Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2015’

Taking a Functional Approach to YOUR Pain

    In general, there are two broad classifications of pain: Acute Chronic Acute pain is more often than not due to an injury that causes inflammation. The inflammatory process is how your body heals. Chronic pain can be due to ongoing inflammation where an injury site is repeatedly irritated, some sort of disease process, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psychological …

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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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Dry needling- Why more professional athletes are seeking it out

Dry Needling Defined Dry Needling uses thin filament needles (like those used for acupuncture) to stimulate the healing of injured or dysfunctional soft tissues through the activation of the body’s major healing systems: Immune Nervous Circulatory Endocrine When a needle punctures the body it creates a tiny lesion known as “the current of injury”. This stimulates a local twitch response and …

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Carbohydrates: Are they really that bad for you?

A review of some of the most popular diet programs reveals that they fall along a continuum from “anti-carbohydrate” to “anti-fat.” Low carbohydrate diets have been a popular trend for many trying to lose weight, as well as athletes seeking to improve performance. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is typically comprised of 43-50% carbs. Diets focused on minimizing carbs, such …

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Integrative Approaches to Stress

Stress can be classified as Eustress and Distress. Eustress occurs when the gap between what one has and what one wants is slightly pushed, but not overwhelmed. Eustress fosters challenge and motivation toward an achievable goal. Distress on the other hand, refers to the maladaptation to stress and the physiological consequences that ensue. Hans Selye, an endocrinologist, was a pioneer …

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