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Archive for November 2016

IMPACT OF COLD WEATHER ON YOUR MUSCLES AND TENDONS

You may find that as the weather gets colder, you may experience more aches and pains, and even feel like your muscles are stiffer. This is even more evident for workers who work outside in the winter or individuals with certain ailments. The cold weather can increase the risk of suffering from musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries and can even increase the intensity of certain MSK conditions.

How Can the Cold Weather Impact Us?

If you live with an arthritic condition you might find that your symptoms may be exacerbated by cold weather conditions, which can keep you away from doing the activities you enjoy. Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis may not react well to sudden weather or atmospheric changes, which may worsen symptoms.

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A HEALTHY BACK STARTS WITH YOUR FEET

Contrary to popular belief, many people with foot problems do not have any pain in their feet.  Instead, the area of pain is transferred up the body to the knees, hips, or lowers back.  An example of this is one whose feet roll inward, which causes their pelvis to jut forward.  This, in turn, causes the upper back to “hump” and the head to move forward, all in an attempt to keep the body balanced. In fact, 80% of people over forty years of age experience bodily distortions directly resulting from supinated (rolled out) or pronated (rolled in) feet.  The most common symptom of this problem is not pain, but rather, a general feeling of fatigue.

Orthotics can help stabilize your feet and ankles, thereby alleviating the associated pains.  Orthotics have been shown to help the following conditions:  excessive pronation, arch pain, bunions, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Morton’s Neuroma, shin splints, Achilles and patellar tendonitis, patellofemoral syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, hip bursitis, hamstring strains and spasms, stress fractures, ankle sprains, chondromalacia patella, knee collateral ligament injury, vertebral subluxations, lower back pain, leg length inequality, lumbo-sacral strain, lumbosacral facet joint jamming, and pelvic rotation.

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