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Don’t Cramp My Style

What happens when the nerves within your muscle tissue become abnormally excitable or confused? That muscle will involuntarily contract, tense and shorten, resulting in what is called either a spasm or a cramp, or any number of other less print-worthy terms. Lasting…

To Sleep, Perchance, To Sleep Enough

In case you don’t remember, you’ve probably spent a third of your life laying dormant, experiencing deep periods of unconsciousness alternating with patterns of symbolic, poorly understood, yet altogether vivid and emotional hallucinations. For almost everything that walks, crawls, or…

Fighting Back Against Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer. We’ve all heard about it. We’ve seen the pink-washed products on the shelves and the Run for the Cure events. But just how common is breast cancer? Well as it turns out – extremely. In 2018, there were…

It’s a Stretch

Can you touch your toes without bending your knees? Can you scratch that itch in the center of your back? How about doing the splits the way you could when you were on the Cheer team in high school? The…

Fascia-natin’ Rhythm

Around the exercise and movement world, connective tissue known as fascia was once scraped aside as unimportant by anatomists studying the more self-explanatory tissues such as muscle and bone. These days fascia is being understood as a vital class of…

Fear of a Wireless Planet

Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electromagnetic Radiation “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” -Arthur C. Clark Ever since mobile phones found their way into nearly everyone’s pocket, there have been concerns about the effects…

Being in the Zone

Last time we talked about neuroplasticity and how the brain can change itself based on what is demanded of it and how it is used. Among the various restructurings that have been studied are the effects of a mindfulness meditation…

Your Brain on Plastic

Not long ago neuroscientists believed that the human brain developed along a predictable timeline and that windows for certain types of growth closed at some point, creating a kind of final draft of the command center inside our skull in…

Screen Time!

Humans spend an awful lot of time staring at screens. You’re probably reading this on a screen. I’m certainly writing it on one, and if you’re actually lucky enough to be holding some good-old fashioned newsprint in your hands you…

Finding the Balance

Balance is such an important factor in health that the human body evolved several distinct systems to keep itself upright in all kinds of shaky situations. When one or another is compromised, the others kick in more efficiently to prevent…