3 Surprising Ways to Keep Your Chronic Pain at Bay

Contributor:  Teresa M. Dews, MD, Chair, Pain Management 

Managing chronic pain involves working with your physician to identify the cause of your pain, and it often means getting on a treatment regimen to help control it. Pain therapies — including medications, nerve blocks, injections and physical therapy — may be part of that regimen, …

Listen to Your Body When Pain and Stiffness Strike After Exercise

After months off, you decide to hit the weight room. You put in a full three rounds of bench presses and feel great. Until pain and stiffness progressively pervade your chest muscles. Then every movement brings pure misery — so much that you can barely move the affected area.

You can expect exercise-induced muscle soreness …

Why Swimming is Great Exercise for All Fitness Levels

Swimming is one of the most popular recreational activities in the world. But swimming is far more than just a sport.

While swimming is a potentially lifesaving skill and a great physical fitness activity, it also can be a tremendous source of fun, a rehabilitation tool, a confidence builder for kids, a lifetime hobby or …

Not Sure You’re Cut Out for Running? 5 Myths Busted

While you likely know there are many benefits to lacing up your sneakers and hitting the pavement for a run, you may hear things that make you wonder whether running is really right for you.

You don’t have to run a marathon to appreciate the health benefits of running. Running is great exercise because it …

Have COPD? Exercise Helps Keep You Out of the Hospital

Are you living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? Then you know a flare-up can land you in the emergency room.

But you can take steps — literally — to avoid that trip by adding regular exercise to your weekly routine.

COPD is a family of chronic, progressive lung diseases that includes chronic …

How to Beat Fatigue in Your Breast Cancer Fight

Contributor: Diane Galvin, PT

“I know I’m supposed to exercise, but I’m just too tired.” This is the comment I hear from so many of my breast cancer patients.

I am a physical therapist who sees women after they have had a mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation — or any combination of those treatments. What …

Treadmill or Elliptical? How to Decide What’s Your Best Workout

Contributor: Katie Lawton, MEd

While treadmills and ellipticals offer many of the same exercise benefits, your goals and physical condition should guide you. Here are several considerations that will help you decide which machine is best for you.

The benefits

Both devices help you improve cardiovascular health, build endurance and lose weight. They …

Living With a Chronic Disease? 4 Best Tips for Exercising

Regular physical activity is the most important thing you can do for your health. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests getting at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

But what if you have a chronic condition such as heart diseaseasthma or back pain, and you’re limited in what you can do?…

4 Big Fat Food Lies: Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them

Most of the health and weight loss advice out there is misguided, outdated and scientifically inaccurate. Don’t let these myths, debated endlessly in the media, create road blocks for your weight loss and overall health.

Myth 1: All calories are created equal

A calorie is a calorie is a calorie, right? Wrong. This myth just …

10 Tips for Lowering Your Cholesterol

We all want to be heart-healthy, and ensuring healthy levels of cholesterol — a fat, or lipid, carried through the bloodstream — is the first step.

Low-density lipoprotein or LDL (bad) cholesterol contributes to plaque buildup along with triglycerides, another lipid. High-density lipoprotein or HDL (good) cholesterol discourages plaque buildup. Plaque can threaten the blood …