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Do Those Compression Garments on TV Really Work?

Hey!  I hope you're having a great day! According to a multi year Mayo Clinic study, right now 57.5% of doctor visits in America are made in part because of a musculoskeletal problem, making it the most common health ailment in America. This is why you will see on TV many commercials for products touted as being a "magic bullet" solution for these problems.  The newest series of them features active and retired professional athletes touting the benefits of compression sleeves like Copper Fit and others. When I...
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Are You Proactive or Reactive?

Hey!  I hope you're having a great day! In the late 1980's a groundbreaking personal development book called "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" was published by Dr. Stephen Covey.  When it was released, I'm sure that no one including Covey could have predicted the massive success and influence it would have. In addition to selling millions of books, it catapulted Covey into a position of influence that was truly astounding. He was named one of the top 25 most influential Americans and his book was...
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Squatting For Better Health?

Hey!  I hope your day is going well! When you read that subject line, you may have thought that I was writing about a type of exercise but actually it's something a bit more intimate. So here's what prompted me to write this... Friday nights I often watch the show Shark Tank on ABC where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to potential investors (the sharks) in the hopes of making a deal. In addition to some good entertainment and some interesting dialogue, every once in a while you see someone...
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An Essential Key to Remaining Flexible

Hey!  I hope you're having a great day! When we hear the word "flexible" it's not uncommon to think of people that almost seem to be made of rubber.  I'm sure you've seen circus performers bending their bodies into pretzel shapes or gymnasts doing splits or small children putting their legs behind their heads like its nothing.  Although most of us would never aspire to move that way, most of us eventually get to a point where we realize that improving or maintaining flexibility is important. As...
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A Surprising Exercise That Will Protect Your Lower Back

Hey!  I hope you're having a great day. Image Lately I've been doing a lot of studying and work on the computer in my "down time" and it has increased my sitting time which has been increasing the stress on my lower back.  As someone who has battled lower back problems (and thankfully is currently winning) I know personally the importance of taking the proper precautions to ensure my lower back is well protected from the stresses of life. Protecting the lower back is...
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Fighting For Our Independence In 2015?

Hey!  Happy belated (American) Independence Day! If you celebrated the 4th of July yesterday, I hope you had a good time.  We set off some fireworks at our house and put on a nice show for our neighbors.  It was a lot of fun. When I think of independence its hard for me to fully wrap my mind around the gift we have in it on a national level.  I was never in the military and I certainly was not alive during times of national oppression.  Like...
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Can What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet Be Harming Your Health? Here’s How To Find Out

Hey!  I hope your day is going well! It's a familiar scene.  I'm sitting down with a new client and beginning to explain to them all the musculoskeletal problems I've discovered during my comprehensive evaluation.  I explain to them how these problems contributed to the issue they came in to seek my help about and I explain to them how we are going to work to solve those problems. During this time, I also explain the other factors that are likely contributing to their problems.  These may be dietary,...
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Protect Your Joints From Arthritis By Doing This

Hey!  I hope you're having a great day! I've been doing some reading lately on the topic of arthritis and I came across an article put forth by The Arthritis Foundation that I wanted to tell you about. In my line of work, arthritis (specifically osteoarthritis) is a common problem virtually amongst everyone who I see in a typical week.  This joint condition affects 27 million Americans and the number just keeps rising. Osteoarthritis is the progressive deterioration of the cartilage on the end of one or more bones...
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Studies Show That 48% of People Are Deficient In This

Hey!  I hope you're having a great day! Question- What do cramping, muscle tightness, fatigue, inflammation, poor sleep, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, weakness, memory problems and excessive stress- all common issues that many of us face- have in common? The answer is that a deficiency in an important mineral could be a primary contributor to these problems. "Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in your body. It affects everything from your heartbeat to your muscles to your hormones," says Dr. Danine Fruge, Associate Medical Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center...
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This Picture May Frighten You

I'm resting my body today after a good game of basketball yesterday.  My team ended a 12 game winning streak for someone else's team, so I'm still reveling in the victory.  Since I took up the sport again I've had to fight my urge to play just because there is a game and instead give my joints sufficient rest time.  A few times I made the mistake of going again to soon and my body let me know that it was not quite ready.  It reminds of conversations...
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