“So, how much do you bench?”
“What’s your mile time?”
“How far can you get on the sit-and-reach?”
One of those doesn’t sound so familiar. Flexibility is something that is often forgotten by many. This is unfortunate because maintaining, or even increasing our flexibility, is something that greatly benefits our body in the long run.
As we age our body’s ability to go through its full range of motion naturally decreases. This is due to the fact that many of our daily activities cause our muscles to be in shortened positions without us even realizing it. For example, sitting at our computers often causes the front muscles of our chest to become tight and the muscles of our backs to lengthen. Sitting at a desk over-activates the hip flexor muscles. This causes the pelvis to become rotated, which can lead to several other problems. All of these imbalances can lead to aches, pains and additional injuries down the road.
What we do on a daily basis can put our bodies into poor and imbalanced positions, so it becomes increasingly important that flexibility exercises become part of our daily routine. Stretching allows us to maintain the body’s full range of motion and can correct any inequalities in muscle length.
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February is American Heart Awareness Month. It’s dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? The good news is that heart disease can be prevented, and the first step is education.
What is heart disease?
Heart disease is a term for any type of disorder that affects the heart. It may also be referred to as cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease.
A disease in the heart can manifest in four major ways:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
Causes of heart disease correspond to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history and smoking. Continue Reading »
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. This includes heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease.
Most of the risk factors for heart disease can be prevented or treated with lifestyle changes and medication. Risk factors include:
- Physical inactivity
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dyslipidemia (high triglycerides and low HDL or “good” cholesterol)
- Diabetes mellitus
- Heavy alcohol use
People with multiple risk factors are at higher risk for developing heart disease. Here are some steps you can take to decrease your risks. Continue Reading »
Have you made the New Year’s resolution to finally run that half marathon this year? Lose that holiday weight by hitting the treadmill? Reclaim the part of your youth when you enjoyed running? All of these sound like great reasons to be active, but do these well wishes hold up once you start to feel tightness in one calf, clicking in your knees or that sharp pain in your hip? If you want to keep the dream alive, instead of slowing down or stopping, schedule a RACE!
The RACE (Running Assessment and Clinical Evaluation) program is a personalized, one-on-one study of you and your body mechanics while you walk or run. This program is for the old or the young, the ultra marathoner or the 5K-charity walker. We will find what is hurting, the reasons that cause the pain and what you can do to help yourself get through it. During your appointment, one of our licensed athletic trainers will go through your personal health history looking for past injuries, details on any current ailments and your training schedule.
During your exam, your range of motion, flexibility and strength will be examined to see if there are any imbalances in your lower body. Then, we’ll examine what your individual foot type is, as that can tell us many things about how you walk before you even place a foot on the treadmill. Continue Reading »
After three and a half years, we are proud and grateful to be able to say that with the help of all of you, we did it. The St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation met its goal of raising $6 million to put toward the St. Elizabeth Hospital revitalization project. We could not have made it this far without the help of all our generous donors, friends and neighbors. Together, we are setting forth on a path to continue offering high-quality, personalized care for our patients well into the next century. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.