Muscle Weakness/Motor Cortex

Loss of muscle strength can lead to pain, postural changes and even falls.  Although it has been reported that a muscle’s strength is directly tied to its mass, a university news release indicates that researchers at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine are finding that may not be the case. Results from their […]

Degenerative Arthritis Stiffness

Degenerative Arthritis in the neck region can lead to pain in the arm as well as the neck. Also, motion of the neck is restricted.  It is important to address the increased muscle tone associated with Degenerative Arthritis. This alone can limit range of motion and place added pressure on the cervical discs. Moist heat […]

Getting Out of Shape

How long does it take to get out of shape?  It depends. Generally speaking, it takes longer than you might think.  For someone who works out two to three times a week, it takes two to four weeks of inactivity for there to be a notable change in your conditioning. Regardless of your fitness level […]

Degenerative Disc Disease Types

Degenerative Disc Disease, despite the name, is not a disease but a deterioration of the discs of the spine. It occurs over a period of time, resulting in neck or back pain and other musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms. It is common in adults in their thirties. Types of Degenerative Disc Disease Cervical: affects the neck […]

Missing Steps

Have you ever been walking down steps and missed a step or couldn’t tell where the step was?  This is a common way of falling. Our body uses several systems to help maintain balance. Some of these include sensory which is vision, vestibular (your inner ear) and somatosensory.  Somatosensory refers to receptors in your muscles […]

Cold Weather Activity

Here are some tips for the colder weather. If you are going to be lifting and moving things, working in the yard, or engaging in other forms of exercise, make sure to warm up and stretch before you begin. Start slowly and maintain the right posture as you increase the intensity of exercise over 10-15 […]

Increase Flexibility/Aging

Have you ever noticed how you are stiff and not very flexible when you get out of bed in the morning?  Why does that stiffness go away during the day? By simply using your muscles you increase flexibility.   When you use your muscles to walk or get up out of the chair, your flexibility […]

Common Minor Neck Pain

Neck pain usually involves the muscles of the neck.  A spasm or strain can be the cause of pain. Here are some activities that can influence neck pain: Forward head posture:  Holding your head in a forward position while watching TV, reading, working, or using your computer Sleeping posture:  Sleeping on a pillow that is […]

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 […]