Yoga is one of the best ways to help your body stay in shape. In addition to increasing your flexibility, yoga will strengthen your core, improve cardio and circulatory health, and even help improve metabolism, among other benefits. However, with the rewards yoga can provide, there is always the risk of injury. Below we’ve highlighted a few common injuries that can be caused by practicing yoga. Additionally, there are tips on how to help avoid these injuries, as well how to treat them if they do unfortunately occur. Common Yoga Injuries Knee When you hurt your knee during yoga, the… Read More »

Arthroplasty is a surgical procedure to restore functionality of a joint. The most common reasons for joint surgery are Osteoarthritis and injury. Besides the surgeries to repair injuries like a torn ACL, the most common types of joint surgery are hip replacement, knee replacement, and shoulder replacement, though others are performed. Standard options Whether you’ve experienced a tear or just deterioration from medical conditions and years of use, joint surgery involves some level of biological replacement. “Replacement parts” come from the following places: Autograft (from own patient) Allograft (from a cadaver) Xenografts (from animals) Synthetics (biogradable, permanent prostheses, and ligament… Read More »

Swimming is a great low-impact, total body workout that is a great way to stay in shape. However, spending too much time in the pool can have negative effects on your hair and skin. Caused by chlorine and other chemicals, your hair and skin can become dried, damaged, brittle, and in some cases, your hair can even be bleached green. Luckily, these adverse effects are easily avoidable by following these seven prevention steps. Protect Your Hair and Skin Coconut Oil Applying coconut oil to your hair before swimming is a great way to protect it by adding a layer of… Read More »

What’s All the Hype? Obstacle course races (OCR) and mud runs are undeniably special. There’s often a choice of either a challenge or a race mentality – grow in athletic confidence and personal mental development or claim your victory. Frequently, you’ll find an emphasis on teamwork and camaraderie, with opportunities to meet new people. Experience something new close to home or travel – around the country or the globe. There’s something satisfying about getting dirty – literally. For those that aren’t yet the athletes at the level they want to be, the training for these events is motivation to push… Read More »

As a 56-year-old chiropractor involved in competitive swimming for most of my life, I’ve got a pretty unique perspective on aging athletes. I currently race in the 55-59 age group in the Michigan Masters competitive swimming program. Though I would like to say that my musculoskeletal system is free from pain or soreness, the truth is, I’m usually managing some sort of physical ailment. The usual complaints typically revolve around the left side of my neck, left hip-flexor muscle, right elbow, right wrist, the list is ever changing. There is nothing like dealing with injuries and irritation from my daily… Read More »

Sleep is so precious. Getting a good night’s sleep will help you begin your day with energy and excitement. Sleep does, however, provide more than energy and getting rid of those bags under your eyes. Sleep is an important piece of the puzzle that is your overall health. The proper amount of sleep provides your body with essential benefits that are needed, while a lack of sleep can be harmful to your body. Too Little Sleep Not having enough sleep can cause someone a lot worse side effects than yawning and irritability. Memory loss is just one example. While you… Read More »

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