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Appropriate Stress Responses – What to learn from your pup!

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. The book Exuberant Animal by Frank Forencich is a great book on creating ch ange in the American, western, affluent lifestyle. Many clients deal with chronic stress; be it physical, chemical, or mental stress our …

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Save Your Spine…Get Your Belly FAT!! Part I

“Say wha!?!?! I thought we were trying to REDUCE our belly fat!!”You”re right. Reducing the amount of fat storage on your trunk is a GREAT way to improve your health. Fat storage around the midsection has a significant correlation with risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and auto-immune disorder. However, my statement is not in regard to actual fatty tissue. …

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Soft-Tissue Restriction (Scar tissue)

One of the main keys to full functional rehabilitation is the removal/reduction of scar tissue from the soft tissues of the body. We provide expert manual therapy to clients during rehabilitation to speed the process and obtain more lasting resul ts. Understanding the different ways scar tissue affects your body is important. The body moves when muscles get longer and …

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Insult, Irritation, Injury, and Pain: A framework to understand long-term and recurring conditions

My clinic deals largely with chronic injuries and acute flare-ups of chronic conditions.  Often, the advice to “rest” an injury is given, but the discomfort remains; other times rest helps the issue.  On other occasions, I have a client come in who has been “resting” for years and now lives in fear of doing anything physical to avoid a flare-up. …

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Lifting Weights vs. Strength Training

I was asked a question by a client.  “How does the strength training we”re doing differ from what I”ve done in the past with weights?” Simply put, a majority of the issues I help people improve result from not being strong enough for their activity; Distance runners without enough leg strength for running New moms without enough arm strength to …

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Barefoot Transition – A new perspective

Numerous injuries occur to the foot and lower leg.  Hammer toes, bunions, neuromas, ankle sprains, plantar fascitis, shin splints, stress fractures and many more!!  In the past 50 years, injury to the foot and ankle have risen significantly. Shoe companies have tried many different products in that time to aid their clients. At first, the belief was that pavement and …

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Last Friday I went to watch the documentary “Forks Over Knives”. It is a documentary on the tale of two careers headed in the same direction. Drs. Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn, the former a nutritional biochemist and researcher, the latter an open heart surgeon, focus their careers on helping people improve their lives and health by advocating a whole-foods, …

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I get a lot of questions on “how long will this take?” Every individual is slightly different so that becomes rather difficult to determine exactly. They have a different set of histories, a different set of injuries, different lifestyle choices , and different expectations. What is important to realize is that the progress earlyRich Text AreaToolbarBold (Ctrl + B)Italic (Ctrl …

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To Stretch – Part III

This is part three of an educational series about active and passive connective tissues and their ability to move: your flexibility. In Part I we addressed WHY flexibil ity was important, and the two factors limiting your flexibility. In Part II, we discussed neurological restriction and a few basics ways to keep it at bay. Today we will discuss WHEN …

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