We Came to Dance

We Came to Dance

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Today’s Spiritual and Health Imperative

The step you need to take today to improve your health is practicing self-acceptance.

You’ve got to do it.

Self-acceptance doesn’t mean knocking yourself down a peg or two. That would backfire: most people manage to combine lack of self-acceptance with low self-esteem.

But for me self-acceptance does require understanding the almost impossibly high standards of behavior I’ve set for myself. Here’s how my psyche ties me up in knots:

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Low Back Pain, Section 3: The lifecycle of back pain

This is the third part of an article on low back pain.

Need to catch up on your reading?  Here’s a link to the first section of the article.

The lifecycle of low back pain

Many people have incidents of low back pain from time to time. Fortunately, most episodes of low back pain go away as long as you remain physically active.

But in many cases,  back pain can become a long-term, recurring problem. That’s because when back pain attacks, some damage is done to the structures of the low back. Even though the pain can temporarily go away, those structures haven’t truly been healed. Your back doesn’t quite regain its previous ability to support your body weight day-in, day-out. It’s all too easy for the pain to come back.
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Low Back Pain, Section 2: Research Status

This is the second part of a three part series of articles on low back pain.

Need to catch up on your reading?  Here’s a link to part 1.

Spinal adjustments for low back pain

There’s a lot of scientific research about the use of spinal adjustments (also known as spinal manipulation) for low back pain.

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Exercise Prevents Back Pain Recurrence

Researchers recently surveyed all the scientific data about preventing the recurrence of low back pain.

The truth is that very little firm advice could be filtered out from all the research. In part, that’s because the field of low back pain is extremely complex. But the other reason is that not enough high quality research has been done. Little data was available to determine if regular chiropractic care, for instance, prevented the return of back pain.

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Got Tight Hamstrings?

About one of every three patients I see complains of “tight hamstrings.” The other two probably also think their hamstrings are tight but don’t bother to mention it. Even among the hundreds of dancers I’ve seen (who can touch their knee to their nose while balancing on the toes of one foot) most complain of tight hamstrings.

Is hamstring tightness an unrecognized medical epidemic?   What about people who have a tight IT band (tightness of the outer thigh)? Is that a rampant issue too? What does it mean to have tight hamstrings or a tight IT band anyway?

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Thought for the Day

Doubt is not the opposite of faith.

The opposite of faith is certainty.

 

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Poor Sleep – The Hidden Epidemic

Our nation’s health and our medical system are being swamped by an epidemic of obesity and overweight. If you don’t read the health news (like I do), just look around you the next time you’re in a public place. It’s clear that Americans have grown way too fat.

But are you aware of a second seismic shift that is also changing the nature of America’s health?

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Better to Set Modest Goals?

My goal was to improve my personal best in the 5K.

About 8 months ago I started running with a group organized by Princeton Pacers (a running store in Princeton). In between the group runs, I tried to work running into my overall fitness program.

The last time I had run a 5K distance was about 5 or 6 years ago, setting a personal best of 28:45. The most modest goal I could set was to surpass that time.

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My Brother-In-Law Keeps a Supply in His Golf Bag

He says that most of his golf buddies (guys in their forties and fifties) rely on them: a couple of Ibruprofen pills before, during or after a round of golf.

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Golf fanatics aren’t the only ones. A runner I know (in his 60’s) is one of many who swears his knees wouldn’t hold up if he didn’t pop those anti-inflammatory pills.

The rationale for the use of these drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and other NSAID’s) seems logical:

 

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