January 2013 Newletter: Ski Conditioning

Stay conditioned and healthy through the ski season
It’s easy to drop our other weekend warrior workouts once ski season starts, but it’s still important to cross train to prevent injury and even improve your performance through the season. Easy at home, no excuse exercises to do to keep balance and coordination in tip top shape:

Balance on one foot while brushing your teeth or try turning your head side to side all while keeping your hips and shoulders level with the horizon
Lunges with the top of your back foot placed on a chair, keep the shin of the front foot vertical (don’t allow your knee to go out over your toes), try to keep weight in the heel of your front foot & use your glutes as you rise up
Rotational planks: start in a push up position with feet wider than shoulder width, make sure to keep spine neutral (no sagging of low back or sticking of bottom up in the air), rotate your upper body so one arm comes off the floor and is then pointing to the ceiling, return to start position and repeat on the other side. Drive this movement from the hips and core, not by using momentum in the upper body.

Although skiing relies heavily on our lower body for success the power and strength in our legs comes from having a solid base to move from, so it is extremely important to keep our mid sections toned up and with plenty of endurance to get us through a day on the hill.

If you are want to make sure you are reaching your potential schedule an appointment for an assessment and we can outline a program to keep you strong all season long.

?Ask the Acupuncturist?
Can Acupuncture help me with my Physical Therapy?

Acupuncture works great in conjunction with physical therapy by stimulating the bodies’ natural ability to heal itself. Acupuncture promotes circulation, reduces swelling, and stimulates the release of endorphins which helps us to feel relaxed. Patients leave an acupuncture treatment feeling calm, rested, and rejuvenated. It’s a great way to jump start your physical therapy routine and get better faster, its covered by most insurance and its available right here!

Try acupuncture and find out for yourself how you can feel better now! Schedule an appointment with Tyler at your next visit to the clinic or give us a call and we would be glad to help get you started.

To learn more about Tyler Martin and how Acupuncture works please visit his website at www.martinacupuncture.com.

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Happy Birthday Etta!
Etta is quickly closing in on her first birthday and what a year it has been! We are all on a steep learning curve. She has brought us nothing but joys, smiles and sleep deprivation! The pace of life has changed for the good, Etta has made me take note of some of those things I had stopped being attentive too. I have been amazed to watch her mind work and physical development she has achieved. She has been teaching me to be a better person over the past year & I imagine will continue to do so.

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