2017 January

January 30, 2017

The McKenzie Method is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients.

Developed by a New Zealand physical therapist named Robin McKenzie, this method emphasizes self-treatment for pain in the back, neck, and peripheral joints. In 1980, he published his first book, “Treat Your Own Back” as a self-help guide to relieve low back pain caused by spinal misalignments and over-stretched ligaments. The McKenzie Method, also known as MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment), is a system that includes assessment (evaluation), diagnosis and treatment for the spine and extremities.

image from: http://www.mckenzieinstituteusa.org/method-patients.cfm

These exercises would be great for runners as they tend to have tight hamstrings, hip flexors, lower back, and abs. Performing stretches that bend the body backwards (the opposite way runners tend to bend) can help counteract the effects if done on a daily basis. Try a couple for a few minutes each day and let us know how you feel!
(Source: http://www.mckenzieinstituteusa.org/method-patients.cfm)

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January 30, 2017

Pronounced ash-wa-GAN-d-ha (go ahead, try it… it’s really fun to say!)

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it adapts to what YOU need in your body. I take it to control cortisol production (the stress hormone that tells your body to store fat in your belly). I also give it to my 7-year-old mixed in with his Emergen-C packet to help him have more focus in school (along with a fish oil supplement, but not at the same time because that would be gross.)

image from: https://draxe.com/ashwagandha-proven-to-heal-thyroid-and-adrenals/

Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda, a form of alternative medicine based on Indian principles of natural healing. It has been used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, increase energy levels and improve concentration. “Ashwagandha” is Sanskrit for “smell of the horse,” which refers to both its unique smell and ability to increase strength. Its botanical name is Withania somnifera, and it is also known by several other names, including Indian ginseng and winter cherry. Many of its health benefits are attributed to the high concentration of withanolides, which have been shown to fight inflammation and tumor growth.

Studies have shown its ability to help:

  • Improve thyroid function
  • Treat adrenal fatigue
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Combat effects of stress
  • Prevent and treat cancer
  • Reduce brain cell degeneration
  • Stabilize blood sugar
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Boost immunity

There is a tablet form available through Metagenics if you’d like to give it a try and see for yourself.
It is called Exhilarin® and comes in a bottle with 60 tablets for $23.75. Visit here to see all the information and to order:  Exhilarin®

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January 4, 2017

I did a blog post on this topic a few months ago. However, I just can’t help myself as it’s such a hidden common cause of back pain for so many people so we decided to do a video showing self-care tips and stretches.

A little about back pain

Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly as a result of an accident or by lifting something heavy, or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine. Sedentary lifestyles also can set the stage for low back pain, especially when a weekday routine of getting too little exercise is punctuated by a strenuous weekend workout. *

Fitness level: Back pain is more common among people who are not physically fit. Weak back and abdominal muscles may not properly support the spine. “Weekend warriors”—people who go out and exercise a lot after being inactive all week—are more likely to suffer painful back injuries than people who make moderate physical activity a daily habit. Studies show that low-impact aerobic exercise is beneficial for the maintaining the integrity of intervertebral discs.*

Sometimes a video serves as a better visual to understand the cause of pain and how to fix it via a massage therapist, stretches, or self-massage.

Mae Jensen is Energy Fitness’ certified massage therapist. When I mention Mae’s name around our personal training clients, this is what I hear them say “I love me some Mae, she’s just so great!”

Want her number? Send us an email energymemphis@gmail.com or give us a call at 901-523-2348 and leave us your name and number and we will pass on to her to contact for scheduling a massage onsite at Energy Fitness, 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 or your space in the Memphis metro area.


Here’s a link to my previous blog post Called “Set your psoas free to regain your swagger.”

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* Paragraph Source: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet