Too Much Exercise Can Be A Bad Thing

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Exercise is so good and healthy for us. The general thought is the more you do of it, the better it will be for you.

Turns out that exercise is like almost everything else in life. In moderation, exercise is great thing. But too much of it can be bad for you, in a few ways.

One of the hardest parts about sticking with an exercise routine is avoiding injuries. I read a study out of Sweden that concluded that 90% of all people who start a new exercise routine quit within 2 months, due to pain. Pain is usually due to injury. Continue reading Too Much Exercise Can Be A Bad Thing

Falling, or The Older We Get, The Harder The Ground Becomes, part 3

yoga 2You can prevent falls. Not just by being more aware of where you step. But by strengthening the muscles that support you and keep you upright, and that will catch you when you fall.

Even though falling might seem like an isolated incidence, with little predisposing you to it, falling is made worse and more likely by your overall health.

The leading cause of falling in those over age 65 is from a lack of hip mobility. This lack of hip mobility builds up over time. It is cummulative. Continue reading Falling, or The Older We Get, The Harder The Ground Becomes, part 3

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

 

 

 

Pain and Exercise

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Pain has become all pervasive throughout our society. It is a major driving force behind the pharmaceutical industry and the health care industry. It is the number 1 reason why people go to see medical doctors.

In the past, pain was not considered a major symptom. Many times medical doctors would conclude that a medical procedure was successful, even if the patient was still in pain after the surgery. As long as the structural issue was corrected, the pain was secondary.

I heard a medical doctor tell their patient that the surgery was success, the surgical site healed properly, and the structural issue was corrected. They tell the patient not to worry that the pain is still there, it might go away, it might not. But the pain is not the concern of the surgeon.

Pain is a major driving force in our society. There are 116 million Americans who are in chronic pain on a daily basis. That is a huge amount of the population. Just because someone looks fine, doesn’t mean that they are pain free. Continue reading Pain and Exercise

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

Increase Balance Through Exercise

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Traumatic spinal cord injuries are on the rise in the U.S.. For the first time in many years, falling has taken over as the leading cause of traumatic spinal cord injuries. Motor vehicle accidents used to be the leading cause.

This is according to new research released from Johns Hopkins.

The research also shows that the rate of traumatic spinal cord injury is highest among the elderly. Continue reading Increase Balance Through Exercise

How To Exercise If You Are Out Of Shape

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Establishing new routines can be very difficult. Especially as we age. If we keep an open mind, changing routines can be easier than we think.

It makes it easier to establish new routines if there is a plan to follow. Knowing what to do makes the entire process easier and less stressful. Unless you have formal training in the exercise and nutrition industries, it can be very hard to know how to incorporate exercise and eating right into your lifestyle. Continue reading How To Exercise If You Are Out Of Shape

Exercise and Personal Trainers

gymThere are as many reasons why people seek out personal trainers, as there are personal trainers.

Some people need the motivation of having someone waiting for them. While some need to have something scheduled. Some people pay a trainer up front for multiple sessions because they know that the only thing that will get them to the gym is not wanting to lose money.

One of the main reasons, I see, why people hire trainers is because they don’t know what to do. They lack the knowledge of how to properly exercise and train themselves. Continue reading Exercise and Personal Trainers

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?