Our lives are filled with little bouts of stress all day long. The best way to combat the negative effects of stress is with physical activity — allowing you to release the natural fight or flight reaction — but that isn’t always possible. What is always possible is
Headaches are a common ailment in our society — and I’m not just talking about misplacing your car keys. I’m talking about real headaches that can completely disrupt your day.
Do you know the way in which many people end up tearing a rotator cuff? By reaching into the back seat of their car. Seriously! I know it sounds crazy but I see it all the time. And do you know why such a simple move can result is such a serious injury? Because it’s a move — a stretch, if you will — that many people haven’t performed in years.
Young or old, you can always benefit from a good sense of balance. If you’re younger, good balance helps you in everything from sports activities to chasing kids around. If you’re older, a good sense of balance is the key to avoiding a fall and the sometimes frightening effects of one.
Feeling a bit of shoulder pain? You might be avoiding the pain by limiting how far you move your shoulder. Is that a good solution? Absolutely not, and here’s why. Unused muscle can actually atrophy at a rate of two to three percent per day. Also, if you don’t use a joint’s full range of motion, the portion of the joint capsule and cartilage not in use lacks the hydration it needs to stay healthy. Read More
All right, raise your hand if you spend much time on a smartphone or a computer. Just as I thought – that is literally everyone over the age of two and under 90. As valuable as our devices are, though, they come with a cost, and I’m not talking about your cell phone bill. By spending hours per day looking down at a phone or hunched over leaning in toward your computer, you end up shortening your chest muscles and lengthening your back muscles. This is reflected in a problem I see all too often — forward head carry and curvature of the spine. Read More
Have you ever wondered why yoga is such an effective way of helping you remain limber and flexible? One key is yoga’s use of “passive range of motion” during an exercise.