December 2017

Joint Health: If You Don’t Move it, You Lose It

December 11th, 2017|

As a chiropractor, I commonly see people with complaints of neck and back pain. Usually I’ll take a set of x-rays to assess what their spine looks like, and sadly, I often have to tell them that they have some degree of spinal degeneration. Spinal degeneration presents as thinning of the cartilaginous disc between the […]

Yoga as Therapeutic for Low Back Pain and Aquatic Possibilities

December 5th, 2017|

When practiced correctly, yoga appears to be effective in treating a wide variety of health conditions.  Iyengar yoga is most commonly found in therapy as it strives for precise anatomical alignment and uses various props to assist positioning.  The attention to precise anatomical positioning makes it well-suited to back pain, where dysfunctional alignment may be […]

October 2017

Backpacks and Text-Necks

October 30th, 2017|

An overwhelming number of Americans are awakening each day to upper back pain and neck stiffness, chronic ailments that can be a result of our neoteric lifestyle. Day-to-day life in the 21st century presents new, modernized “first world problems” that our predecessors didn’t suffer from. Two of the new-age culprits that cause chronic upper back […]

October 26th, 2017|

Eat to Strengthen Your Bones, Ligaments, Cartilage, & Muscles

As we age, if we’re not taking measures to prevent it, our bones and connective tissue can start to degenerate and weaken, leaving us prone to injury. Sitting all day at work can expedite this process, since weight bearing is what makes our bones and joints stronger. […]

May 2015

Calcium for Bone Health

May 6th, 2015|

No matter your age, we all can reap the benefits of incorporating the recommended amount of calcium in our diets. The recommended intake may shift depending on our age, but it remains a constant necessity throughout our lives.
The bones that make up your skeleton are made up various minerals, including calcium. Without calcium, bones are […]

Getting Ready to Run: Hip Strength

May 1st, 2015|

If you happened to see our race training plan for Spinal Champions, you might have noticed the plan included hip strength. Not quite ready to train for a race yet? Not a problem, because these exercises are still relevant to you since hip strength is an important part of spinal health as well.
Trainer Carrie Seifert of the Virginia […]

April 2015

Spinal Champion 5k Training Plan

April 15th, 2015|

One of the Spinal Research Foundation’s favorite ways to celebrate Spinal Champions is with our We’ve Got Your Back national race series. For many, imagining participating in a race after overcoming spinal health challenges might seem overwhelming. However, with the Virginia Therapy & Fitness Center’s 2 Month Training Program, you might discover that you can walk or […]

Restorative Yoga & Back Pain Relief

April 14th, 2015|

Q1: What is restorative yoga and why is it different from other types of yoga?
A1: Restorative yoga is a type of yoga done lying down that involves no active movement or muscular engagement. With the support of yoga props like blankets, bolsters, and foam blocks you’ll lay in various supine poses designed to help you […]

4 Tips To Sit Less At Work

April 14th, 2015|

Physical activity is one of the best things we can do for our bodies. According to the CDC, an adult needs 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity every week, and additionally, muscle strengthening activities 2 days per week.
For many of us, this is old news. Those who have sought help for […]

Workplace Ergonomics

April 7th, 2015|

By Erin M. Friend, P.T., D.P.T., C.E.A.S.
Ergonomics is the science of blending the workstation to the worker in order to increase health and productivity and decrease work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
Records show that ergonomics dates back to the 5th century when Hellenic civilizations used ergonomic principles to design tools and workplaces. Similarly, Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, […]