Exercise, Trigger Points, and Muscle Pain

Muscles control all movement. Every finger movement to eye blink to cough to toe wiggle to getting up from a chair to getting out of a car to, well, you name the movement, is controlled by muscle.

And usually tens to hundreds of muscles to control even the smallest of movements.

Every movement consists of thousands to millions of neurons firing all throughout the brain and the spine and the central nervous system to the peripheral nervous system, controlling hundreds of muscles that are contracting and relaxing to allow the movement, akin to a symphony of firings throughout the nervous system.

All of this just to control scratching your nose. Continue reading Exercise, Trigger Points, and Muscle Pain

How To Treat Muscle and Pain From Exercising

It is no secret that exercising is one of the best things that you can do for your body, hands down.

Regular exercising will reduce your dependence on your doctor and the over burdened health care system.

Regular exercising will keep you looking and feeling like you are 10-20 years younger.

Regular exercising, if done in the right way, will reduce your aches and pains and prevent them from progressing and getting worse as you age.

Along with all of these benefits, exercising can cause some irritation. The way that exercise makes you stronger is that when you exercise, you tear muscle fibers. These torn muscle fibers then repair themselves stronger and bigger than what they were prior to the workout. Continue reading How To Treat Muscle and Pain From Exercising

Alcohol

Do you imbibe? Do you like to have a drink or a beer or a glass of wine every now and then?

Does it ever progress past now and then? How much does this affect your health? And how many calories are you really consuming?

I like beer. I like to have one or two beers occasionally. Even Lance Amstrong, who was meticulous about his food, liked to have an occasional beer. He was known to even weigh his food to make sure he was eating the right amount. Continue reading Alcohol

Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

As anyone who reads my articles can attest, I am a big fan of vitamins and supplements.

I believe that when they are taken as designed, as a supplement to a healthy lifestyle, they have a positive effect on our health.

People get in trouble when they take vitamins and supplements as a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. I have heard the mindset of “I don’t have to exercise or watch what I eat since I take vitamins.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Continue reading Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

Falling, or The Older We Get, The Harder The Ground Becomes, part 2

200177292-001As our population ages, issues associated with aging are becoming more and more prominent. Recently, the New York Times ran a series of articles on falling and how it can affect the elderly.

When we are young, falling is part of our physical developement. Falling can help us learn how to walk and how to maintain balance. But as we get older, those falls get harder and affect us more.

My uncle Mort, who lived to his mid 90’s said that the older he got, the harder the ground became. To me, this is a great illustration of how our bodies change over the years. Certainly the gorund didn’t get any harder. What changed was his body. Over the years, my uncle’s body accumulated wear and tear. This coupled with not recovering from traumas as quickly as he did when he was younger, made the effects of the falls worse as my uncle aged.

The older we get, the more falling will affect us. This means that it will take time and money to heal. It can be expensive to pay for the physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehab, and treatment that all comes with healing from a major injury. It can get very expensive.

Prevent falls now by taking care of yourself now. You can prevent falls in the future, and you can decrease the drastic effects of a traumatic event by keeping your muscles strong and loose.

Pain Free Lifestyle is an exercise, stretching and nutrition program that is easy on your body. It is designed to be able to be done by anyone. no matter what type of shape, or lack there of, they are in. It is low impact and low intensity. This is because as you get older, you can’t go hard with exercise. If you go too hard, you will only injure yourself.

Exercise now to prevent health issues in the future. Exercise smarter, not harder. This is the Pain Free Way.

Here is an article from the New York Times on the effects of falling on our society

 

 

 

Exercise Within Your Limitations

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Many exercise systems push you to achieve your best. They want to help you get into the best shape of your life, and they will push you to get there.

They push you to look and feel better, get stronger, leaner, faster and harder.

Some people need someone pushing them constantly. Some people won’t work out unless they have someone pushing them to do it.

Other people, can’t be pushed when it comes to exercise. Some people, I believe most people, need gentle guidance when it comes to exercise and movement, when it comes to reducing pain and increasing activity. Continue reading Exercise Within Your Limitations

Don’t Starve Yourself To Lose Weight, or Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work

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For years it has been a common misconception that a calorie is a calorie. If you eat one type of food that is 300 calories, it will affect you the same as any other type of food that contains 300 calories, was how food was looked at.

If this hypothesis were true, then a 300 calorie cookie would affect our body the same as a 300 calorie salad. We know that a cookie will not affect the body in the same way that a salad will. Continue reading Don’t Starve Yourself To Lose Weight, or Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work

What Causes Injury?

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I am a chiropractor who specializes in treating soft tissue (muscle) injuries.

I tend to see people only when they are in pain. I commonly see people who have been to too many doctors and specialists trying to figure out what’s causing their pain, and still have no answers. Continue reading What Causes Injury?

Diet or Exercise? Which Is More Important For Weight Loss?

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This debate has been raging for decades. Ever since there have been diet, weight loss, and exercise businesses, the debate has been going on. What is more effective for weight loss, eating right or exercising?

Eating right and exercising are both important for different reasons. Both are important for maintaining health. Both are also important for losing weight, and maintaining a healthy weight. Continue reading Diet or Exercise? Which Is More Important For Weight Loss?

The Benefits of a Cold Shower

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There is an eternal debate in health care, should you use ice or heat to treat injuries?

I have always believed that ice is better for healing injuries quickly, and can help to prevent injuries.

Anecdotally in my clinic, I have seen firsthand the healing powers of ice. I can’t tell you how many times I have had someone come into my office with bad low back pain. Just using ice alone will help the pain to calm down. Ice alone will reduce the inflammation associated with an injury. Ice always helps injuries heal quickly. Couple ice with low intensity stretching and you can really calm down a spasmed, inflamed, and injured muscle. Continue reading The Benefits of a Cold Shower