Neck Pain

Burpees – Balancing the risk vs. reward

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn The Burpee is an exercise that was devised by Royal H. Burpee, an American psychologist in the 1930s. It was originally used as a“Burpees test” which consisted of a short number of “Burpees”executed in rapid succession to measure agility, coordination and strength. This test was utilized by the military to assess soldiers who need is to be able to drop into a firing position and then bounce back up lightning-fast to move to a safe position.

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Morning Stiffness

“We conclude that when the fluids of the body are stopped in the fascia, organs and other parts of the system, stagnation, fermentation, heat and general confusion will follow …” Dr. A.T. Still, D.O. (Founder of Osteopathy) 1874 Do you find it unbearable to get out of the bed the first thing in the morning because of the pain which you feel? – be it a stiff neck, sore back, or other issues.

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Thoracic outlet syndrome

“Recent studies have shown that, in general, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is more common in women than men, particularly among those with poor muscular development, poor posture or both.” Thoracic outlet syndrome occurs when there is compression, injury, or irritation of the nerves (brachial plexus) and/or blood vessels (subclavian artery or vein) as they pass from the neck toward the armpit or upper arm through a space in the upper chest between the collar bone (clavicle) and the first rib.

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Dangers of Over Stretching

“Stretching may increase your flexibility, but you will most likely be weaker and the results are often short-lived. In 2004, a report published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) questioned the efficacy of stretching; noting that more than 350 studies conducted over four decades had failed to establish that stretching prior to activity prevents injury.” When you stretch, you take your muscle to the point where you can feel a slight pull and hold this position for a few seconds without pain or discomfort.

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Back Pain - Horse riding - Dressage rider- Equestrian Athlete

I have been competing as a professional Dressage rider for over 15 years and have represented WC province on several occasions. I ride an estimate of 5 to 7 horses every day and for years I have been having problems with tightness and stiffness through my back and neck. In the past I had been for regular physio as well as massages but after a few days my body would tighten up again and it affected my entire posture as well as the aids (signals) that I would then pass onto the horse.

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Cycling Neck & Shoulder Pain

45 per cent of cyclists suffer from chronic neck pain, which is often worse after a ride” Wilber et al. 1995 Cycling posture requires bending forward at the low back and hips and maintaining the neck in an extended position to see the road ahead. This unnatural cycling position puts a lot of pressure on the junction between your neck and upper back due to the neck joints compressing against each other which may lead to neck irritation.

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Can trampolines hurt your spine?

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that trampolines should not be used by any child except for training programs and certain sports – and only then when supervised by a trained adult. Some of the fun and benefits listed by trampoline enthusiasts may make trampolines and rebounders rather an enticing form of play and therapy for children and adults. But, as with everything that goes up, there has to be a down…

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Thinking Straight

In today’s fast paced world, poor posture is a common ailment. With these tips, you’ll be standing tall in no time. The human body is not designed to sit for extended periods of time. Our ancestors spent most of their time on their feet, hunting for food and working to stay alive. Research suggests that four in five adults will experience back-related pain during their lives. Given the modern human’s chair-bound lifestyle, coupled with increasing poor posture.

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Tech-Neck in children and young adults

‘It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity’ Albert Einstein Tech neck or straight neck is a term to describe the repeated stress to the body (especially the neck) caused by children spending increasing large amounts of time daily hunched over their handheld electronic devices such as a smart phones, tablets, video games and laptops for hours every day with their heads bent forward.

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Upright Rowing - Shoulder Impingement - Rotator Cuff Injury

Uprightrows (a high pull with a narrow grip) are tightly correlated with shoulder impingement. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: April 2014 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p 1081–1089 The barbell upright row is an exercise done to develop strength in the front and side shoulder muscles (deltoids) and trapezius as well as biceps, rotator cuff muscles. Holding a barbell or dumbells in front of you with a close, overhand grip, you pull the weight up to your chest, keeping it close to your body, leading with your elbows.

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