Sciatica

Let's talk Sciatica. Sciatica is more of an umbrella term used to describe the symptom of pain along the sciatic nerve pathway. Typical symptoms include pain traveling down the leg from the low back, numbness and tingling, weakness in leg and shoot/ shock-like pain. While roughly 90% of true sciatic pain is due to a herniated disc impinging on the nerve root, there are other potential 'pseudo-sciatica' causes with similar symptoms: Piriformis syndrome due to the sciatic nerve being impinged or irritated by the Piriformis muscle Piriformis or gluteal trigger points Spinal stenosis due to the narrowing of the spinal canal Pregnancy due to the weight of fetus pressing on the sciatic nerve Takin

Diet & Health

Here's a great study! A study published in the Lancet (link below) estimated the impact poor diet has on the risk of death from heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Poor diet and malnutrition is the leading risk factor for death -- larger than tobacco use and high blood pressure. Malnutrition comes in two forms: eating too much (obesity) and not eating enough (hunger). Annually, malnutrition worldwide costs an estimated $3.5 Trillion (with a T!) in healthcare costs! Which countries ranked best? Israel, France, Spain and Japan who all have a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet consisting of higher amounts of fruits, veggies, nuts, olive oil and omega 3s from fish. http://www.thelan

The Physiological Effects of Napping!

I'm a big fan of naps; pre-game naps, post game naps, midday naps, morning naps, lazy Sunday naps....you name it! A study presented by the American College of Cardiology (link below) found that midday naps can reduce blood pressure by as much as 3-5 mm Hg (or points on a blood pressure reading). Why is this important? Even a 2 mm Hg drop in blood pressure can reduce the event of a heart attack by 10%! "We obviously don't want to encourage people to sleep for hours on end during the day, but on the other hand, they shouldn't feel guilty if they can take a short nap, given the potential health benefits" American College of Cardiology. (2019, March 7). A nap a day keeps high blood pressure at b

Resistance Training & Type 2 Diabetes

About 1 in 10 Americans have Diabetes. 90-95% of those cases have Type 2 Diabetes. Insulin is a hormone used by our body to regulate our blood sugar levels. In Type 2 Diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. When this occurs, blood sugar (glucose) builds up in the blood and can cause heart, kidney, nerve (neuropathy) and vision issues. The best ways to combat Type 2 Diabetes are through lifestyle modifications (diet, exercise, weight loss) and if necessary, medication. The study (link at bottom) looks at the effects of resistance training and aerobic training (60 mins/ day, 3 days/ week for 2 years) on individuals with pre diabetes. The RESULTS: those who performed both resistance a

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