According to the Mayo Clinic the definition of Tennis Elbow is, “a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overworked, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm.” The medical term for Tennis Elbow is Lateral Epicondylitis. Pain usually occurs at the origin of the forearm tendons right where they attach […]
I Wish I Didn’t Do That Last Back Squat
I am no expert in weight lifting but I often see and treat the painful results of lifting heavy weights with compromised form. These injuries range from minor muscle strains to herniated inter-vertebral discs. You don’t want to experience these, especially the disc injuries. They cause permanent damage to disc cartilage and/or nerves and often create intense […]
Athletes Get Sick Too
Training Your Body to Kill Cold and Flu Microbes We have arrived in the season when our exposure to powerful microbes that cause cold and flu increases and our ability to fight off infection decreases. Consider the holiday party. We tend to eat more unhealthy foods and imbibe tasty drinks that reduce immunity. We do […]
It Doesn’t Hurt Because You’re Old, Tenderfoot!
Mysterious Tender Feet Could be Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. I’ve heard a few patient’s blame tender feet on getting old. Well aging is almost always a factor related to chronic pain. However if you feel like there’s not enough padding on the bottom of your feet with numbness and tingling you might have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. That’s […]
Running Technique and Acupuncture
I like to run and I made the transition to “mid-foot” running about a year ago. Often when I mention mid-foot running in conversation somebody asks, “oh do you wear those crazy shoes with the individual toes”? For the record I don’t wear the toe shoes but I do wear minimalist shoes that fit my […]
What is Pain Telling You?
If you are starting a resolution of more exercise, congratulations! But please make sure you are not pushing through pain. The phrase “no pain – no gain” is a set up for potentially long stint of rehabilitation or worse. Pain is your nervous system asking you to address something that’s vulnerable, injured and/or out of […]
Tips to Avoid the Spring Sneeze-fest
Given all of the wet weather we’ve had this year in San Diego the local flora is bursting with pollen and the wind is blowing it everywhere. The pharmaceuticals designed to reduce your allergy symptoms may or may not help and the side affects are sometimes worse than the symptoms. Airborne allergy symptoms include: recurrent […]
Reduce Shoulder Pain
Summer means more time outside and in the water engaging in sports. Whether you consider yourself an athlete or not you are more likely to ask more of your shoulders in the summer time. Your shoulder joint can take it – if your body is prepared. Shoulder pain is the third most common cause of […]