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All That Matters Shares Top Ten Reasons to Practice Yoga in Honor of National Yoga Month

South Kingstown, R.I. — In honor of National Yoga Month, All That Matters—Rhode Island’s award-winning yoga and holistic health center with locations in Providence, East Greenwich and South Kingstown—has shared 10 reasons to practice yoga. For individuals working at a desk or on their feet, athletes looking to build strength and enhance performance, people in high stress environments, those seeking inner peace and more, the principles, and practice of yoga provide a great foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

 

“Yoga is for everybody! At All That Matters, we welcome students of all ages and abilities. You don’t need to be fit, flexible, or have special clothing and accessories,” said Joan Dwyer, All That Matters co-founder. “Each yoga class includes deep stretching exercises, rhythmic breathing, and relaxation techniques that can benefit us all!”  

 

Whether looking to manage stress, establish better balance and alignment, complement strength training or simply relax and have fun, the mental and physical practice of yoga—that gracefully weaves together the disciplines of exercise and meditation—can have a dramatic effect on wellbeing. Here are 10 reasons to practice yoga: 

 

1. Stress relief

2. Body pain relief

3. Improved breathing

4. Improved flexibility and mobility

5. Increased strength

6. Weight management

7. Improved circulation

8. Cardiovascular conditioning

9. Improved body alignment

10. Ability to focus on the present

 

Students new to yoga at All That Matters* are eligible for an Explorer Pass—a special offer for three weeks of unlimited yoga for just $30. With the Explorer Pass, new students can try different classes, times, teachers, styles, and locations. Additionally, the Explorer Pass can be used as a coupon for $30 off the first month of All That Matters Membership (regularly $89 a month). 

 

For more information about All That Matters, visit www.allthatmatters.com. Follow All That Matters on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AllThatMatters), Instagram (@allthatmattersyoga) and Twitter (@ATMyogacenter) for special yoga perks.  

 

* Open to Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass. residents who have not been to a yoga class at All That Matters, Eyes of the World or Focus Yoga since June 1, 2014.

 

ABOUT ALL THAT MATTERS

Founded in 1995, All That Matters offers more than 100 weekly yoga and meditation classes—including workshops and professional trainings—at locations in Providence, East Greenwich and South Kingstown. The South Kingstown center includes a retail store as well as health services, ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage and spa treatments. Voted Rhode Island’s Best many times, All That Matters makes it easy to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Learn more at www.allthatmatters.com.

Back Pain is Quite the Drag!

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As I get older, I’m starting to notice more aches and pains in my every day life, just like a lot of my patients. Back pain has bothered me off and on for the past several years (it has been acting up recently!) and is the top complaint for patients in a primary care setting like ours.  It got me thinking about things we can all do to prevent back issues in the first place, along with simple treatments should these pains arise.

Avoid downtime and loss of productivity at work…

Prevention:
– Weight control: keeping an ideal body weight is crucial in staving off multiple musculoskeletal issues, and back pain in particular. The more weight one’s core has to carry around, the more wear and tear over the years and the higher chance of acute injuries.
– Posture is key: correct posture in all aspects of life (standing, sitting, sleeping, etc) is crucial to keeping the spine correctly aligned, evenly distributing weight and limiting specific pressure points.
– Stay active: the worst thing for the back is inactivity, especially in poor posture positions like sitting at a desk!

Treatment:
– again, staying active is key despite the discomfort as “bed rest” has shown to be detrimental to recovery
– targeted stretching and exercises, either at home or with a physical therapist
– heat, heat, heat. All forms (hot showers, heating pads, topical bengay/icyhot) are welcome
– osteopathic manipulation or chiropractic services
– acupuncture and yoga
– analgesic medication, though caution required with other medical conditions and medications
– herbal therapies such as devil’s claw, willow bark, capsicum cream and comfrey root extract

STAY ACTIVE!!!

Dr. Mark Turshen MD and Dr. Lauren Hedde DO are accepting new patients at their Direct Doctors family practice in Wickford. Direct Doctors is an innovative primary care practice emphasizing an improved doctor-patient relationship. Drs. Hedde and Turshen offer 24/7 access, no waiting, same day visits, home visits, and a doctor who knows YOU well! If you are frustrated with “fast-food”, “cookie-cutter” health care, Direct Doctors may be just the prescription for you. Check out the Direct Doctors difference at www.directdoctors.org, email directdoctors@gmail.com, or call 401-400-2699.

Teamwork Promotes Workplace Safety

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The costs of workplace injuries and accidents can be incalculable, both to the victim of the injury and to the company. Those costs can include lost work time, medical expenses, reduced quality of life, the expense of addressing a safety issue, and possibly even expensive legal consequences.

Safety studies in the medical and aviation industries (two of the most safety-conscious industries in the world) have shown that the most effective approach to safety is building a team culture in which every employee is enrolled in making sure that every day is “incident and injury free.”

While every industry has its own guidelines and procedures for specific safety issues, here are some of the successful teamwork strategies common to nearly all industries where safety is a factor:

Create a company culture of safety. Make sure your whole staff knows that safety is a priority, and understands what safety looks like and how to maintain it in your company.

