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Back Pain

SEND YOUR STRESS DOWN THE ROAD

Like clockwork, every time I bent over or sat too long, my hamstring muscle talked to me. What started as tightness that ran down the center of my right thigh soon became a nervy pain I could not ignore. I would fidget and squirm my way through car rides, desperately changing positions to ease the

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Health & Wellness

Maybe You’re Too Sensitive: Two-Point Discrimination

How can nerves be less precise and more sensitive at the same time? I know it seems paradoxical. See if this helps: Remember a time when you walked from a very brightly lit room into a dark one and  you couldn’t see a thing. You gingerly put your foot down to make sure you didn’t miss

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Exercise

Train Your Brain Away From Pain

For as long as he could remember, Steve had a tight IT band. Mostly he ignored it, but when it interfered with skiing, he’d had enough. That started a cascade of events – three surgeries, and still a knee that was not right. The doc confirmed it. “Someday, you’ll be looking at a total knee

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Abdomen

Why Walking Poles Are Your New Best Friend

Do you abhor abdominal exercise but yearn for a stronger core? Want to be in nature, but worry about walking on uneven trails? Are you trying to lose weight? Do you want a stronger upper body? All these things are within reach if you grab two little walking poles! Here’s why: Walking poles keep you

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Abdomen

Hip Weakness – Getting Your Glutes Firing

We talk about the gluteal muscles a lot. Why? Because if you are walking or running and your glutes are not working, it isn’t pretty. And it doesn’t feel good either. Getting those muscles firing is sometimes a matter of paying attention and sometimes a matter of strengthening. Either way, without gluteal muscles working, your hip

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