Why Cracking Your Joints Isn't Bad, But Something Else Is

There’s confusion as to whether cracking your joints is bad for you. Some think it may lead to Arthritis, some don’t. Clinically there are some interesting things to consider when discussing joint-cracking, one of which is vitally important. So click through to find out whether cracking your joints is bad, and what may be the most important thing to consider going forward.

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Alex Goldenring
Are Your Headaches Neck-Related?

Headaches can be a debilitating issue. Frustratingly, they can also be hard to understand. Clinically, a large proportion of headaches (and migraines) are neck-related. The result of overloaded and irritated tissue, neck-related headaches can be treated and solved quite thoroughly - if you know where to look and what to look for. Here is what’s important to understand.

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Alex Goldenring
Are the Heels on Our Shoes Bad for Us?

We wear shoes every day. But how often do you stop and think about their impact on your physical health and function? With modern footwear heavily effected by our thirst for technology, we can easily loose sight of what’s important for our feet - a category thick heels may not belong. Read on as we discuss why shoes with any heel might be doing you a huge disservice. All without you even realizing.

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Myth: No Pain, No Gain

Nike’s evergreen “No Pain, No Gain” slogan is well known to all. But has it blurred the lines of what’s acceptable to tolerate during exercise? We take a quick look at why “No Pain, No Gain” is a noble mindset to have but one that ultimately leaves us open to injury and dysfunction.

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You Should Be Fit To Run, Not Run To Get Fit

I was at a conference a few weeks ago titled the science of running and the above quote “you have to be fit to run and you should not run to get fit” really stood out to me.  Many times we have been inactive for many months, even years, and decide to “get fit”. So we decide to start running to get back into shape. This, in my opinion, is a very dangerous idea…

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Alex Goldenring
Foam Roller Stretches

I have found foam roller stretches to be a great way to improve soft tissue mobility, improve muscle flexibility, and prevent injury. As we age we lose elasticity and mobility in our joints and connective tissue. This can result in muscle imbalances and when the body is subject to perform a high level activity (running, cycling, hiking, swimming, ect…) you may start to change your movement patterns….

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Alex Goldenring
Picking the Right Running Shoes

How many of you out there are running in shoes that are not comfortable? Many times I have gone to a running store where they have measured my foot length/width then had me stand on a force plate to measure my weight distribution and arch type.  Following their recommendation I purchased the shoes and went for a run.  While running I realized that the shoe wasn’t that comfortable but I figured I had to “break them in”.  Does this sound familiar to anyone?….  

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Alex Goldenring
Athlete Super Foods!

These are just some of the many beneficial foods that help aid in overall performance, immune health and recovery for athletes.  

Sweet potatoes - A great starchy vegetable, loaded with carbohydrate your body and brain’s favorite energy source. High in anti-oxidants like beta-carotene, vitamins C and E are all helpful in combating free radical damage that occurs during exercise and aids in muscle  recovery. High in iron, that is vital in oxygen transport to the muscles….

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Alex Goldenring
Are You Stretching Properly?

What is your goal when performing a stretching routine?  Are you wishing to increase range of motion or warm up before activity?

There are many modes of stretching out there and a purpose behind each one.  A few that you may have heard of include static, passive, dynamic, ballistic, and PNF.  The one I will be discussing in this article is dynamic….  

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Alex Goldenring
Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday

We all have unique lifestyles, traditions and health concerns. Not to mention tastes! So if you're ready to eat right, don't settle for a one-size-fits-all fad diet. March is National Nutrition Month®, and this year's "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day" theme highlights that building a personalized eating plan is key to improved health. Set yourself up for success by working with a registered dietitian to build an eating plan tailored just for you…

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Alex Goldenring
Cyclists With Hip Pain

When treating the cyclist, I often run across reports of anterior hip pain.  That is usually described as pain in the front of the hip or groin region.  The pain behavior usually follows a pattern of increase in symptoms with prolonged sitting, cycling, or a motion described as bringing the knee up towards the chest.  There are a number of structures that may be involved when one of my patients describes this type of pain and this pain pattern…

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