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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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Can nutrition improve athletic performance?

  If you want to become faster, stronger, and more flexible, the food that you eat matters. Optimal nutrition is the key to peak performance. Food provides essential nutrients necessary to build, repair and maintain a strong body. Exercise adaptations are built on a sound training regimen and generally occur over a period of weeks. Changes in diet can be …

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Life is about Balance- So is Pain

    Your body is designed to maintain homeostasis or balance. It does this via the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Numerous systems in the body are regulated   by the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS has two components: The Sympathetic nervous system- is responsible for the “flight or fight reactions” or the stress response. In general, the sympathetic nervous …

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Is RICE Good for You?

RICE is the acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It is the common prescription for an acute injury.     Unfortunately, while this approach may seem to make sense, in many cases, it is counterproductive and can possible adversely affect recovery and/or predispose one to chronic problems. Another approach involves manual stimulation to mechanically load the injured tissue. The …

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The Bain of Pain is in the Brain

      Does your pain keep recurring? Do you feel like your health care providers are chasing your pain?     Has your treatment been directed towards your symptoms vs the cause?       Pain usually begins with some sort of injury affecting the Human Movement System (HMS): Soft Tissues, joints and the nervous system. Over time, this …

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Dry Needling- It could be the answer to your pain

  Lately I’ve been receiving a number of referrals from other practitioners (MD’s, PT’s and other Chiropractors) for a technique I learned about 20 years ago called Dry Needling. Dry needling is a procedure in which a filiform needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at  myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points consist of contraction knots, which are related to …

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Fat Loss: A Metabolic Perspective

  We spend billions of dollars each year on the health consequences of metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. We know that these diseases are related to nutrition and are largely preventable, but what is the optimal diet and why are the current recommendations perpetuating the problem? Americans are eating what we’ve been told to eat …

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