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Benefits of Physical Therapy for Lupus Patients

Benefits of Physical Therapy for Lupus Patients

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) is a chronic, autoimmune inflammatory disease that can affect almost any organ system in the body. It most often develops in women during their childbearing years. Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but treatment can reduce symptoms. These frequently occur in a cycle of flare-ups and remissions. BecauseContinue Reading »

Gaining Weight After Losing Weight

Gaining Weight After Losing Weight

As if dieting were not frustrating enough, new research shows that we are practically guaranteed to gain the weight back after engaging in calorie-restricting diets. In fact, 80% of dieters on a range of diet plans regained the weight they had lost within a year. In the past, we have been quick to blame ourContinue Reading »

What are the risks of anti-inflammatory use?

What are the risks of anti-inflammatory use?

Often patients ask me about what the “down side” is of taking over the counter or prescription anti-inflammatories. Most of these drugs have the following risks: Delayed wound healing Gastrointestinal Bleeds Hemmoraghic Occurrences Renal and Liver Toxicity Edema, Nausea Central Nervous System dizziness, stupor, tinnitus Most of our physicians when recommending non-steroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs) willContinue Reading »

Improve Your Golf Game This Winter

Improve Your Golf Game This Winter

When the winter winds blow and snow covers the ground, it may be hard to think about your golf game. However, keeping yourself in condition during your sport’s off-months helps prevent “weekend warrior” syndrome—incurring injuries when you play overzealously at the beginning of the season. And the strategies we will create can make your gameContinue Reading »

Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check

Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check

To lower the risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, public health officials have urged Americans to reduce their salt intake. In addition to modifying your diet, however, a sensible exercise program is essential to control hypertension. Significant evidence reveals that moderate exercise for as little as 30 minutes a day may lower blood pressure moreContinue Reading »

Don’t Let Pain Cramp Your Style

Don’t Let Pain Cramp Your Style

Significant pain affects many of us. In fact, at one or more points in their lives, about 45% of Americans will experience such persistent pain that they will seek treatment. Pain is the most frequent reason medical care is sought and the number one cause of lost productivity in the workplace, costing employers $80 billionContinue Reading »

Raise Testosterone with Exercise

Raise Testosterone with Exercise

Low testosterone in men can cause a host of symptoms, from fatigue and depression to lowered libido and erectile dysfunction. In some cases, however, a man can test positive for low (or “low normal”) levels of testosterone in the blood (also known as “low T”) without experiencing any symptoms. In these cases, is it smartContinue Reading »

Stretching and Strength-training for Safer Soccer

Stretching and Strength-training for Safer Soccer

While any athletic activity has an inherent risk of injury, soccer has traditionally been considered less dangerous than, say, American football, hockey and lacrosse. Significant tragic events in soccer usually involve the goalposts; either the player hits the post or a faulty goalpost lands on a player.Fortunately, these events are extremely rare. Still, some dangersContinue Reading »

Does Running Form Affect Rate of Injuries?

Does Running Form Affect Rate of Injuries?

A recent article highlighted in the New York Times discussed a study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise .  It looked at the incidence of injuries  among runners who favor heel striking compared to forefoot striking.  Apparently they indicated a two fold increase in heel strikers rates of injury when examining aContinue Reading »

Viniyoga- Yoga that Adapts

Viniyoga- Yoga that Adapts

There has been a plethora of feedback to the article in the New York Times  “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body”. To clarify my view on yoga:Yoga can be extremely beneficial when monitored and done correctly (F.Y.I.  I do yoga myself!)Certain poses place the spine in positions that are high risk with particular spinal disordersNo painContinue Reading »

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