Build safety conversations into the routine. Communications are important to the whole team, by means of regular safety meetings to discuss new information and problems and solutions; employee newsletters; and channels for reporting safety issues.

Make sure employees are informed. Keep your employees current on any changes in policies, procedures, materials, and hazards. Ignorance is a dangerous enemy of safety.

Provide excellent training. Make sure new employees get good training not only in correct use of equipment, but following all safe practices. Follow up for all employees with regular reviews and practices of safety procedures.

Emphasize employee participation. Get employees involved in hazard detection, problem solving, and decision making. Employees know their own jobs well, and know both when there’s a safety issue and how to make the situation safer. Everybody has something to contribute to a safer workplace.

Be responsive to employee concerns. In too many workplaces, employees who report genuine safety issues are treated as “troublemakers” or “complainers.” For your company to have a good teamwork culture, it’s essential that all supervisors and managers understand that they must treat employees’ safety concerns with respect.

Reinforce safe behavior. Give positive feedback—and lots of it—for safe performance, such as specific company rewards and incentives for the department or team with the best safety performance. Use positive feedback and training to correct unsafe behavior.

If you are a manager or an owner, you will want to make sure your company has these or similar safety team strategies in place. If you are an employee, consider offering to help develop some of these practices in your workplace, and show your supervisor how they will benefit the whole company. Workplace safety is a team accomplishment.

Rob Levine & Associates specializes in Personal Injury throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability throughout the country. As “The Heavy Hitter” Rob Levine not only works hard on your case, but also believes in making a positive impact in the communities he serves. Through internal resources, education and volunteerism, Rob Levine & Associates strives to help prevent accidents, as well as raise awareness around the needs of our elderly and returning veterans. For more information visit www.roblevine.com, or call 401.529.1222 or toll free 800-529-1222.

 

10 Ways To Boost Health And Activity At Work

Side view portrait of businesswoman using computer while sitting on pilates ball in office

Side view portrait of businesswoman using computer while sitting on pilates ball in office

In a widely publicized study earlier this year, scientists reported that people who sit for long periods every day have a higher risk of dying from all causes than people who stay active. Very sedentary people, even those who do some regular exercise, have higher death rates from heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and dementia, to name just a few.

Chances are good that you, whether you are an employee or the employer, are in this at-risk category, since 50% to 70% of Americans spend at least 6 hours a day sitting.  For office workers, this is particularly challenging because the traditional office is designed around sitting at a desk.

The biggest trend in changing our sitting habits is changing what we sit on. We talked about ergonomics in a recent blog post; however, the newest seating options go far beyond the traditional ergonomic chair with its adjustable back and arm supports. Here are the most common alternatives to an office chair:

Exercise ball. That big oversize ball from the gym can give you a workout while you work. Staying balanced on the ball keeps your core, abs and lower back muscles active all the time. You can use a standard exercise ball, or upgrade to ball chairs that have bases and backrests.

Active stool. The active stool usually rests on a central support with a seat that can move in any direction. Like the exercise ball, it forces you to sit actively and balance with your feet.

Saddle stool. This stool opens your hips and drops your thighs as you straddle it like a saddle, encouraging better posture and core muscle use.

Stand-up stool. A stand-up stool has a cushion to lean your hips on as you work standing up. This takes some of the weight off your feet and gives you a change of position.

Kneeling chair.  The kneeling chair is more of a posture correction than a genuine sitting alternative, as it distributes your weight between your hips and shins, and aligns your lower back more correctly. However, it does gives your abdominal muscles more exercise than a traditional chair.

Standing desk.  A standing desk takes sitting out of the equation entirely by putting your whole work area at standing height. As an added benefit, many people find that they are more energized, concentrate better, and are more productive when they work standing up.

Treadmill desk. The ultimate anti-sitting workstation incorporates a walking treadmill that keeps you not just standing, but strolling through your day’s activities.

For any of these active options, you’ll probably want to keep your old chair around at least for a while, so you can gradually build your stamina for active sitting and standing. And if that’s not enough, here are a few more steps you can take to help yourself and your employees get moving:

  • Get up, stretch and move around for several minutes every half hour. Many apps are available to remind office workers to take a break. Pick one for yourself, or encourage your employees to get one and use it.
  • Have walking meetings. Instead of sitting while you’re on the phone or having a conversation with a fellow worker, take a walk while you talk.
  • Get a pedometer or activity monitor. Counting your steps and calories burned every day starts a natural competition with yourself to boost that count every day. You can even start friendly office competitions to encourage more activity.

Keeping yourself active can help reduce stress and improve your overall health. Helping your employees keep active can improve their productivity, reduce both absenteeism and turnover, and make your business a better place for everyone to work.

Rob Levine & Associates specializes in Personal Injury throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as Social Security Disability and Veterans Benefits throughout the country.  As “The Heavy Hitter” Rob Levine not only works hard on your case, but also believes in making a positive impact in the communities he serves. Through internal resources, education and volunteerism, Rob Levine & Associates strives to help prevent accidents, as well as raise awareness around the needs of our elderly and returning Veterans. For more information visit www.roblevine.com , call 401.529.1222 or toll free at 888-533-7507.

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