Walking for better health
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by Andy Zang
2d ago
As you probably know, walking is good for your health. Some may think walking is not enough…but something is always better than nothing. You can achieve many benefits from walking, so let me highlight them here for you. To begin with is simply cardiovascular health. While walking does not challenge the system as much as running, BUT a 20-30 min brisk walk will convey health benefits. It is recommended that people looking to use walking for exercise perform this activity at least 5 days a week. Even if you need to break the walks down to 10-15 minute increments, you can still get the benefits ..read more
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Exercising with a Joint Replacement
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by Andy Zang
1w ago
People with a joint replacement often wonder if exercising is safe or not. The answer is absolutely YES with a few exceptions. Many worry about potentially damaging the replacement, but it is not as easy as people think. Let’s begin with focusing on the benefits of exercise before outlining possible concerns. To start with, hopefully by now everyone knows the benefits of exercise. The benefits are numerous AND IF people want maximum function following a joint replacement, then exercise is basically mandatory. As anyone who has had a joint replacement knows their strength is impacted for a long ..read more
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Removing those aches and pains from golfing
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by Andy Zang
2w ago
A common complaint from golfers is various aches or pains associated with playing. This issue often increases in aging golfers. Neck or back pain, shoulder or knee pain, and more are all reported as disruptors of play by golf enthusiasts. Regardless of the specific source of pain a solution exists to get you back on the course feeling good again. How you might ask? Well, it starts with seeking help to address the source of the problem. Interestingly enough, sometimes the source of the problem is not actually where the ache or pain is. To determine this, one must undergo a detailed physical exa ..read more
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Are my hand symptoms carpal tunnel
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by Andy Zang
3w ago
Often people associate hand symptoms (numbness or tingling) with carpal tunnel, but are they? There can be other conditions that result in numbness/tingling of the hands that are not related to carpal tunnel. These other potential conditions include compression of the radial, ulnar, or median nerves in the shoulder, elbow, or arm or even a cervical disc injury. The specific location and nature of the symptoms generally suggest potential sources of the issue. So what do carpal tunnel symptoms look like? People with carpal tunnel symptoms will experience numbness/tingling on the palm aspect of t ..read more
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Tennis Elbow but don’t play tennis
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by Andy Zang
1M ago
Tennis Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylalgia is a condition that doesn’t just occur in people playing tennis. This condition can develop for a variety of non-tennis reasons. People who perform a high volume of repetitive motion activities involving gripping, turning, or twisting can develop this problem. Try to do almost any activity with your hands (type, drive, tie your shoes) and not utilize this area of the arm…not possible. Basically, tennis elbow is a repetitive strain/muscle-tendon overload issue. When people develop pain in the outer elbow most assume it is tennis elbow and begin ..read more
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Is Rehab Necessary for an Ankle Sprain
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by Andy Zang
1M ago
Ankle sprains are quite common.  Yet many wonder if rehab is necessary for an ankle sprain? Many will feel they can just “walk it off”. But what they may not be aware of are the subtle changes that happen…even with a seemingly minor sprain. It is these small changes that can lead to repeat sprains or other chronic issues. But it no longer hurts to walk, and I can do everything I want? Maybe so, BUT would you like to avoid another sprain…potentially a more severe sprain? Even with a minor ankle sprain there is a stretch to the ankle ligaments. These ligaments do not necessarily tighten bac ..read more
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Do you feel dizzy
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by Andy Zang
1M ago
Do you ever feel dizzy? Dizziness can appear for many different reasons, some of which are more easily treated than others. Some potential causes for dizziness include: medication side effects, standing up too quickly causing a drop in blood pressure), changing head/body position (positional vertigo), moving head too quickly (this could be eye or vestibular related), when reading. What can be done depends on the cause. With respect to possible medication side effects or taking too many medications, this involves a discussion with your physician. Ask about side effects of your medications and/o ..read more
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Head feels too heavy for your neck
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by Andy Zang
2M ago
Have you ever had the thought that your head is too heavy for your neck? If you have, know you are far from alone. This is a rather common complaint for people who live with chronic neck pain. It is also not uncommon for folks who have sustained whiplash from a car accident to have these same feelings. Often associated with these feelings can be headaches and general fatigue/muscle aches. The good news is that there are ways to resolve this problem. Many people will struggle for months with this problem not knowing what can be done. They will visit multiple doctors, have imaging of their neck ..read more
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I have neck pain and a headache
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by Andy Zang
2M ago
Are you frustrated dealing with not neck pain and headache as well? If so, know that these issues together are fairly common. There are numerous headache classifications based on what you read but specifically here are headaches directly related to neck pain. This type of headache is called a cervicogenic headache. A cervicogenic headache is produced by muscle tension or joint mobility dysfunction within the neck. These headaches tend to wrap from the base of the skull up and around the side of the head. This type of headache might appear on either or both sides at the same time. This type of ..read more
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Why a sheet of exercises is not as good as directed care for an injury
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by Andy Zang
2M ago
For some with an injury they may wonder why a sheet of exercises is not good enough. After all they were provided by a doctor…they must know what they are doing. So much not quite right with that mindset so let’s get to it. For starters, a pre-printed sheet of exercises provided to all with some body ailment cannot be tailored to that person. A one-size-fits-all approach rarely works…except to frustrate that person who is not getting better. While lots of people have back pain, the path to resolve the problem and to help them function better will be different. These differences are not account ..read more
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