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Does Foam Rolling Actually Work?
Does Foam Rolling Actually Work?
By: Dr. Burke Ah, the foam roller. So many gym-goers finish up their workout of choice and then head straight to the blue cylinder for another session of self-myofascial release (SMR). Many athletes swear by this tender-spot-targeting practice but there is no empirical data to date that supports the belief that foam rolling improves muscle performance, increases range of motion, or aids in recovery. So, is foam rolling really effective, or is it more of an assumed benefit that misjudges the end results? Let’s start with the purpose: self-myofascial release. Fascia is the soft tissue that helps connect your muscles together and supports muscle movement. When you overuse a group of muscles, even during exercise, the fascia can become restricted. Fascial restriction can also be caused by trauma, namely injury, and inactivity. Inflammation can start to take place during fascial restriction, which can cause the connecting tissue to thicken and become very painful. This is why myofascial release, such as massages and other forms of physical therapy, can be initially painful but excellent for your long-term muscle improvement and joint health. With ...

How to enjoy the wedding dance floor without breaking a leg
It’s the end of June and wedding season is sweeping into full swing. Who doesn’t love a great wedding reception with a rockin’ band and great dance floor? Before you step out with your dance partner of choice, here are some ways to keep your jitterbuggin’ joints or two left feet safe on the dance floor. Know your dancing limits You may have been a dancing fiend thirty years ago, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. A spin twist into the full splits is a sure-fire way to find out how much your insurance deductible is. Start slow and see how your body responds. If you have arthritis, it may be best to avoid high-impact, faster-paced dance songs and moves. Save it for the kids. Enjoy dancing at your own pace. Stretch before dancing It may sound silly, but a few simple stretches are worth protecting your muscles and joints from overextending. Drink plenty of water before dancing. This helps your body get the oxygen where it needs to be for prime dancing time. Be aware of your surroundings on the dance ...

Protect your feet and legs from these common running injuries
Thousands of St. Louisans love lacing the low tops and pounding the pavement for a good exercise. Whether you’re an Asics aficionado or a Nike newbie, there’s a lot to learn about running, including what injuries you might expect. Hopefully you can avoid any injuries this summer, but if not, it’s helpful to know what to do. That's why Orthopedic Associates recently hosted an event, with the help of running shoe specialist David Spetnagel (Fleet Feet), on the best ways to keep yourself in top-running condition during the Summer months. Participants were able to come out and ask questions about their foot and running health directly to the experts! For those who couldn't make it, we typed up a little summary of the night's events for your reading pleasure! (image of Dr. Aaranson speaking on runner's health at our recent event) Most common injuries for runners One of the best ways to avoid injuries involves preparation and prevention. This includes appropriate stretching before and after running, and also watching where your feet fall along the path. Some injuries can’t ...