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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 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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Strength Training - for runners

Running isn’t enough! Runners need strength training, too.

It seems ironic, but if you’re training for running—especially long distance—running isn’t enough. Strength training will make the difference between good and great on race day.

Runners tend to do one thing: run. It’s a notorious source of repetitive stress injury and you’re much more likely to get hurt if you don’t do strength training. The bonus, strength training will likely make you faster, too.

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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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Runner's Knee

The runner’s nemesis: IT band

Runners love to hate their IT bands. Trouble there can keep you off the road, the runner’s worst nightmare.

Short for iliotibial, the IT is a long band of connective tissue on the outside of each leg, running from hip to knee. When it gets inflamed, it usually causes pain on the outside of the knee. But it can also cause pain at the hip or lower back.

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Working From Home - Back Pain

Working from home can be a real pain. A plan to prevent pain and stiffness.

Technology is a godsend for those of us lucky enough to have kept our jobs during the pandemic. But working from home can leave joints and muscles aching by day’s end.

Since the COVID-19 crisis unfolded quickly, few had the opportunity to prepare for working from home, long-term. Many are making do with what’s on hand – working at the kitchen table, from a laptop or even the coffee table.

Since most of us do not have a fully equipped home office, problems crop up in the neck, back, shoulders, hips and other spots. Fortunately, relief comes down to common sense, making small adjustments to prevent trouble and taking action to keep your joints and muscle limber and healthy during the quarantine.

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Can Vitamin D protect against respiratory illness?

Can Vitamin D protect against respiratory illness?

Vitamin D is a hot topic in microbiology. For good reason. We know it’s important to bone health. But we now know that vitamin D is active in many cells outside the skeleton – and can also influence genetics that affect cancer, infection and autoimmune disease.

A deficiency can make many problems worse, including cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, depression and diabetes. One recent study adds another to the list; respiratory infection. That is particularly noteworthy during a global pandemic caused by a respiratory virus.

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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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OCNJ Half Marathon & 5K – September 24, 2017 – Registration NOW OPEN!

2017 Date: September 24th!!!! Race Start: 8:30AM OCNJ Half Marathon, 5K, or 10 Mile Non Competitive Walk/Run in SUNNY Ocean City, NJ Year 7 – Back to the original course!! With more cheering than ever!! Unique Finishers Medals! – Collect Famous OCNJ Landmarks 2015 – 2019! 13.1 mile Half Marathon – With spectacular views of our […]

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