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    Chain, Chain, Chain….(Kinetic Chain, that is)

    To me, one of the body’s most fascinating design features is something called the Kinetic Chain. If you’re a YFH regular, you might recall my mentioning that term a time or two (e.g. The Great Joint Compromise post). And being that it’s one of the most fundamental concepts of physical function–and thus of Functional Health–you can expect to see it mentioned here […]

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    Doing Dynamic Stretches? Great…But You’re Not Stretching

    Ask ten healthcare professionals about the benefit of stretching and you’ll get at least twelve different opinions.  Earlier this summer I  attended the American College of Sports Medicine conference in San Francisco where I heard a couple of my colleagues, Ian Shrier, MD, PhD (McGill University) and Malachy McHugh, PhD (National Institute Sports Medicine and […]

  • Best and Worst Activities for Hypermobile Joints

    Instead of having muscles that are too tight, people with hypermobility syndrome  are often too flexible. They are able to extend their joints and flex their  muscles beyond the normal range. Although this increased range of motion can  serve as an advantage in activities such as gymnastics, dancing and swimming,  hypermobility can cause numerous problems, particularly with […]

  • FH Tip: Arm Rests–Use ‘Em If You Got ‘Em (Get ‘Em If You Don’t)

    I’m guessing that you don’t dedicate too much time to thinking about arm rests. But if you find yourself suffering aching, throbbing, or burning pain around your shoulders and/or neck while sitting, you should probably give them a lot more consideration. When you sit with your arms unsupported– whether dangling by your side or held […]

  • FH Tip: When It Comes To Joints, Go Big

      (originally posted September, 2011–check back next Tuesday when FH Tips resumes) Sometimes Functional Health just comes down to strategy. For example, when you carry a heavy bag–groceries, briefcase, luggage–you can hold it with your hand, requiring the small joints of your fingers to support it. You can rest it on your forearm so that […]

  • YFH Quiz: Knee Anatomy

    Do you know how many and which bones make up the knee? A)    3… the femur, patella, and tibia B)    4… the femur, tibia, patella, and fibula C)    2… the femur and tibia D)    3… the femur, tibia, and fibula ANSWER: For those not wanting to accidentally see it… the correct answer is the one […]

  • FH Tip: Interval Training Is Where HIIT’s At

    High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)–alternating between periods of higher and lower intensity exertion during a workout–yields significant health benefits over and above those obtained by exercising at a steady level.  Studies comparing the two regimens have repeatedly demonstrated the superiority of HIIT with respect to key cardiovascular parameters, muscular uptake of oxygen, and even insulin sensitivity (diabetes […]

  • FH Tip: Minimize Muscle Imbalances

    When it comes to being functionally healthy, balance is critical. I’m not talking about the kind that keeps you from falling down–though obviously that’s pretty important too.  I’m referring to the balance between muscles that are designed to work in tandem–balance between those in the front of the body and those in back, between big, strong, showy […]

  • FH Tip: Rotation 101

    If you’ve ever taken a golf lesson, you’ve probably been told to rotate through your hips and shoulders. It’s great advice. It’s also not specific to golf. As I discussed in one of my earlier posts (Get Your Diagonal On),  on the whole your body is meant to move largely by rotation. And the truth is, that […]

  • In Case You Were Wondering…

    Did you know that the only joint attaching your upper extremity to your body is one that, on average, is only about 1.5 cm wide? And nope, it’s not the shoulder joint… It’s actually the joint between your sternum (breast bone) and your clavicle (collar bone) called the sterno-clavicular joint, that little bump that juts […]