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New Year Motivation: The Importance of Exercise. An excerpt from my new Kindle book....

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EXERCISE IS VITAL Exercise is the undisputed healer and fountain of youth. Exercise improves mental illness, prevents diseases, maintains weight, prevents cancer and increases lifespan. Everyone should exercise most days of the week. Exercise increases energy levels by improving blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain. The muscle benefits of exercise allow the body to support the brain as it stays alert to complete tasks. Fitness and cardiac function is improved, allowing you to have more physical endurance and stamina. There are also many mental energizing benefits of exercise: repetitive and meditative exercise helps to clear and “reset” the brain to allow faster problem solving and better focus. Beginning an exercise program can feel overwhelming. Where do you start? What time of day is best? What type of exercise is best for you? Do you need a trainer? Fortunately, the answers are easy: anywhere, anytime, for as short or long as you like – no trainer necessary. Remember: walking i…

Cancer Rehabilitation: Restoring Quality of Life Through Personalized Health Care Treatments

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Currently “Movember, ” raising awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, and on the heels of Breast Cancer Awareness month, learning about the consequences of cancer and its treatment is timely.While surviving cancer is a tremendous victory, living with potential limitations can be challenging. The statistics suggest that cancer patients are three times more likely to have health, psychosocial and physical impairments.Pain is very common and present in 30% to 90% of survivors.Surgical site scarring, limited joint motion or overall mobility issues can result. Swelling and or weakness secondary to chemotherapy, radiation, or the cancer itself is common.Sometimes side effects of treatment are so problematic and pervasive it is difficult for a patient to be grateful for surviving at all.
Rehabilitationis the process of returning to activity and function after illness or injury. It covers many dimensions including pain management, speech and swallowing, mobility, self-care such as shower…

Braces, straps and tape: what do they do and do they really help?

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The US Open was a prime example of the popularity of taping and straps used by athletes. Many of these elite tennis players displayed support to a vulnerable area:Serena had her ankles taped, Andrescuuworea thigh and wrist strap plus a spiral cord on her forearm, Nadal taped his fingers, Medvedev had athletic tape on his right arm and left leg. Supports, straps and tapes are fascinating to me;I like to imagine what injury lies below.I could not figure out the spiral cord on Andrescuu’s forearm and searched the web for its medical indication;during the finals I giggled when I learned from the commentators it was an extra hair tie she “just liked the feel of.”
In truth, many of these voguish looking applications are worn simply because they feel good, easing the ache of joints and muscles. A sore area can feel supported with tape or straps, allowing the athlete better performance. After repeated wear during successful play, they may become part of the outfit due to psychological depend…

What is Sciatica?

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What is Sciatica? “My sciatica is acting up” is a common phrase.People generally use the word to describe butt pain, back pain or leg pain.To a doctor, sciatica refers to pain travelling down one side of the lower back and or butt down the back of the leg.Sciatica may stop mid hamstring or continue to the calf and foot.The term refers to the path of the sciatic nerve, a large nerve bundle that carries sensory (what you feel) and motor (how you move) nerves down the leg from the lower spine.It is the thickest nerve in the body.
Sciatica is a broad term which does not specify the cause of the pain; rather, it is a description of symptoms.Sciatica can result from any of the following:
A pinched nerve in the spine due to a disc, arthritis, or spine slippage A gluteus or pyriformis (buttock) muscle injury or spasm A hamstring injury A soft tissue injury to the hip such as a labral tear Pressure on the sciatic nerve along its path through the pelvis from any cause
The medical term for sciat…