On Sunday, January 31st, 2010, The Hart Wellness Center sponsored a fund-raising event to aid in disaster relief for Haiti after the devastating earthquake just a few weeks back. The event was an overwhelming success raising and donating over $1,000 to the American Red Cross under the International Response Fund and the Haiti Relief and Development Fund. Thank you all so much for attending and giving so generously to this special cause. The thought of the month is particular to this event. The generosity of the human spirit was awesome to all who contributed. A WOW… thanks to all for your participation in the Hart to Haiti!


“Happiness manifests itself through generosity”


The root cause of all ailments to the musculoskeletal system is prolonged poor postures and repetitive activities. Poor postures held over long periods of time have a deleterious effect on the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and discs. Common poor posture is seen by slouched sitting with rounding of the lower back while leaning forward with the head and shoulders. This posture is common to about 90% of the human population as we sit and drive, sit at a desk or sit on the couch. Many of us are not even aware of our poor postures adopted throughout the day until the system starts to break down. Postural syndromes are easy to fix in the beginning stages by simply correcting posture. However, if these stresses remain over long periods of time, you may be just one wrong movement away from those tissues “letting go.” People very commonly present to the clinic with no known cause of aches and pains. Patients commonly say, “I just woke up one morning and I was in pain. I didn’t do anything different?” What was different that one morning from all the rest? It was the involved tissue structures that finally failed. Repetitive movements are also a main cause of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. When tissues are strained over and over again, inflammation develops followed by repair and remodeling of the tissues. However, the body only knows how to heal itself one way and that is by laying down scar tissue. Scar tissue does not act like normal tissue. It does not slide like it should because of adhesions and there are changes at the cellular level in the tissues due to chronic inflammation and stress responses. If you or someone you know has poor posture or a repetitive stress injury, please call our office for an evaluation.


How has your New Year’s resolution been going with losing weight in 2010? On Sunday, February 28th from 5-6:30pm, there will be a 1-hour vinyasa/hatha yoga session and a 1/2-hour lecture and discussion about weight loss with yoga vs. traditional exercise and better eating decisions while practicing yoga. All spots must be reserved with a pre-payment fee of $20.00 per person.