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Is your low back pain caused by synergistic dominance?

  Synergistic Dominance is the neuromuscular phenomenon that occurs when synergistic muscles take over the function of a weak or inhibited prime mover (The muscle considered primarily responsible for generating a specific movement). Prime movers are designed to move a joint in a particular direction. These muscles require synergistic muscles to help control the movement. A synergist muscle is a …

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3 Simple Evidence-Based Steps For Fast and Healthy Weight Loss

Ideally, a weight loss plan should: Control your appetite Enable you to  lose weight without feeling  hungry or deprived Lead to favorable effects on your metabolism   3 Simple Evidence-Based Steps For Faster and Healthier Weight Loss 1 – Cut Back on Sugars and Starches Sugar and starches are the primary foods that trigger the release of the hormone insulin, …

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Drink Your Pain Away

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe For Inflammation, Pain and Tissue Healing Do you have pain, heal slowly or take long to recover after exercise? Try this smoothie daily for a month and see how you feel. You may be able to drink your pain away. Combine 1 cup water 1 cup Berries (I like Costco Organic Frozen mix) 1 cup Pineapple 1 …

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If you are not assessing, you’re guessing.

Several weeks ago I attended a course on treating fascia. One of the biggest take-away points was that there are a lot of effective techniques that can be used to address pain and injuries, but the KEY to an effective treatment is an accurate assessment.   Why do we assess? Establish a baseline/starting point Create realistic expectations Discover specific GOALS …

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Why Your Exercise Should Include Anaerobic Activity

Many of my patients ask me which form of exercise is better, cardio or strength training. In my observation, women generally tend to favor cardio, while men tend to favor strength training. Both cardio and strength training are an important part of an integrated exercise routine. Anaerobic training, however,  has some metabolic advantages when it comes to weight loss and …

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What’s Your Type?

William Sheldon, PhD, MD, introduced the concept of somatotypes in the 1940s. Sheldon asserted that there were three primary categories to which people could be  assigned based on the extent to which their bodily physique conforms. We are all born with an inherited body type based on skeletal frame and body composition. Most people are combinations of the three primary …

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That Time of the Month Doesn’t Have to be a Pain

    Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) may occur immediately before or during a woman’s menstrual period. There are two types of dysmenorrhea: primary dysmenorrhea and secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea (common menstrual cramps) usually begins one to two years after a woman starts getting her period.  The pain typically starts shortly before or at the onset of menstruation and continues for one …

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Evidence-Based Alternatives For High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. Blood pressure readings are given as two numbers. The top number is called the systolic blood pressure. The bottom number is called the diastolic blood pressure. One or both of these numbers can be too high. Normal blood …

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I’ve Got A Gut Feeling Why You May Be Sick and Fat

  The intestinal tract is inhabited by microorganisms collectively referred to as the gut microbiome. The gut microbiome provides important benefits to our bodies, including regulating metabolism and immune function. Disturbance of the gut microbiome is associated with numerous chronic inflammatory diseases, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and the group of obesity-associated diseases known as Metabolic Syndrome (increased blood …

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Evidence-Based Alternatives For Migraine Headaches

    A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours to days. Many people seek comfort in a dark, quiet place and attempt to sleep off the pain. Some migraines are preceded or accompanied …

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