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Reduce Inflammation’s Effect on Your Joints

By | 2017-08-09T19:27:40+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Arthritis, Back Pain, Neck pain, Nutrition, Shoulders, Wrists|

Do you suffer from arthritis pain? Over 30 million Americans struggle with this condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control.* I’ve written a couple articles about osteoarthritis in past issues, and here I’ll go over some ways that nutrition can influence arthritis symptoms. One issue to consider is food allergies.  Food allergies or food sensitivities can lead to joint pain, whether or not you have arthritis. A good way to check if you have an issue with certain foods is to do an elimination diet. You can find some information about cleansing diets here: https://www.baumancollege.org/diet-direction/ Dr. Josh Axe states, [...]

Is Tucking the Pelvis Healthy?

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:23+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Shoulders, Sitting Posture, Standing|

I just read an article on Shape Magazine’s website called “Hold Up – Is the Barre Tuck Actually Bad for You?” The article talks about the “barre tuck” done in barre fitness classes. I haven’t been to a barre class, but I’ve been to many dance classes before (when I was a Flamenco dancer) where we were told to tuck the pelvis under.  It was considered to improve our posture and our dance technique. What I’ve since learned about posture, after studying with Jean Couch of the Balance Center in Palo Alto, is that it actually does neither. I followed [...]

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How to Choose a Yoga Class if You Have Back Pain (part 2)

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Yoga|

In my last article, I wrote about some of the different styles of yoga that you can choose from, with an emphasis on those who have back pain or want to prevent it. Now I'll cover some other things to think about to make sure you and your back stay safe and healthy. CHOOSING A CLASS If your doctor or physical therapist warned you against yoga, it may be that they are more familiar with the more vigorous styles of yoga (see the Part 1 article), or that they are seeing patients/clients coming in with injuries from yoga. Just because [...]

How to Choose a Yoga Class if You Have Back Pain (part 1)

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 July 2nd, 2016|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Yoga|

With so many different styles of yoga available these days – everything from “hot yoga” to “power yoga” to “naked yoga” (I’m not making this up!) – how do you choose the right style for yourself, especially if you have back pain? In this month’s article, I’ll go over some of the styles of yoga that are out there. In the next issue, I’ll cover some other things to consider when looking for a yoga class that won't hurt your back. Though yoga is known for its many health benefits, from improving strength and flexibility to reducing stress, you can [...]

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Texting Can Hurt Your Neck

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 February 13th, 2015|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Neck pain, Proper Computer Posture, Technology|

A recent study that appeared in the journal Surgical Technology International showed that the common use of cell phones can be damaging to your upper spine. It’s how you use the phones that is the problem here – in other words, your posture. The average human head weighs 10-12 pounds. When the head sits right on top of the spine, there’s no problem. Yet whose head is in that position today? It’s rare in industrialized countries to find that kind of healthy alignment, except in young children and immigrants from less industrialized parts of the world. When you tilt your [...]

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A Hidden Cause of Joint Pain

By | 2015-06-10T14:47:33+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Back Pain, Nutrition|

You probably know how important I believe posture is in preventing or eliminating back and joint pain. It makes a huge difference and is something that you have control over, so practicing Balanced posture can dramatically affect your levels of pain and tension. […]

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Are You Passionate About Your Health?

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Back Pain, Exercise, Healthy Posture, Videos|

Around 1990 I began to hear Flamenco-influenced music on the radio by musicians like Ottmar Leibert, Strunz & Farah, and the Gipsy Kings. I loved the music and really wanted to dance to it, but I didn’t know how. When I saw my first Flamenco show I knew I was ready to dive in immediately. Flamenco became my passion from 1991 until around 2000, when I retired from performing and teaching. I know very talented Flamenco dancers that have had to give up dancing due to back or neck pain. This is too bad, but isn’t surprising considering the typical [...]

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Yoga You Can Do in Bed, part 2

By | 2014-11-06T14:48:50+00:00 November 6th, 2014|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sleeping Posture, Yoga|

Last month I talked about how doing yoga poses in bed can help you to relax and have a more restful and relaxed sleep. Morning or evening stretches in bed can also help you reduce pain and arise without stiffness. I do one stretch every night before I go to sleep (the “Crescent” stretch described below). Crescent Pose I learned this stretch from Jean Couch, director of the Balance Center in Palo Alto, CA (www.balancecenter.com).  A few years ago I was noticing pain in the side of my hip while sleeping on my side. It was getting worse, and one [...]

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Yoga You Can Do in Bed

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 September 15th, 2014|Back Pain, Relaxation, Yoga|

A new mattress company called Casper (caspersleep.com/mattresses) contacted me looking for examples of yoga poses you can do in bed. So here are some for you to check out! Though it's generally easier to maintain healthy alignment doing yoga on a flat surface with a sticky mat, you can also get benefits from doing some yoga in bed. Are there reasons to expand your repertoire of stretches to some done in the comfort of your own bed? What are the Benefits? Doing a before-bed stretch could help you relax and get to sleep more easily, and maybe have a more [...]

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Get Relief from Tailbone Pain

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 August 20th, 2014|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

Do you find after sitting for long periods that your tailbone is achy or sore? Coccyx or tailbone pain, or "coccydynia" is less common than low back pain, but can be very painful and annoying. I've experienced this, and have found that posture has a huge impact on the level of pain in this area. Where is your coccyx, or tailbone? Your coccyx or tailbone is a small bony section at the bottom of the spine. It's normally composed of 3-5 segments which are usually fused, and it's attached to your sacrum, which is the most posterior (rear) part of [...]

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