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The Kombucha Craze

We have seen people drinking it. We may have even drunk it ourselves.   But what is Kombucha? Kombucha is fermented tea, naturally rich in probiotics and special cleansing acids, which help detoxify the blood and liver. This powerful drink is made with four simple ingredients: water, sugar, tea and SCOBY. The fourth and most unusual ingredient, SCOBY, gives Kombucha its “mystical uniqueness,” and is key to the fermentation process. SCOBY is an acronym for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and… Read More »

Impact of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy

The clinical effects of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy include; accelerated healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, decreased swelling/inflammation, and decreased scar tissue formation. Treatment with laser therapy is painless and can reduce muscle spasm and stiffness, which can lead to immediate pain relief. The infrared light of laser therapy interacts with the tissues at the cellular level to increase cellular metabolic activity. This increase is cell activity improves transport of nutrients across the cell membrane and increases production of ATP… Read More »

Medial/Lateral Meniscectomy and Rehabilitation

Recently a friend of mine underwent a meniscectomy and post-operatively inquired what the meniscus actually did, how it typically was injured and what she should expect during the rehabilitation process. Below is an in-depth look at the information I provided for her. Anatomical considerations: The meniscus is an important load-bearing structure that supports 70% of the load transmitted through the lateral compartment and 50% medially, thus decreasing contact pressures on the articular cartilage. It is also an important secondary stabilizer… Read More »

Mobility WOD Wednesday

Throughout the day our bodies muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves need to slide and glide over each other in order to allow for movement. Unfortunately, with our primary daily position being sitting our bodies become tight an restricted impacting our function. CrossFit athletes, weekend warriors and individuals working the 8-6pm shift, have all felt those restrictions during their workouts/WODs or while bending over to pick up the groceries. The primary goal of the M-WOD is the improvement of athletic performance… Read More »

Your H20 Intake

What is the importance of drinking water? We all know that water is essential to keep us alive. However, many people today simply neglect drinking enough water or think that coffee, soda, etc. is a good substitution. Well, here are some interesting facts about the function of water in the human body: The human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water, depending on body size. A rule of thumb is that 2/3 of the body consists of water; it… Read More »

Does My Protein Power Have Soy?

Recently, I began increasing my workout regimen in hopes of losing some weight, increasing muscle mass and increasing my overall health and wellness. As such, I started to supplement a meal with a protein powder shake and would also add the protein shake after my workouts to ensure I was consuming enough calories and to help my muscles recover post workout. Unfortunately, my hopes of increasing my overall well-being were met with an unpleasant and widespread rash throughout my body.… Read More »

8 Tips to Help Reduce Your Risk of Injury During Yoga

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently, close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits.  Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, call Asanas.  They also usually include some form of breathing technique.  For example, Ujjayi breathing involves deep inhalation and exhalation through the nose, warming the body and stimulating a relaxation response  – of your parasympathetic nervous system. Yoga offers many health benefits by enabling you to develop flexibility, strength, and… Read More »

Auntie Min’s Creamy Vegetable Soup

  Auntie Min’s Creamy Vegetable Soup Serves 6 Ingredients 1/2 bunch blanched Swiss chard, leaves into 1” slices, stems into ½” slices 1 head of cauliflower, core removed, cut into florets 4 tablespoons organic or grass-fed butter 1 medium sweet potato, peeled, roughly chopped into 1/3” cubes 1 medium carrot, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1/2 small yellow onion, peeled, diced 2 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed 1 cup broccoli, roughly chopped 2 quarts chicken broth 1/4 cup water sea… Read More »

Muscle Strains Uncovered

Muscle strains are one of the most common injuries in athletes. It is estimated that 10 to 55% of all injuries in sports are in the muscle, and 90% of those injuries are strains. Though most muscle strains heal well, there is a high rate of re-injury (12-31%). A muscle strain is literally a tearing of muscle fibers; unlike sprains, which are tears of ligaments. Strains occur when too much force is applied to a resisting muscle. Excessive tensile force… Read More »

7 Big Trends & Concerns for Sports Medicine Physicians in 2013

Here are seven big trends and concerns for sports medicine physicians treating elite athletes next year. 1. Concussion management. One of the most important concerns for elite athletes is concussions they sustain during play. Concussions can have longstanding implications for the athlete’s ability to continue performing on the field as well as their life after retiring from sports. As a result, much research is being done on the biochemistry of head injuries and high impact sports are developing protocols for… Read More »

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