Healthline Blogs

  • Thank You Canadian Medicine Grand Rounds

    Thank you to the blog canadianmedicine for including my post How Much Inward Curve Space Should There Be In The Lower Back? in this week's edition of Grand Rounds.On the web, Grand Rounds is a collection of the best on-line medical posts from the ...

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  • Surgery for Knee Arthritis, Meniscus, Not Needed To Stop Pain, Restore Function

    Good news. If you don't like or want knee surgery for most arthritis or meniscus injury, you don't have to have it. Lack of need for surgery has been demonstrated over many years in rehabilitation populations, and in a mostly ignored older clinica...

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  • What is Neutral Spine and Why Does Sticking Out In Back Harm?

    "Neutral spine" is an often-used phrase in exercise and back pain rehab. What does your spine have to do to be neutral? What does it matter?In general, (this interesting topic can be involved) think of a line through the crest of your hipbone from...

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  • Fast Fitness - Figuring Heart Rate Training Range

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - How to know what heart rate will give you a cardiovascular training effect.Several formulas calculate exact heart ranges and "target heart rates." There are a variety of commercial (expensive) heart rate monitors. Arg...

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  • Thai Boxing

    Meet your new training partner. This is not box-aerobics. This is Muay Thai, which means Thai boxing. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. It is the devastating "Art of eight limbs" using two fists, two feet, two elbows, and two knees. Mua...

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  • Fast Fitness - Balance Contest!

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - another contest! Do you know what constitutes ability in balance as a lifestyle? Tell us!On the urging of reader Mr. Georges Nakhlé, I started the Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine (AFEM) to train people in heal...

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  • If Better Abdominal Muscles Are Your New Year's Resolution, Try This

    Readers have been writing to ask about the conflicting reports in fitness magazines on how often you should work your abs. Some sources cite research studies saying you should rest between resistance training. Other articles say to exercise them e...

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  • Throw a Stronger Punch (or Push a Car or Stroller) Using This Back Pain Reduction Technique

    My Tuesday night martial arts students had another good class tonight. At the beginning of class, I showed them how to greatly strengthen their punch using a technique that also stops a common cause of lower back pain.The reason both benefits occu...

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  • Arch Support Is Not From Shoes

    The previous article showed how the best ankle support comes from your own ankle, leg, and foot muscles. Pronation (flat, sagging arches) is rarely just the way your feet are made, or something you can't prevent. Usually it is a slouching posture,...

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  • How Doctors Help Patients With Fitness Fixer

    Medical doctors write frequently that they fix pain for themselves and their patients with Fitness Fixer. Dr Clara Hsu, M.D., Board-certified family medicine physician writes:"When I was in medical school, no one explained the mechanics of back pa...

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M.Ed, PhD, FAWM

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

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