September is Healthy Aging Month! Aging is a natural process that happens to everyone. It starts at conception and ends with our last breath. Although we have no control over how long we are going to live, we certainly have control over how well we live as we age.We can enhance the quality of our life as we age by making the right choices.
Arthritis is a very common health problem I see as a rehabilitation trainer every week and one that affects millions of people all over the world. It can be extremely painful and significantly change your lifestyle and overall health. Most people think of this as an “old person’s” condition but it can affect many younger people and cause serious damage to their body.
Do you want to feel and move better? Arthritis is typically characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints and the surrounding tissues. Did you know … participation in regular, low-impact exercises provides meaningful results? Try the simple-six exercise plan to give your body what it needs and help ease arthritis pain.
My appreciation for physical fitness was conditioned through classical dance training from the age of 5. Because of the great impact that dance and music had on my childhood and teenage years – I ensured to maintain my passion for physical fitness as a member of a hip hop dance team while studying at California State University, Long Beach, auditioned and was accepted for the university’s Dance minor program, was a member of the on-campus fitness club, and even added step aerobics classes to my regular class schedules for credit. All in all, physical activity was heavily integrated in my daily life.
Muscle aches and pain are common in all of us, despite the type of work, activity or the cumulative activities we do. Once thing is for certain, as an experienced physical therapist, I have seen something unique. Patients who complain with an increase in pain, and trigger points present, despite if they had surgery, trauma, increased stress in their lives or have been suffering from chronic pain.
During the summer months, the hot and humid weather can make the climate-controlled, convenient environment of the gym really enticing. Despite wanting to enjoy not sweating as much, there are many wonderful benefits to taking your workouts outdoors.
If you suffer from chronic pain or fibromyalgia, it’s time to get proactive when it comes to your health. When I was dealing with my chronic back and neck pain and fibromyalgia that occurred from a car accident in 2006 I took everything my doctors said as gospel, but after years of listening and following their instructions, my pain was still not improving. That is until I started to take things in to my own hands.
I am honored to share the story of 64 year old ex military serviceman Arthur Mc Williams, a long time client who is also battling liver cancer for third time and has multiple sclerosis. Arthur is a friend, client and foremost, my hero. A true warrior fighting the most important battle: LIFE.
Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative condition causing tremor and motor impairment. Though PD is not fatal, complications from the disorder can be severe and there is no known cure. Parkinson’s has been related to the loss of dopamine (a hormone) secreting neurons in the midbrain area called the substantia nigra. With a decrease in the production of dopamine, the ability to regulate the body, movements and emotions are lost.