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February 14, 2014 | By Melinda Fulmer
Lower-back pain is one of the most common adult complaints. Here's a way to roll away some of the tension in this area. Fitness instructor Jill Miller uses yoga therapy balls (or tennis balls) to massage away the tension in this low-back lengthener. What it does The yoga therapy balls grip the skin as they roll, digging and loosening up the thoracolumbar fascia, the connective tissue that covers the muscles of the back of the trunk. What to do Lie on the floor and prop yourself up on your elbows.
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HEALTH
January 31, 2005 | Karen Voight, Karen Voight can be reached at kvoightla@aol.com.
Those of us who spend much of our time sitting in the car, behind a desk and then in front of the TV need to counteract all the forward bending we do. Slouching forward shortens the muscles in the front of the spine and overstretches the muscles at the back of the spine. This move reverses that action. Practicing it regularly helps develop balanced muscles so you can maintain the correct position of your spine.
HEALTH
February 2, 2013 | By Chris Woolston
So how do you train the body's core? Good results can come from unexpected places, including the weight room. James Schoffstall, director of exercise science at Liberty University in Virginia, says dead lifts and squats are proven ways to strengthen the core. As he explains, the core muscles have to stiffen throughout the lifts. He adds that the moves prepare the body for real-life activities outside of the gym. "Picking up a suitcase - that's a dead lift," he says. "Getting up off the toilet - that's a squat.
NEWS
August 23, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details. Say it isn't so -- will unrepentant high-heel fashionista Victoria Beckham have to hang up her stilettos because of a possible slipped disc? Will her wearing flats in public represent the end of fashion as we know it? Probably not. The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports online that Beckham's friends are saying the sky-high heels she wore during her recent pregnancy may have caused a back injury. She was even photographed wearing towering Christian Louboutin heels at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton about 10 weeks before she gave birth to baby Harper Seven.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1989
The latest Senate hearings were not as productive as they could have been had the insurance commissioner not been suffering from a sudden and unfortunate back ailment. Both for her sake and for the sake of the people of California, I hope Roxani Gillespie has a speedy recovery from this complete loss of her spine. MASON YOST Glendale
NEWS
January 26, 1986 | United Press International
Cartoonist Berke Breathed, creator of the comic strip "Bloom County," was in satisfactory condition Friday in St. Joseph's Hospital intensive care unit after surgery to stabilize a fractured spine. Breathed, 28, underwent the 5 1/2-hour operation Thursday night to stabilize a compression fracture suffered in Wednesday's crash of his ultralight aircraft near Albuquerque.
NEWS
May 27, 1988 | From Reuters
A zebra in a Yugoslav zoo chose death over captivity and killed herself by smashing her head against the ground. The state news agency Tanjug said Thursday that the zebra broke her spine after keepers foiled an attempt by her and her mate to escape from the Sarajevo zoo.
HEALTH
August 31, 2009 | Karen Voight
Here are two ways to help you stretch your inner thighs and hamstrings. It's very important that you remember to keep your back straight. A common mistake is to lean forward with a rounded upper spine, which makes the stretch less effective. -- Karen Voight 1 Sit on the floor with your legs extended straight in front of you. Place your hands behind you and keep your spine upright as you slide both legs out to the sides as far as they can go. Make sure your toes and knees are facing up toward the ceiling.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Tribune Newspapers
It was always the fragile balance of opposing forces that made Diane Keaton's face so remarkable - those tilted melancholy eyes above that frequent and infectious smile. She seemed in a perpetual state of emotional contradiction, which is one of the things that made her such a perfect match, at least on film, for Woody Allen, who as history's most hopeful pessimist is a master juggler himself. So it's not surprising that Keaton's memoir, "Then Again," is also an elusive sort of work, part autobiography, part daughterly paean, part love letter to her own children, a book in which portions of her mother's journals and details of her parents' travails in old age far outnumber the on-set anecdotes and glamour shots.
HEALTH
June 28, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
If you practice yoga, you're familiar with downward-facing dog. It's a traditional pose that requires strength and energy in your arms and shoulders, extension of the spine, and power and stamina in your legs. If you practice yoga, you're no doubt familiar with downward-facing dog. It's a traditional pose that requires strength and energy in your arms and shoulders, extension of the spine, and power and stamina in your legs. From a kneeling position, sit back on your heels.
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