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Addressing Chronic Pain

From Suboptimal Biomechanics

Terry Kennedy, MPT
November-December 2018 • Vol 3, No 101

Chronic pain will visit most of us at some point in our lives. It comes and goes, or is it constantly nagging, despite our efforts to deal with it. A trip to your doctor, and maybe to a specialist, may reveal that nothing is seriously wrong—which is good to know. You might be offered an injection to the painful area or a prescription for physical therapy.

Chronic pain could start from a variety of possibilities such as an old injury that may have occurred years or decades in the past. You have long since dismissed it as irrelevant, since the old injury was in one location and the pain you are now experiencing is in another.

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2018-12-27T10:08:58-08:00Fitness & Nutrition|

What’s Your Face Telling You?

A Picture Paints 1,000 Words

Marlenea La Shomb, ND
September-October 2018 • Vol 3, No 100

In life I have found keeping it simple and finding what works best for you are most beneficial when working to move forward through challenging situations, whether mental, emotional, or physical, since they are all tied together with one affecting the other.

Over the years, I have met some people with a very strong sense of smell and taste, disliking pure essential oils. For that very reason, they can also have a dislike for stronger tasting foods, like raw garlic, onions, lemon, ginger, cayenne or turmeric, herbs and herbal remedies (tinctures), teas and have never gotten used to the benefits due to the taste. Adding to that, some cannot swallow tablets or capsules, making me wonder, what can I recommend to these people that they will actually take?

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Using Chairs & Stairs

For Integrated Movement

Terry Kennedy, MPT
September-October 2018 • Vol 3, No 100

As a physical therapist emphasizing myofascial release and integrated movement, I like to augment my hands-on and exercise treatments with home programs that include foam rollers for soft tissue mobilization, and balls or gadgets to release “knots” in the muscles and fascia. A metal folding chair is another valuable tool for self-treatment. It is indestructible and stores in a closet or behind a door. It is a great value—$15 at your favorite box store.

A person can accomplish multiple stretches and joint range of motion (ROM) from the following pose, using a chair or the lower steps of a stairway: Place one foot on the floor and the other on the seat of the chair and grasp the back of the chair for security. The leg of the lower foot is kept straight, stretching the “gastroc” muscles of the calf and the hip flexors (psoas and company). This also takes the hip and knee into full extension and the ankle into forward bending or dorsiflexion (see first photo, above).

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2018-12-27T10:08:59-08:00Fitness & Nutrition|

Importance of Maintaining an Alkaline Body

Your Body’s pH: What It Is, Why It Matters

Amanda Kimmel & Marlenea La Shomb
July–August 2018 • Vol 3, No 99

Everything we eat affects our health and makes our bodies either more acidic or alkaline. The normal pH of our bodies is supposed to range from 7.35 to 7.45. A pH value of 0 is the most acidic, while 14 is the most alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral, as it’s in the middle of the scale. The pH of the foods you consume daily play a huge role in weight gain or loss, what your skin looks like, how susceptible you are to disease and illness, and how you feel upon waking every morning.

So what foods cause our bodies to become more acidic or alkaline? Alkaline foods include vegetables, fruits, green tea, seeds, nuts, and beans. The most alkalizing foods are typically dark-green, leafy vegetables, mainly due to their high chlorophyll content. Acidic foods and drinks include meats, dairy, soda, caffeine, alcohol, and sugars. (See foods list here.)

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The Elimination Diet—

Is It Right For You?

Lisa Souba
July–August 2018 • Vol 3, No 99

Has your world been challenged by the need to eliminate certain foods from your diet? When you go out to eat, do you often say, or hear someone else say, “I can’t have that”? I’ve been there, and I get your frustration. I remember the day when my health-care provider told me to go gluten-, wheat-, dairy-, and sugar-free! I remember sitting at the bookstore looking at cookbooks trying to figure out how to cook.

I love food and I love to cook, but this change challenged me. I had no idea where to begin or what to do. Fast forward six years and I’ve figured it out. I can now enjoy all those things again because I treated my digestive health and made some lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, we’ve succumbed to the new age of The Elimination Diet.

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2018-07-05T15:06:40-07:00Fitness & Nutrition|