28Mar, 2011

Musculoskeletal Tune-up

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We recognize the importance of getting things checked on and tuned up.  We get our teeth checked, our eyes checked, our blood checked, our heart checked.  Why? To make sure nothing is going on now and so we prevent problems in the future.  We even get our cars tuned up by having our oil changed and our tires rotated.  And why do we do that?  To make sure it performs well and lasts a long time. Yet, with statistics that say musculoskeletal pain is the number one cause of prolonged […]
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21Mar, 2011

Protein Balls

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One of my patients made these for me and I just loved them!  I now keep some in my office at all times for a healthy protein snack. 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter ¾ cup honey or agave nectar 1 cup Protein powder, chocolate or vanilla 1 cup oats 1.    Microwave peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl for 90 seconds. 2.    Mix in your favorite Protein Powder. 3.    Stir in oats. 4.    Wait for it to cool a little and roll into tablespoon sized balls.  Makes about […]
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21Mar, 2011

Tension Headaches

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You are sitting at your desk all day making charts, answering phones, and trying to check things off your to-do list when it hits you- the dreaded tension headache. There are numerous kinds of headaches, each with multiple causes.  Here is some information specifically to tension headaches. What is a tension headache? Tension headaches are the cause of up to 90% of all headaches.  They are often cervicogenic headache (meaning from the neck). They present usually in the mid-afternoon or after a long day.  They can be at the base […]
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9Mar, 2011

Plantar Fasciitis- A pain in the foot

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What is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tar fashee-EYE-tiss) is a common bottom of the foot and heel pain.  The plantar fascia, specifically the mid-section called the plantar aponeurosis, is located on in the arch of the foot.  This is the area that can spasm.  It is often worse in the morning during the first few steps and exacerbated after prolonged standing or activity.  It can be described as sharp, stabbing, burning, or achy. What can cause plantar fasciitis? The cause of plantar fasciitis is attributed to poor biomechanical function […]
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23Feb, 2011

Korean Meatballs and Cucumber Salad Recipe

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I made this one and LOVED it! It is actually pretty easy to make and tastes like the inside on pot stickers.  I felt like I needed some carbohydrates that day so I also made thin rice noodles and uses the cucumber salad dressing on it.  Delicious! I got this recipe from October’s Cooking Light. Korean Meatballs Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 5 meatballs) Ingredients 2  tablespoons  brown sugar 2  tablespoons  canola oil 8  garlic cloves 3  tablespoons  lower-sodium soy sauce (use gluten-free if you want) 1/4  teaspoon  salt 1  […]
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23Feb, 2011

Low Back Pain

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The school of thought about causes of back pain has changed drastically over that past decade or so. Experts used to talk about strengthening the back muscles and sucking in your stomach to strengthen your core. Now experts support new research which says our back muscles are overused because our body is out of balance. The average American sits at a computer day in and day out for hours at a time. Our hip flexors, hamstrings, and back muscle called erector spinae are tight, while our glutes and abdominal muscles […]
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31Jan, 2011

IT Band Syndrome

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The iliotibial band or more commonly known as the IT band starts at the outside of the pelvis near the hip and runs on the outside of the thigh down to just below the knee.  When it gets irritated through running, cycling, dancing, squatting, or performing martial arts it can appear as lateral (on the outside) knee pain or as hip or gluteal pain.  This irritation is called iliotibial band syndrome or ITBS.  It can appear as pain during activity that lingers after or gets worse with each step. How […]
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28Jan, 2011

Gluten-Free Recipe: New Mexican Stew Recipe from the Gluten-Free Goddess

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This recipe is posted with permission from Karina, the Gluten-Free Goddess.  You can find this recipe and other gluten-free recipes at her website. New Mexican Stew Recipe with Ground Turkey and Green Chiles She used ground turkey in her version, but chicken would work, as would ground pork. Vegan? She recommends to skip the meat and add your favorite beans. Serve this hearty- but light- stew with her Yeasted Quinoa-Cornbread recipe. Turn on your slow cooker to high or low as you prefer. You’ll need: 1 lb. fresh ground turkey, […]
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24Jan, 2011

Going Gluten-Free

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So many restaurants advertise they are gluten-free friendly these days.  So what does that mean and why do people eat that way? Gluten is a protein found in many carbohydrates like wheat, barley, bran, rye, couscous, and many more.  It is in pasta, breads, beer, many candies, many sauces, and many prepared foods. Having an allergen to gluten is called celiac disease.  Symptoms to this can be very wide spread from stomach pains and diarrhea, to irritability, to failure to grow as an adolescent. There are tests your doctor can […]
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19Jan, 2011

GO! Half marathon training

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Many of us started (or should have started) running this week to prepare for the GO! Half marathon in St. Louis in April.  I am not a runner, nor have I ever really been a runner, however, I have trained many athletes prevent injuries while training.  I decided this is the year I will cross it off my bucket list, so I am right there with you. I thought we all could use some tips on preparing.  Remember, always consult a physician before starting a new exercise program. Find a […]
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