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Tag - RecoveryAid

Guide to the Biggest U.S. Marathons

Running a marathon is about more than just crossing the finish line. Training for a 26.2-mile run can help increase your endurance, strengthen your heart, and build muscle. The training process can also reduce stress by producing endorphins. The experience of training and completing a marathon simply can’t be beat: not only will you get in great shape, but it can also be an opportunity to support a charity, get out of your comfort zone, make friends, and inspire your…

Tips for Race Day

Training for a race takes a lot of time, but all your efforts can disappear in the days leading up to the event if you don’t maintain your commitment level. You must prepare yourself for races and even a casual 5K both mentally and physically. Invite your friends and family to come cheer you on at the race, as you’ll need a good support team to give you something to look forward to at the end of the race --…

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…

Roads Hurting Your Knees and Back? Try an Elliptical Trainer.

While streets and roads can offer consistent flat surfaces for running, they’re not great for your body. Constantly running outside or even on treadmills can lead to anterior knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures. Elliptical training is a low-impact exercise that can help alleviate back pain. Ellipticals have pedals suspended off the ground that move in an oval motion. These pedals help simulate walking, running, stair-stepping, and even cross-country skiing, but without the impact on your joints. Most ellipticals have varying incline…

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…

Can A Chiropractor Help My Back Pain?

Have you tried almost everything to fix your back pain? If so, you may benefit from seeing a chiropractor. The chiropractic profession has gone through quite the revolution since its inception back in the late 1800s. Today, it is seen as a legitimate form of medical care, with over 22 million visits to a chiropractor every year in the U.S. Role of a Chiropractor A chiropractor is a healthcare professional that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders.…

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…

How to Prevent Back Pain When Golfing

Golf is a fun and relaxing sport that requires time, patience, and skill. It is one of America’s all time favorite sports and you don’t necessarily even have to be good at it to go out, walk 18 holes, and have a great time--it’s also great exercise. However, there are injury risks in golf just like in any other sport. The most common golf injuries are muscle strains and disc injuries.  Most recently we have seen a large amount of…

Avoiding Injury While Lifting Heavy Objects

Although we’d love if it were the case, there’s no way to live your daily life while avoiding any potential strain on your back. Be it at work, at home, or anywhere in between, sometimes you have to lift heavy objects. And yes, your back plays a large role in stabilizing your body when doing so. But by understanding how your body’s positioning affects your biomechanics when lifting, you can reduce your risk of a back strain or a more…

Celebrating an Honor and Looking Ahead

Pittsburgh is rapidly becoming a hotbed for the biomedical sciences and innovation--there’s a reason why some of the world’s most novel medical solutions come out of Western PA and that the President continues to make Pittsburgh a stop on his nationwide tech tours. Pittsburgh is packed with great science and business minds--and that’s just one reason we're thrilled that our CEO and founder, Kelly Collier, has been named the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Western Pennsylvania Small…

In Recovery, Compression Makes an Impression

One of the distinguishing characteristics of our posture-training shirt is the way it hugs the user’s body. While many traditional spine braces are made of hard components that force your body into the “ideal” posture, ActivAided comfortably, naturally trains your body into better posture--equipped with scapular correction straps, an abdominal engagement system, and a lumbar stabilization belt, the shirt gently activates your core, relieves pressure on the spine, and encourages good posture. And that’s one of the ways ActivAided differs from traditional back…