee at some point there will be pain. Pain becomes a great modifier to measure progress but it is not the only thing that is important. When we become injured, pain is usually one of the last symptoms to show up and the first to leave. This is part of the reason that you can be doing some activity that you have done 100 times and then all of the sudden you get injured. 

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Back Pain, Opioids & Tiger Woods

Back Pain, Opioids & Tiger Woods

The topic of back pain and the use of pain killers seems to be the hot topic in the news nowadays. 

Most recently, Tiger Woods was arrested for a DUI which he attributes to 4 different pain killers and Xanax. Despite what feel about Tiger Woods and his personal life, it’s tough to see one of the greatest athletes of all time and what has happened to his body after countless surgeries.  

What may be a dependency on pain killers after unsuccessful surgeries is not uncommon. 

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Are You Taking 23,000 Incorrect Breaths A Day?

Are You Taking 23,000 Incorrect Breaths A Day?

Do you suffer from chronic neck, shoulder, or low back pain?

If so, have you paid attention to how you breathe? 

As you’re reading this blog, do a simple exercise.  Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach, and take a deep breath in.  If the hand on your chest moved upward and the one on your belly doesn't move at all, you are probably not breathing as efficient as you can.

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Deadlifting Will Destroy Your Back?

Deadlifting Will Destroy Your Back?

One of my clients recently told me that he will NEVER deadlift again. He said his past chiropractor and physical therapist essentially reamed him out when they found he had deadlifted with his personal trainer. 

Let me just say that our words as health care practitioners can have an incredible impact for our clients. It's therefore our duty to continue to understand and master our craft, instead of just relying on what school thought us years ago. I can probably bet you money that neither of his former chiropractors or physical therapists knew how to properly hinge themselves. 

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Do You Have Knee Pain And Your Foot Turns Out?

Do You Have Knee Pain And Your Foot Turns Out?

When you squat, it is extremely difficult for you to keep your feet parallel?

When jog or run, does your foot tend to whip outwards every time you push off? 

Knee pain, especially around the kneecap and inside portion of the joint are very common areas of discomfort for many. You may been given a medical diagnosis of patellofemoral pain, meniscal pain, or plain general arthritis. But what does this mean? 

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