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Helping clients who suffer back pain. Part 4

Once acute pain has subsided, exercise to stretch and strengthen postural muscles is almost universally recommended. One bout of back pain is an indication that something needs attention. That something is usually a combination of correct body mechanics and physical fitness.


Helping clients who suffer back pain. Part 3

Of course, many questions remain. Will the control subjects with disc abnormalities later go on to develop pain? And how often do medical tests give a false positive result for people with chronic back pain? Until we have better diagnostic procedures, physicians must do their best to piece together their best guess with […]

Helping clients who suffer back pain. Part 2

Begin at the beginning Of course you would begin by referring clients back to their physicians for medical advice. While in most cases back pain indicates an isolated musculoskeletal disorder, occasionally, and very rarely, back pain is a symptom of a serious underlying disorder, such as kidney disease or cancer. Tests may be […]

Helping clients who suffer back pain. Part 1

“I don’t know what to do about my back,” a client tells you. “I’ve heard bed rest is the worst thing. The other day I read that ignoring the pain and simply resuming your daily activities is more effective than exercise! I can’t believe that. I know you’ve had lots of clients with […]

It’s Easier when you Think

The restaurant down the street. The clothing store at the mall. The movie complex. The supermarket. Your club. They all have one thing in common: They rely, day in and day out, on perfect strangers to come in off the street and become the most important people to their business — paying customers. And very […]

Managing Amidst a Changing Present, Part 2

3) Increasing number of workers. The United States labor force has been increasing faster than the general population due to the influx of Baby Boomers into mid-management, as well as immigrant workers. With the advent of higher skilled and technical jobs, the pursuit of higher education is more prevalent. In the quest to earn more […]

Managing Amidst a Changing Present, Part 1

Consider how the face and heart of fitness have changed in the past 25 years. Since we’ve come to rely on escalators and elevators, stair climbing has become one of the most popular cardiovascular activities. Although we’ll drive around the mall searching for a nearby parking space, we’re also “power-walking” inside the mall during the […]

Living With Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Much more research is needed to know what the effects of natural, untreated body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, may be and what the long-term effects of treatment can bring. Current information suggests that untreated BDD tends to run a chronic course, may get worse with age and can last for decades.


Exercise Lite

This letter requests to publish in Fitness Management next month our opinion as to the meaning, intent, probable behavioral and social effects, and health implications of the “Exercise Lite” public awareness message that was issued jointly in the summer of 1993 by the American College of Sports Medicine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. […]