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December 28, 2012

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Edward Phillips, MD, Contributor

Dr. Edward M. Phillips is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, and the founder and director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. He’d like … See Full Bio
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Jillian Michaels
February 19, 2013

Really interesting workout.

February 7, 2013

Yoga all the way!

February 6, 2013

I just ran across this article and found it very informative and useful.
For many years I lived a very sedentary life style so I can relate to it
on a personnal level.
As you mentioned, even normal everyday movements were becomming more difficult every day. My job, in a Hospital meant long hours of agonizing back pain.
So I went looking for an exersice program and like you said most of them focussed mainly on abs and forgot all about the core.
Then I found a program that helped me loose weight safely and naturaly.

January 27, 2013

Has anyone done any research into the so called 5:2 diet and its effect on general fitness

Jenny Pearce
January 23, 2013

I like the tips, this is what work outs are for – to have a healthier body and not just develop abs or muscles to brag about.

Simon Sobczak
January 17, 2013

Excellent article. Core exercises are overlooked especially the older we get. I still get my Grandma to do exercises such as these and she has remained active into her 90’s. Not all down to core exercises but it sure helps!

Dr.Valerie Girard
December 30, 2012

Very disappointed in the medical community’s and your lack of investigation of one of the primary back care treatments: chiropractic. As a doctor of chiropractic, I have successfully treated a myriad of low back issues for over 30 years.
Becoming a chiropractor typically requires 7 to 8 years of post–high school study: 3 to 4 years of undergraduate education, followed by a 4-year Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree program. Chiropractors also must be licensed by their state.

We assess through range of motion, muscle strength and x-rays when indicated as well as treat, offer nutritional advice, employ yoga and exercise therapy to enhance care. When needed, we refer.

Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. People across all age groups are increasingly becoming interested in chiropractic care because it consists of nonsurgical methods of treatment.

Isn’t it time to look beyond the former prejudice encouraged by the AMA? Perhaps you will investigate the profession that more and more patients are turning to as an alternative to surgery for both spinal and extremity injuries.

We can all work together for the health of our patients. Don’t you agree?

Immunity Increase
December 30, 2012

Great Article: I am a true believer that a little daily exercise can go a long way to great health. I also recommend eating healthy and taking daily vitamins and green supplements to increase your immune system and over all health.

December 30, 2012

This is good for me! I have bad posture leaning forward, it will help me standing stright, and helps my body lean!
First exersise is like the Gangnam style 🙂

December 29, 2012

My father’s doctor told him that his debilitating back pain derives from continual dehydration. Is this something factual, like his posture and even diet are immaculate but that’s all his doctor will tell him. I’m just wondering if we should be seeking a second opinion as I’ve never heard of this before.

January 3, 2013

ITS true,the lower back pain[l4,5]can be from lack of water.Ihave heard of it.
December 29, 2012

Good article in which many problems are covered. In my point of view physiotherapist are often able to assess swelling, loss of muscle length and flexibility, poor muscle tone and many other soft tissue problems by using our hands.

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