June 2014
Welcome to summer! We hope you are enjoying a pain free and active start to your summer. This month our newsletter contains information about an FDA warning about epidural injections, how bone density has changed through history, and if there is such a thing as being too old to run. 
We also discuss an important difference between exercise and play and feature an informative article about why LeBron James cramped up in game 1 of the NBA finals (hint: it wasn't the heat and it's not dehydration). 
As always, let us know if there is anything we can do to help you live, play and be pain free.
In This Issue
FDA Warning about Epidural Injections
Thinking twice before getting a cortisone shot
Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) commonly known as "cortisone shots" are a very common treatment for neck, back and limb pain and have become the most common procedure doctors do for low back pain - done nearly 9 million times a year. The FDA recently came out with a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) warning about the dangers of epidural steroid injections for neck, back and limb pain. These injections have NEVER been FDA approved. Another recent study showed that ESIs are associated with increased spinal fractures. Read more.

Why did LeBron James cramp up?
It's not dehydration

It's old news now that LeBron James cramped up in game 1 of the NBA finals, but what still hasn't been explained is why did he cramp? Dehydration is the most common explanation given which would make sense at first glance because temperatures were above 90 degrees in the stadium, but why would he only cramp up on his left side of his body? 

Asking better questions and a little critical thinking lead us to the answer...Read more

Think you are too old to run races?
This man would disagree with that

Sure you ran track and field when you were in high school and even did a couple road races through your 30s and 40s, but now that you are 60 or 70 years old, you are just too old to run let alone race. Right? 
Stanislaw Kowalski certainly doesn't think 60 or 70 is too old to race as he just became the oldest person in Europe to run a 100m race...at 104 years old! 
Farming turns humans from athletes to coach potatoes
The body is a stimulus response organism

Cambridge University anthropologist Alison Macintosh has been studying human bone strength and density in humans from 5,300 BC to 850 AD, basically the first 6000 years of farming. What she found is that femur and tibia bone strength decreased dramatically during that time. The earliest humans studied had the bone strength of college cross-country runners, but within 3000 years the average strength had decreased to be equal to sedentary college students. 
This research shows the amazing ability for the human body to adapt to the demands placed upon it. I have always stressed to clients that the human body is a stimulus response organism and it is merely responding to the stimulus you give it 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Read more.

Exercise vs Play
Fun is the key

Physical activity is important for many reasons and has many positive benefits: improved muscle mass, bone density, and decreased body fat; lowers your risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and many cancers; decreased stress and improved mood; improved focus, attention, and memory; and physical activity boosts energy and sex drive. 
 All physical activity is not created equal. No I'm not talking about running vs swimming here. I'm talking about exercise vs play. Continue reading...
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