Author Archive | Michelle Davis

Spine Health

As some point in our lives we experience back pain, this can be from sport, general activity even our job. Low back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in those under age 45. The spine provides structural support for our bodies, protection for our central nerves, and facilitates movement. The spine is […]

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Get To Know Your Muscles – Biceps

The biceps brachii, known simply as the biceps, is a muscle that is involved in the movement of the elbow and shoulder. It is a double-headed muscle, meaning that it has two points of origin or “heads” in the shoulder area. The short head of each biceps brachii originates at the top of the shoulder […]

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Body Fat – How Does It Affect Health?

The term ‘body fat’ is a familiar one. However, most people associate this word to obesity, cholesterol and an unhealthy constitution. Although excess body fat content can have severe implications, the body requires a specific content of body fat for various metabolic and structural functions. Body fat is produced in the body through the absorption […]

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Exercise, health and stress

Many forms of exercise reduce stress directly, and by preventing bodily illness, exercise has extra benefits for the mind. Regular physical activity will lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol, and reduce your blood sugar. Exercise cuts the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, colon and breast cancers, osteoporosis and fractures, obesity, depression, and even […]

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According to the scales, my weight is down but my Body Fat Percentage is up – what’s the go?

When you are exercising regularly your muscles retain water (it takes 3 water molecules to bond to each glycogen molecule, and this helps deliver energy to the muscles more efficiently). So if you have stopped working out or reduced your workout schedule then your muscles will let go of this water, in turn bringing your […]

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What causes tight calf muscles?

Tight calf muscles may be caused by biomechanical problems of the foot or even your running style can increase the strain on the calf muscles. Physio or Chiro practitioners can identify if you have these problems by performing a gait analysis on a treadmill to identify the issues and then prescribe stretches or specific exercises […]

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What happens when the psoas muscle is tight?

The most common condition resulting from a tight psoas muscle is back pain. When your psoas is tight and you are standing up, the contraction of the muscle brings the lower back into a greater than normal degree of arching. This arching of the lower back compresses the vertebrae and brings all of the lower […]

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Muscle Wasting and Mental Health – Role of Skeletal Muscle on Brain Function

As we age our muscles become smaller and weaker, a condition known as sarcopenia. Research has shown that sarcopenia leads to an increased risk of poor functional status (i.e. a limited ability to perform activities of daily living) and poor musculoskeletal/cardiometabolic health. There have been recent studies to show that sarcopenia may also affect mental […]

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The Mechanics of a Squat

A squat is a full body movement that works just every muscle group in the body. It mimics a lot of natural movement patterns in everyday life.  We’ve been squatting since we were babies, as we get older and learn to sit in different position during the course of a day and repetitively our ability to […]

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