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Does Running Increase Your Risk of Arthritis?

There are many different types of runners out there.  Whether they are recreational runners or competitive runners, their thoughts are similar–that exercise is medicine and running is therapy.  The benefits of running far outweigh the risks in terms of improving our overall health, especially for our heart, lungs, bones, muscles, and brain.  Running can help to reduce stress, lower cholesterol levels, aid in weight loss, boost the immune system, and improve your mood. So what’s the issue, since millions of people worldwide exercise by running? read more

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Deep Squats Are Better Than You Think!

One of the most effective exercises you can do is a simple squat.  It engages the entire lower half of the body, including the hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves, while also hitting the shoulders, back, and core.  Performing a correct squat takes a lot of muscular coordination throughout the whole body, which serves to build muscle and burn fat simultaneously thanks to its high metabolic demand (which simply means it burns a lot of calories because it works a lot of muscles).  Does it really matter how far down you go? read more

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The Top 11 Tips On How To Pick The Perfect Mattress

How important is a good night’s sleep?  So much so that in a recent survey, 6 out of 10 Americans chose sleep over sex.  Not surprisingly, 9 out of 10 respondents cited their mattress as an important factor in getting that coveted good night’s rest.  Americans love their beds so much that they are willing to spend thousands of dollars for a single mattress.  But is an expensive mattress a superior choice?  Does more money justify the purchase?  Let’s take a closer look to see what considerations you should make to choose the right mattress for you. read more

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5 Simple Steps To Decrease Foot Pain From Wearing High Heels

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand time…high heels are one of the worst inventions ever!  You’d be hard pressed to find any medical professional that will tell you that wearing high heel shoes is good for the health of your joints in your feet, legs, and low back.  Truth is, wearing high heels changes your standing posture by causing increased pressure on your joints, causing pain and injuries to your feet, knees, and low back.

So why am I writing anything beneficial about wearing high heels?  Because I know that no matter what, there will still be tons of women out there who will ignore my pleas to wear flats!  So if I can’t convince you to abandon high heels altogether, at least I can give you some tips on how to maximize the benefit and minimize the near-certain negative effects on your body.  Following 5 simple steps will give you the best chance reduce the risks of foot/ankle/knee/hip/low back issues in the future.  But please note…if you do happen to experience acute pain and swelling, then you must refrain from wearing high heels to allow your injury to heal. read more

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Who Do You Want On Your Healthcare All-Star Team?

You all know the mantra “Look out for #1!”  And in today’s healthcare world, it could not be more confusing.  Every day you are faced with having to make decision after decision  on a multitude of daily activities…what to wear, what to eat, when to exercise, work priorities…and the list goes on.  Is it any wonder why you often forego making the important decisions, like the ones involving your health.  Most of you have done it at some point in time…neglecting your own health, thinking “it’s not too bad” (yet!)…”I’ll give it another week” (after 6 months already)…”I don’t have time to deal with it now”…Have you ever thought about having a team of knowledgable medical professionals that you could go to or contact at any time with any issue who you could count on to  help you to make the best possible healthcare decision for you while eliminating any guesswork? read more

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7 Great Things To Do In Delaware If You Didn’t Have Back Pain

Delaware is a great place to live.  Despite its small size, there are a number of amazing attractions that people from all over the region come to see.  Unfortunately, many people right here in Delaware are unable to fully enjoy these attractions due to suffering from low back pain.

Not only are they not enjoying life to the fullest, playing with their children or grandchildren, and just getting through the day without nagging aches, but worry about doing too much and paying for it later.  Delaware has a wide variety of amazing things to do and see, but back pain can significantly limit you from enjoying them. read more

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7 Ways A Discovery Session Can Change Your Life

Would you like to make better, more educated, and more informed decisions regarding your health?  Are you tired of relying on pain pills, have been told you would benefit from painful injections, or worse, been told that surgery is your only option?  Are you looking for a permanent solution to eliminate your pain so you can live better and get back to normal?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then I have great news for you, and it’s absolutely free!!. read more

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Is Pain All In Your Head?

We can’t avoid it.  At some time or another, most of us will experience pain of some sort that could potentially be debilitating.  Some individuals tolerate pain much better than others.  But why is this so?  And where is the pain originating?  Can it be that it is all in our head?

What is pain?

Pain is “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage,” according to The International Association for the Study of Pain.  So based on this definition, pain can arise from actual injury to a tissue (i.e., muscle, tendon, bone) or the potential for injury to a tissue.  Regardless of whether the damage is actual or potential, one thing is certain–individuals will perceive pain as real! read more

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