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Which is Better, Muscle Pliability or Flexibility?

Which is Better, Muscle Pliability or Flexibility?

With stretching being the rage these days, we should probably know the difference between muscle pliability or flexibility. There are companies like Stretch Zone and Stretch Lab, and it seems that every massage therapy store now has a stretching therapist. With all...

Is Willpower a Myth?

Is Willpower a Myth?

There is the belief that all you need is willpower to accomplish anything. Some people may say that the problem for most people is that they lack willpower and are lazy, which is why they fail. We have heard sports announcer say, this athlete willed their team to...

Are You Living to Eat or Eating to Live?

Are You Living to Eat or Eating to Live?

In most areas of our country, we are so fortunate to have more food than we could ever eat. But, there are many areas in the world, and even in our own country, where this is not the case. Eating food is how we fuel our body, heal our body, and energize our body to...

Chronic Stress can Lead to Stiffness

Chronic Stress can Lead to Stiffness

We have heard that stress kills, correct? There is more to the story. Stress is beneficial for your body until it becomes chronic, meaning constant all day, every day. Most think of stress as a person worrying over money, health, family, or any of the big things....

Why Your Thumbs Hurt

Why Your Thumbs Hurt

Ever wonder why your thumbs hurt. The top complaint I hear each week about hand pain is about the thumb, specifically, the base of the thumb. There are good reasons for this pain beyond arthritis. Many times, I see women having more issues with the thumb than men, not...

Are We Destined to Lose Balance?

Are We Destined to Lose Balance?

Few things are as unsettling as when we lose balance. Losing balance does not have to be a given as we age. There are things we can do to maintain our balance. Our feet and calves are the most important part of our bodies for mobility and balance, and yet, they are...

Do You Have a Stiff Neck?

Do You Have a Stiff Neck?

We have all suffered from a stiff neck, a crick in the neck, or torticollis. It usually leads to headaches or tight jaws due to the pain. It is also a safety hazard when driving or just walking around. Ever wonder why the automobile industry created the backup camera?...

Are you Tired of Tight Shoulders?

Are you Tired of Tight Shoulders?

I would say that easily more than half my clients come to see me with tight shoulders and a stiff neck. What’s funny is, when I see a new client, I can almost predict with 95% accuracy that they will have stiff shoulders and neck. Our lives today pretty much guarantee...

Five Signs You are Not Stretching Correctly!

Five Signs You are Not Stretching Correctly!

Most people know they should stretch, but few know about stretching correctly. Too often they believe that for stretching to be effective it must hurt and you must push yourself to the maximum limit of your range of motion. Nothing could be farther from the truth. If...

Do You Have Thumb Pain at the Base of the Thumb?

Do You Have Thumb Pain at the Base of the Thumb?

I have seen several clients lately complaining about thumb pain or pain at the base of one of their thumbs. In one case, both thumbs. Usually, a physician would explain it as arthritis, or the client has self-diagnosed it as arthritis. The question is, is it really...

Do Your Hands Hurt and Feel Stiff?

Do Your Hands Hurt and Feel Stiff?

Sometimes happy pastimes like gardening, golf, or tennis make our hands hurt. If you use your hands daily this can lead to stiff joints, wrists, and even a sore elbow. Many times, I have seen clients who thought they had arthritis, when all that was wrong were stiff...

What’s with the Pain in the Neck This Week!

What’s with the Pain in the Neck This Week!

I joke about the pain in the neck, but neck pain is not a laughing matter. It can become downright debilitating. This week, pain in the neck seems to be the most common complaint, so I thought, let’s talk about it. When your neck is stiff, it can prevent you from...

New Sofa Causes Neck Pain

New Sofa Causes Neck Pain

Sometimes, I find something unexpected causes neck pain but when I analyze the situation it all makes sense. Last Sunday morning, my wife and I were doing our morning meditation in our living room. I decided to move from the hard-backed chair I normally sit in to our...

When Back Pain is NOT a Back Problem!

When Back Pain is NOT a Back Problem!

Back pain is the #3 reason for Americans' doctor visits. According to Georgetown University, 16 million U.S. adults, that is 8% of all adults in the U.S., experience persistent or chronic back pain. Back pain is the sixth most costly condition in the United States....

How to Prevent or Reverse Forward Head Posture

How to Prevent or Reverse Forward Head Posture

What is forward head posture and why is it important to understand? Last week I had several people come into my office with neck and shoulder pain. They ranged in age from mid-thirties to seventies. Each person was different and did different things; however, the...

Does Running Cause Knee Pain?

Does Running Cause Knee Pain?

If you’ve ever been a runner, you’ll have heard it a million times: running will cause knee pain! Friends, family, the media, and even your doctor will tell you this over and over. While it is true that some runners suffer from knee pain, the fact is that running...

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