The Low Back and Core: The Importance of Strength and Stability Exercises

Do you know what makes up your "core"? Is it just your stomach muscles? No! It's a collection of many muscles that make up what is known as your "core"; these include muscles that are located around the lumbar region of your spine, also known as your low back. The muscles work together to give support and stability to the rest of your body. All of the muscles of your core are located in the abdomen, low back, hips and pelvis. Doing exercises on a regular basis to stretch and strengthen these “core” muscles can help manage and maintain the lumbar spine and overall body’s health. Not only will doing these exercises help prevent injury and/or re-injury, but learning the correct mechanics to pe

Menstrual Misery: 3 Ways Your Life Can Change

You wake up, covered in a cold sweat and reaching for your ibuprofen. That all too familiar, but unwelcome pain starts to emerge from your lower abdomen, and you know you're headed for a long day of cramps, bloating and exhaustion. If you're one of the many women out there struggling with debilitating menstrual cramps, you’re not alone. While these symptoms may seem common, that doesn’t mean you have to deal with them month after month. How do your monthly maladies measure up? It shouldn't be "normal" to experience gut-wrenching pain and other life-hindering symptoms during your monthly cycle. There aren't many mainstream resources out there that offer lasting, healing options for the menstr

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