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excercises to improve posture from sitting too long
Summer fun has ended and it is time to get back in gear for the start of the new school year! A little tip to remember when getting back to school is to watch your posture. Prolonged sitting in uncomfortable desks is something that students have not done all summer and now they will begin to sit for hours each day. It is important to try to maintain proper posture while sitting in class to avoid muscle fatigue and research even shows it even improves concentration. My little brother will be a junior this year and has told me that he...
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avoid stiffness and pain on the plane
Many people will travel during the next few months, and whether it is by plane or car there are a few simple tips to remember to avoid body aches and pains, and even life threatening issues. As a physical therapist many patients ask about different ways to avoid low back pain while traveling. A simple answer is a lumbar support, which looks like a small pillow but is curved to support the low back. This can be used by people with or without low back problems and can be small enough to travel with on a plane. There are larger lumbar...

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finding the best fitting workout shoes
Well, it is that time of year again when the kids are back in school and enjoying a bunch of recreational activities. And, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, 85% of people wear running shoes that don't fit.   The Department of Health gives some useful tips for when and how to shop for athletic shoes. First, shop for shoes at the end of the day because your feet can increase up to a half size during a single day due to swelling. The socks that you will be walking or exercising in should be worn when trying on the...
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Spring is on! And, for many people, so is "spring cleaning!" This is the time of year when people feel the need to clean out the humble abode, whether it is sorting through closets or even giving the home a new coat of paint. The hardest part about spring cleaning is getting it all done without tweaking your back or any other body part. Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make it a lot more manageable. For example, set realistic goals, perhaps day by day. Even Martha Stewart says you couldn't possibly get your "spring cleaning" done...
proper fitting to ride a bike
How can you be sure that you are sitting correctly on your bicycle There are quite a few measurements that should be taken to avoid any "bike-fit" injuries. Some posture tips for a comfortable bike ride have to do with handle bar placement and seat height. If the seat height on your bike is too high it will cause your posture to slouch forward, which could cause low back or neck pain. The grip on your handlebars should be relaxed and hand placement should be changed during your ride to avoid muscle fatigue in one position. If you are having pain...

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