Sitting is not benign

Sitting seems to be relaxing. Why is it, then, that long periods of sitting can lead to numbness, tingling and tired legs? Look at the image of the blood vessels, nerves and lymphatic vessels that cross the front of the hip. All of these essential conduits get compressed when we sit. Imagine lightly squeezing a nerve or blood vessel for 8 continuous hours. It stands to reason that, after years of this, our legs don’t feel that great. Stand, move, stretch….whatever it takes throughout your work day to take some of the pressure off of your hips and all of the important vessels involved in sitting.

So you fell on the ice….

Icy sidewalks under a thin layer of snow are, to say the least, treacherous. At some point all of us take a fall. It may take the form of windmilling arms or a quick thunk on the back side. Your body and the ground make a hard collision. Stiffness and bruising are usually the result. They are painful but typically resolve on their own within a few days. If pain persists beyond a few days, it is advisable to seek medical help. Many a bruise covers deeper injury such as a chipped tail bone or a small fracture. Pain that lasts and doesn’t get better can be a sign that help is required for full recovery. Wishing you a safe winter!

Stretching…less is more.

Stretching is a cure all, or so we are led to believe.  Stretch before and after exercise, every morning, during breaks at work. On the rare occasions when we do get around to stretching, we typically overdo it.  We want to ‘really feel’ the stretch and ‘know that we are getting out the knots’.

A massive muscle with a small but important job

The latissimus dorsi aka ‘lats’ fans from the back of the hip bone (ilium), along the bottom half of the spine, the last 3 or 4 ribs and finally ends up attached to the upper arm.  All this real estate and so little function.  The lats main job is to move the arm back and towards the body as well as rounding the shoulder inwards.