Avoid Back Pain by Avoiding Sit-Ups
Sit-ups have been a staple of many fitness programs. However it has been know for quite sometime in the rehab community that sit-ups place a tremendous amount of stress on your low back. The dangers of sit-ups have finally hit mainstream with the Canadian Armed Forces removing it from their fitness test and now a push for […]
5 Tips to Maintaining Muscle Health
Most of us perform preventative daily rituals to maintain our health. We brush and floss to prevent cavities and gingivitis. We manage our diet to avoid diabetes and high cholesterol. We take vitamin D during the winter to prevent a deficiency. But what are we doing for our muscles? Taking care of our muscles is […]
Is Swimming Low-Impact?
If you have back pain or a history of back pain, which sport listed below is the least likely to cause more damage? Baseball Kendo Running Soccer Swimming Swimming seems like the obvious answer, since that is usually the go-to sport for people with pain. Surprisingly, a recent research article didn’t find this to be […]
Stretching: The Solution to Muscle Pain…or is it?
Do you have tight, stiff, or painful muscles? You obviously need to stretch more, right? If something is tight, stiff or painful, we immediately assume it needs to be stretched. Stretching may provide temporary relief for some, but the majority of people do not get results. Unfortunately, stretching is not the answer to all of […]
Top 4 Foam Rolling Mistakes
1. Only foam rolling AFTER exercise. Foam rolling is a great way to warm up your body BEFORE exercise. Foam rolling followed by a quick dynamic warm-up is a great way to prepare your body for movement. To learn how to foam roll and perform a dynamic warm-up click the following link: The 6 Characteristics of […]
Are You Ready for the Running Season?
In the northeast many runners cross-train over the winter. This is a good time to recover from injuries, strengthen weak areas, and get ready for the next season. But how do you know if you are ready for the running season? Two simple tests below will give you a quick insight into the health status […]
Sports Injuries: Consequences of Pushing Through the Pain
An article from the New York Times titled, “Sport Injures: When to Tough It Out“, recently caught my attention. The main point of the article was to answer the question of whether you should go to the doctor or tough it out? A quote from one of the doctors in the article is below: “I […]
Knee Surgery May Not Be The Answer
A recent article in the NY times (Common Knee Surgery Does Very Little for Some, Study Suggests) suggests that many people may be undergoing unnecessary knee surgery. The studies they referenced in the article showed that people undergoing knee surgery for degeneration did no better than people that underwent sham surgery, physical therapy, or who […]
The Gift of Pain
Why is pain a gift? Pain is the bodies warning system that something is wrong. If we didn’t have pain, we would slowly destroy our bodies and not even know it. Unfortunately, we are trained to cover up pain. Americans consume billions of dollars of pain medicine every year. Pain medicine allows us to function […]
Triathlon Training and Recovery
One of the most crucial pieces left out of a beginner’s triathlon training program is recovery. If you don’t allow your body to recover, then overtraining can occur. Training for a triathlon can put a lot of stress on your body because you have to train for 3 sports at once. Learning to balance swimming, […]