Are you shrinking?

Are you shrinking?

Seems everyone is complaining that they are losing height these days. It’s very common to hear someone say “ I used to be 5'10'' but now I’m 5'8''. How does this happen in life? Is it preventable? The answer is ‘yes’. Shrinking, or height loss is due primarily to one...

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Get a Better Brain For The Holidays

Get a Better Brain For The Holidays

The holidays can add stress in many ways. That stress leads to fatigue and in turn to a feeling of brain fog. You might experience difficulty concentrating or even frequent headaches. These symptoms can be the result of Dehydration Decreased Blood Circulation Shallow...

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VIDEO: Breathing and Weight Loss

VIDEO: Breathing and Weight Loss

Life can be stressful. When it is, we respond by becoming ‘shallow breathers’ taking short shallow breaths without filling up the entire lung and chest cavity. We breathe using just a portion of our full lung capacity. We do this unconsciously in response to stress or...

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Exercises That Age You

Exercises That Age You

As a therapist I see many types of injuries that are associated with regular exercise classes which incorporate movements that are unusually stressful to a joint. In this series, La Mesa Rehab identifies several exercises that age you faster than you realize. They can...

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Your Aching Knees

Your Aching Knees

At some time in your life you may have experienced knee pain. Maybe you played high impact sports in your life? Or you are a weekend warrior? Maybe you have had a knee injury or surgery? Or do you just feel stiffness in your knees when you wake up in the morning?...

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How to Reduce Stress in Your Body

How to Reduce Stress in Your Body

We all have stress in our lives. Whether it comes from work, family or the challenges of life, stress not only effects the well-being of our mind, but the well-being of our body. How many times have you put off taking a walk, or participated in any exercise because...

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How Your Posture Affects Your Brain

How Your Posture Affects Your Brain

You may be aware of the health risks of bad posture such as height loss, arthritis, disc bulging and herniations in the spine, just to name a few. So the health benefits of good posture to your body should be clear. But are you aware of the benefits to your brain from...

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Sciatica Pain and Relief

Sciatica Pain and Relief

Your story might begin like this: One day you feel some pain in your lower back. You ignore it and attribute it to something you did earlier in the week, or earlier in your life. And then one day the pain moves and travels down and across your buttocks. Another week...

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Are You Dizzy?

Are You Dizzy?

Vertigo? Dizziness? Have you ever gotten up out of bed with a sudden onset of dizziness? Do you feel as if the room is spinning? Does it last just a few seconds or a few minutes? If you experience these symptoms, you most likely have what is called “BPPV: Benign...

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How Long Will You Live Test

How Long Will You Live Test

A Brazilian doctor invented a Sitting Rising Test (SRT) which he says can predict your risk of dying in the next five years. I maintain as a Physical Therapist, that your ability to perform this test successfully depends on the strength of your glutes which is why my...

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Are Your Workouts Aging You?

Are Your Workouts Aging You?

Are Your Workouts Aging You? Part one of a three part series on exercises that age you. The average health club offers more options in exercise classes, personal training and even equipment more than ever before. Our options are seemingly unlimited as to how we want...

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Sitting is the New Smoking

Sitting is the New Smoking

Everyday, you do the one seemingly innocent thing that is hazardous to your health and creates weakness in your body more than anything else… SITTING. You sit at your desk, in your car, on your sofa watching tv, in a movie for 2-3 hours: lots of time in your life is...

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Benefits of DVDs for Seniors

Benefits of DVDs for Seniors

A study published in the Journals of Gerontology has illustrated that home-based DVD exercise programs have significant benefit for seniors in improving strength, balance and gait; preventing and possibly reversing decline. But not all DVDs are created alike. The...

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