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Dr. Michael Berenstein
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Movement Is Medicine
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Inspired by our recent winter relapse and the return of ‘shoveling injuries’ comes this important ‘Patients of Dr. Berenstein’ service message:

You cannot be “safe” with your lifting and movements all the time. This is why the idea of “always bend with your knees” doesn’t really work. There will come a time when you cannot or forget to ‘bend with your knees’ and the result is going to be a low back injury.

Then, you’re going to wonder if it is a disc herniation, a joint pain, a muscle strain, or some combination of these ‘anatomical injuries’.

The reason exercise is so beneficial to treating and preventing back pain is because it raises the anatomy’s tissue capacity. When the LOAD on your tissue exceeds your TISSUE CAPACITY, the result is INJURY. You cannot avoid load, so we all must ensure we raise our tissue capacity.

If this concept is foreign to you (and it might be because health care providers have not taught patients how to tolerate load), or you’re not sure what or how to do it, then it’s time to come in for a visit.

I am always here to provide treatment for pain and injury, but I really enjoy helping you PREVENT injury.

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The weather is about to warm up, meaning outdoor activities are on the horizon, including the opening of outdoor swimming pools!

Shoulder Blade & Joint Range of Motion is critical for swimmers. Among other mobility exercises (Scapular CARs + Glenohumeral CARs), here's a quick movement pattern that helps train the shoulder joint while squeezing the shoulder blades together:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjRVY4kisn0

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Weather is about to warm up (Yay), so many of us will go from hibernation mode to outdoor playing/running/active mode. Sitting (and not being active) will keep our hips in flexion, resulting in tight & weak psoas muscles (hip flexors). We need to make sure we use our psoas to keep it strong, and especially introduce hip extension to make sure psoas move through it's entire range of motion.

Here's a quick tutorial on how to get into the hip flexor (psoas muscle) stretch (we'll discuss psoas strengthening another day):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABDbWQJP_C4
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In a companion piece to a previous blog post, today I'm sharing a blog entitled, "Life Is Like A Video Game" ... inspired by the new movie Ready Player One ... this blog showcases how a video game I played seemed to perfect the needs of the human body in real life (of course, the hours playing the game didn't help my own body).

It's an old blog, but one of my favourites:

https://www.chiropractortoronto.com/life-is-like-a/
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Today, I'm sharing a neck exercise that can be incorporated into your day to offset the forward head position that often accompanies staring at your phone or computer screen. In this exercise, you are retracting your head (pulling it straight backwards) and then slightly extending, followed by protracting your head (pushing it straight forward) and then flexing it. This will move your head and neck through the full range of motion (ROM) in the Sagittal Plane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP4AXUOFsxw

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Low back and neck pain get a lot of attention - they're the leading causes of musculoskeletal pain. But, upper & mid back pain occurs a lot too - AND, the function of the thoracic spine has a lot to do with helping (or not) the neck and the low back. There is less movement in the Thoracic Spine (due to the rib cage), but it still can and needs to move. Here are some easy mobility exercises for your mid back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edb4tAcVxWU
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