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Exercises for Foot and Ankle Pain

Given the number of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that make up our feet and ankles, I have long felt that rather than spot treat areas of pain and stiffness, it makes more sense to work at improving overall blood circulation and joint play throughout the many articulations involved. Read more about Exercises for Foot and Ankle Pain

 

Hanging Stretches for Improved Shoulder Mobility

Assuming that you can comfortably use your arms overhead, you can further improve your shoulder strength and mobility by doing the hanging stretches in this video.

The main idea is to allow your shoulders to stretch and move through their natural range of motion while they are gently distracted i.e. while your arms are being gently pulled away from your shoulder sockets. Read more about Hanging Stretches for Improved Shoulder Mobility

 

How to Work on Your Mobility While Standing

This is a video for those who have requested a simple routine of mobility exercises while remaining upright.

In this video, I use a dowel at times to help maintain balance. You can use a broomstick, golf club, or any other similar object, or you can try doing everything without support, which will help you develop your balance and proprioception. Read more about How to Work on Your Mobility While Standing

 

Exercises for a Stiff Spine

As mentioned in this video, many of us can use more extension through the spine. A sedentary lifestyle often leads to shoulders that are rounded forward to some degree, which puts the spine in some degree of forward flexion, which is what gradually robs intervertebral joints of their natural capacity to extend backward. Read more about Exercises for a Stiff Spine

 

Ulcerative Colitis Diet Plan

As a follow up to part one of this series on a natural treatment program for ulcerative colitis and other symptoms of chronic gastrointestinal distress, this article provides a specific dietary plan that many people with ulcerative colitis and other types of inflammatory bowel disease can benefit from. Read more about Ulcerative Colitis Diet Plan

 

How to Improve Digestive Tract Health

This post offers a collection of dietary and lifestyle guidelines that I have found to be helpful to people looking to overcome ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel conditions.

Because these guidelines are designed to take burden off of the gastrointestinal tract, following them can also help relieve common symptoms of indigestion, including bloating, excessive gas production, acid reflux, constipation, and diarrhea.

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Oil Swishing To Support Healthy Teeth and Gums

A while back, a colleague in northern California told me that he had started to ask most of his patients to practice "oil swishing" to support healthy teeth and gums.

Oil swishing - sometimes called oil pulling - is a simple Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing about one tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes once daily, typically in the morning. Read more about Oil Swishing To Support Healthy Teeth and Gums

 

A Game that Develops Reaction Time, Agility, Balance, and Hand-Eye Coordination

A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon the work of Patrick Herzog, a functional therapist in Germany who makes use of an Indiaca when training his clients.

I was fascinated by this "floating pin," as I called it, and reached out to Patrick to find out what it was and where to get it. Read more about A Game that Develops Reaction Time, Agility, Balance, and Hand-Eye Coordination

 

A Fun Game that Improves Balance, Core Strength, and Joint Position Sense

Here's a simple game that you can do anywhere with a soft belt or rope or anything similar that you and a partner can wrap around your waists and be connected with each other.

Have each person wrap one end of the belt around the waist so that the belt takes on an "S" shape. Each person should hold on to his or her end of the belt with the hand on the side where the belt ends, right along the side of the waist. Read more about A Fun Game that Improves Balance, Core Strength, and Joint Position Sense

 

How to Make Your Own Strep Throat, Cold and Flu Tonic

In experimenting with a number of tonics over the years, I've whittled my favourites down to a simple concoction of six ingredients that are highly effective in offering protection against strep throat, colds and flu.

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Here's what you need to make this simple and highly effective sore throat, cold, and flu tonic: Read more about How to Make Your Own Strep Throat, Cold and Flu Tonic

 

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