Hip pain is one of the most common symptoms we see as chiropractors. The hips carry a lot of weight and are very mobile joints, a combination that often leads to joint dysfunction and muscle imbalances. These two problems can commonly cause pain and other symptoms. However, not all symptoms that feel like they are coming from the hip, actually stem from hip-related issues. Being able to identify where your pain is coming from is an important step in understanding the underlying cause and ultimately correcting the problem.
When lifting heavy objects we put a massive load on the lower back and as a result the most commonly injured tissues are the intervertebral discs of the lumbar spine. These intervertebral discs are located between each vertebral body in your spine and therefore act like cushions between the bones. These discs have a very unique structure that can be best explained by picturing a jelly donut. The inside of the disc is made up of a soft material and the outside is made up of a thicker tissue that is actually layers of rings packed tightly on top of each other. The fibers of these rings are angled at 45-degrees with each ring alternating the direction that the fibers are running, creating X-like patterns. These alternating layers of rings become vital to the health of your discs.
We’ve all heard the term “runner’s high,” referring to the euphoric feeling one gets after a long run or intense workout. It seems obvious – pushing your body through a difficult situation and eventually getting to the finish line – that running may have an impact on your state of mind. Recently, neuroscientists have taken a closer look at this common idea and have discovered what actually happens in the brain as you run.
Last night, Dr. Bailey gave an excellent presentation on how to properly fuel your body before, during, and after exercise. This topic can go in a number of different directions, based on your individual fitness goals as well as your body type. Nutrition protocols and recommendations are and should be different depending on if you want to lose, maintain, or gain weight, and the type of exercise that you are participating in. This article is going to be more of a generalized recap, with pretty standard tips and recommendations for anyone who regularly exercise.
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about shoulder pain and how one shoulder issue can lead to the next, and to the next. This week, I want to cover a similar topic in the leg. It is funny the way the body works, in that every person is so different, but also very similar. This is why we see many of the same pain patterns, like those I am going to cover today, in many different individuals.
Shoulder injuries are a regular complaint in our practice and account for the most common extremity disorder that we see. The shoulder itself is by far the most mobile joint in the body, with up to 180 degrees of motion in multiple planes. However, with the benefits of great motion comes the negative of also being a very unstable joint. Due to this instability, the surrounding soft tissues become damaged easily and could result in pain, discomfort, and loss of motion.
When most people think of core components of exercise, the obvious elements of strength, conditioning, and flexibility usually come to mind. However, one often-overlooked attribute of exercise that carries over to almost all aspects of life is balance. You may think the elderly are the only ones who should be concerned about balance issues, but more and more information is coming out about how balance and stability exercises are beneficial for everyone.
Researchers estimate that 57% of children who are currently between 2 and 19 years old will be obese by age 35 if current diet and health trends continue. Currently, about 38% of American adults age 20 and over are obese, a number which has been steadily climbing since the 1970s. It was determined that while childhood obesity is a definitive risk factor for adult obesity, a high number of normal-weight children are still at risk for developing obesity later in life, according to the projections.
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently released updated blood pressure classifications and guidelines. These guidelines come from years of research and are accompanied by updated guidance and management strategies for individuals who may be at risk for a cardiac event. High blood pressure is known as a “silent killer,” which means it can cause harm without any symptoms. For this reason, it is important to stay up-to-date on current guidelines, and know where your blood pressure normally ranges.
Tendonitis (or tendinitis) is defined as inflammation or irritation of a tendon – the thick, fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone. Most people will develop this painful condition during the course of their lives, although many may not understand what the pain actually indicates. This article will focus on causes, symptoms, and treatment of tendonitis.