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Benefits of HIGH mid-life GRIP STRENGTH on longevity

handgrip_dynamometerHere is a recent study (May 2011) on grip strength in men and longevity – another reason to maintain strength as we age.

The main results of a study following men for 44 years until their death were that having:

  • good muscle strength (high grip strength measurement),
  • being physically active,
  • not smoking,
  • and absence of chronic conditions at the age of 62 years,
  • as well as having a long-lived mother

each contributed 1 to 3 years for the length of remaining life.

The same variables also correlated with the likelihood of becoming a centenarian.

These findings expand earlier analyses showing low midlife grip strength predicts an increased risk of disability and death (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3337929/#!po=86.1111).  Check out the norms (combined left and right hands in kgs) used here (http://kinesiologists.ca/wp/bcrpa-certification/personal-trainer-store/free-resources/assessment-grip-strength/).

Would you like to have your grip strength measured to see where you fall for your age and gender?  Would you like a training program designed by a practicing kinesiologist?

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The KIN is IN – A tip for new Moms

The KIN is IN – A tip for new Moms.

Breast feeding: Many new mothers bring their breast closer to the baby’s mouth when nursing. This leads to a hunched over position with the shoulders rounded, and an excessive forward position of the head. Sitting for extended periods in this position may lead to compressed inter-vertebral discs, stretch already lax postpartum ligaments, and foster existing muscle imbalances at the shoulder joint.

Better position: A less strenuous position is to bring the baby closer to your breast. Begin by sitting in a more ergonomically correct position the next time you breast feed:

  • Sit up taller with your ears aligned over your shoulders
  • Pull your shoulders pulled “back and down” – avoid rounding your shoulders.

A chair with good low back support will go a long way, as will a footrest. A pillow can be used to support you in raising the baby closer to the breast.

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The healthcare information is intended as an information resource only and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
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The KIN is IN – A tip for all the hard working Moms (and Dads)

The KIN is IN – A tip for all the hard working Moms (and Dads).

When carrying a child: Many parents carry the baby at the side of their body, but how many do it on the same side of the body every day?  Probably a fair number.

When one hip juts out to rest your baby on it, recognize that it may feel comfortable and require less work to your muscles, but in reality it is a very asymmetrical position.  This position often causes muscle soreness and develops muscle imbalances. If you feel the need to carrying carry your child in this position, be sure to switch sides every now and then to avoid developing a muscular imbalance.

The best alternative: hold your baby in the center of your body using both your arms. Do so keeping your core engaged and your shoulders retracted (back and down). Essentially, mix it up a bit. Don’t become too attached to carrying the baby in one position.

Stay tuned for more every day handy tips and follow us on facebook and/or twitter.  For tips catered specifically to your needs, give us a call at 604-736-9858.

The healthcare information is intended as an information resource only and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

 

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The KIN is IN – Tip to keep driving in comfort without pain

The KIN is IN – keep driving in comfort without pain.

Attention drivers:  Stop driving with a wallet in your back pocket.

A wallet in your back pocket tilts your pelvis and spine to one side, placing stress on your lower back.  When seated, a wallet in your back pocket may place pressure on your sciatic nerve leading to additional discomfort in your lower back and down the leg.

This tip applies to anyone sitting for an extended period of time.

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The KIN is IN – Tip to keep driving in comfort without pain

The KIN is IN – keep driving in comfort without pain.

Attention drivers: another tip for those of you spending time to and from work in your vehicles.  This week I’m going to specifically address those who already have low back pain.

Stop getting in and out of your car one leg at a time! That side step can place additional stress on your lumbar spine by dis-levelling and rotating your hips. Instead try this next time:

  • When getting in your car: After opening the vehicle door turn to face the opposite direction. Feet shoulder width apart, lower yourself on to the car seat as if you were lowering yourself into a squat. Once seated, your feet should still be on the pavement. Now swivel to the right to put the feet on the drivers mat.
  • When getting out of your car: Perform the opposite movement as above. Swivel both your legs out to the left so that your feet are now resting on the pavement. Squat upwards.

This in and out technique is less evasive to the low back and safer. Your sore low back will thank you.

Stay tuned for more every day handy tips and follow us on facebook and or twitter at http://kinesiologists.ca/.  For tips catered specifically to your needs, give us a call at 604-736-9858.

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