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Is It Plantar Fasciitis?

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That stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot near the heel usually indicates the common running injury plantar fasciitis. The pain is usually worst with the first few steps after getting out of bed, although it can occur after long periods of standing or getting up from a seated...

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Are you having Shoulder Pain?

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The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and mobility comes at the price of stability. Active sports like golf, tennis, and weight training incur shoulder injuries at a higher rate. Rotator cuff injuries are just one of more than a dozen separate problems that can affect the...

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Foot Drills

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Adapted from original by Dr. Russ Ebbets, DC Running is a ground contact sport. The foot must sustain 7x the body weight while running and up to 20x body weight in jumping activities. This micro trauma, repeated thousands of times, can lead to overuse injuries. According to the Rice study...

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Marathon/Half-Marathon Injuries: Part I

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Participating in a marathon is the ultimate goal for runners. These events are strenuous, however, and the training to prepare for them can be even more grueling. It isn't uncommon for runners to experience a host of nagging injuries that can derail their plans for participating in a marathon or...

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3 Easy Stretches to Strengthen your Back

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Stretching minimizesback pain and prevents imbalances throughout your musculoskeletal system. Knees to Chest Lie on your back and bring both knees up toward your chest. Gently pull your knees up to your chest. Breathe deep hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat 10-15 times. Side Knee Stretch Lie on your...

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Low Back Pain: Ice or Heat?

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Should you apply cold or heat to treat lower back pain? Cold packs reduce swelling and inflammation, and help reduce pain. Although most muscle injuries respond well to alternating heat and cold, back pain may respond better to heat1. The best solution is what works best for you. Try using...

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Lower Back Pain

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Eighty percent of people will experience back pain at some point. Everything from lifting too much weight to twisting in the wrong direction can lead to injury, muscle spasm, and disability in the low back. Active individuals, like runners and weight lifters, are at particular risk of sustaining low back...

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Nutrition Before & After Training

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Proper nourishment before and after exercising helps you get the most out of your workout and prevent injury. How much protein and carbs does a runner need? Protein Protein needs for athletes is essential for muscle and tissue repair, muscle growth and regulation of metabolism. A long distance runner needs...

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Thigh Stretches

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Leg cramps occur for many reasons, but most the common cause is dehydration. In any case, here are two easy stretches for your upper leg from MedlinePlus.gov. Quadricep Stretch The quadricep is the front thigh muscle. To alleviate a cramp rub the muscle to relax it. Hold onto support while...

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Leg Pain & Cramping

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Overuse and injury are the most common cause of leg pain. Both lead to the formation of scar tissue which causes pain, inflammation by impinging nerves, constricting blood vessels (impeding the flow of nutrients and removal of wastes), and causing adhesions (scars between two surfaces) that limit movement. Even moderate...

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