Help, My Back Hurts!

Chronic back and joint pain affect millions of Americans every day.  The vertebral column lacks a high degree of bony stability and relies to a great extent on ligaments and muscles to support it.  When the supporting muscles and ligaments become weakened or stretched, the integrity of the spinal column is compromised, and the vertebrae must absorb the direct axial forces.  This may lead to vertebral disc damage, especially during high impact activities. The ligaments help hold the vertebral column together, but continued reliance upon them, in the presence of weakened muscles, or muscular ...
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Snap out of it!!!

Train yourself into Happiness!!!! That's right!!!! Happiness begins with attitude! The room is just as beautiful as you are willing to see it. If you know me well, you must have heard me say many times "let it go, and let it flow!" But how do you get there?!?!? Well, it's rather simple, as you are the captain of your ship, and the master of your fate! Life simply happens. Storms and bumps are inevitable, however, your reaction to those are within YOUR control! Act as a ridged oak tree, and the storm will break you, bent with the wind as a bamboo tree, and you will not only survive, but ...
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The Sun Is Shining in Florida, but if Snow is Calling Your Name, You Better Get Ready!

Ready to hit the slopes this winter? If you spend most of your week cooped up at a desk, the annual ski and snowboard trips could leave you with strained muscles, sore back, or even worse, an injury. However, all that can be avoided with the right preparation, including strengthening your hamstrings, quadriceps, back and core, and you won’t have to risk injury or suffer from the usual aches and pains, says Mike Morin, alpine program director at Stratton Mountain School, who coached the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years through the Lillihammer, Salt Lake City and Torino Winter Olympics. These...
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Is Chronic Back or Hip Pain Diminishing Your Quality of Life?

The answer to many chronic back and hip pains are musculoskeletal imbalances.  Often a tight Psoas muscle is to blame. The biggest factor in back and hip pain is frequently the psoas muscle. Many believe the psoas muscle is one of the most important muscles in the body. The number of problems caused by the psoas is quite astonishing. These include: low back pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, disc problems, spondylolysis, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, and digestive problems. The list can also include biomechanical problems like pelvic tilt, leg lengt...
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Spinal Decompression to Reduce Pain, and Increase Mobility

Have you ever wished you were an inch or two taller?!? How tall really are you?!? I bet if you went and measured yourself right now, you would be surprised to find out that you are actually shorter than you remembered yourself to be. I have always been an advocate for good posture and proper alignment,  and as a former ballet and ballroom dancer, I trained my young kids to walk tall and sit upright holding a book on their heads. Odds are, that if you were to examine your posture as you stand, or sit,  you will discover that you are either slouching your shoulders, compressing your ...
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Vibration exercise machines improve your lymphatic health, and help trim your waist line!

By far the most popular new addition to the passive exercise category is whole-body vibration or WBV -- also known as "Power Plate" exercise.  An outgrowth of a program used to train Russian cosmonauts, it quickly spread through Europe and Japan, then hit U.S. shores -- with whole centers now devoted to this workout.  With every beat of the heart, subtle vibrations are sent through the body, the movement stimulating a higher degree of circulation and a higher level of overall health. Because this movement is conducive to achieving a healthier circulatory system, among others, it has been re...
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