Category Archives: Chronic Disease

Fat Acceptance and Arthritis

What Is Fat Acceptance?

Fat Acceptance is a social movement, that promotes changing cultural attitudes, towards overweight and obese people.

Other names for fat acceptance is fat liberation, fat power, big is beautiful, and health at every size.

Advocates of fat acceptance want to change the collective bias about overweight people.  They believe that health is independent of body weight.

In February 2016, fashion model, Cheryl Tiegs was criticized, and subsequently apologized,  for her comments about Sports Illustrated full-figure cover model Ashley Graham, who at 5’9″, weighs 182 pounds.

Tiegs quoted Dr. Oz, that being over-sized isn’t healthy in the long run.

Fat Acceptance Is Medically Unsound

The outcomes of excess fat aren’t glamorous.  Medical studies have shown that overweight and obesity are risk factors for chronic, and sometimes life-threatening diseases such as:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis and Obesity

Excess weight causes a break down in joint cartilage, causing pain, swelling, and problems moving the joint.  Cartilage provides cushioning between the bones. In osteoarthritis, bone rubs against bone, creating joint damage and more pain.

Eventually a doctor will give an obese patient bad news about the effects of carrying around excess weight.  An overweight person can expect any or all of the following conditions:

  • A knee or hip replacement
  • Ruptured spinal discs
  • Pain medication
  • Decline in quality of life
  • Loss of balance
  • Back ache

Facts About Obesity and Arthritis

  • Being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds with each step.
  • Overweight women have nearly 4 times the risk of knee osteoarthritis.  For overweight men, the risk is 5 times greater.
  • Even small amounts of weight loss reduces the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis.
  • A person who is 100 pounds overweight, puts 400 extra pounds of pressure on their knees.
  • The more weight on your joints, the greater the chances of cartilage breakdown, and premature damage to the knees, hips and lumbar spine.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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How To Do The Seated Pelvic Tilt Exercise

What Is A Pelvic Tilt Exercise?

The pelvic tilt is an easy core exercise that stretches low back muscles. The exercise can be performed seated, standing, or lying on your back.

When Should You Do The Pelvic Tilt Exercise?

Pregnant women benefit from pelvic tilting because it prevents RED EXERCISE BALL GOOGLE IMAGEprenatal low back ache.  People who experience low back pain, caused by muscular tightness, will find that pelvic tilting, along with strengthening the abs, and back, will help alleviate low back discomfort  The pelvic tilt is also used by Pilates teachers, physical therapists, and personal trainers, who help their clients improve posture.

Equipment You’ll Need

Exercise Ball.  If you don’t have an exercise ball, use a sturdy chair.

Benefits of the Pelvic Tilt Exercise

Stretches low back muscles.

How To Do The Seated Pelvic Tilt Exercise In 3 Steps

  1. Sit on an exercise ball, with your knees at right angles. Your feet should be hip width apart, and touch the floor.
  2. Be sure you feel stable before beginning the exercise.  If you can’t stabilize your body on the exercise ball, use a sturdy chair instead.
  3. Move slowly throughout the movement, as you tilt  your low back, and then sit up tall.

Pelvic Tilt Exercise On Exercise Ball

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4 Step Back Solution

Got an achy back?  You’re not alone.  Back pain is the number 2 reason for doctor visits, and one of the most common reasons for missed work.

What should you do if your back hurts all the time?  First, check with your doctor to find out whether your back ache is caused by daily habits, muscular weakness, or an accident.

If your doctor tells you there is structural damage to bone, ligament, tendon or muscle, he/she may prescribe medication,  and/or a treatment plan.

If your doctor discovers that the reason for your back pain is muscular weakness, or daily habits, and that participating in regular exercise will help, then you can begin doing exercise.

FOUR STEP BACK SOLUTION

1) Stretch your back with Yoga poses, or Pilates exercises.

2) Strengthen your core muscles, especially the abdominal, and back muscles. Muscles work in pairs. That’s why they should be strengthened, and stretched in equal measure.

3) Avoid sleeping on your stomach.  When you sleep on your stomach, your pelvis tips forward, tightening the low back muscles.  In the morning you’ll wake up with a backache. Instead, sleep on your side, or on your back.

While you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees to help stretch your back muscles.  While sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your knees to ease your low back.

4) Practice the pelvic tilting exercise.  This exercise stretches your low back muscles.  Pelvic tilting can be done while standing against a wall, lying on your back, or seated on a chair, or on an exercise ball.

IRENE PORTRAIT picassa blue borderIrene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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Get Hired: Improve Your Posture

What does your posture say about you when you walk in to a job interview?  Is your head jutting forward, and down? Are your shoulders rounded?  Is your appearance slouched?  If so, you’re not exactly portraying an air of confidence.

MOBILE DEVICES AND YOUR POSTURE

 

In today’s era of electronic devices, most working adults are in the habit of bending their neck forward, with the chin toward the chest.

As they slouch at their desk, use their cell phone, watch TV,  videos, or surfing the web, their shoulders and upper back round forward,  while the head juts forward and down.

Over time, looking down at your cell phone, removes the natural curve of your neck, puts strain on the muscles of your cervical spine, causing pinched nerves, and herniated discs.  Doctors are seeing more patients with mobile technology-induced head, neck and back pain.

Chronic downward tilting of your head, is the result of lifestyle habits that encourage what chiropractors, and orthopedic doctors refer to as, forward head posture, and thoracic kyphosis, a rounding of the upper back.

Frequent cell phone texting is an example of a lifestyle habit that may result in poor spinal health.

Forward leaning of your head tightens chest muscles, and weakens the upper back. When your upper back weakens, it develops a rounded appearance, while your chest appears caved in, and your shoulders collapse forward.

On a job interview, you’ll want to look healthy and confident. Slumping forward with your head down conveys the opposite.

CORRECTIVE EXERCISE

Take heart, there is a solution to your problem.  It’s called corrective exercise.  Poor upper back, and neck posture can be reversed with strengthening exercises that target your upper back, stretching exercises that open the chest, and strengthening exercises for the back of your neck.

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The Rider’s Pain-Free Back

The Rider’s Pain Free Back, by James Warson, M.D. published in 2007 by Trafalgar Square Books.Product Details

Dr. Warson gives a thorough explanation of the causes, prevention, and remedies of back pain, for riders of all disciplines.

Science-based explanations are written so that everyone can understand, and appreciate the congenital and mechanical reasons for developing lumbar pain.

Dr. Warson’s book provides practical information on the diagnosis, treatment, and pain management related to back problems in riders.

If you’re a rider who has given up, or is thinking of giving up riding because of a sore, or painful back, this book is a must read.

Dr. Warson, a lifelong horseman, and neurosurgeon is the founder of the Front Range Brain and Spine Surgery Center in northern Colorado.

The Rider’s Pain-Free Back is sold on Amazon, where it rates a 5 star review from readers.

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