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Stretching, stretching, stretching. Everyone tells you that you should stretch in order to maintain good muscular health and flexability. Well yes and no. I wil attempt to explain.

There are times when stretching is warranted and other times when it is not.

When stretching is not warranted:
Immediately following an injury or trauma to a muscle,or group of muscles. Stretching an already hypermobile muscle (the opposing muscle group may be hypomobile setting the stage for possible future injury). When the muscle is cold. It has been my experience, stretching a cold muscle has little or no effect on muscle flexability. In fact, it may cause the very damage stretching was designed to prevent.

So, when should you stretch? After you have warmed up. Bring your bodys temperature up to a level where you just start to perspire (beads of sweat). Or if its a rest day from your workout routine, about 1 hour before bedtime.

Manny Amaral
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Taking the Pain Out of Fibromyalgia:

Ten years ago, Adrienne Bell of Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a painful disease of the muscles and connective tissues. �I ached everywhere I had a muscle,� Adrienne says. �My body felt like it was totally disintegrating.�

On the advice of her physician, Adrienne began swimming twice a week for exercise. Though the swimming did help, her workouts were still painful and she would have to spend a day in bed every few weeks to recover. �This was the �norm� for five or six years,� she says.

She came across Rel�v quite by accident and, �I thought if it didn�t do me any good, it shouldn�t do me any harm!� So she tried Rel�v Now and within three weeks had no pain while swimming. �The other aches and pains started to disappear,� she reports. �My irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue are now all part of the past. I can live a full life and do what I want, when I want, without having to allow days in between to recover from ordinary activities.�

The products have worked their magic on Adrienne�s daughter, Susanna, as well, who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and attention deficit disorder four years ago. Within eight weeks of starting the products, Susanna blossomed. �She is taking GNVQ in Leisure and Tourism and recently completed a Leprechaun Rugby Coaching Award and her RLSS Bronze Medallion. This would have been totally out of the question a year ago.� Find out more about this amazing product by visiting:


Soothe Away Jaw Pain

Daily 30-minute "brain treats" help relieve the hurt and stiffness
source: Prevention Magazine

In a recent study, more than 40 people with tempromandibular disorder (TMD); a set of conditions that affects the jaw muscles, jaw joints, and masticatory functioning, reported less jaw pain and greater jaw movement after practicing stretching exercises or relaxing.

So whether your jaw hurts because you have TMD, or because youve been grinding or clenching your teeth lately, try what worked for the study participants.

* Listen to a relaxation tape or tune in to relaxing music of your choice 30 minutes each day.

* Repeat the following stretching exercise 10 to 15 times, three times a day: Open your mouth as wide as you can without causing pain. Hold for 5 seconds, then slowly close. "Its important to do this when you can focus on the stretch itself, not when your driving to the store," advises Richard Ohrbach DDS, PhD, assistant professor of oral diagnostic sciences at the State University of New York in Buffalo, who headed the study.

Note: If you have pain in front of the ear, pain and clicking in your jaw joints, or extreme difficulty opening your mouth, check with your doctor before trying this exercise.

For more information on treatment of TMD contact me at [email protected]


What is Macrobiotics

Courtesy of Macrobiotics Online

Macrbiotics is the art and science of health and longevity through the study and understanding of the relation and interactions between ourselves, the foods we eat,  the lifestyles we choose to lead and the environments in which we live.

The macrobiotic approach is based on the view that we are the result of and are continually influenced by our total environment, which ranges form the foods we eat and our daily social interactions to the climate and geography in which we live.

In considering all factors which influence our lives, the macrobiotic approach to health and healing views sickness as the natural attempt of the body to return to a more harmonious and dynamic state with the natural environment. As what we choose to eat and drink and how we live our lives are primary environmental factors that influence our health and create who we are, the macrobiotic approach emphasizes the importance of proper dietary and lifestyle habits.

The macrobiotic approach is based on principles, theories and practices that have been known to philosophers, scholars and physicians throughout history. The term "macrbiotics" comes from Greek ("macro" meaning large or long and "bios" meaning life) and was first coined by Hippocrates, the father of western medicine. Its most recent development stems from Michio Kushi who was inspired by philospher-writer George Oshawa. George Oshawa published many works in Japanese, English and French which combined the western traditions of macrobiotics with 5,000 years of traditional Oriental medicine.




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