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
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
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
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
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.
Pain protects you. You twist your ankle stepping off a curb and once you feel the pain, you limp to avoid it. Pain makes you take action to protect yourself. So with that sprained ankle, you hobble around a bit, protecting the area from future harm. Perhaps you get some Physical Therapy and by six