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December 2013

Are You Hurting Yourself With Each Step You Take? (Part 2)

By | Gait, Osteopathy, Physical Health | One Comment

As I discussed in Part 1 of this series, heel striking during gait is “unnatural” and prevents the body from using its natural shock absorbing mechanisms. Each jarring step can put you one step closer to shin splints. Have you ever had shin splints? If you are or ever were a runner, then you know the pain I am talking about. A sharp pain on the inside and back part of the shin bone that is worse after each high impact step you take. I spent a fair amount of time in college icing my shins as a result of shin splints….

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The Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy: 3 Health Advantages Related To Your Gut!

By | Health, Nutrition, Physical Health | No Comments

Guest Post By Joyce Rockwood, CCH As a colon hydrotherapist since 1997, the most common question I get asked is “What are the benefits of colon hydrotherapy?” Truth be told, the list of benefits trails as long as any line at a Bruno Mars concert! So while the following three are just the tip of the iceberg, I believe they’ll be enough to help you understand why an increasing number of people are incorporating this ancient holistic practice to their lifestyle on a regular basis. Colon Hydrotherapy 101: What’s Up Down Below? Colon Hydrotherapy assists your body in eliminating excess…

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How Your Shoes And Orthotics Are Weakening Your Arches

By | Gait, Health, Osteopathy, Physical Health | 4 Comments

If you are like most people, you probably have weak feet and ankles, but you do not know it. This occurs for two reasons. This post will cover only one of the reasons and the other will be explained in another post. People have a hard time accepting the idea that they could have week feet and ankles. However, the reason and the concept is simple. It is called disuse atrophy. If you have not heard of it, let me explain: Imagine you broke your arm and had a cast put on it for proper bone healing. This cast will…

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Tip To Help Relieve Jaw, Neck, And Head Pain

By | Osteopathic Techniques, Osteopathy, Physical Health, Self-Help | No Comments

This is a simple maneuver that I often give to my patients to help them with jaw, head, neck and even back pain. This should be done 1 to 2 times per day and no more until painful tender spots are gone. Each session should only last a few minutes. Once gone, then it can be done periodically if tender spots return. This does not replace a medical work-up and assumes that you have consulted with your general physician prior to trying this. This works best in conjunction with the Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) patients receive. Step 1: Use the index finger…

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The Interrelationship Of Structure And Function: A Progression Through The First Osteopathic Principle

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When one first glances at osteopathic principles, there may not seem to be much depth to them. Philosophically there is nothing special about the principles. Actually many who are not osteopathic practitioners agree with osteopathic principles. What separates an osteopathic physician from others who agree with osteopathic principles is the application of the principles. Just like it is important for a runner to understand philosophically the principles of proper running, the philosophical understanding does not help if those principles are not put into place during running. Those who do not apply these principles are like the runner who understands proper…

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Food And Mood: Top Ten Natural Stress Relievers

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Guest Post By Andrea Moss, www.mosswellness.com 1) Hot water: Excellent for settling a stressed or queasy stomach, and for relaxing and cleansing the body by stimulating our intestines and helping move waste out of our body. A simple, magical remedy which works despite its simplicity. 2) Blueberries: These berries are jam-packed with antioxidants, high in fiber and vitamin C, which help your body through the strain of stress. Blueberries’ high amounts of fiber  can help relieve the stomach cramps and constipation that can occur in times of stress. Throw them into smoothies or on top of oatmeal, or eat them…

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What Doctors Can Learn From Cesar Millan

By | Emotional/Mind Health, Medicine, Osteopathy, Physical Health | No Comments

  Cesar Millan (a.k.a. The Dog Whisperer) is a person that I greatly admire and utterly respect for what he has accomplished and the value he has added not just to my life, but the life of many. The principles he teaches have helped me deal with not only my dog, but have taught me a lot about life in general. I recently watched a video where Cesar Millan spoke candidly about attempting suicide following the death of his beloved dog, Daddy, and learning his wife, Ilusion, was divorcing him. He reported that upon waking up in a psychiatric ward…

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Do You Suffer From Pain And/Or Tension? Osteopathy Can Help

By | Osteopathy, Physical Health | No Comments

If so, how is this affecting you from enjoying your daily life? How different would your life be if you could get rid of this pain and tension? If you are ready to get rid of your aches and pains naturally, then you have come to the right place! Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) could be right for you. It can be used to treat many problems including pain and tension, headaches, and more. Anyone can benefit from OMT because it works to maximize the health of the body. Visit the Yelp to read about experiences that others have had with osteopathy….

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Is Your Neck Pain Affecting Your Life?

By | Osteopathy, Physical Health | 2 Comments

Do you carry stress in your shoulders? When you squeeze the fleshy area between your neck and your shoulder, do you find achy, “crunchy” knots? Do you get tension headaches, have tenderness at the base of your skull, neck, between your shoulder blades, and down to the middle of your back? Do you find yourself constantly searching for a corner to press up against or massaging your neck? If you answered ‘yes,’ you may be suffering from an extremely tight trapezius muscle. How often are people suffering with tension in their necks and shoulders trying to get at least temporary relief…

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Are You Considering The Iliacus In Low Back Pain?

By | Osteopathic Techniques, Osteopathy | 4 Comments

Most manual practitioners view the iliacus muscle and the psoas major muscle as one muscle. These two muscles do share something in common and that is they both insert into the same tendon. In many books you’ll see them referred to as the ‘iliopsoas’ and are described as hip flexors. The ‘iliopsoas’ or even more often the psoas is blamed for a lot of back pain problems, especially when one has a difficult time straightening out.  The psoas is implicated for a lot of back pain issues. The iliacus, on the other hand, is difficult to reach as it is located…

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