5 Great Core Exercises

Just like any building requires a strong foundation, our bodies require a strong, efficient core to let us move appropriately! Having a strong core is more than just having a six pack. Your core muscles include not only all four layers of the abdominal muscles, but also the glutes, small muscles along the spine (called local stabilizers), and even the … Read More

10 Easy and Effective Stretches

Muscles in the body that become too tight can cause a lot of pain! Sometimes a simple stretch can do the trick to give those muscles a good stretch and help them relax. Check out these stretches for muscles all over the body that are easy to do and can help alleviate your pain! 1. Piriformis Stretch The piriformis muscle … Read More

Secrets To A Robust Retirement

You’ve worked hard all your life, watching the weeks pass, waiting for those magical golden years.  Now that it’s here, are you finding that physical limitations are keeping you from the retirement you’ve always dreamed of, including… Traveling to new places? Keeping up with the grandchildren? Fly fishing in your secret spot? Woodworking in a well stocked shop? Lowering your … Read More

4 Simple Post Pregnancy Exercises

Having a baby changes your body!  Abdominal muscles stretch!  Back muscles tighten!  The pelvic floor weakens under the weight of the baby!  Here are 4 simple post pregnancy exercises to improve strength, stability and coordination. Level 1:  Mini Bridge Lie on your back with your knees bent. Raise your hips slightly off the floor for 5 seconds. Lower your hips … Read More

Beginning Runners Can Experience Back Pain!

    Exercise is great, right?  And running is a free, easy way to be more active.  But in some circumstances, beginning runners can experience back pain! A study at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center found that runners with weak deep core muscles end up relying on their superficial muscles. Ajit Chaudhari, associate professor of physical therapy and biomedical … Read More

2 Simple Exercises For Neck Pain

What a pain in the neck! We all love working at computers, reading, watching TV and using our phones.   But doing these activities for long periods of time can cause neck pain. Pillows that are too high or too flat, and don’t support the neck properly, can be a source of discomfort. Intense concentration or stress can tighten the neck, … Read More

6 Myths About Back Pain

      Back pain is the most common cause of disability.  Americans spend over $50 billion a year on treatment and remedies.  But as prevalent as it is, many misunderstandings prevail.  Here are 6 myths about back pain you should understand. 1.Bed Rest Will Always Help Back Pain No!  Most of the time, moving is actually better than bed … Read More

Eat Your Way To Healing

There’s nothing more frustrating than a sports injury that takes you out of the game.  Did you know that you can eat your way to healing faster? Injuries commonly have three stages and certain foods are excellent boosters to the healing process. The Inflammatory Stage A small amount of inflammation is good for healing an injury.  It removes damaged tissue … Read More

Exercise Your Face!

Remembering to exercise your face can help with chronic headaches and improve relaxation. Palming – soothes the optic nerve and area around the eyes Close your eyes. Breath in and out a few times. Rub your hands together until they’re warm. Cup them over your eyes. Repeat. The Great Rub – releases tension in the temples and jaws Using your … Read More

Stress Can Increase Lower Back Pain

Do you have unexplained or excessive back pain?  Are you buried in stress?  The two could be related. According to a Stanford University study, stress can increase incidents of lower back pain.  They tracked nearly 100 people over four years.  Patients with emotional distress were three times more likely to develop back pain than those with better coping skills. Stress … Read More