The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • How Doctors Use The Wall Stand

    A reader wrote in that he tried the "wall test" done by standing with your back against a wall. The wall test is a quick general assessment to see if you can comfortably stand up straight, and if not, where the tightness exists that prevents it. T...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds

    Thank you Dr. Bongi, for hosting Grand Rounds on New Years Day on his site Other things amanzi. Bongi is a surgeon in Mpumalanga, South Africa.Hi chose my post Grate Christmas as one of the best medical posts of the week, saying,"jolie bookspan ch...

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  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery Unnecessary

    After injury to the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee (ACL) it is common to be told that surgery is the only way to restore function. Is it?Ninety percent of ACL injuries in the U.S. are treated with surgical reconstruction. A study reported ...

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  • Fast Fitness - Balance, Strength, Stretch, and Socks

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness with a new debut - web movies!Fitness Fixer reader David D of Belgium has been making us many helpful mpegs. This one shows how to get several important physical skills and daily built-in fitness as a lifestyle by simp...

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  • Disc Pain - Not a Mystery, Easy to Fix

    Discs are tough cushions between your spine bones (left-hand drawing). They are living parts of your body. When you bend forward, the front of your vertebrae (back bones) squeeze closer together. The space between the back of each vertebrae opens....

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  • Fast Fitness - Develop Ankle Stability Sense While Stretching

    Here is Fast Friday Fitness - prevent a common source of overstretched lateral ankle ligament, which is one contributor to repeated sprains - turning the ankle when stretching:When you stretch your hip and legs, or sit cross legged or in yoga pose...

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  • Fast Fitness - Prevent Wrist Pain During Pushups and Cooking

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - Learn to use strength and good joint positioning instead of compressing the wrist joint during activities that put weight on a bent wrist.Good positioning and strength is more effective than splinting wrists straight...

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  • How To Treat Ankle Sprains and Prevent Them

    The post Which Shoes Help Exercise, Fall Prevention, and Ankles? showed why you don't need high top shoes, or arch supports, or orthotics to prevent your arches and ankles from sagging inward (pronation, arch flattening, or flat feet). You can qui...

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  • Surfer's Myelopathy

    I have received urgent inquires from physicians and reporters after an ABC news report came out on surfer's myelopathy - lower body paralysis occurring shortly after surfing.The main suspected mechanism is standing or lying for long periods with ...

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  • Teen Dies After Using Muscle Soreness Rub

    A New York teen cross-country runner is reported to have died after using large quantities of a muscle soreness rub. According to various news stories, the medical examiner concluded she died after using too much Bengay cream containing methyl sal...

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About the Author


M.Ed, PhD, FAWM

Dr. Bookspan is an award-winning scientist whose goal is to make exercise easier and healthier.

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