PSSM Aug posture

Get Clued in to Bad Posture

By PSSM Staff,

It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to solve the case of a “C” shaped back, when the curve of the spine moves away from its intended “S” shape, posture is almost always the culprit. Dr. Chris Cush of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine in Newtown said that bad posture from desk jobs is extremely common today. “We live in the perfect environment for bad posture,” said Cush. “People are glued to their computers, we are always on our cellphones looking down. […]

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Golf: A Game for Life

By Jason Green, D.C.

Hockey, basketball and football all have an expiration date, but golf can last a lifetime. Dr. Jason Green of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine of Newtown was an avid hockey player but as he aged he knew his hockey days were coming to a close. He sought a new sport, something he could play anywhere, anytime. He turned to golf and found that it suited him well. He was good enough to be an assistant golf pro at top tier […]

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The Physical Cost of Running: Common Injuries

By Mathieu Lentine, D.C.

The glory of running and the defeat of injury are both well known to Dr. Mathieu Lentine, D.C. Lentine was a competitive runner for nearly 16 years. He ran in high school, college and post collegiately. “I never liked to run but loved to race so that was what my training was always geared around,” Lentine said. In high school and college he ran cross country and track and has ran every distance up through marathon. It was all of […]

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How to Make Volleyball a Day at the Beach

By Judelkiss Todd, DPT

Getting down and dirty for beach volleyball can be a win every time with the right preparation. Dr. Judelkiss Todd from Performance Spine & Sports Medicine serves up tips for this favorite sport, but she warns even the best prepared people might feel the effects of a day of beach volleyball. “Sand is tough to play in. You’ll be slower, you’ll tire faster and your vertical jump will be reduced to millimeters,” said Todd. “The quadriceps and calves will burn, […]

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Benefits of Coconut Water

By Gary Fuschini, PTA

The clear liquid found on the inside of immature, green coconuts is known as coconut water. It has a mildly sweet, nutty flavor and is contained in coconuts which are between 5-7 months of age. Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk, which is extracted from the meat of the mature coconut. Consumption of coconut water has become very popular especially among those who exercise. Containing many vitamins, minerals and nutrients, the purported health benefits are numerous. These […]

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Take the pressure off the little ones: how to lower stress in children

By Mahmud Ibrahim, M.D.

When the pressure is on some kids lash out. Dr. Mahmud Ibrahim of Performance Spine and Sports said there are usually signs that children are under stress and most of them are a cry for help. He said some warnings that a child is facing too much stress can be short-term behavioral changes, mood swings, acting out, changes in sleep patterns or bed wetting. “Some kids have physical effects, including stomachaches and headaches,” said Ibrahim. “Others have trouble concentrating or […]

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Breakfast Should Never Be a Hunger Game

By Michael Pismarov, D.C., CCSP

It doesn’t make sense that less food would equal more weight, but according to Dr. Michael Pismarov of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, it’s true for people who skip breakfast. “Those who skip breakfast often weigh more and are more likely to eat higher calorie snacks throughout the day to rid themselves of hunger,” Pismarov said. He said for adults, skipping a meal here and there is okay if nutritional requirements are met throughout the day, but he said children […]

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Text Neck: Extreme Cell Phone Usage is a Huge Pain in the Neck!

By Mathieu Lentine, D.C.

Take a trip to the mall and look around; start counting how many people you see with their heads down looking at their phones. Some will be on the phone for a few seconds at a time; others will be on it for a few minutes at a time. Now take note of their posture. Their heads are most likely pointed downwards; ears are protruding forward past the shoulders; back is slumped forward; and shoulders are rounded in so the […]

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