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By | July 5th, 2015|Categories: Healthy Posture|

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“Most Important Mineral in the Body”?

By | April 27th, 2015|Categories: Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Relaxation|

Do you suffer from leg cramps, back or neck pain, fatigue, or tension headaches? These are some of the symptoms that can be caused by magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms include muscle twitches, constipation, and even “numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms”(1). Some health practitioners believe that 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium. Doctors generally don’t test for levels of magnesium, so you aren’t likely to know if you are deficient. Why is it important? Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, states that magnesium is the most important mineral in the body(2). [...]

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Texting Can Hurt Your Neck

By | February 13th, 2015|Categories: 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 | January 7th, 2015|Categories: Back Pain, Nutrition|Tags: |

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 | December 4th, 2014|Categories: Back Pain, Exercise, Healthy Posture, Videos|Tags: |

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 | November 6th, 2014|Categories: 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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