Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. Prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labor and give her nurturing emotional support.
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.
A new diet trend that has gained popularity both in the medical community and among everyday health seekers is the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is based on the body’s ability to switch into a state known as “ketosis,” in which its primary fuel source changes from glucose, converted from carbohydrates, to ketones, which are converted from fat. While this diet is effective for people looking to lose a few extra pounds, it is also becoming a leading method in the treatment of several chronic diseases, including epilepsy, cancer, and diabetes.
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.
This week is sugar awareness week! In my opinion, one of the biggest steps we can take is limiting the amount of, or completely eliminating, sugar in our diet. We know that sugar, particularly processed sugar found outside of natural sources like fruit, can be extremely damaging to our health. Let’s take a look at what happens inside our bodies when we consume too much sugar.
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.
In the average American diet, the majority of the foods consumed are packaged and processed with additives, colorings, preservatives, flavorings, and other chemicals. These artificial ingredients help the foods look, and taste better while increasing shelf life and longevity. However, with these added chemicals, comes an increased risk to the individuals consuming these foods. One of the most prominent health issues caused by these artificial foods is an allergy.
Last week’s article on metabolic syndrome outlined how lifestyle factors, including obesity, can lead to chronic disease. Included in these chronic diseases are many different forms of cancer. Cancer can be tricky to link to any one cause because there are so many different types. There is clear evidence, however, that many different forms of cancer have a direct link to obesity.
There is no question that our nation, and much of the world, struggles with many different chronic diseases. By definition, a chronic disease is one that lasts over a long period of time, many of which are never corrected and will last until death. These diseases are some of the leading causes of death in America, with heart disease being #1, followed by cancer and obesity-related diseases such as Type II diabetes. A common theme with these chronic diseases is that many, if not all, can be linked back to a condition called metabolic syndrome.
Americans are now on more drugs than ever, a trend that has been steadily on the rise for many years. A recent Consumer Reports survey of almost 2000 American adults found that more than half of the adult population sampled is on at least one medication, while the average adult takes four. In 1997, Americans filled just over 2.4 billion prescriptions. In 2016 that number rose to almost 4.5 billion. This comes out to about an 85% increase in prescription medications, though our population only rose about 21%.