January 25, 2017

Flexibility Part 3 – How Does Myofascial Release Improve Flexibility?

In this post we revisit flexibility as Part 3 of our series. As you may recall, in Part 1, we explored the remarkable tissue known as fascia. This fascinating network of connective tissue plays a critical role in our flexibility. We’ll expand upon that in more depth here in this article. In the second part of this series, we enumerated and explained the multifarious causes for the sensation we know as “tightness”. In this third part of the series, we’ll highlight a prominent methodology that we can apply to address our tightness, known as Myofascial Release (MFR). It is my […]
January 11, 2017

Is Sitting the New Smoking? A Couple of Easy Exercises You Can Do

There’s an expression that has recently become fairly popular… “Sitting is the new smoking”. The basic meaning of this expression is that recent clinical studies have found that adverse health impact from protracted periods of sitting are equivalent to, or perhaps even worse, than that of smoking. Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative, is widely credited with coining the phrase. He states… “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” While the phrase is compelling and attention grabbing, […]
January 8, 2017

What causes that feeling of tightness or stiffness? Part 2 – Flexibility

In my previous article about flexibility, I detailed the fascinating tissue that’s known as fascia. In this second part of our series on flexibility, we will explore the various causes for what we perceive as “tightness”. In future articles, we’ll go into more depth about possible remedies for inflexibility. What can we actually do about tightness? For now, let’s discuss what makes us feel stiff, tight, and inflexible. What do we mean by “flexibility”?  There are numerous factors that affect our flexibility. When we use that term, “flexibility”, for the most part we are referring to how much can we […]