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Got Low Back Pain?

  Nearly 80% of adults are affected by low back pain, with annual costs in the United States estimated to be greater than $26 billion. Low back pain affects office space workers, those engaged in manual labor, athletes and even children. Low back pain has been attributed to direct trauma, arthritis, and mechanical dysfunction. Mechanical problems are likely the most …

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The power of the Needle

    The practice of acupuncture dates back nearly 5000 years, where it began in China. Over the course of its development, ancient practitioners developed concepts and systems reflecting the religious, medical and cultural beliefs of their time. Archaeological relics and manuscripts give us a clue to understanding the history and development of acupuncture. Ancient practitioners examined their patients by …

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Nutrition News- you can use

      Coffee and Tea May Contribute to a Healthy Liver   An international team of researchers led by the Duke University School of Medicine suggest that increased caffeine intake may reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hep.26667/abstract;jsessionid=BBB8529861D02F3954EDD71AACA385B2.d04t03 Mediterranean Diet Counteracts a Genetic Risk of Stroke   A gene variant strongly associated with development …

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IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation)

  Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a non-invasive procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity with chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists, due to its simplicity and  effectiveness. If you are struggling with a chronic injury or pain or want to reduce the healing time of a recent injury, a few IASTM treatments can produce remarkable results in …

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Your Scapula- Its More than Just a Shoulder Blade

  Dysfunction of the scapular complex (shoulder blade) can result in in overuse injuries in the cervical spine, shoulder and elbow, as well as distal injuries that can include dysfunction in the low back, knees and foot/ankle complex. The scapular complex  allows shoulder movement to take place beyond the 120 degrees provided by the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint. It is also …

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How can Exercise and Diet Help to Change your Genes/Jeans?

    Exercise promotes health. Physiologically, it can enhance the cardiorespiratory and endocrine systems. It can  improve metabolism, tissue strength and bone density; decrease body fat and increase lean body mass. Exercise can also create adaptations related to strength, power, endurance, flexibility, speed, agility and balance. How does exercise do this? Several studies demonstrate that exercise  significantly alters how genes …

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The foot bones’ connected to the hip bone

The Human Movement System, or Kinetic Chain, is composed of the: Muscular system  Nervous system  and ;  Skeletal system Under optimal circumstances, these systems work together to create neuromuscular efficiency (the ability of the neuromusculoskeletal system to produce force, reduce force and dynamically stabilize the kinetic chain in all three planes of motion. The human body is constantly bombarded by …

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What happens to the Human Movement System with injury, poor posture, and muscular imbalance?

To understand what happens under dysfunctional circumstances, it is important to understand how the Human Movement System functions under ideal circumstances. Keep in mind, however, that given the way society is with technology, sedentary jobs and even how fitness centers are set up predominantly with uni-planar, sagittally dominant machines, that everyone will at some point develop some sort of movement …

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Should You Be Doing Yoga?

  The short answer is, “sure, if you enjoy it”.  But keep in mind that while yoga has numerous benefits (flexibility, balance, core strengthening, to name a few), it is should be part of an integrative exercise program for optimum health and balance of the kinetic chain. Many people embrace yoga in a dogmatic way, believing it provides a complete …

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OPT-Fit or Cross-Fit

Many of you have probably heard of Cross-Fit, which has been gaining popularity over the last decade. Cross-Fit is a strength and conditioning program that employs constantly varied, high intensity, (functional) movements, with the goal of improving fitness and general physical preparedness. The workouts are typically short, done for time (usually20 minutes or less), intense, demanding and involves all-out physical …

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