You lost a loved one, suffered through a divorce, or sent your eldest to college. Now, your heart is aching, your blood pressure is rising, and you’re feeling breathless. If you’re fit and healthy with no history of heart disease, you’re probably suffering from broken heart syndrome, a condition that
Deciding which exercise is best for weight loss can be a dilemma for anyone who doesn’t already play a sport or exercise regularly. The very fact that we may be hunting for an answer to that question acknowledges that we want to accomplish our weight loss goal as quickly as
Healing Through Slow Movement
Energy. Chi. Life force. Holy spirit. There are many names for this invisible essence that flows through all of life. What if you could harness this natural energy to heal the body, mind, and spirit through gentle movement? According to traditional Chinese Medicine, you can.
Qigong (pronounced chee
A Simple Way to Build Balance and Core Strength
Foam rollers can help prevent aches and pains, speed workout recovery, and help you stay stronger and more flexible. Available in many sizes, densities, and textures, they are versatile, inexpensive, and easy to use.
Foam rollers have been used by massage therapists, athletes,
Resistance training exercises are safe when executed with the right exercise, the right load, the right technique, and performed by the right person. When any of those four elements of training are not observed, injuries can occur.
The Right Exercise
The 55 exercises in Chapter 4 have been proven by evidence-based studies
While reading this report, you’ve undoubtedly realized how complicated low back pain can be. You’ve learned about back pain in general, spinal anatomy, risk factors, and common instigators of lower back pain. We discussed treatments you can seek at the doctor’s office as well as lifestyle changes and everyday things
Only a small minority of people who battle low back pain will need surgery. Back pain surgery is either done in an emergency or electively (by choice). In this chapter, we’ll consider what goes into the decision to choose elective surgery as well as the situations that create the need
The easy answer to the question posed in this chapter’s title is: Stay active. Slow and steady wins the race, and the same is true in dealing with low back pain. Take it one step at a time whether you’re eager to get back to the gym or just trying
Back pain has a wide range of presentations and causes. Pain differs widely from person to person for reasons that are puzzling. This makes back pain one of the most challenging conditions for both the patient and healthcare provider.
Some individuals feel a constant ache across their lower back when
Despite being such a common ailment, back pain is not completely understood. More than 85 percent of all cases have a diagnosis of “nonspecific low back pain.” Nonspecific pain means that all potentially serious diagnoses have been ruled out, but the cause of the pain is still unknown. Many patients