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Shoulder Pain? What Causes Your Pain October 15, 2013

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Shoulder Pain? What Causes Your Pain

Hot, tender or painful spots in your muscles are Trigger Points. They typically develop from lack of stretching or improper stretching but can also be caused from stress/trauma, repetitive motion or even poor posture.

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Other common causes are:
sitting without firm back support (slumped posture)
prolonged sitting in a chair without armrests, or armrests that are too high, or too low (leaning to one side)
cradling a phone between ear and shoulder
large breasts
one leg shorter than the other
typing on a keyboard that is too high
prolonged improper sleeping position
playing a violin
kayaking
overly tight bra straps
carrying a handbag (prolonged hiking up of the shoulder)
head-forward posture (jutting chin)
whiplash
walking with a cane that is too long

Reduced circulation in trigger points will eventually lead to muscle shortening and restricted movement which further accentuates the pain, thus completing a cycle of decreased mobility and further pain.

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This commonly becomes the underlying cause of chronic shoulder immobility and even chronic headache pain. You will typically continue to suffer from these ailments for long periods until the problem is treated directly.

Over the next few days we’ll go through the actions you can take to ease your pain or remove the causes.

Stay Active, Eat Well, Feel Great
Jax

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Foods that Fight Ageing #2 Natural Cocoa May 29, 2013

Filed under: Health,Nutrition — jax allen @ 8:28 am
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2. Sip cocoa for your heart
Another reason to enjoy this tasty treat: It helps to maintain healthy blood vessels, which support healthy circulation and a healthy heart. Opt for antioxidant-rich cocoa beans, which contain twice the amount dark chocolate does without much the added pro-aging fat and sugar, says Cheryl Forberg, RD, and author of Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer, Sexier You.

Choose “natural” cocoa powder — when processed, added alkali reduces its antioxidant numbers.

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Why You Are NEVER Too Old To Try Pilates.. April 12, 2013

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Why You Are Never Too Old To Try Pilates

from JaxAllenFitness.com

As our bodies age we tend to exercise less, and the less exercise we do, the harder it is to start again.

But the older we get, the more important exercise becomes.

Problems associated with poor posture, being overweight and poor muscle tone worsen with age, and knock-on effects such as aches and pains, osteoporosis, poor circulation, insomnia and lack of energy can become even more problematic.

The good news is that Pilates is a safe form of exercise for all ages and is particularly suitable for people who haven’t exercised in a while.

Pilates In Later Life

Pilates is a gentle form of exercise that won’t leave you puffed out and thus avoids placing stress on your heart and lungs.

But just because Pilates doesn’t conform to the “no pain no gain” mentality of other exercise regimes, don’t think that it isn’t an excellent route to increased fitness.

Working at your own pace, you will build up your stamina, strength and flexibility; stretching, lengthening and strengthening muscles as you do so. And because Pilates exercises are performed with precision and control, the risk of injury is greatly reduced too.

Re-Energise Your Life

The principle objective of Pilates is to build abdominal, back and pelvic strength resulting in body toning and improved posture.

Many medical experts believe that when the body is balanced with good posture and good core muscle support, the involuntary body functions such as breathing, digestion and bowel function also benefit.

Breathing techniques are also an important part of Pilates, helping the delivery of oxygen to the body as well as boosting your energy levels.

And because a Pilates session will leave you feeling relaxed and energised, your mental well being will improve alongside your physical well being.

Pilates And Arthritis And Osteoporosis

Pilates is especially effective at relieving back pain, joint inflamation, swelling, arthritis, and tension throughout the body.

After a few sessions your range of movement will increase and you will notice a reduction in swelling and inflamation. By improving your blood circulation, there are add on benefits such as an improvement in bone density – important not only for those already suffering from osteoporosis, but also for those wishing to avoid it.

And It’s A Great Way To Make New Friends!

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The Final Word Goes To Joe Pilates Himself

Joseph Pilates died at the age of 87, but with the body of a much younger man. Up until his death he led a full and active life and was very proud of the Pilates exercise programmes he had developed. Indeed, he never tired of recommending Pilates to one and all.

“I must be right,” he said in 1965. “Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”  I hope you decide to join these classes – I know you’ll feel better for it just like ‘Old Joe’

Jackie Allen  PilatesSolutionsUk.com   07831 680086   info@Pilatessolutionsuk.com