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Pinterest Pin ItJoint Replacement Safer than Ever

Joint Replacement Safer than Ever

Posted on 01/14/2014  by  Healthy Living Blog 

woman in front of oceanA recent study published in The Lancet has shown that the already-small death rate from joint replacement surgery has shrunk even further over the past two decades. The rate of patients who died within 90 days of having joint replacement surgery fell by almost two-thirds. This reduces the death rate far below one percent of patients having joint replacement procedures.


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Pinterest Pin ItYoga and Hip Injuries - Too Much of a Good Thing?

Yoga and Hip Injuries - Too Much of a Good Thing?

Posted on 11/26/2013  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Yoga stretching and hip injuriesMyLifeStages has written often about the benefits of yoga. Yoga has been proven to soothe the heart,  improve agility and flexibility, and calm anxiety. But as with all things, there can be too much of a good thing. In particular, a recent article in the New York Times noted that women who do yoga may be at increased risk for hip injuries. In particular, it focused on a condition called Femoroacetabular Impingement (FIA), a situation affecting the way the thigh bone articulates with the hip socket.


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Pinterest Pin ItShould You Stretch?

Should You Stretch?

Posted on 04/30/2013  by  Healthy Living Blog 

The debate over whether or not you should stretch continues, most recently in this article on the NYTimes Well blog. To be precise, the central issue is whether static stretching before exercise may actually weaken the muscles and subsequent performance. 

So while sports scientists may be advising athletes not to perform static stretches before workouts (opting instead for dynamic warm-ups like swinging your legs, toe/heel walking, etc), the question remains: When should you stretch? 


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Pinterest Pin ItSudden Back Pain

Sudden Back Pain

Posted on 04/25/2013  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Back pain. I have read about it and written about it for years, but frankly it never impacted me. I took my healthy back for granted, at least until last Saturday.

I am a fairly active person and walk, dance and do yoga on a regular basis. At age 61, I have never had a back problem, other than tight shoulder muscles or an occasional soreness from raking too many leaves.

But last Saturday, as I arose from a full forward bend in yoga, I felt the electric “zing” at the top of my sacrum that no one wants to feel. I give tribute to my body that immediately set out to protect my back from further harm. It sent pain messages that kept me from bending over again, or twisting, or doing anything else that would injure the same location. My muscles also gripped tightly across my lower back, further ensuring I would not move very much.


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Pinterest Pin ItRunning and Injuries

Running and Injuries

Posted on 04/10/2013  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Running is good for us but hard on the body. Many a dedicated runner has been sidelined by injuries, particularly overuse injuries like runner's knee, tendinitis, chronic hip pain and the like. But some people manage to keep going, injury free for years. What's their secret?Jen Blake finishes the American River 50 miler

Here on our MyLifeStages team, we're in awe of our colleague Jennifer Blake who just completed last weekend's American River 50-miler. Jen has been doing this for years. She regularly goes out and runs 20 miles in a day like it's no big deal, leaving the rest of us with our jaws hanging on the floor. Not only is she amazingly fit; she's shockingly durable! (And we have to admit, those of us prone to injury are a little green with envy over our little engine who could.)


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