Category Archive for: ‘Exercise and fitness’

If you have chronic pain or recurrent injuries, you may not be addressing the core of your problem

  The core operates in conjunction with the extremities as an integrated functional unit, which enables force production (a concentric contraction), force reduction (an eccentric contraction) and dynamic stabilization (isometric contraction) against external forces. Many people who suffer from chronic pain or recurrent injuries lack optimum core strength. This is perpetuated by postural strain from our jobs or lifestyle as …

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How to Biohack Your Metabolism

Biohacking is a term used to describe the integration of applied physiology, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle modification in order to manipulate one’s epigenetics to enhance quality of life, health and/or athletic performance. Biohacking can involve using expensive and experimental gadgets, or be as simple as making changes to the way you live your life. One easy approach to biohacking your …

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The Needle Effect

In 1978, a Czech doctor, Karel Lewit,  published a landmark study in the Journal Pain. His study looked at therapeutic injection techniques for myofascial pain. In his analysis of 241 patients, he concluded that “it appeared that it was the puncture of the needle that was the common denominator, not the substance that was injected.” He went on to say …

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Got Pain?

Got pain?     you’re not alone Acute and chronic pain affects approximately 100 million Americans, with the annual costs associated with chronic pain is estimated to be $560-635 billion. Pain is a uniquely individual and subjective experience that depends on a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors. For many patients, the treatment of pain is inadequate not just because …

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Foods to Enhance Your Athletic Performance and Health

In the field of sports nutrition, supplement companies push their products, claiming they have the “magic bullet” for weight loss, weight gain and/or performance enhancement. Many of these products are costly, include a number of artificial chemicals, and are not supported by research. Some of them can even have adverse effects on your health, such as energy drinks causing restlessness …

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Back to School Doesn’t Have to be a Pain

  It’s back to school time. Backpacks, sitting and poor studying posture can  mean your “kinetic chain” is going to get yanked and kinked, potentially resulting in pain. Fortunately, there are strategies students may use to reduce the risk of pain by: Maintaining optimum length and tension in posturally strained muscles; Improving alignment and reducing stress at joints; and Facilitating …

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Can prehabilitation save you from needing rehabilitation?

  What is Prehabilitation or Prehab? Prehabilitation is typically used for two reasons: Improving an individual’s functional capacity through increased physical activity  before an anticipated procedure or surgery,  in order to improve the outcome A personalized, periodized and integrated exercise program that provides specific exercises and activities based on the needs of the individual, in order to prevent injuries.   …

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Did you know that being able to sit and rise with minimal assistance can predict your risk for ALL causes of mortality?

  A simple screening test for musculo-skeletal fitness has been shown to be  an effective predictor of all-causes of mortality according to a study of more than 2000 middle-aged and older men and women published  in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention. The test was an assessment of the subjects’ ability to sit and then rise unaided from the floor. …

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Evidence Based Detoxification

Are you feeling sluggish or lethargic? Have you put on a few extra pounds? Is your skin blemished? Maybe you should invest in a detox program. We are exposed  to toxins  from food additives, drugs, insecticides, pesticides, industrial chemicals, pollutants, heavy metals and even substances produced within our own intestinal tract. Collectively, the term for these toxins is xenobiotics. Exposure …

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Muscles and Hormones- The key to anti-aging and optimum health

    Hormones are  a class of regulatory biochemicals that are produced  by glands (e.g. Thyroid, adrenal and pancreas), and then transported by the circulatory system to organs  and tissues to coordinate  physiology and function. Science is finding that skeletal muscle is also an endocrine gland that can have profound effects on health, disease and aging. Skeletal muscle metabolism depends …

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