“Sciatica” Sufferers… Could ‘Stretching’ Be Making Your Injury Worse?

“Sciatica” Sufferers… Could ‘Stretching’ Be Making Your Injury Worse?

“I’ve had sciatica pain in my right leg and piriformis syndrome for 19 months."  

Said a frustrated Sarah (age 47), who injured her back during a ‘boot-camp’ exercise class almost 2 years ago... 

She had been suffering from that deep ‘tooth-ache’ like feeling in her right hip (literally a pain in the butt) which shot down her leg any time she tried to sit down or bend forward. (commonly known as ‘sciatica)

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Fuel Good, Feel Good!

Fuel Good, Feel Good!

When some people say they are trying to lose fat or gain muscle there is usually a laundry list of items that follows. It usually includes this diet shake, these supplements, that protein powder, that “miracle” cure and the list just goes on. A good portion of the time, people generally get frustrated with weight loss or gain because of the difficulty with it.

 

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How Do I Get Rid Of These Knots In My Muscles?

How Do I Get Rid Of These Knots In My Muscles?

Myofascial trigger point or “knots” is a common term used to describe tightness and hard bumps in muscles that are painful when pressure is applied.  Generally, people complain of knots in their neck, shoulders and low back.  But what are knots and how do they form?  In order to explain this, we need to understand how muscles work.  

When you bend your elbow, the muscle fibers in your biceps shorten (contract) but when you straighten the elbow, those fibers lengthen (relax).  This ability to contract and relax is what allows us to move.  But what you had a muscle that was in a constant state of contraction and was unable to relax?  Overtime, it would probably feel tight, uncomfortable, and painful. The muscle becomes dysfunctional because it’s unable to relax, creating knots and trigger points.

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Great Tips For Your First Triathlon

Great Tips For Your First Triathlon

Are you a swimmer, runner, or cyclist who feels like they need a mix up their workout routine?  Do you need a challenge because running six 1/2 marathons a year or riding 50 miles a week just doesn’t do it for you anymore?  If so, participating in your first triathlon might be the answer.

But I know what you’re thinking and it’s either 1) I don’t know how to swim, 2) I don’t have a bike, or 3) I hate running, but that’s ok!  Every triathlete can rank their comfort level when it comes to each activity.  You might be comfortable in the water because you’ve been a swimmer all your life or you can run 13.1 miles without breaking a sweat.  Whatever your situation is, that just means you’ll need to train and get comfortable with the activity that’s ranked #3.

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5 Tips For Amazing Standing Desk Posture

5 Tips For Amazing Standing Desk Posture

Studies have shown the average American sits at least 10 hours a day and experts conclude this may lead to an increase in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and musculoskeletal problems.  Because of this, standing desks have become more common in the workplace.  Although standing is generally better than sitting, standing desks still need to be adjusted properly to maximize benefits and reduce the risk of injury.  If you’re thinking about making the switch, here are some tips to make a smooth transition.

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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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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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Case Study: How This Active Woman Finally Cured Her Back Pain

Case Study: How This Active Woman Finally Cured Her Back Pain

Our amazing 42 year old client, Erin had been dealing with lower back pain on and off for the past 10 years. She loves to be active but feels like the small of her back and occasional numbness down her leg hold her away from the things she loves. On top of that, it is hard enough to find the time to be active since she is quite busy taking care of her children, ages 9 and 12. 

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Are Your High Heels Wrecking Your Body?

Are Your High Heels Wrecking Your Body?

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.

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