Healthy Knee II

Because the knee is a large weight bearing joint it can encounter injuries and pain.  Previously we reviewed the importance of muscle strength and knee range of motion. The way you walk is also important to maintaining a healthy knee.  If you walk with too long of a stride or with your knee in excessive […]

Fall Risk

The fear of falling is the number one reason for decreased mobility in the aging population.  The fear of falling is difficult to overcome, but can be eliminated with proper activities and encouragement. Who is at risk for a fall?  The strongest predictor for falling at a later time is already having fallen. Other risk […]

Heart Healthy Diet

A heart healthy diet means following a menu comprised mostly of plant-based foods. This means eating raw and cooked vegetables of every description, along with fresh fruit, whole grains and beans.  Some experts believe you must eat a strictly vegetarian diet, but some cardiologists have gotten very good results by being a little more relaxed, […]

Congenital Deformities

A Congenital Deformity (one that is acquired at birth) can be significant or significantly mild.  This type of deformity can be fairly common. Some estimate that only about one in five individuals have a completely normal back consisting of a normal spinal column when viewed by X-Ray or other radiographic procedures. The majority of congenital […]

Cholesterol/Triglycerides

Some factors for heart disease include elevated cholesterol and triglycerides: Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in the fats (lipids) carried in your bloodstream. Your body actually needs a certain amount of cholesterol to build healthy cells.  However, too much cholesterol in your blood results in fatty deposits of plaque that can clog your coronary […]

Heart Rate

You check your heart rate after an activity.  What does heart rate really indicate? Remember, Your heart is a pump.  It pumps blood to all parts of your body. The heart contracts with each beat so the number of times your heart beats in a minute is your heart rate. When you increase physical activity […]

Healthy Knee

Although the knee is a large joint and made up mainly of two large bones, it is an area of the body that is involved in a good deal of pain and injury. General guidelines to maintaining a healthy knee include: Good muscle balance and strength.  This includes the muscles on the inside part and […]

Happiness

Abe Lincoln once said “Most people are as happy as they make their mind up to be”  Why be happy? The Field of Psychology finds that happiness is linked with health outcomes.  Happiness correlates with well-being and successful stress management.  Bad stress takes its toll on our bodies.  Chronic stress has been found to be related […]

Chomdromalacia Patella

Running injuries occur with over training, improper warm-up or stretching, poor running mechanics, or from a previous injury which causes muscle weakness.  Most of these injuries can be avoided.  For instance, Chomdromalacia Patella is a condition affecting the cartilage of the underside of the kneecap.  It can be caused from a microtrauma from repeated bending […]