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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