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Micro-Exercise: Suited to Your Busy Lifestyle

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The power of micro-exercise is plain to see

Be honest with yourself- are you really too busy to workout? Look at it this way: you can't really afford not to exercise; a compromise has to be struck. Micro-exercise, or micro-workouts, seem to offer the perfect compromise. On the days you are simply too busy to devote an hour to exercise, try to seek out smaller blocks of time. And yes we are talking seriously small: as few as 60 seconds is better than zero. What's more, micro-exercise actually benefits your productivity and boosts well-being, meaning that it makes you more adept at dealing with a full schedule. So how does it work? 

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Yoga for Chronic Sitters

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What does a day's worth of sitting do to your back?

Sit up straight and brace yourself as you read: prolonged sitting is killing you slowly and this is no exaggeration. The human body was not made to sit for prolonged periods of time and as a result, it takes a serious toll on our physical and mental well-being. Here are some of the ways that sitting negatively affects your spine:

  • Damages your spine by increasing downward compression
  • Damages organs and 
  • Compresses your abdomen and interferes with digestion
  • Encourages poor posture which carries over into other positions 
  • Tightens certain muscles and underworks others, leading to muscular imbalance

In the end, sitting is literally taking unquantifiable years off of your life. The solution is to get up and move; in fact, this is the greatest way to stay feeling young. If you are tasked with sitting on a daily basis, make sure you are proactive in fighting the risk factors that come along with it. 

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Lumbar Problems: When the Pain Won't Go Away

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Muscle problems are the most common cause of lower back pain

This rather large category can refer to tangible, definable problems like muscle and tendon strains and ligament sprains to the more nebulous muscle problems that result from years of neglect and mistreatment. Regardless, it goes without saying that your muscles are the main support for your spine- any problems in the musculature are going to directly affect the integrity of your spinal cord; the knock-on effect will come to define the way you feel and function in all activities. Therefore, controlling for muscle problems in the lower back is a signal way of increasing your overall wellbeing.

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Defining Balance for Athletes

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Balance keeps athletes on the winning side of those fine margins 

Whether it be a personal record or the winning point in a team competition, balance is one of the elements that determines athletic success. That is why it surprises us that many athletes forego this opportunity: by choosing not to focus on maintaining and improving balance, you are letting go of a great method for boosting athletic performance. At our office in Ramsey, we focus on helping athletes improve their musculoskeletal balance through education, awareness, and natural modalities. 

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When Dormant Spinal Injuries Resurface

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Have you ever suffered an injury?

Many of us, especially during our younger years, have suffered injuries that seemed of little significance at the time- from a slip and fall, to an injury sustained while playing an aggressive sport like football. And while we can all admit that we more resilient in our younger days, it doesn't change the fact that we never did anything about the injury. It's true that we are more resilient to injury in youth- we are able to process and heal an injury much quicker, sometimes without any medical attention whatsoever. Now the problem is that many of these injuries do cause damage, damage that remains dormant for years- decades even. 

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An Action Plan for Extension Intolerance

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When extending your spine hurts instead of helping

Many people with chronic, compression-based back pain find that extending their spine is the only way they can feel comfortable. But what about those who suffer in an extended position? If this is you, rest assured: you are not in the minority. People who experience discomfort when their spine is extended are likely extension intolerant. Most often, this includes people who spend the majority of their working day on foot: teachers, baristas, athletes, nurses, etc.  

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