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Hi Ho Hi Ho, It’s off to Trigger Point I Go

I was recently invited along with a handful of other people to attend the instructor training at Trigger Point Performance Therapy in Austin Texas. Once certified I will be teaching Myofascial Release and Flexibility Workshops. What’s the Point? Trigger points are hyperirritable nodules that can be palpated in muscle fibers. These are areas of local tenderness that can also refer …

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It’s the Holiday Season. Will Spending Extra Time on the Treadmill Help Keep the Weight Off?

    Temptation lurks everywhere you turn. Maybe it’s a caramel brulée, or a peppermint late. What about those Christmas cookies, or pound cake? Better spend an extra 30 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical machine. Is that enough? Should you also take the 6 AM butt blaster class? If you weigh 150 lbs and run a 10 minute mile …

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Considering a Flu Shot?

Every year, millions of people across the country get a flu shot. Millions of others do not for various reasons. These reasons include concerns about thimerosal (a mercury-based compound used to disinfect the vaccine), Alzheimer’s disease, allergic reactions, Guillain-Barré syndrome , getting the flu from the vaccine, and whether the vaccine is up-to-date with the viruses going around at the …

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Are the foods served at school disrupting our children’s ability to learn and affecting their behavior?

  Last week, our 16 year-old had an epiphany: after eating school lunch, he feels foggy, irritable and distracted. If he brings his lunch from home, he’s able to focus and is in a much better mood. While we could have pointed this out months ago, it wouldn’t have done a thing. Josh is an experiential learner and needed to …

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Are you inadvertently running into “road blocks” to your weight loss efforts?

Even through you’ve cleaned up your diet and started exercising you may still be asking yourself ”Why can’t I lose weight?”   Weight loss doesn’t have to be a complicated process. This week’s blog outlines 7  possible “road blocks” to your weight loss efforts. 1.       Don’t  obsess with dietary purity or over-think about the nutrition in your food If you’ve identified food sensitivities or intolerance’s  it is …

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Evidence Based Sports Medicine

    This week’s Blog is about Sports Medicine for injury treatment, prevention and performance enhancement. The information presented is based on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s  (NASM) Corrective Exercise model (CEX) that has been used successfully by professional teams, such as the Phoenix Suns. Musculoskeletal dysfunction and injuries are epidemic Foot and Ankle Injuries Plantar fasciitis accounts for …

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Wheat- is it the staff of life or a weed of disease?

      The public is becoming more aware of the negative effects of wheat and other grains on their health. Many of these effects present as chronic problems unresponsive to conventional treatments. Over the past decade, there has been an increased recognition in the prevalence of gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance can result in chronic gut inflammation and damage to …

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Diet not working? Food sensitivities could be stopping you from losing weight

    Food sensitivities can be a common cause of weight gain. Foods such as wheat, corn, milk and eggs are often the culprits Avoiding these potentially problematic foods can also relieve ailments such as headaches, depression, digestive problems and skin conditions. Don’t count on it Counting Calories as a strategy consistently fails millions of people. If you’ve tried low …

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Myofascial Pain Syndromes and Perpetuating Factors

  Skeletal muscle  accounts for more than 40% of the total body mass. Throughout life, macro and micro traumas can cause us to develop taut bands within skeletal muscle. Within these bands are more sensitive regions known as myofascial trigger points.     Prevalence Approximately 70% of all pain is primarily myofascial in origin. While the remaining 30% has other …

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Is the pain in your back pain coming from your front?

    Pain is a signal from your nervous system that something is wrong, however, where you feel pain isn’t necessarily where that something  is. In General, there are 3 types of pain: Nociceptive- e.g. Irritation to nerve endings by a  burn  or a cut Inflammatory- e.g.   A sprain/strain injury causing tissue damage Myofascial – structural and functional changes in the nerves, …

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