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Manipulation Activates Muscles of the Core

  MOTOR CONTROL IS AN INTERACTIVE PROCESS that allows the body to initiate activity to react to perturbations and other outside forces in a coordinated manner. Normal global reactive motor control is complicated when you consider the vast amount of interactive and competing neuronal transmissions that are involved. However, in the simple example of evoking […]

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Conservative Care First: A Sensible, Effective Approach to Back and Neck Pain

ARLINGTON, Va.–(Business Wire)–During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this fall, the American Chiropractic Association is working with the more than 130,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic doctoral students nationwide to help educate the public and policymakers about the value of a “conservative care first” approach to health care. This health care […]

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Patients with plantar fasciitis experience less pain and improved QOL after standard radiation therapy

Patients with plantar fasciitis (painful bone heel spur) experience significantly less pain and improved quality of life following a standard dose of external beam radiation therapy, a common cancer treatment similar to receiving an X-ray, according to a randomized, cooperative group study that was published online July 25, 2012, in the International Journal of Radiation, […]

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Back hurt? Check your core

One classic core exercise is “the plank.” Lay flat on the floor, feet together, arms close to your sides, elbows bent and hands underneath your shoulder. Prop yourself up so your weight is on your elbows and forearms. Your arms will be bent at 90 degrees, with your elbows in line with your shoulders. You […]

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Phys Ed: The Science of Sit-Ups and Core Training

Even the importance or desirability of performing crunches, probably the most iconic and certainly the most common of core exercises, is uncertain. Research by Dr. McGill and others has shown that repeated bending of the spine, such as occurs when most of us do crunches, can over time contribute to damage of the spinal discs. […]

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