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Pain, No Gain. Be nice to yourself

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No pain, no gain

Girl on treadmilThis is a phrase we have all heard spoken in gyms or on the field especially during particularly difficult workouts. Im sure you have uttered the phrase a time to two when you felt like giving up on a task that was physically challenging for self-motivation. Cleverly thought up by Jane Fonda in the 1980s, she used this concept to keep her clientele motivated. Jane was a pioneer in the workout world selling 17 million copies of her aerobic exercise videos, motivating people to get in shape. Her lifetime of physical fitness has paid off. Now in her 70s, she still has a great physique and carries herself well.

The no pain, no gain” mentality is still common in the modern day workout world. But, what does this concept really mean? The reality is that there is very big difference between acceptable discomfort during a workout and pain. The question is do we know the difference?

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Yoga: A Health and Wellness Revolution

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Yoga was first practiced in India thousands of years ago and has become a popular form of exercise recently in the United States, which is no surprise since there are numerous health benefits while engaging the mind, body, and spirit. Some main benefits of yoga are:

  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved energy levels
  • Improved flexibility and balance while focusing on engaging core muscles that support the spine
  • Can help manage stress and help you focus while decreasing blood pressure  
  • Improved sleep
  • Yoga also focuses on slow breathing and incorporating meditation which can improve a person’s overall well-being

Yoga is not just slow movements anymore, there are many different types of yoga offered at different studios in the area.  A few yoga studios are highlighted below with the different types of classes they offer:

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Is Technology A "Pain In The Neck?"

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Text neckTechnology is everywhere. Computers, video games, smart phones, ipods, ipads, and tablets. You name it – it’s all at our fingertips. The advances in technology have been outstanding over the past decade, but so have the rates of neck and back pain. This is already a leader in the largest diagnoses seen in physical therapy. What hasn’t been common in the past is the outrageous number of adolescents who now are in physical therapy because of complaints of back or neck pain.

Let’s think about what the average teenager does nowadays through the week. Let’s take a Monday, for example. Wake up, check their phone for any message they possibly missed through the night. Let’s see, scroll through Kik, Instagram, facebook, twitter, and general text messages. Oh yeah, now it’s time to get ready for school. Once showered (hopefully!) they eat their bowl of cereal, once again starting at their phone on the table with their head in this awful forward bent position. Then they go to school for the next 7 hours sitting in the most horrendous positions in their desk. If they are tall at all, they are already at a disadvantage to how much slumping is required to read and write at their desk. Then they get on the bus, get back to looking at their phones, sit in a horrible posture, walk in the door and “decompress” on their computer or video games! The next several hours they are once again hunched forward and

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Olympic Dreams Come True

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Bekah Olympics 3I am a summer Olympic junkie. I love watching the Olympics, especially swimming, beach volleyball, gymnastics, and track and field events. I also love sports medicine and working with athletes. This year a dream came true as I was able to go the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs for 2 weeks to treat elite athletes. I was a part of a volunteer team of sports medicine professionals including a chiropractor, physician and massage therapist who came to the Training Center to help the full time staff treat resident and visiting athletes. These athletes are the best of the best, training hard to perform well at many international competitions and hopefully make the Olympic team.

It was a privilege to work with these athletes and become part of their journey to the Olympic Games. During my time at the OTC I provided medical coverage at USA men’s gymnastics practices, which was quite entertaining. It’s not every day you get to see a world class gymnast performing a set on the pommel horse 15 feet from you. I was amazed at what they were able to do.

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