Get Outdoors Pain Free: 20 Tips for Summer Injury Prevention

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By Dr. Daniel Agosta, DC With warmer weather and longer days here, getting active outdoors is a great way to stay fit and improve mental health.  That said, when we move our bodies in ways that are new, or that we just haven’t done in a while, injury can happen.  Even seasoned athletes and regular hikers, runners, bikers, surfers, and …

3 Ways Massage and Acupuncture are a Perfect Combo for Pain and Stress

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  We’ve all been there: When stress takes a toll, your muscles tighten, pain radiates to other parts of the body, your head aches, your mood worsens and your relationships suffer. You may think to go get a massage for some relief.  Adding an acupuncture treatment may actually enhance the results and get you feeling your best: Here are three …

Why More and More Men are Practicing Yoga

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It’s a peculiarity of western culture that yoga is practiced primarily by women. Here, it’s often thought that men do sports and women do things like yoga and stretching. Ironically, many men have reported that their first yoga class has often ‘kicked their ass’ and that it requires a lot more strength than they imagined.  In its origin countries, yoga …

Men’s Health for Each Season

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” — Benjamin Franklin If we didn’t change the oil in our car for 10 years, some very major, costly issues would come up – the kind that could be easily avoided if we’d just changed the oil. We do regular anti-virus scans to catch the bugs that can crash and …

The Power of Heat: Sauna, Hot/Cold Hydrotherapy, Teas & Salt Baths

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The perfect yin-yang balance of relaxation and invigoration The days are getting more and more chilly. You feel it in your bones. And after a long day at work, the thing you crave the most is a nice hot something. What is it about the power of heat that heals? Well, for one thing, heat increases fascial tissue elasticity. Your …

The Power of Touch

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“To touch is to give life” Modern medicine recognizes that the power of touch simply makes you healthier. Consistent bodywork reduces stress, boosts our immune system and has a profound effect in our ability to stay connected to our ‘self’ and our fellow humans. And in our high tech culture, we may have to work harder to honor our innate …

Dr. Tony Murczek on the Miracle of Medical Qigong

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Soaring Crane Qigong: Medicine doesn’t always come in the form of a pill. “It just flat out works” says Dr. Murczek, who has been teaching this medical form of qigong for more than ten years. Since he’s a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, applied kinesiologist and homeopath, we think he might know what he’s talking about. And we’re thrilled to have him …

The Medical Benefits of Soaring Crane QiGong

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  In 1982, Professor Chen Hui Xian was diagnosed with breast cancer. The prognosis was grim, until she began learning Soaring Crane Qigong from one of Master Zhao’s first students. One year later she was in excellent health. The ancient traditions of Chinese healing, movement, and martial arts bring with them a profound and poetic ‘something’ that has enticed more …

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

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  Deep Tissue Massage is a type of massage therapy that seeks to access structural layers of muscles and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding the muscles). The slow, concentrated strokes focus on releasing chronic muscle tension and adhesions (knots) in these layers that lie far below the surface of the body. The term ‘deep tissue’ encompasses different styles of massage …

Yoga and Running: The Perfect Match

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  “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy At first glance, running and yoga might not seem to go hand in hand. But actually, they are a perfect match. Yoga can help to alleviate the sore backs, knees, hips, …

What Your Posture Can Tell You about Your Health

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It’s a chicken-or-egg question: What came first, the stress that caused bad posture, or the bad posture that enhances a foul mood? Our emotional and physical health are intertwined; awareness of one often leads to straightening up the other, Our bodies are designed for movement and stability. As we age, we create muscle imbalances from bad habits in how we …