Goldilocks and Your Knee Cartilage

You need cartilage to cushion and guide movement between your bones.

But over the years, if you grind down the cartilage in your joints, it has only a limited ability to regenerate.  Then you develop the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis.

That’s why it’s important to treat your joints lovingly throughout the life span.

Cartilage needs motion in order to be healthy.  Joint motion speeds the flow of nutrients and waste products into and out of your cartilage.  And motion also signals the protein filaments in your cartilage to align in the optimal orientation.

Can too much motion backfire?

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Recent Research Confirms Value of Chiropractic Methods for Back Pain

Manual therapy is one of the most thoroughly researched treatment methods for low back pain.  Still, this is a very tricky area to study.

Here are some of the pitfalls that confront researchers in this area:
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Exercise Treatment for Depression, Anxiety

Suffering from depression or anxiety?  Hit the gym, not the pill bottle

Just like air to breathe and water to drink, physical exercise is one of life’s essentials.   The evidence of its health benefits keeps piling up.

And the line between physical health and mental health gets more and more blurry.  Now it’s been proven that exercise is more effective than medication at relieving the symptoms of depression and anxiety – the two most common mental health conditions.

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Fix Acid Alkaline Imbalance – One of the Ways to Improve Kidney Function

Alkaline Diet Protects Your Kidneys

The typical western diet is too high in acid-producing foods like meat and sugar and too low in fruits and vegetables.

That’s the health challenge that kidney specialist Nimrit Goraya, MD of the Texas A&M Health Science Center sought to address in her latest research.

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Chiropractic for Scoliosis: Does It Help?

Can Chiropractic Fix Scoliosis?

If you’re in a hurry, I’ll make it easy for you – the quick answer is “no.”

But read further if you’re interested in a more nuanced response.

What Are the Different Types of Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine shows an excess amount of side-to-side curvature.

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Ultra Yoga and Exercises for Pelvic Floor Muscles

Today’s guest article, courtesy of Marisa Sullivan, consists of an interview she gave to Sally M. Rivertones of the Williamsburg-Greenpoint News.

Ultra Yoga  

The importance of the female pelvic floor (men not excluded) explained through a Yoga perspective

By Sally M. Rivertones

Marisa Sullivan has been teaching yoga for over 19 years. She was a student of pioneering yoga duo David Life and Sharon Gannon in New York City 21 years ago. She holds to many tenets of Jivamukti method and includes spiritual teachings in all her classes that range from Alzheimer’s residences to traditional gyms, “but the physical asana practice I teach is much slower, has many more ‘anatomical’ teaching points.”

 

WG—How did you get into pelvic health from your yoga work?

Marisa Sullivan—My classes boil down to mindfulness in body, mind, and spirit; deep listening to Spirit and Inner Wisdom; Love, for life, Self, and the world around us. These concepts naturally lead to and unfold from physical practices that encourage breathing, sometimes sweating, unearthing strength, releasing, stretching, and relaxing.

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Shocking, Inappropriate Use of Chiropractic Methods in Spondylolisthesis Treatment

The other day I encountered something I found disheartening, even shocking.

I was doing research on the topic of spondylolisthesis.  One website featured personal stories of spondylolisthesis sufferers.

Spondylolisthesis is a relatively common condition (up to 6% of people have it) affecting the low back. It occurs when one of your vertebrae slides forward on the vertebra below.  You lose the normal alignment of the spinal column because you’ve lost the integrity of the joints holding the spinal bones together.

Apparently, one woman had consulted a chiropractor for treatment of her spondylolisthesis, and was told that with spinal adjustments her alignment could be restored to normal.  It’s clear from her story that chiropractic care didn’t help her; it may have actually made her condition worse.

I was appalled.

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Guest Post: Contact Your Angel of Surrender

Thanks to Theresa Conti for today’s article.  For more of her inspiring articles, you can read her blog reconnecting2you.wordpress.com  Or contact her for individual coaching or counseling at www.reconnecting2you.com.

Sweet Surrender!

Have you ever had a dream, felt inspired, motivated, excited, and then wondered if you made “the right” decision?

This scenario has come up several times for me over the last few weeks as I prepare for a two-month trip to Europe later this month.  Inspiration strikes, excitement reigns, and then voila – doubt creeps in and all that verve flies right out the window – until, that is, I take a deep breath and surrender. Not always easy to do, let alone remember to do.

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Achilles Tendon Recovery

Take Care of Your Achilles Tendons

It was the fateful weak spot of an otherwise-invulnerable Hellenic warrior. And it’s been sidelining athletes, dancers, and plain ordinary people ever since.

The Achilles tendon connects your calf to the back of your heel, transmitting the forces of running, walking, jumping, and pointing your foot.

achilles tendonIf you run, you’re vulnerable to problems of the Achilles tendon, especially if you’re over forty. But other athletes are at risk too. And even if you’re sedentary you’re not immune. The tendon can be weakened by under-use as much as by over-use.
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Are Antidepressants Effective?

Depression has become a major health problem.  In fact, about 10 percent of Americans over age six now take antidepressants.  Does it make sense that depression is treated routinely with medication?

Depression is not to be ignored or trivialized.  It’s a serious, widespread condition that contributes to significant suffering and disability.  It magnifies the impact of other medical problems – among them back pain and heart disease.

Businesswoman under stress

And its effect is also magnified because depression doesn’t only impact the individual sufferer – it touches family members, too.

In response to this serious health condition, a vast treasure chest has been poured into researching and marketing medications for depression. This is not a small industry.  We’re talking serious money here.

No doubt antidepressant medications have a role to play under some circumstances.  But here’s the big question:

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