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How A Nagging Injury Can Ruin Your Run

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Your body has evolved into a lean, mean running machine over millions of years of evolution and countless hours around the track. And one little blister can screw it all up.

Think of your body as a finely tuned engine: efficient, but susceptible to the tiniest problems. A worn-out shoe, an ill-placed rock, or that timeless annoyance – a blister.

Five Simple Ways To Relieve Neck Muscle Pain

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Picture this: you wake up in the morning and turn to check the alarm clock. Suddenly, it strikes – neck pain. And you can kiss the rest of your day goodbye.

Neck strains, sprains, and spasms are among the most painful injuries one can sustain. Neck pain can come from turning your head in a funny way, or from staring at a computer screen too long, or from the stress of daily life.

Thankfully, there are many simple ways to relieve neck pain. Here are five things to try the next time you experience neck muscle pain.

Professional Style: Fast Recovery From Muscle Strain

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Pro athletes are always looking for a recovery edge. They want fast recovery from muscle strains, sprains, and other sports injuries so they can get back in the game and compete.

So, what do the pros do to recover faster than the rest of us?

What is the Best Sports Injury Treatment?

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Many athletes agree that there is nothing more frustrating than an injury. Whether you are a football player sitting on the sidelines or a casual runner stuck sitting on the recuperation couch, you know the frustration.

Whether it’s strains, sprains, or tears, nearly every injury treatment involves the same recipe for recovery: time. Our bodies are adept at healing, but the process takes time, and pushing yourself before you are ready can lead to further injury.

So what is the best sports injury treatment?

The Best Therapy For Muscle Pain

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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There’s no instant cure for muscle pain. But there is a secret weapon.

The secret weapon is combining heat and ice with massage and compression. Simple in theory, but in practice – not so much.

When you strain or sprain a muscle, recovery can seem like a waiting game.

How To Start A Running Routine

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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If you want to start running, you start by setting a goal.  A mile a day?  A 5k race in a month?  A half-marathon in half a year?  Just set your goal.

It’s that simple.

Well, not exactly.

Get a Spring Training Muscle Warm Up

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Spring is in the air, which means two things are fast approaching… baseball season and bikini season.

So, even if you’re not a major leaguer, it might be time to shed all that winter weight you put on hibernating on your sofa and watching TV during the cold winter months.

How To Get A Deep Muscle Massage At Home

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Are you getting your money’s worth when you get a professional massage?  Sure, a spa massage can reduce pain in muscles and joints, but did you know you can replicate the pain-reducing power of a professional spa treatment in your own home? With so many different types of massages, it can be tough to figure out which one is best for you. There are plenty of massage techniques that rely on deep pressure, compression, and heat. Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, and shiatsu are just a few examples of massages that go beyond simply pressing on someone’s back. What do those massages have in common?

Why Proper Warm Ups Help You Jump Higher

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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If you want to “Be Like Mike” and soar above the rim, here’s a tip: it’s not about the shoes, it’s about the warm up.

Watch any football or basketball game, and you’ll notice players on the sideline riding stationary bikes.  No, they’re not trying to sneak in a quick workout between plays.  They’re warming up.

How To Treat Most Running Injuries

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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If you’re a serious runner, you probably hate missing a run for any reason. Like the old faithful U.S. Postal Service, whether rain, shine, sleet, or snow, you’re out there doing your roadwork.

Many experienced runners even run through pain. In fact, many elite runners are in a perpetual state of pain. But, most of us aren’t elite runners and there are times when concerns about pain cause us to skip our beloved run. Why are running and pain such steadfast bedfellows?

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