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Tag - Posture

Straighten Out Your Spinal Health

Between the Halloween candy and pumpkin-spiced-everything, October can be a tough month to stay fit. But not everything this month has to be out to spoil your healthy fall -- in fact, October is National Spinal Health Month! So put down your latte and caramel apple, and check out some of our favorite spinal health tips. Maintain a Healthy Bodyweight It’s no secret that your weight has health implications, but did you know that shedding a few pounds could help…

Maintaining Proper Posture As You Age

It is safe to say that good posture can keep you looking youthful as the years go by, but the benefits of maintaining your bone health are much more than skin deep. As we’ve discussed in the past, proper posture can do wonderful things for your body. When you maintain correct posture, your bones, joints, and muscles are at their most efficient. It can boost your confidence, mood and appearance, all of which are closely linked with good mental and…

Flip-Flop Your Footwear for Better Posture

First, let’s just get it out there: We love flip-flops. They’re stylish, casual, and when it’s nice out, it feels great to let your feet enjoy the weather too! Now, the hard truth: Flip-flops and posture just aren’t friends. Those 2-for-$5 specials you might find at variety and convenience stores can be especially hard on your feet and back. Unlike sneakers, flip-flops offer poor support for your arches and heels, and do a pretty bad job absorbing impact as well.…

Why Posture is A Smart Investment

Many employers understand that they should have a vested interest in the health of their workers. By offering benefits like health insurance, sick days, and paid vacation, your boss ensures that you will continue to provide them with quality work at an efficient pace by helping you stay healthy. But the way your workstation is set up can also impact your physical and mental health; proper posture has a profound effect on your productivity and mood at work. For companies…

Why Poor Posture is a Pain in the Neck

There’s a reason why “That’s a pain in the neck!” is a common phrase: Neck pain is not an unusual problem. With the many hours we spend hunched over computers in this day and age, the poor posture that frequently causes neck pain is a national health issue. According to the American Osteopathic Association, more than a quarter of Americans report being affected by neck pain. How Does Poor Posture Cause Neck Pain? Neck pain often worsens over time. This…

Understanding the Human Spine

When people imagine the spine, they often see it as one continuous structure, when in reality, the spine is an incredibly complex grouping of intricate pieces. For people with back pain, it can be difficult to know exactly which piece is causing issues. Back pain doesn’t happen in isolation -- there is always a reason behind it. Whether you’re putting too much stress on a particular part of your back or experiencing muscle pain, it can save you both time…

How to Set Fitness Goals You Can Actually Achieve

With 2015 finally here, fitness enthusiasts and regular folk alike are setting resolutions and goals for the new year. And yes, starting off the year with clear goals that promote good health is a great way to foster a positive mindset and general wellness for the next 12 months and beyond. However, it can be tempting (and very common!) to "overshoot" and set goals that might not be entirely realistic. Completing three triathlons in a year might sound like a…

Why Piriformis Syndrome Is a Pain in the Butt

The piriformis is a muscle in your buttocks, right behind the hip joint, running from your lower back to the outer hip bone. Piriformis syndrome is caused when the muscle and its tendon are too tight and pinch, rub, or tether against the sciatic nerve, causing pain and irritation to the nerve. It also leads to a decrease in blood flow to the area. There are no specific tests that can be done to accurately diagnose the syndrome, which leads…

Can Pilates Alleviate Back Pain?

Pilates is a great low-impact form of exercise. Not only does it increase your core strength and endurance level, but it has also been proven to decrease chronic back pain. Pilates focuses on how our body parts are lined up in relation to each other -- our alignment. These exercises work to improve the strength and flexibility of your body and muscles. It concentrates on the hip and shoulder areas in particular to prevent unnecessary strain on the back. Pilates…

Ankylosing Spondylitis: It’s Not What You Think

Simply speaking, Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory disease that causes some of your vertebrae to fuse together. Classified as a type of Arthritis, this condition isn’t just painful but it can also lead to hunched over posture. The symptoms of AS usually start in your lower back in your lumbar vertebrae. However, the pain can move quickly up your spine, and if your ribs become affected, breathing can become very difficult. Symptoms AS affects men more than women, usually…

Backpack Safety Isn’t Just for Kids

With school back in session, homework and life is beginning to weigh down on kids’ backs. The Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has calculated that carrying a 12-pound backpack to and from school and lifting it 10 times a day for an entire school year puts a cumulative load on youngsters’ bodies of 21,600 pounds — the equivalent of six mid-sized cars. But it’s not just kids: College students and professionals weigh themselves down with heavy backpacks too. It’s extremely…