More on Eccentric Workouts Versus Concentric Muscle Loading

I’ve long recommended working out your muscles eccentrically (doing negative work) in rehabbing from a muscle or tendon injury.  Briefly, eccentric contraction means focusing on lowering the weight slowly instead of on lifting it. (Check out “muscle injury recovery and eccentric workouts” if you need a review.)

But eccentric loading of a muscle does create more stress on the tendon.  Some experts worry that, if done injudiciously, eccentric exercise can lead to injury.

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Cognitive Training Continues to Boost Your Brain Power Year After Year

Once again, research proves that investing in your brain pays big (and long-lasting) dividends.

As reported in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society,  individuals who received a brief course of cognitive training continued to enjoy the benefits ten years later.

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Are You Over-Stressed or Under-Recuperated?

Dealing with stress is a universal fact of modern life. It comes at you from every direction – at work, when commuting, and from family and social relationships. Even when you try to sleep you’re battling the stress of noise and light pollution.

Handle stress effectively and life is enjoyable and exciting. Plus your health gets a big boost.

In contrast, an ineffective stress response leads to low mood, loss of zest for life, a suppressed immune system, and a host of other health woes.

Many experts believe that unrelenting stress is the major cause of today’s epidemic of chronic diseases – everything from heart disease to cancer to depression. That’s why health gurus from A to Z recommend “stress reduction” and “stress management” methods to dial down the stress volume.

Most of these methods are effective if you follow through with them. But not necessarily as effective as they could be. That’s because they’re not always based on understanding the fundamental physiology of the stress response.
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Heart Rate Variability – The Most Important Diagnostic Test You’ve Never Heard Of

One of the major themes emerging in 21st century medicine is the master role your brain plays in health.

Each week we learn more about the intricate ways the brain integrates data about the immune, endocrine, and chemical balance of your body.  And the signals it sends out to modify the activity of your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, small intestine, and all the rest.

Because of the central role the nervous system plays, your state of health depends on the signals that flow into and out from the brain via the peripheral nerves.  That’s why the diagnostic tests that doctors of chiropractic perform have a dual purpose: they chart your pain and body movement problems while also checking brain function.
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Spare Your Knees When You Run

Researchers continue to explore the possible benefits of the forefoot-landing running style.

Here’s one of the latest findings:  forefoot landing reduces the amount of stress on your knees and may help prevent running-related knee problems.

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Latest Research on Touch and Health

Here are summaries of a few recent research articles in the burgeoning field of touch.

Touch helps your muscles work better

In the May, 2010 issue of Gait & Posture, French researchers published Degraded postural performance after muscle fatigue can be compensated by skin stimulation.

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Latest Research Wrap-Up

Here’s some of the latest research news:

My colleague from Newton, MA, Thomas Michaud, DC, contributed an article to Dynamic Chiropractic outlining the optimal treatment and rehabilitation for sprained ankles.  A sprained ankle is much more than a self-limiting minor tear.  Too often it can contribute to long-term disturbance of balance and coordination.  His rehabilitation protocol insures proper soft tissue healing and retraining of balance and coordination.

More on tendon and ligament injuries.

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A recent large scale review of the evidence on vitamin D deficiency concluded that low vitamin D is most often the result of poor health, not the underlying cause of it, so that supplementation may not be as helpful as we thought.

More on vitamin D for pain.

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Researchers proposed a simple way to distinguish the early signs of dementia from “normal” memory loss.  They differentiated between reconstructive memory – when you piece together the different parts of a scene or create a consistent narrative – versus simple recollective memory – when you recall a specific name, word, or phrase.  Recollective memory loss is a common occurrence in aging, but loss of reconstructive memory only occurs with dementia.

More on keeping your brain sharp.

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Doctors are still prescribing antibiotics 6 times more frequently than guidelines suggest they should.

More on adverse drug reactions.

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Happiness – Guest Post

Today’s guest article is by my colleague Dr. Alex Eingorn

triad of dolphinsToday I was wondering why the dolphins were considered the happiest species on earth. Except, I suppose when they are bludgeoned en masse by some groups in the hope to achieve maturity through this senseless act.

Then it struck me: “Do they ever bother to question and judge others’ actions and, most importantly, motives?

We do. Mostly. I wonder if the dolphins ever lose trust. Happiness is lost when thoughts of envy or hatred creep in. Why is there no happiness sometimes without PRADA?

My late therapist, whom the Hindus would probably consider to be the Brahmin of Brahmins, asked me a question one day. “What do you perceive to be the difference between true joy and true pleasure?” How do we know that in our obsessive pursuit of one we are not just aimlessly chasing the other?

Mantra for today: औं कर्म अन्यत्वे हेतु
There is no beginning, and no end

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Why Exercise Is Good For Your Brain

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Exercise builds your muscles, and that’s a good thing.  You need muscle mass to optimize your metabolism, balance your hormones, and maintain good health.

But exercise should also be designed to improve your brain.

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Gourmet Guide to Lower Blood Pressure

Today’s guest article is courtesy of Madeline Ferdinand.

I’m Madeline Ferdinand, a freelance writer for DrugNewsTwo years ago my mother had a stroke, and I became fascinated with naturally improving cardiovascular health and keeping the old youthful and the youthful wiseI care for my mom at my family’s home where we both snack endlessly on almonds and dark chocolate.

 

 

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High blood pressure or hypertension can be caused by many things. Taking care of your high blood pressure before it causes heart disease, heart attack or stroke should be your top priority. Continue reading

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