Waiting to Inhale: The Importance of Breathing Properly ?>

Waiting to Inhale: The Importance of Breathing Properly

Breathing is an essential function of life that occurs involuntarily, yet assuming that our breathing process is always efficient is a big misstep with serious consequences. Proper breathing is critical for optimal health, as it rids our bodies of carbon dioxide while providing our systems with vital oxygen. The more efficient this process is, the more effective we are at removing toxins, performing physically and mentally, and reducing pain – yes, PAIN! Normal respiratory mechanics plays a key role in…

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Tips to help ease your lower back pain ?>

Tips to help ease your lower back pain

Do you think all back pain is created equally? With our years of experience, we have come to understand back pain in it’s various forms. And today, we would like to share with you a few quick tips that will allow you to handle the most common back pain. First, allow me to share with you briefly the different types that could exist and then the low back pain that is most common and what you need to do to help…

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Don’t Shrug Off Your Shoulder Pain ?>

Don’t Shrug Off Your Shoulder Pain

Do you suffer from a chronic shoulder pain? Were you told it was a rotator cuff injury? What is a rotator cuff? Let me begin by answering the latter question: the rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles that surround the shoulder joint: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis (SITS). The origins of these muscles are found primarily along the scapula (your shoulder blade), along with 9 other muscles! The scapula is what keeps your arm attached to your body…

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The Science of Somnolence – Why We’ve Been Asleep at the Wheel ?>

The Science of Somnolence – Why We’ve Been Asleep at the Wheel

Sleep is, hands down, THE MOST IMPORTANT recovery tool for the human body. It is often the most overlooked variable as well. In today’s high-octane society, outworking your competition (and often yourself) is the hallmark of success. Sacrificing sleep for this increased work capacity is often a badge of honor amongst high-achievers, “I only need 3 hours of sleep and then I’m good to go”. Prioritizing sleep has developed a sort of stigma associated with laziness. Nobody wants to seem…

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Don’t Let Your Pain Keep You Sidelined ?>

Don’t Let Your Pain Keep You Sidelined

Lets face it – injuries, especially sports-related injuries, are inevitable. Whether it’s a torn rotator cuff muscle suffered while pitching or a sprained knee from ballet dancing, injuries are a part of being active. Rehabilitation, therefore, should also be active.  I missed my entire junior year of football due to a sprained ankle that occurred during pre-season training.  I was told to R.I.C.E and…well, that’s about it. Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate, repeat. Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate, repeat. I was following…

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Hormetic Stress: Optimizing the Human Meat Vehicle ?>

Hormetic Stress: Optimizing the Human Meat Vehicle

Have you ever wondered why it seems like people are getting sick more than they used to? I mean this in the most general terms possible. Has it ever occurred to you that we hear about more and more people coming down with things like autoimmune diseases than ever before? Have you ever wondered why? In grossly simple terms, think about the systems of our body like a muscle. Without challenge or stress, they tend to atrophy, or weaken. For…

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Selecting The Right Running Shoe ?>

Selecting The Right Running Shoe

Running is an excellent way to stay healthy and fit, but it can also be a cause for pain and injury. At Integrated Health Solutions, our doctors help patients by assessing for dysfunctions, analyzing movements and evaluating gait. Aside from the anatomy and kinesiology of running, we also want to help patients by ensuring that they are well equipped for the rigors of running – proper hydration and nutrition, good warm-up and cool-down routines, and the right running shoes. It…

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Sitting vs. Standing: A side-by-side comparison ?>

Sitting vs. Standing: A side-by-side comparison

We have all heard the phrase by now that ‘Sitting is the new Smoking’, but what does this actually mean? Are experts saying that by placing yourself into a chair you might as well be standing with a lit Marlboro 100? In this article, we will examine the relationship between a sedentary lifestyle, and the impact it can have on your overall health (as well as how to intervene and circumvent those negative health consequences). Prolonged periods of inactivity have…

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4 Tips to Help You Start Your Day with More Energy ?>

4 Tips to Help You Start Your Day with More Energy

We all know how important a good night’s sleep is, and hopefully everyone has mastered the art of sleeping by now (you should definitely add that to your resume), but if you still find yourself feeling a little tired throughout the day, there are several things you can do to kick through that drowsy wall. Starting your morning off right is essential to avoid getting tired throughout the day. Here are four tips to make sure you get the most out of…

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5 Ways to Enjoy the Sunlight as the Days Get Shorter ?>

5 Ways to Enjoy the Sunlight as the Days Get Shorter

It’s the last day of summer; pools have closed, white pants are suddenly frowned upon, the already long line at Starbucks has tripled thanks to the pumpkin spice latte (which is great, especially when all you want is a damn tall black coffee that literally just needs poured into a stupid cup no mixing required, but it’s fine…you’ll wait), and the days are getting shorter with less sun for us to absorb. Dealing with shorter days is no easy task; we…

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