Whenever I work with runners dealing with injuries, observing their running gait can provide me clues on what to look out for. By analyzing their biomechanics, I can roughly pinpoint the root of the cause, and other potential musculoskeletal issues they may encounter. Whenever there is a weak link within the kinetic chain, the body tends to compensate to get the job done with the least amount of effort. As a result, we rely on our joints instead of our muscles to run. One of the most common compensation patterns runners tend to have is swaying of their hips
Apart from swimming, cycling is one of the most recommended exercises for people with knee and lower back problems. However, like any other sports, prolonged cycling may also result in unwanted pain and injury. It is extremely important to get your bike fitted according to your body. But even with a proper fit, your muscles can get imbalanced and overused after an extended time. The major muscles used when we cycle are the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. When overused, these muscles can become hypertrophied (strong) and shortened.  For that reason, multi-discipline sport such as triathlon which includes swimming and
Asians have many taboos when it comes to weddings, death and pregnancy. If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you’ve probably come across some of these superstitions and beliefs. One of the most common being that if you’re pregnant, you MUST avoid any form of exercise! This brings us to the important question of whether it’s safe to exercise when you’re pregnant.  READ MORE HERE!
The mortality rate of seniors after an unintentional fall increases significantly. Among the elderly with 38-47% of those who fall will eventually have a fatal outcome [3]. Furthermore, one-half of those who fall are likely to fall again [4]. To minimize falls, exercise and staying physically active is extremely important to ensure that the mind and body is constantly optimized. Unfortunately, not all exercises are created equally for fall prevention. Therefore, here are some simple but effective balance exercises that you, or an elder under your care, can do at home. Before you begin, here are some important considerations: 1.
Cathryn Jakobson Ramin’s back pain started when she was 16, on the day she flew off her horse and landed on her right hip. For the next four decades, Ramin says her back pain was like a small rodent nibbling at the base of her spine. The aching left her bedridden on some days and made it difficult to work, run a household, and raise her two boys. By 2008, after Ramin had exhausted what seemed like all her options, she elected to have a “minimally invasive” nerve decompression procedure. But the $8,000 operation didn’t fix her back, either. The