Prevention

The Importance of Choosing the Right Shoe

Wearing the proper shoes during exercise is extremely important. When our foot hits the ground, the mechanics that follow can determine how our joints and tissues are loaded.  As a result, it could be a contributing factor to pain or injury. However, finding that right shoe can sometimes be a confusing process. Here are a few things to consider:

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Pec Tightness

The main muscles of the chest are called pectorals. There are two muscles that make the pectorals, pectoralis major and pectoralis minor. Pec major is the larger muscle that originates from the sternum and upper ribs and inserts to the upper arm bone. The pec minor is smaller and lies deep to the pec major, it originates from the upper ribs and inserts into the top of the shoulder blade.

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The Importance of The Hip Hinge

The hip hinge is an excellent exercise to transition into more functional movements like squatting, deadlifting, or picking anything up from the ground. It targets the posterior chain, or the muscles on the backside of the body which include the glutes, hamstrings, and erecter spinae (low back).

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The Effect Of Forward Head Posture On The Neck

You know that little neck movement you make when you’re about to say “DUH” to someone? Or ever feel like your eyes are about 6 inches from the computer screen and the only way to see the words is to keep moving your head closer? Then after a while of holding that position, you start to get all stiff and sore around your neck? If you know what I’m talking about, you’ve felt the strain this position puts on your neck. This is known as forward head posture and can contribute to neck pain, headaches, pain between the shoulder blades, shoulder pain, and more.

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Slouching Affects More Than Just Your Back!

I think we can all agree that the longer we sit at work, in the classroom, or in front of a TV we tend to find ourselves slouched and slumped over, especially towards the end of the day. We all do it, if someone tells you they never have bad posture, they’re lying! Everyone knows that slouching and poor posture can lead to backaches and pains, but there are other lesser-known consequences that can develop as a result of this. Many of these can be avoided by developing good habits!

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Ergonomic Tips For Desk Work

Prolonged use of a computer keyboard, mouse, and/or laptop can lead to nagging muscle aches and pains over time. Along with that, nerves can become compressed and irritated. When that happens, radiating pain may be felt down the arm into the fingers or down the leg into the toes. It’s important to note that these aches and pains don’t suddenly develop overnight. They are the result of sustained postures and positions repeated for weeks, months, or even years!

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