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Chronic Pain/Injuries August 11, 2010

Many of you, I’m sure, have experienced and accident at some point in your lives.  Whether it be a car accident, a fall, an injury from a sport or even a childhood injury, like falling out of a tree, or falling off of your bike.  What most don’t realize, is that these injuries from YEARS ago can affect us for the rest of our lives, albeit chronic headaches, chronic low back pain, shoulder and neck pain.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT or just DEAL WITH IT!  It CAN be fixed!

Contemporary Acupuncture in combination with soft tissue work, works unbelievably well when it comes to these sorts of problems.  First of all, the acupuncture releases endorphins, norepinephrine, seratonin – all of the healing chemicals that get released when we exercise.  This speeds up the healing process.  Secondly, the soft tissue work loosens up the muscles around the structures that are inhibited.

With a solid treatment plan in place, you can live pain free, stop taking meds and get back to functioning the way you would like to – whether that be gardening without discomfort, riding your bike for miles and miles, running that marathon that you’ve been working towards, or simply getting out of your car without feeling a “twinge”.

Don’t ignore what is ailing you.  Stop taking that advil or tylenol once or twice a day.  Those are bandaide solutions and will not fix the root of the problem.

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Core Strength January 13, 2010

Core strength is of the utmost importance when it comes to athletic performance and injury recovery.  Most think that your core consists of just your abs – WRONG!  It’s not just your abs, but your hip flexors, back , buttocks, abs and pecs.  These muscle groups support your entire body.  So, when you’re a serious athlete and/or someone who is trying to recover from an injury, whether it be your upper body or lower, your core needs to be strong to help you continue to move.  Here are some simple poses and moves that you can do at home to help strengthen your core.

PLANK:  Hold this pose for as long as you possibly can.  Start off with a goal of 30 seconds.  The more advanced plank is alternating donkey kicks, holding for 30 seconds, three times each side.

BRIDGE:  When doing this pose, squeeze your buttocks and hold for up to 2 minutes.  Raise your pelvis as high as you can to the sky!

SUPERMAN:  This can be a tough one.  Hold this pose for 10 seconds at a time with a five second break in between for 5 reps.

BANANA:  Again, hold for 10 seconds with a 5 second rest in between, 5 reps.

When your core becomes stronger, you can switch back and forth between superman and banana, without using the help from your arms to turn over and over again – killer core workout!

SIDE PLANK:  With this pose, you want to start in a plank with straight arms and move back and forth from side to side, holding for 10 seconds each side – 3 times each side.  Be sure you keep your feet stacked on top of one another.

These exercises are a good start to strengthening your core.  This, along with regular treatment from your massage therapist will enhance your performance in whatever sport that you do, and will speed up the healing process with an injury.  Anyone can do these exercises!  It just takes time, patience and perseverance!

Good luck!