Guest Article: Four Types of Shin Splints and Their Causes

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4 types of shin splints and their causes

The great thing about French Rugby teams is that they usually play in stadiums that are municipality owned venues that more often than not have a tartan running track around them.

The club I am currently with in the south of France had their stadium built for the USA Track and Field team in preparation for the Barcelona Olympics. To be running on the same track that Dennis Mitchell, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, Gail Devers and Evelyn Ashford ran on is a bit of a buzz.But surprisingly the tartan is also killing my shins.
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Rotator Cuff Problems, Shoulder Impingement or Shoulder Pain? Look to Your Shoulder Blade

To fix your pain problem, you can’t just look at the spot where it hurts – you have to look at the entire integrated movement pattern.

scapulohumeral rhythm

If you have pain or movement limitation of your shoulder, the logical trail leads back to your shoulder blade – the scapula – and the muscles that support it.

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Exercise Changes Pain Modulation in the Brain

“Exercise is the best antidepressant and analgesic that’s ever been invented,” said Dr. Benedict Kolber of the Chronic Pain Research Consortium.

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Proven Link: tension headaches and weak neck muscles

The muscles of the back of the neck have the important job of keeping your head from falling forward. Without them you’d constantly be planting your face in your soup.

The trouble is, today’s jobs require you to spend too much time with your head hanging forward and your eyes glued to the computer screen. That overloads those extensor muscles in the back of the neck. Weakness of these muscles has now been proven to be linked to headache and neck pain.

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My Dog Saved My Life

“Dr. Ron, my dog saved my life,” one of my patients told me recently.

“My chronic pain and fibromyalgia had gotten really bad and I didn’t have the energy to do anything.   I was just about able to drag myself out of bed twice a day to take my dog for a walk.

dog wants to walk

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Don’t Let Your Healing Get Stuck Between Second and Third Gear

Sometimes pain doesn’t go away as you wish it would

Examples include:

  • chronic back pain
  • plantar fasciitis
  • tennis elbow
  • patellofemoral syndrome
  • tight IT band
  • rotator cuff problems
  • tight muscle trigger points any where in the body

Why do these nagging problems persist? Why doesn’t the body heal itself in these circumstances?

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Which Exercise Builds the Most Muscle Mass the Quickest?

Muscles – They’re Not Just for Strength Any More

You need your muscles in order to move and exert strength. But the benefits of building and nourishing muscle tissue go far beyond that. Scientists are piecing together the important role that muscles play in boosting your metabolism, warding off diabetes, protecting you from fractures, and keeping your brain stimulated.

If you want to gain muscle, what exercise helps you do it the quickest?

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My Favorite Hafiz Poem

Cast All Your Votes For Dancing

I know the voice of depression
Still calls to you.

I know those habits that can ruin your life
Still send their invitations.

But you are with the Friend now
And look so much stronger.

You can stay that way
And even bloom!

calvin and hobbes dancing

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions’ beautiful laughter.

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From the sacred hands and glance of your Beloved
And, my dear,
From the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.

Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins
That may buy you just a moment of pleasure,
But then drag you for days
Like a broken man
Behind a farting camel.

You are with the Friend now.
Learn what actions of yours delight Him,
What actions of yours bring freedom
And Love.

Whenever you say God’s name, dear pilgrim,
My ears wish my head was missing
So they could finally kiss each other
And applaud all your nourishing wisdom!

O keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions’ beautiful laughter

And from the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.

Now, sweet one,
Be wise.
Cast all your votes for Dancing!

~ Hafiz ~ 
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A Thought for the Day

The brain evolved to better serve the needs of the body.  Not the other way around.

brain

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I Like Cookies

Actually, I love cookies. I’m considered a bit of an expert (at least within my own family) on the merits of different varieties of chocolate chip, though occasionally I’ll freelance with a brownie or blondie. Or an oatmeal raisin.

Honestly, nearly anything will do in a pinch. I especially like cookies when I’m feeling lonely, depressed, angry, frustrated, anxious, or despondent. Washed down with a cup of dark roast coffee, they cover the entire spectrum of negative emotions.

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