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.

pill bottle

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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