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It’s that time of year. The sun in shining, the trees are green and the flowers are blooming. The air is warm and coats are a thing of the past. Hello shorts and running trails, you’ve been missed.

But wait, there is something lurking in the air threatening your fitness routine. Pollen. This pollen can cause a range of allergic reactions from fatigue to stuffy noses and itchy eyes. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America one in five Americans suffer from some type of allergies. These symptoms can wreck your motivation to exercise or leave you stuck in a cramped gym on a beautiful day.

There are a few things you can do to ensure that spring allergies don’t get you down. Read More

CrossFit is arguably the fastest growing new workout trend that is taking the nation by storm. CrossFit advocates swear by these unique, intense and fast workouts. The style is unlike any other workout and the results are astounding.

Intense and Fast Workouts

CrossFit workouts center around intensity. The workouts are essentially a combination of gymnastics, aerobics, weight lifting and high-intensity plyometric movements. Individual workouts consist of barbell movements, muscle ups, toes-to-bar, burpees, deadlifts, running and much more. Each day there are different workouts (WODs) that CrossFitters complete as quickly as possible or accomplish as much work as possible in a given time domain while pushing themselves to their limit. This intense constant movement targets different muscles in the body and prevents CrossFitters from hitting the dreaded plateau. The new and functional movements are constantly changing up the body and strengthening it as a whole rather than focusing on individual muscle groups. Read More

With recent advances and changes in technology, the healthcare field has been branching into new territory, namely the mobile realm. There are now healthcare apps, bands and monitors that allow you to monitor your health, nutrition and fitness wherever you go.

Recently Wired.com released an article about Apple’s rumored new app called Healthbook.  This app is rumored to track virtually everything that involves your health: sleep, nutrition, exercise, hydration and even vital signs. Some are speculating that Healthbook will be released along with the iOS 8 or with a new wearable health-monitoring device. While this is still only a rumor, there are many health gadgets and apps currently on the market to help monitor and track your health. Read More

Evidence-based guidelines recommend conservative treatment for CTS

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is due to a build up of pressure around the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel at the front of the wrist, leading to sensory and motor changes in the tissue that is supplied by the nerve. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome in the U.S. has been estimated at about 50 cases per 1,000 people in the general population. A study released by the National Center for Health Statistics estimated that 3.1 million people sought help from physicians for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome in 2005.
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Commonly known as heel spurs or runner’s heel, plantar fasciitis is a stubbornly painful condition that can keep you on the couch. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tendon on the bottom of the foot connecting the heel and toes (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. The discomfort tends to develop gradually. The pain is typically sharp and tends to be focused around the heel, which is why it is often confused with heel spurs. One of the tell-tale signs of plantar fasciitis is that it is much worse first thing in the morning.

One probable cause of plantar fasciitis is the continual pounding of the heel while running. Runners who heel strike in this way are much more likely to suffer from this stubborn and sharp pain. Other common causes include: sudden increases in running mileage, bad exercise habits, shoes that don’t offer proper support, work that involves being on your feet for long periods, or being overweight.

Historically, treatment has been limited to long periods of rest—requiring a break from running until pain subsides. In some cases, anti-inflammatory medication, expensive orthodontics, or even costly surgery may be recommended. But conservative treatment is almost always successful, given enough time. The downside for most runners and active individuals is that this treatment approach can last from several months to 2 years before symptoms improve—with an average recovery period of about 9 months. That’s a long time to stay inactive or put your training on hold.

Airrosti, on the other hand, leaves patients pain free in an average of three visits. The Certified Recovery Specialists conduct a thorough consultation with the patient to diagnose the root of the pain. Then the doctors get to work using a manual therapy technique on soft tissue or joints to relieve the pain. Depending on the injury, a stretching routine or at-home care may also be devised for the patient. The combination of these methods makes for a faster recovery time. You’ll be back in the gym or on the trail before you know it.

Foam Rolling

So, we’ve seen them at one time or another in the gym or in the Airrosti offices. You know, the long, circular, white or black foam rollers. We know they must be beneficial, because so many people use them. You might have tried using one, only to be left scratching your head and wondering why you were rolling around the floor. But foam rolling can be very beneficial to your routine … if you know what you’re doing.

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In the late 1940s, the steroid cortisone, an anti-inflammatory drug, was first synthesized and hailed as a landmark. It soon became a safe, reliable means to treat the pain and inflammation associated with sports injuries (and other conditions). Cortisone shots became one of the preferred treatments for overuse injuries of tendons, like tennis elbow, which had been notoriously resistant to treatment.

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Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks is an American mixed martial artist and an accomplished former collegiate wrestler. He currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Welterweight division and as of March, 2013, he has been ranked as the number one contender in the world. On Saturday, March 15th, he will fight for the title against Robbie Lawler. This fight is the most important of Johny’s career and as such, staying healthy is his top priority. Hear Johny talk about his preparation for the fight and how Airrosti has allowed him to get through the most intense training camp of his career.

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