Scoliosis: A Curve in Your Back

SCOLIOSIS MEANS a curvature of the spine and is more common than you might think. “It comes from the Greek work skilios, for twisted and means an appreciable lateral deviation in the normally straight, vertical spine. Like headaches there are a lot of words used to...

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Why Bother? Too Busy, Too Tired, Too Old, Too Young

Mens sana in corpore sano (a sound mind in a sound body) “A SOUND MIND in a sound body” was the cherished motto of the citizens of Rome, and as long as they lived by it, Rome ruled the world. The decline of the Roman Empire began when its citizens abandoned...

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Bare Your Feet

  HAPPY FEET ARE strong, flexible and pain-free and they take you where you want to go joyfully. There are 26 bones in the human foot, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your...

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Spectatoritis: The Product of Leisure

-itis: a suffix occurring in words that denote an inflammation or disease affecting a given part of the body (appendicitis; bronchitis; phlebitis); also forming nouns, often nonce words, that denote an obsessive state of mind or tendency facetiously compared to a...

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Function Precedes Form

  LONG BEFORE YOU SEE the shoulders round, before the scoliosis and forward head are noticed, before the foot turn-out becomes a hip problem, before the abdominal pouch and sway back begin to tell as back pain… your muscles are doing their thing. Muscles become...

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Why Don’t Americans Exercise?

  According to a recent on line Harvard Health Publishing article, “…exercise can keep you from developing high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and some kinds of cancer.” And it can even “lower your risk of heart disease as effectively as medications.” And with...

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To Sit-Up, Crunch, or Plank, That is the Question

  The pendulum swings, things come and go and come again and it is said that there is nothing new under the sun. And so it is with exercise. You can find a myriad of folk, books and ideas on why you should do an exercise or not do it or why you should do it this...

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Where Did All the Jump Ropes Go?

When I was growing up in the 40s jump ropes were a part of every little girl’s dress code. We wore them around our waists. But along with trees, fields, vacant lots, ponds and brooks, our playground of nature, along with sleds, skates, bikes and hopscotch, the simple...

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