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Before or after? When is stretching best?

Before or after? When is stretching best?

It’s amazing how often we do things because “that’s how it’s always been done.” The COVID pandemic has at least one silver lining; it has forced us to revisit old habits.

We’re reexamining everything, it seems, including how we exercise—with gyms closed and all the other disruptions. That brings an opportunity. We are rethinking whether it is better to stretch before or after exercise.

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For pain: heat, ice or neither?

For pain: heat, ice or neither?

It’s one of our most frequently asked questions. For muscle and joint pain, what’s best—heat or ice? As in much of medicine, the answer—it depends.

First, it’s important to make the distinction between treating the problem and the symptoms. For the most part, heat and ice work on symptoms. It’s been studied and some research suggests a therapeutic benefit, but those results are very limited and not well established.

Neither will do much to mitigate the cause of the pain. But for a pulled muscle, back spasms, twisted ankle or soreness after intense activity—ice or heat can help you feel better. And there’s a third option: nothing. Sometimes it’s best to just leave it alone.

Let’s break it down.

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For chronic pain: meditation can help, long-term—with no risk or side effects

For chronic pain: meditation can help, long-term—with no risk or side effects

Following decades of over-prescription of opioid pain medications—opioid addiction has reached epidemic levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, over 190 million opioid prescriptions are written in the U.S., each year. That has led to over 11 million reporting abusing the drugs—and at least 15,000 overdose deaths, from prescription opioids, alone.

Opioids, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, have their place in pain management. But the medical community has new awareness of the dangers, especially considering revelations of questionable marketing tactics by some manufacturers. 

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Athletes and RED-S – know the warning signs

Athletes and RED-S – know the warning signs

RED-S happens when the athlete eats too few calories, compared to what is being burned in practice and play, creating a state of malnourishment. RED-S is short for relative energy deficiency in sports. It used to be called female athletic triad, as it is most commonly observed in female athletes. Although it remains prevalent in women, it is seen occasionally in male athletes, too. That’s one reason for the name change. The other was to more clearly communicate its cause.

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coronavirus

What’s a coronavirus, anyway? Our most frequently asked questions – and answers.

The global COVID-19 outbreak is dominating headlines and causing serious disruptions in daily life. Not surprisingly, like most healthcare providers, we are getting a lot of questions about the virus – and about viruses in general. Since the topic is on most everyone’s mind, here are some answers, based on current science and accepted guidelines.

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Coffee: How many cups are too much to drink a day?

PLEASE NOTE THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON SCIENCE DAILY AND NOTED BELOW! As a bunch of coffee and tea drinkers, we found this exceptionally interesting and worthy of being shared on our blog at this office! – Craig Evans, DC, ART Date: May 10, 2019 Source: University of South Australia Summary: A morning coffee […]

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Prevention.com – 4 Things You’re Doing That Are Ruining Your Joints

Dr Tim Legath forwarded me this article the other day and stated he thought it would be important if we linked it up on our blog! Before you go reading some of what has been copy and pasted below, you need to realize that we share this information for everyone’s benefit and that we are […]

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Science Daily: Older, fitter adults experience greater brain activity while learning

Last night while surfing the web another great review study popped up on a feed that stated the following, “Older, fitter adults experience greater brain activity while learning” and I couldn’t help but click on this article.  As the oldest of the associates here at the office I pride myself on working out no less […]

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Science Daily: First study to measure effectiveness of NFL PLAY 60 program shows positive results on youth fitness

Saw this article pop up on Science Daily and the title truly peaked my interest!  I (Dr. Craig Evans) was once a HPED major at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania not so very long ago and became highly disenchanted with the idea of HPED.  HPED stands for Health and Physical Education.  If you catch me […]

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