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Chronic Pain and the Janda Approach

Suffering from polio in his teens propelled Dr. Vladimir Janda into a medical career that ultimately resulted in his “crossed syndromes” of muscle imbalance. Globally recognized, Janda’s crossed syndromes have come to play an integral role in the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

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Bunion Help: Two Toe Exercises for Correction and Relief

Bunions are a burden for many, as noted in our previous post on Bunion Basics. We also noted specific toe exercises can help correct bunions at their earliest stages.
A study published in Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation compared two of those exercises to determine which may be more effective for the correction of early stage bunions.1 One was the short-foot exercise (SF) and the other was the toes-spread-out exercise (TSO).

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Dealing with Plantar Fasciitis: Treating the Cause, Not Just the Symptoms

Pain, often excruciating pain, is one of the most obvious symptoms of plantar fasciitis. This common condition involves the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes.1 The pain is usually most severe when you first get out of bed, but it can persist throughout the entire day if you’re frequently on your feet.

Why Professional Musicians Often Fall Prey to Injuries

It’s a tough life getting to Carnegie Hall, or pursuing a professional music career at any level. While musicians may not be on the same category as, say, window washers or police officers when it comes to injury risk, they do face a number of occupational hazards. Those hazards can result in their own brand of pain and injury severe enough to impact their performance or even destroy their careers.

The Curse of Creep: What It Does to Your Body and How to Combat It

The word “creep” already has a negative connotation in various settings, and the anatomical definition of creep can be just as ugly. Creep refers to the progressive deformation of bodily structures which occurs when the structures are under a constant load they were not designed to handle.

How Trigger Points Can Torture Your Body

If you have a painful knot or taut band in a particular muscle, you may be suffering from the all-too-common myofascial trigger point. Active trigger points are the consistently painful ones, while latent trigger points are those that only cause pain when you apply pressure to them. Both types can lead to more severe issues down the line, although you can take action to help halt their development or eliminate them.