Fresh air, dirt and sunshine! I LOVE being outdoors working in my yard and garden this time of year!
Now I'll admit I don't particularly LOVE pulling weeds, but I do love how everything looks when I'm done!
As much as I enjoy it, gardening is hard work and can lead to a variety of aches and pains. And if you're in pain you're certainly not going to enjoy yourself or the bounty your garden will bring when both you and your garden are properly cared for!
So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite tips to help keep you gardening all summer long...without pain!
Keep reading for 9 of my best tips...if you have more tips to share leave a comment below! I'm always eager to learn more tricks to make gardening more enjoyable and fun!
Well that's awkward, right?
Not really! This was actually a very good question I had recently about our Body Composition Testing.
"Do I have to take my clothes off?"
The short answer is...NO! We prefer you keep your clothes on!
But I can see why someone would be concerned. The most common methods for body fat testing you have probably experienced requires exposing your skin to have your fat pinched with skin fold calipers, or getting into a swimsuit and being dunked in tub of water.
So I wanted to answer this question today and clear this one up.
Watch the short video demonstration below to see just how simple our Body Composition Testing is!
Pretty simple right?
And best of all...you get to keep your clothes on :)
If you’re in your 40’s, 50’s or 60’s you may have noticed it takes a little more effort to maintain your health. This is also the age range where I hear more complaints of nagging aches and pains that just seem to come out of nowhere and then hang around for months or years.
Why is that?
One of the biggest reasons is a loss of muscle mass and strength. As you approach your 40’s, you start to lose muscle mass faster than your body rebuilds it due to changes in hormonal levels, changes in activity and other health factors.
As we move into the warmer Spring and Summer months a lot of people naturally start to be more active and have a renewed focus on improving their health.
This is also a time of year that we see more injuries as people start getting back into a fitness routine. Obviously, the goal is to improve your health and fitness so you can enjoy your favorite activities, not be held back or left out of the fun because of an injury.
If you find yourself a little (or a lot) out of shape, here are 7 tips for getting back into a fitness routine to improve your health and avoid any injuries or setbacks.
If you have knee pain you know how annoying it can be, especially when your knee pain makes simple things like walking, shopping and doing things around your home more difficult. Not to mention being unable to keep up with your regular exercise program or participate with in your favorite recreational activities.
Knee pain is an extremely common problem, especially for people over 50, but in most cases it’s not something you “just have to live with”.
I had a patient come in this week who had been to see his primary doctor about his knee pain and was told to take pain pills and rest, otherwise there was nothing he could until it was bad enough for a knee replacement.
It’s so frustrating to hear this is the advice people are getting, because there is so much that can be done to alleviate (or even eliminate) knee pain for most people.
Yes, even if you have ARTHRITIS!
In today’s blog we’ll cover:
Knee pain that seems to come on gradually and slowly gets worse over time is much more common than knee pain caused by an injury, like stepping wrong or twisting your knee doing your favorite activity or sport.
Most people who sustain a knee injury are more likely to get proper help right away, which is obviously a good idea. Unfortunately, when knee pain develops gradually most people just try to figure it out on their own.
But it can be very frustrating when everything you try to get rid of your knee pain doesn’t work.
We’ve been getting this question a lot since we released our blog last week about how your feet could be causing your knee pain. We’ve also had a lot of questions about our 3D digital foot scanner. So, today I’m going to go a little deeper and answer some of the most common questions we get about shoe inserts and orthotics.
Plus, here's a short video that shows how easy it is to get a 3D digital foot scan.
The first and most important thing to understand is if the arches in your feet are collapsed (even a little) it can alter the alignment of your ankles, knees, hips, lower back, mid-back, shoulders and neck. When your joints are not properly aligned the added stress on the joints will cause problems to develop in your joints and your muscles around the joints, which leads to pain and unnecessary wear and tear on your joints, muscles and tendons.
There are many causes of knee pain including a sudden injury, an overuse injury, a symptom of an underlying condition like arthritis…and YOUR FEET!
Most people have never considered that their knee pain could be caused by their feet, but it's actually a very common problem.
Unfortunately, the feet are often overlooked by many medical professionals as a cause of knee pain.
Your feet are the foundation for your entire body and having structural imbalances in your feet leads to other problems throughout the entire body, including knee pain.
Good core strength is very important for a healthy and pain free back. So, if you have back pain there is a good chance you have some weakness in your core.
In this video I’m going to share 3 basic core strengthening exercises to get you started, but don’t worry…we’re not going to be doing crunches.
These are “beginner” level exercises and can be progressed as you get stronger, but don’t be fooled by the fact they are “beginner” exercises.
These are actually very challenging for a lot of people if they are being done correctly.
If you have lower back pain, especially lower back pain that is chronic or seems to come and go, mid-back stiffness could be causing your lower back pain.
When your thoracic spine (or mid-back) doesn’t move well it puts extra stress on your lower back. It can put stress on your neck and shoulders too.
Watch this video for 3 stretches to improve the mobility of your mid-back and help ease any lower back pain and stiffness.
Doing a few simple stretches like these on a regular basis can make a HUGE difference in whether or not you have back pain.
Helping active adults FINALLY get rid of their aches, pains and injuries, so they can keep moving, stay active and improve their health naturally - without pain medication, injections or surgery.
Oregon City, OR
Dr. Julie Krueger