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  • Positive Body Image Month!

    A core value at ELEMENTS OF MOTION is that we exercise to love and respect our bodies, not punish them. Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing some tips from our trainers and clients around developing more positive body image and a healthy relationship with exercise! Tip #3 from Polina: Don't put a condition on loving yourself (i.e. "when I lose those last 5 pounds..."). Nobody is perfect and no BODY is perfect. Don't waste time, learn to love and embrace yourself NOW. ....

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  • Do Running Shoes Make Us Run the Risk of Injury?

    Runners spend $20 billion annually on running shoes, with many lacing up pairs that can cost as much as $200. But is all this fancy footwear really a good investment? A new musculoskeletal study finds that running with running shoes exerts significantly more stress on key joints than running barefoot, potentially increasing a runner’s risk of developing disabilities such as osteoarthritis in the knees. The key culprit is contemporary running-shoe design, which interferes with the body’s natural ability to absorb forces through the foot, says lead author Casey Kerrigan, who published the study in the journal PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation. Most troubling is ....

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  • Static Stretching Leads to Decreased Running Performance

    Stretching Before Running May Lower Endurance Stretching Linked to Shorter Running Distance and Higher Energy Expenditure
    Reported by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Philadelphia, PA (September 8, 2010) — Distance runners who stretch before running may not be able to run as far-and yet spend more energy doing it, according to a study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning, official research journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals, and institutions in medicine, nursing, ....

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  • Do Cortisone Shots Actually Make Everything Worse?

    In the late 1940s, the steroid cortisone, an anti-inflammatory drug, was first synthesized and hailed as a landmark. It soon became a safe, reliable means to treat the pain and inflammation associated with sports injuries (as well as other conditions). Cortisone shots became one of the preferred treatments for overuse injuries of tendons, like tennis elbow or an aching Achilles, which had been notoriously resistant to treatment. The shots were quite effective, providing rapid relief of pain. Then came the earliest clinical trials, including one, published in 1954, that raised incipient doubts about cortisone’s powers. In that early experiment, more than half the patients who received a ....

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  • Passive Stretching the Archaic Practice

    Passive Stretch: an exercise that moves a joint or limb beyond its active range of motion. In other words, using an external force to put your body into a position that it could not achieve on its own. For decades, we’ve been told that it:
    prevents injury
    alleviates back pain and other muscle pain
    increases performance
    reduces post-workout muscle soreness
    is the only way to improve flexibility and range of motion
    should be used in a warm up or a cool down But these are all myths. There is NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE to support any of the above claims. The real truth is that it:
    leads to injury
    only temporarily alleviates back and muscle pain, but ultimately increases dysfunction ....

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  • About EOM

    Polina and Mark joined forces in 2006 with the vision of creating a unique professional health and wellness company that not only focus on a client's short-term goals, but also recognized the necessity for a long-term preventative approach to fitness. Over the last 4 years Elements of Motion has grown to be a skilled team that consists of certified and degreed professional personal trainers with over 30 years of combined experience whose goal is to help you develop and stay on a safe and effective exercise program. Our facility is also proud to be one of the only studios in the area to offer Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT), a hands-on approach that identifies and addresses muscular ....

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  • Health Practitioners

    Elements of Motion
    is fully dedicated to serving medical providers with personal fitness services for patients under their care.
    Elements of Motion
    contracts with hospitals, physical therapy clinics and chiropractic offices to provide clinical exercise, Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) and personal fitness training services on site and in the clinic of these provides whenever possible.
    Elements of Motion
    creates and nurtures referral relationships with a variety of medical and health care providers including podiatrists, pain specialists, internists, psychiatrists, psychologists, chiropractors, massage therapists, Rolfer’s and energy workers. What patient populations can ....

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