12Oct, 2013

Back Injury Prevention at the Gym

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Back Injury Prevention in the Gym   Low back complaints seen in the office are often related to a patient’s well-intentioned attempts to improve fitness by training at the local gym.  The problem is that modern clinical exercise science has generally not found its way into the gym.  People rely on out-dated and often hazardous exercise methods. Here are some tips for injury prevention at the gym Warm-up Stretching is not a warm-up.  Initial static stretching can actually decrease coordination by altering information from the nerve endings that communicate joint […]
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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

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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27Sep, 2010

Ice or Heat?

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Many people wonder: should I use ice on this or heat this injury or ache.  I hope this helps you make an informed decision. ICE Ice is what I recommend the most to my patient.  Ice is a vaso-constrictor which means it causes the blood vessels to narrow and it limits internal bleeding at the injury site thus reducing swelling and pain.  Ice should be used on an acute condition which means a new condition of a sudden, sharp, traumatic injury.  An acute condition might be a fall or collision.  […]
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