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The Simple Back Pain Reliever

The Simple Back Pain Reliever When you lift, carry, walk, or run, your shoulders and hips move while the lumbar spine stays stable.  Prolonged sitting, age, and deconditioning can create tight hips/shoulders and a lumbar spine that is unable to hold a stable position.   Much of the mechanical back pain we treat in physical therapy is related to this stability/mobility issue.  A simple exercise that can retrain the neural control necessary to restore this essential movement skill is the bird dog. The bird dog is commonly used in physical therapy and usually poorly performed in the fitness arena.  Three things to keep in mind.  You are moving your arms and legs, but the focus of the drill is keeping the…

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Simple Programming for Sweet Success

Simple Programming for Sweet Success The internet is great in that it gives us access to virtually endless information at the touch of a button or the sound of our voice.  The internet is terrible in that it gives us access to virtually endless information at the touch of a button or the sound of our voice.  Nature dictates that we thrive on limited and simple choices.  In the wilderness, you have a couple of choices of what to eat--you either eat them or starve.  You have limited options for water.  Perhaps a stagnant puddle, a small pond, maybe a running stream or lake.  You drink one or die from dehydration.  During inclement and colder weather, you build some form…

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