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Abdomen

Concussion – An Under-Diagnosed Condition

It’s depressing… how could a little fender bender wreak such havoc? Though it’s been months since her accident, Julia still feels dizzy. And she’s exhausted. The focus required in her nursing job wears her out, especially when she’s on the computer. She usually leaves work with a headache, and dragging herself to the gym is hard

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Abdomen

Follow Your Gut – Visceral Manipulation

  Dee In her 70 years, Dee’s back had never bothered her, until one morning as she got out of bed she noticed a pull in her right lower spine. She tried stretching, but the pain just worsened. When it did not stop for several days, she made an appointment with an orthopedist. He took X-rays, but

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Back Pain

Three Ways to Loosen Tight Hamstrings

Old beliefs die hard. I still see folks throwing a leg on their car bumper and leaning over for a good yank on their hamstring. A cursory stretch should do it, right?  Then they head up the trail for a run. They probably haven’t hurt themselves, but really, why bother? (If you need a refresher

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Abdomen

Hit Reset on Painful Movement Patterns

You can’t even look over your shoulder to check traffic before you change lanes. You grip the wheel a little tighter, tense your shoulders, and yank your head around. Ouch. Or, you just take a chance and change lanes anyway. Double ouch. You can’t move because you have limited neck motion. Or do you?  Try

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Abdomen

Timing is Everything

When should I exercise? The best answer is: whenever you are most likely to do it. But there’s some science behind when to exercise to get specific benefits. Daniel Pink’s new book: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, explains. Exercise in the morning if you want to: Lose weight: You can burn 20 percent more fat

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Back Pain

Does Yoga Improve Flexiblity?

Many people swear by yoga postures, or “asanas,” as a way to improve flexibility. But isn’t yoga just another form of passive stretching? Well actually… no. In fact, yoga rarely incorporates passive stretches. Instead, asanas use concepts of reciprocal inhibition, eccentric lengthening, and strengthening through the full range of available motion to safely lengthen muscles.

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