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Age-Defying Fitness

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

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If you are looking for a great injury prevention and physical wellness book, I have a recommendation for you. Age-Defying Fitness: Making the Most of Your Body for the Rest of Your Life is written by two well respected physical therapists – Marilyn Moffat and Carole B. Lewis. The book is divided into the “5 domains of fitness”; posture, strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. There are a series of self-tests for every domain followed by exercises and stretches to improve your self-test score. Some of the exercises involve using an therapeutic band, which comes with the book.

I like this book so much that both my mother and mother-in-law each got a copy from me as a gift. Kudos go out to my physical therapy colleagues, Moffat and Lewis, who have put together a media-savvy book that is comprehensive, effective and a great tool for anybody looking to improve their physical well being.

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Back Pain With Driving – Tip #2

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

A lot of people experience back pain AFTER (not during) a stint of driving. Usually this has something to do with the way they are getting out of the car. When you turn and put your left leg on the ground and push off with your right leg to get out, there is a tremendous amount of torque and compressive stress at the knee, hip and sacrum on the right side.

To avoid this problem, try this…when getting out of a car, imagine that you are wearing a very short and tight mini-skirt (come on guys, it’s just pretend!). Swivel both feet out of the car before you get out of the seat. It is a lot easier on your back.

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Back Pain Tip of The Day

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Here is a quick tip for the day. If you are having back pain or hip pain during or after driving, this blog is for you.

When driving, make sure that your seat is up close enough to the steering wheel. If your seat is too far back, you will have to round your spine (slouch) in order to reach the gas peddle. This causes stress on the discs and spinal muscles. Pull your seat up closer to the peddle so that your knee is slightly bent and you can access the gas without straining your back.

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Back in Action

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Well, here we are…It has been OVER one year since I have been able to blog. The reason? It is not that I ran out of things to tell you – never! It was some kind of technical difficulty; I couldn’t log in to write.

So a special thanks goes out to my Techie friend, Johnny, who fixed the problem for me. I am now back in action and ready to talk about all things wellness, physical therapy and pain prevention.

First, let me say that during my year of blog hiatus due to technical difficulties, I was busy shopping around for a distribution company for my KNEE PAIN DVD. I am happy to report that, as of December 2008, my DVD will be in stores and will be distributed by GAIAM. It will be available for purchase on this website as well as anywhere GAIAM sells DVDs (Amazon, Barns and Noble etc…). I am really happy with the way the DVD turned out and I think it will help a lot of you out there who have been contacting me about your chronic knee pain.

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