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What makes you hurt________? (Fill In The Blank)

Pain is often a confusing and frustrating phenomenon. More often than not, the area that feels painful  is not the cause or source of the problem. In fact, the painful site could be a compensation for a problem that lies somewhere else in a neighboring or distal anatomical area. Alleviating a painful point may relieve the symptoms temporarily, but not …

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Can I Pressure You Into Some Pain Relief?

Ischemic Compression (IC) is a form or acupressure that causes local circulatory, central nervous system and lymphatic effects. In addition, IC affects fascial structures that encapsulate muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs and can enhance their physiological function. IC is done by applying steady pressure  over a trigger point until it softens/releases. This can be done statically, dynamically (with motion), or …

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Acupuncture For Performance Enhancement- An Evidence-Based Summary

  Many athletes search for additional ways to get that competitive edge through ergogenic aids such as performance enhancing drugs or supplements. The foundations of Performance Enhancement include: Sound training Balanced nutrition Adequate rest and recovery   Acupuncture is another Performance Enhancing Tool that can have dramatic effects on some of the key parameters needed for optimal performance: Flexibility Balance …

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7 Biohacks to Speed Up Your Metabolism and Lose Weight

Your metabolism has three primary components: Basal Metabolic rate (BMR)- 60% Activity Energy Expenditure (AEE)- 30% Thermic Effect of Food (TEF)- 10% BMR is the resting metabolism used to run all the systems of your body. AEE  includes walking, stair climbing, picking up children and planned exercise. Calories burned in physical activity are the most variable part of metabolism and …

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HIIT For Health

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)  is a form of interval training that alternates short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods.  HIIT sessions may vary from 4–30 minutes. Examples include: Running stairs or hills, sprints and bodyweight circuit training. Due to the physiological  effects of this style of exercise, there are a number of metabolic adaptations that occur which …

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The Top Up and Coming 10 Fitness Trends for 2016

The results of a Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016, published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® was completed by more than 2,800 health and fitness professionals worldwide. The top Up and Coming 10 fitness trends for 2016 included:   Wearable Technology: This includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. …

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Flexibility 101

How do we become inflexible? According to Davis’s Law, soft tissue models along the lines of stress, i.e. tissue remodeling after trauma (acute or repetitive) does not run in the same direction as the muscle fibers, but forms in a random fashion. As a result, when muscle fibers are lengthened, these inelastic connective tissue fibers act as roadblocks, preventing the …

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20(15) Evidence-Based Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness Tips You Can Use

This week’s blog includes 20(15) Evidence-Based Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness tips you can use as we enter into 2016. 1. Lift weights 3-4x/week   Weight lifting  builds muscle strength and muscle mass and preserves bone density. It enables  independence, and vitality with age. In addition, strength training also has the ability to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and the signs …

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Are You Tight Or Just Neurologically Out Of Control?

Many of us feel the need to stretch muscles that we perceive as being tight. Muscles can be “short” tight or “locked long”, giving the illusion of being tight. A muscle that is “locked long” is often compensating for instability. It is neurologically tight. Stretching a short muscle is often appropriate in the context of a prescriptive exercise program based …

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Foam Rolling- What Does The Evidence Show?

  Foam rolling or “tool-assisted self-manual therapy”  is a popular form of self-myofascial release (SMR)  that I often prescribe for my patients as well as teach in group settings. Foam rolling is believed to work via two mechanisms: Autogenic Inhibition- Tissue pressure stimulates mechanoreceptors affecting both the central and autonomic nervous systems, resulting in a change in muscle tone and …

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