2Dec, 2015

Reach Behind Back Shoulder Stretch

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Who should do the Reach Behind Back Shoulder Stretch? Anyone who sits at a desk all day texts or plays on a phone a lot carries children thinks they have bad posture How to do the Reach Behind Back Shoulder Stretch Reach one arm overhead and bend your elbow, attempting to place your hand against your spine. Bend the elbow of the other arm and reach toward your first hand, attempting to touch your fingers together. Don’t worry if they don’t reach! The stretch is still helpful. Why do the Reach Behind Back Shoulder […]
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2Dec, 2015

Walk Up the Wall Shoulder Stretch

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Who should do the Walk Up the Wall Shoulder Stretch? People with decreased range of motion of the shoulder How to do the Walk Up the Wall Shoulder Stretch Stand perpendicular to the wall with your hand flat on the wall. Walk your hand up the wall and step closer to the wall as you go higher. Go as high as you can to stretch your shoulder muscles. Keep your shoulder down and stay relaxed in your neck and shoulders. Aim for your arm to be straight in the air. Why do the […]
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16Oct, 2013

Proper Backpack Wearing for Kids

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Is Your Backpack Making The Grade? Proper Backpack Wearing for Kids Wear both straps. Use of one strap causes one side of the body to bear the weight of the backpack. By wearing two shoulder straps, the weight of the backpack is better distributed. Wear the backpack over the strongest mid-back muscles. Pay close attention to the way the backpack is positioned on the back. It should rest evenly in the middle of the back. Shoulder straps should be adjusted to allow the child to put on and take off […]
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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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preventing football injuries
9Oct, 2013

Preventing Football Injuries

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Football- Common Injuries and How to Prevent Them Football is one of the most popular sports in America both to watch and to play, especially amongst young athletes. Unfortunately, it is also the leading cause of school sports injuries. In 2012, almost 1.3 million people were treated for football-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and clinics according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most Common Injuries in Football Players Injuries can occur both during football games and practice. While overuse injuries can occur, traumatic injuries such as ligament tears […]
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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

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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20Dec, 2010

Sports and Athletic Injuries

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Exercise is an important piece to our healthy living puzzle.  It strengthens our heart, bones, and muscles while helping us maintain a healthy weight.  Unfortunately, injuries caused by improper form, lack of safety equipment, or becoming overzealous about the workout can prevent us from participating all together. The most common injuries occur in the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spines.  Different sports are likely to cause different injuries (ie soccer and knee injuries, pitchers and shoulder injuries, or tennis and elbow injuries).  It is recommended to see a doctor of […]
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