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Pose Method Can Help Make Runners Faster And Reduce Risk Of Injury

Pose Method Can Help Make Runners Faster And Reduce Risk Of Injury
Now that summer is in full swing, runners are gearing up for races and triathlons. However, while running is good for overall health, it can put stress on ligaments and joints, which often results in overuse injuries. A recent study by Harvard University showed that up to 75 percent of middle and long distance runners suffer at least one injury in a year. To help runners stay injury-free and increase their speed and endurance, Accelerated Physical Therapy has adopted a new, specialized running program called "Love to Run," which includes utilization of the Pose Method, a technique that teaches runners how to more actively use gravity in order to become more efficient. The Pose Method, recommended by many elite runners, involves pulling feet upward, letting your body fall forward and taking more efficient strides. The Accelerated Pose Method specialists are among a few in the Chicago area trained to teach this...
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Got Bed Bugs?

bed-bugs
Bed bugs are on the rise in New York City, but Control Exterminating has some advice on how to deal with them--no matter where you live. The bed bug exterminator in NYC explains that bed bugs are at epidemic levels in the city this summer and don't appear to be dropping off anytime soon. The company recommends contacting an exterminator at the first sign of bed bugs to get a treatment process started as soon as possible. New Yorkers [or anyone] facing bed bug issues should: Get encasement covers for mattresses and box springs.Put down some mouse-size glue boards to monitor for insects in the apartment; this is a good action to take before resorting to pest control chemicals.Call a reliable pest control exterminator. Getting rid of bedbugs is not a do-it-yourself operation. Extermination is effective usually within 1 to 3 treatments, depending on the infestation levels," explained Barry Kimmel, owner of...
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Bone-Boosting Benefits of Dried Plums

Bone-Boosting Benefits of Dried Plums
Fifty-seven million Americans suffer from low bone density or osteoporosis, a disease which causes bones to become so weak and brittle that even a minor fall or other stresses may cause fractures. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in July examined the mechanism of the bone-protective properties of an unlikely source—California dried plums. To further understand the mechanism by which dried plums (prunes) improve bone health, researchers from San Diego State University and Florida State University used data collected from a previous 12-month clinical trial that compared the bone-protective effects of dried plums and dried apples. Results from this clinical trial confirmed the bone-protective properties of dried plums, and several animal studies have also supported this finding. However, the mechanisms by which dried plums impart their bone-protective properties remain unclear. "While it is difficult to identify the exact mechanism behind dried plums' positive effect on bones, this study...
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Snoring is No Laughing Matter

Snoring is No Laughing Matter
Snoring is not only annoying. but can also can be a sign of more serious health concerns. Stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure can be the result for men and women who suffer from snoring. SleepPath has created a humorous online video connecting how we snore and how we communicate to bring light to a common sleep disorder. “Snoring really is a serious health concern and it is important that consumers understand the symptoms, the risks, and some of the resources available to reduce snoring,” said Nick Carlone, president of SleepPath. “We created a fun video to demonstrate how our snoring affects our appeal to others. In the video story we offer just one of the simple solutions available for people who suffer from snoring.” Snoring can be an indication of sleep apnea, a serious, potentially life-threatening condition marked by cessation of breath lasting 10 or more seconds. When you...
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How to Keep Your Feet Healthy on the Job

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy on the Job
  If you’re like many massage therapists, you spend all day focusing on the fitness and care of your clients. Sometimes your own self-care can slip your mind—especially when it comes to your feet. Tired, sore or swollen feet make a long day feel even longer. Maintain your endurance by following a few simple tips: Check your shoesYou know how important biomechanics are for your clients. Worn-out, unsupportive, ill-fitting shoes are bad for you, too, and can contribute to foot pain and fatigue.Look for shoes with proper arch support, which helps distribute weight evenly when you’re standing all day. Stand firmWhen you’re in a session, plant your feet firmly on the floor and distribute your weight evenly through both feet. Standing on the balls of your feet for prolonged periods of time can aggravate foot pain. How about the floors? Hard floors pose additional challenges to feet and ankles when you’re standing...
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The Fluidity of Bones

The Fluidity of Bones
To complement the article “Fascia: The Matrix Reloaded,” in the July 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. New studies of the microstructure of bone reveals about 2 percent of bone is fluid; a citrate goo that interfaces between the collagen mesh and the nano-platelets of mineral salts. “Surely, by now we know all about bone,” you might think. Actually, one more crack in the old model of biomechanics has just emerged in a study of bone. We know that our skeleton is mostly calcium salts, the stiff mineral apatite we all associate with bone. We know that each individual bone is held in an envelope of collagen, with the periosteum on the outside, the endosteum on the inside, and a very leathery mesh of collagen—the same tensile fiber that makes up your tendons and ligaments—all the way through even the compact part of bone, to tie into the cartilage at either end. The...
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