Flip Flops and Sandals

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Summer is upon us, and that means warm weather, sun shine, shorts, t-shirts and sandals.

Many people love the feeling of walking around in a pair of open toed shoes when it is warm out. If you wear the right kind of sandals then you can have a great summer and be able to do all of the activities that you want to. But if you choose the wrong kind of sandals, then you can compromise your entire summer.

Flip flops are the worst kind of sandals. They have no support in them. They cause you to walk differently. You have to clench your toes to keep the flip flops on. Continue reading Flip Flops and Sandals

The Right Amount Of Exercise

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I am a proponent of low intensity, low impact exercising. I feel that exercising in this manner gives you the best chance of being able to stick with an exercise routine consistently enough to get a benefit from it.

I have seen the effects of exercising too much, or over training, first hand. I usually see people who are over trained after they injure themselves and their injury lingers because they won’t take any time off from exercising to let their bodies heal. Continue reading The Right Amount Of Exercise

How To Have A Healthy Relationship With Exercise

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It seems that I spend most of my time in my practice trying to either convince patients to exercise, or to convince them to back off from exercise.

Most people don’t exercise enough. Many people come into my office with a health issue that’s been coming on for years, they haven’t done anything to manage it or help it out, and they want me to fix it in one treatment. Continue reading How To Have A Healthy Relationship With Exercise

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

How To Exercise With Pain

200177292-001I work with people who are in pain on a daily basis. People commonly come to see me as a last resort, when traditional medical practitioners cannot help them reduce their pain.

As a patient said whom I just treated today, I am looked at as a gestalt health care practitioner. This means that I look at the patient as a whole, rather than in parts.

I look at how one area of the body can affect another area of the body. I look at how we can positively affect the entire body through strength training, stretching, aerobic exercise and nutrition. They all work together to make up the total picture of someone’s overall health. Continue reading How To Exercise With Pain

How To Exercise To Reduce Pain

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Over the years I have had the honor to work with many professional athletes. I have watched them get injured on the field or stage, and then got them fixed up and back out to perform, quickly.

I have treated most types of athletic injuries, from concussions to post concussive disorder, to muscle pulls and sprains and strains. The list goes on.

I have also had the honor to work with many professional athletes after they retire and are out of the spot light. I have witnessed firsthand the effects that a lifetime of high impact exercise and sports have on the body. I have witnessed firsthand the health effects and pain that retired football players and ballet dancers deal with on a regular basis. I have treated some retired athletes that can barely walk due to the damage done to their body from high impact sports. Continue reading How To Exercise To Reduce Pain

What Really Causes Injury?

200177292-001I  have been in practice for almost 15 years. I am a chiropractor who specializes in neuromusculoskeletal pain and injuries. I am a trigger point specialist.

The people who have seen every type of medical doctor out there and still don’t have any idea of what’s wrong with them, they are in pain, can’t find out what is wrong with them, and have no idea how to reduce their pain, come to see me for an answer and a treatment.

Most of the time if you can’t find out what’s wrong and causing pain, then the injury is muscular in nature. The injury itself may not have involved the muscles. But over time the injury will cause the muscles to get irritated and eventually become painful and then they become part of the problem. I believe this is how chronic pain gets wired into our systems and can far outlast the initial injury. Continue reading What Really Causes Injury?

Just Because Your Old, Doesn’t Mean You Should Be In Pain

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“If I had known I was going to live this long then I would have taken better care of myself.”

“Getting old isn’t for sissies.”

“This pain is just due to getting old.”

These are all common sayings I hear around my office.

I am here to tell you that just because you are aging, doesn’t mean that you have to be in pain. Aging doesn’t equal pain. Continue reading Just Because Your Old, Doesn’t Mean You Should Be In Pain

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?

Managing Back Pain Through Diet and Exercise

200177292-001Back pain will affect up to 80% of the population. It can build up for a long time and can take a long time to get rid of. The information available on how to treat back pain can be confusing and contradictory at best.

I am a chiropractor and I specialize in muscles and trigger point therapy. I treat back pain every day. I look at my job as not only getting people out of pain, but showing them how to manage their back pain and how to stay out of pain. Continue reading Managing Back Pain Through Diet and Exercise