Is Yoga Just For Women?

yoga 2Let me start this off by saying that I love yoga. I have been doing yoga consistently for over 10 years. I feel that it has prevented injuries and kept me loose, balanced and able to exercise for the last 10 years. If it weren’t for yoga, I would have much more low back, hip, knee, shoulder, neck and arm pain.

Those of you who have read some of my other posts, know that I am a chiropractor who specializes in trigger point therapy and musculo-skeletal issues. So I know how to take care of muscles and prevent injuries. Continue reading Is Yoga Just For Women?

Can Running Cause Arthritis?

walking legsThose of you who follow my articles know that I am not a proponent of running. I used to run, and I even completed one marathon, but I will not run for exercise anymore.

I have since switched to cycling, which is low impact and easy on my body and joints. I find that I am not nearly as sore after completing a 100 mile mountain bike race than I was after completing a marathon. The marathon took me 4 hours to complete, while the 100 mile mountain bike races take me 10 to 12 hours to complete.

Since cycling is low impact, it is much easier on the body. Running is high impact This impact causes micro-traumas every step you run. It is my opinion that these micro-traumas build up over time to cause injury and can lead to osteo-arthritis. Continue reading Can Running Cause Arthritis?

Exercise At Any Age

stretchingExercise at any age is possible and necessary. The proper exercise routine will give you the best chance for aging well, and aging gracefully. Exercise is not just for the young. I have read studies that show that even those who are over 90 years old will still benefit from exercising. It just has to be low weight, low intensity and low impact exercising

As you age though, your exercise and nutritional needs change. You can’t exercise and eat the same way when you are 60 as you did when you were 20. If you did, then you would injure yourself and gain a lot of weight. Continue reading Exercise At Any Age

The Importance of Rest for Consistent Exercise

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Rest is one of the most often overlooked components of staying in shape. It is hard to know when to work through pain, and when to listen to your body and back off and rest. Rest usually isn’t even considered a component to staying in shape. But rest is essential if you want to continue to exercise.

How much time should you take off? Do you take the time off completely? Will you lose conditioning if you take too much time off? These are all valid questions that can be hard to answer, even if you know about exercise.

I know about exercise and I know human bodies. And I still have trouble knowing when to take time off from exercise. Occasionally I train with a good friend who is a personal trainer. She has to tell me when to back off from exercising, and I have to tell her when to back off and take time off from exercising. Continue reading The Importance of Rest for Consistent Exercise

Exercises to Avoid

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Exercise and weight lifting can be great for your body. Weight lifting and strength training can stabilize irritated and painful joints. It can slow down the progression of arthritis and joint degeneration. You just have to do the right exercises.

If you have knee pain or hip pain, then avoid the leg press machine and avoid lunges.

If you have shoulder pain avoid flat bench, straight bar bench press and straight bar military press.

I have attached a slide show that shows some exercises to avoid, and how to perform some other exercises properly. If you use bad form, or use too much weight, then you can easily injure yourself and set yourself back. Continue reading Exercises to Avoid

Pain Triggers

Pain can come from many unexpected sources. I believe that most of our pain is from small, minor traumas that we sustain on a daily basis. It is these small micro-traumas that build up to create most of our injuries and cause most of our pain.

In the same vain, small changes done consistently throughout the days and weeks and months, will build up to reduce symptoms and decrease pain. This slide show shows some common, easily overlooked irritants in our daily lives, and how to combat them.

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/ss/slideshow-reasons-for-pain

Least Effective Exercises

Weight lifting exercises can be great for your body. If the right exercises are performed correctly, they can stabilize an injured, painful, or arthritic joint. If the wrong exercises are performed incorrectly, then you can exacerbate an existing injury or create a new one. If you chose the wrong exercises you can strengthen up an already tight and irritated muscle which will make it more tight and irritated and therefore more likely to become injured. Continue reading Least Effective Exercises