17 Oct October 17, 2018

The 4 Types of Exercise

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Physical activity by definition means moving the body to use up energy.  Moderate to vigorous activity is recommended in order for physical activity to produce health benefits.  There are essentially 4 types of exercise which can be used to optimize your musculoskeletal health. They are: Aerobic Resistance Flexibility Balance It’s not always as clearly demarcated as a […]

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10 Sep September 10, 2018

TMJ and TMJ Dysfunction

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Your jaw, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is one of the most highly used articulations in your body.  Through coordinated muscular contractions and relaxations it’s involved in chewing, speaking, swallowing, breathing and making emotional facial expressions. According to Hoppenfield et. al (as cited by Briggs 2013) the TMJ opens and closes an average of 1,500 – […]

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28 Aug August 28, 2018

What Is Fascia Anyway?

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Defining fascia is a challenge.  Experts have agreed that it’s difficult to define, while agreeing to disagree on a definition.  There’s even a Fascial Nomenclature Committee tasked by the Fascia Research Society to shed light on the ambiguity!  Should definitions be black or white? Perhaps, gray is the right answer? Let’s take a closer look […]

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16 Aug August 16, 2018

Facts About Pain In America

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There’s truly a pain epidemic in America, with over 100 million affected.  The cost is greater than 650 billion dollars per year. This is about 5% of the total gross national product in the United States and 25% of all healthcare costs (Friction 2015).  Without transforming the way we view pain and the strategies by […]

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After recently writing an article called Fascinating Facts About Tendons, I was asked a very important question: How can we “bulletproof” our tendons? This question is incredibly important, as soft-tissue injuries are the most common musculoskeletal injury in all manners of sport, work, and daily life.  Our muscles tendons and ligaments make up the majority […]

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25 Jul July 25, 2018

Fascinating Facts About Tendons

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Tendons have some unique properties. They are considered viscoelastic. This means they are strong enough to handle the strong muscle contractions that occur when you move your joints and are yet flexible enough to angulate around your bones to create the desired muscle pull. Think of a modern day compound bow in which the cable […]

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is particularly common in women who are pregnant.   Some studies estimate that as many as 50% of pregnant women will experience carpal tunnel syndrome.  The true incidence is still unknown, but experts agree that it is very common, second only to lower back/pelvic pain during pregnancy (Smith et. al 1998).   Carpal […]

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We don’t often think about our shoulder blades but perhaps we should. The technical name for the shoulder blade, is scapula. These bony blades on your mid and upper back region are the attachment points for 17 different muscles! That’s a lot. These muscles act to coordinate the movement of your scapulae as they slide over […]

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13 Jun June 13, 2018

Low Back Pain and Athletes

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The spines of athletes are under particular stresses not commonly seen in day to day life, such as: -Higher spine forces due to the physicality of their sport -Sports-specific postures and positions not commonly performed in day to day life -Sports-specific repetitive loading, leading to fatigue and overuse -Longer cycles of activity, more frequency of activity, […]

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08 Jun June 08, 2018

Pregnancy Related Low Back Pain

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Lower back pain affects about 69% of pregnant women in the United States, yet studies show that only 32% of those affected report their lower back pain symptoms to their health care providers.  A misunderstanding exists as to what can be done to relieve low back pain during pregnancy, not only by patients, but also […]

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