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Pose Method Can Help Make Runners Faster And Reduce Risk Of Injury

Pose Method Can Help Make Runners Faster And Reduce Risk Of Injury
Now that summer is in full swing, runners are gearing up for races and triathlons. However, while running is good for overall health, it can put stress on ligaments and joints, which often results in overuse injuries. A recent study by Harvard University showed that up to 75 percent of middle and long distance runners suffer at least one injury in a year.To help runners stay injury-free and increase their speed and endurance, Accelerated Physical Therapy has adopted a new, specialized running program called "Love to Run," which includes utilization of the Pose Method, a technique that teaches runners how to more actively use gravity in order to become more efficient. The Pose Method, recommended by many elite runners, involves pulling feet upward, letting your body fall forward and taking more efficient strides.The Accelerated Pose Method specialists are among a few in the Chicago area trained to teach this technique.Developed by...
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Experiencing the Art of Acupuncture

Experiencing the Art of Acupuncture
Although I went a little piercing and tattoo-happy in my college days, I’ve never been a huge fan of needles. I cannot watch needles puncturing my skin because I WILL get ill and I WILL pass out.Why would I consider acupuncture then, you ask? First of all, I’m all about alternative forms of medicine. I don’t particularly enjoy having to ingest prescribed medications full of manmade chemicals. Lately I’ve been a lot more aware of what I choose to put inside my body, and at the ripe old age of 24, my body needs a little more TLC than in previous years.I want to go on record as saying my acupuncture experience was my least frightening encounter with needles ever. Lying on my stomach without the opportunity to see the needles didn’t hurt, but the needles literally didn’t hurt.There were a few more tender spots than others, like the tops of my...
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Tame Anxiety with a Cup of Tea

Tame Anxiety with a Cup of Tea
Forty million adults suffer from anxiety disorders in the United States. While the reasons are numerous and complex—genetics, life events, brain chemistry and personality all play partial roles—some of the ways you can combat anxiety are surprisingly simple.Many studies have linked improvement in anxiety symptoms with everything from daily exercise and meditation to cognitive behavioral therapy and a healthy diet, but one of the easiest ways to relieve the symptoms of anxiety disorders can be found in a simple, undemanding cup of tea.Even if you currently practice a lifestyle that involves a fair amount of anxiety-reducing routines, adding tea will benefit you even more. Here are a handful of the best—and most readily available—teas for anyone suffering with an anxiety disorder.Valerian rootValerian root acts as a mild sedative that works on emotional, physical and psychological levels. Drink a cup before bed if you need a sleep aid, or any time you feel...
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Got Bed Bugs?

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Bed bugs are on the rise in New York City, but Control Exterminating has some advice on how to deal with them--no matter where you live.The bed bug exterminator in NYC explains that bed bugs are at epidemic levels in the city this summer and don't appear to be dropping off anytime soon. The company recommends contacting an exterminator at the first sign of bed bugs to get a treatment process started as soon as possible.New Yorkers [or anyone] facing bed bug issues should:Get encasement covers for mattresses and box springs.Put down some mouse-size glue boards to monitor for insects in the apartment; this is a good action to take before resorting to pest control chemicals.Call a reliable pest control exterminator. Getting rid of bedbugs is not a do-it-yourself operation.Extermination is effective usually within 1 to 3 treatments, depending on the infestation levels," explained Barry Kimmel, owner of Control Exterminating in Manhattan.Bed...
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Bone-Boosting Benefits of Dried Plums

Bone-Boosting Benefits of Dried Plums
Fifty-seven million Americans suffer from low bone density or osteoporosis, a disease which causes bones to become so weak and brittle that even a minor fall or other stresses may cause fractures. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in July examined the mechanism of the bone-protective properties of an unlikely source—California dried plums.To further understand the mechanism by which dried plums (prunes) improve bone health, researchers from San Diego State University and Florida State University used data collected from a previous 12-month clinical trial that compared the bone-protective effects of dried plums and dried apples.Results from this clinical trial confirmed the bone-protective properties of dried plums, and several animal studies have also supported this finding. However, the mechanisms by which dried plums impart their bone-protective properties remain unclear."While it is difficult to identify the exact mechanism behind dried plums' positive effect on bones, this study identified three potential...
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Snoring is No Laughing Matter

Snoring is No Laughing Matter
Snoring is not only annoying. but can also can be a sign of more serious health concerns. Stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure can be the result for men and women who suffer from snoring. SleepPath has created a humorous online video connecting how we snore and how we communicate to bring light to a common sleep disorder.“Snoring really is a serious health concern and it is important that consumers understand the symptoms, the risks, and some of the resources available to reduce snoring,” said Nick Carlone, president of SleepPath. “We created a fun video to demonstrate how our snoring affects our appeal to others. In the video story we offer just one of the simple solutions available for people who suffer from snoring.”Snoring can be an indication of sleep apnea, a serious, potentially life-threatening condition marked by cessation of breath lasting 10 or more seconds. When you have sleep...
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