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2008-07-07 10:45:37

The most frequent injuries that horses suffer are derived from pressure exerted by riders, and knowing which forces are involved when horses move can prove highly informative when considering treatment for such injuries. A team of scientists from Wageningen University, led by Professor Johan van Leeuwen, has carried out studies both into the advantages of different rider techniques in reducing injury risk, and into the benefits of a method of equine rehabilitation. By using computer modeling...

2008-07-06 18:00:07

By Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune Jul. 6--For years I've been plagued by excess muscle tension in my neck, shoulders and back. I do breath work and yoga. I get massages. I drink wine. But the minute I stop, the tightness creeps back in. Hoping for some long-term relief, I recently started taking lessons in the Alexander technique, a subtle process of "un-doing" that helps you learn how to recognize and reprogram my body's bad habits. Initially, the relatively obscure method, used by...

2008-06-19 00:00:05

I t's a common misconception that riding keeps us fit," says sports scientist Jon Pitts. In truth, poor heart rates combined with the fact that riding anatomically is not so good for our bodies, it's the very opposite. Whether you are competing at top level or enjoying a daily hack down the lane, the importance of being personally fit to ride is fundamental to better performance and most importantly it aids safety. But read on before you boost your fitness campaign with a nine- mile run....

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2008-06-15 15:00:00

By Larry Bingham PORTLAND, Ore. - About 85 percent of more than 500 recreational cyclists involved in a Department of Kinesiology study at California State University reported one or more injuries from what doctors call "overuse." The most common complaints involved pain in the neck, knees, groin and buttocks, hands and back. All this suffering from riding a bike? It might seem like sacrilege to bring up the dark side of cycling but aches and pains are not exactly new to some of those who...

2007-05-30 12:00:50

Malibu-based "Doctor on Tour" for Cher, Janet Jackson, Madonna and Tina Turner, Dr. Stacey Smith, has created the TriggerTriangle, a unique tool designed to relieve pain and tension throughout the body. The TriggerTriangle has generated an enthusiastic reaction from stage performers who in turn have gotten their crews of dancers, personal trainers, and many others hooked. Available exclusively online at www.triggertriangle.com, the easy-to-use tool can help anyone relieve muscle pain,...

2005-10-04 10:43:26

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For workers with disabling back pain, a supervised exercise program combining resistance training to strengthen the muscles of the lower back with exercises designed to improve flexibility and coordination may help them return to work, a study shows. A look back at 314 consecutive individuals with chronic back pain attributed largely to work-related causes who participated in the 8- to 15-week exercise program showed that many of them saw improvement in...

2005-07-14 17:35:00

KEYSTONE, Colo., July 14 "“ Golfers with low-back pain may be helped by a University of Pittsburgh research study, the findings of which may assist clinicians in designing appropriate back-specific exercise programs for golfers to prevent or rehabilitate low-back injury. The findings are being shown today with a poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, July 14-17, at the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo. "More than 30 percent...

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2005-07-21 14:30:00

Back pain is one of the most common ailments people endure and is one of the most frequent reasons for visits to the chiropractor or orthopedic doctor. There are many factors that can contribute to back pain. Among the most frequent today are obesity and lack of exercise, each of which can be reversed. Most commonly, back pain occurs in the lower back. However, there are many structures and tissue in the back that can become damaged for a number of reasons. Pain can be present in localized,...

2005-07-14 14:21:56

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elderly women with curved spines may be able to improve their balance and lower their risk of falls by using a weighted support device for their backs and participating in an exercise program, according to new study findings. The women studied had osteoporosis-related curvature of the spine, or kyphotic posture, which causes strain on the spinal cord, can cause back pain, and may increase the risk of falls. Previous studies have shown that the use of a weighted...

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2005-07-13 12:23:40

NEW YORK -- Good posture, a phone headset and frequent breaks can help prevent arthritis from holding people back at work, according to an expert. Dr. Diana Baldwin of the University of Missouri-Columbia also recommended keeping a computer monitor and important tasks within arm's length, and leaving wrists in a neutral position, or bent slightly downward, to prevent arthritis. According to Baldwin, arthritis is the second most common cause of workplace disability, after heart disease....


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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