Jeff Fine

Medical Marijuana: What You Need To Know

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In this episode of The Total Self Considered, Jeff Fine interviews Sang Choi, the pharmacist in charge and director of the downstate region medical marijuana dispensary in New York. Jeff and Sang discuss the long lasting impact of the predominantly illegal status of marrijuanna, the resulting stigma created around its use for medical purposes, and why even though political and cultural attitudes have been shifting many people are still uncomfortable talking about medical marijuana with their health providers.

Yoga: An Effective Yet Underrated Treatment For Injuries And Chronic Pain

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When we’re injured we want answers. We want someone to tell us what is wrong and what to do about it. Yet all too often, people in pain find themselves on the medical merry-go-round. They go to multiple doctors and other providers only to find that their pain remains unchanged or worsens. And because pain causes not just physical but also emotional suffering (hopelessness, despair, and frustration), sometimes people stop trying to find new ways to heal.
The good news is that yoga, though familiar to many in our culture but rarely viewed as a viable modality to treat and manage injuries and pain, may be just what the doctor didn’t order!

Back Pain: Symptoms, Causes, Practical Solutions

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In this episode of the TotalSelf Considered, Jeff Fine interviews Erika Muraski, physical therapist extra-ordinaire. Erika was a competitive ice-skater until she had a career ending injury. She had always wanted to be a physical therapist and the experience of getting hurt and having to give up the sport she loved has made her highly attuned and compassionate to the needs of her patients.

Jeff and Erika discuss back pain and treatment approaches from multiple perspectives: first, Erika explains the physical structure of the spine and surrounding soft tissue, and the related “mechanical” issues or imbalances that can lead to back pain. After going over the symptoms of various types of back pain, and when one should seek medical attention, Jeff and Erika delve into the impact of lifestyle factors, particularly the role that our sedentary lifestyles and stress have for so many of us experiencing back pain.

There’s an overwhelming amount of recommendations out there to reduce back pain – core strengthening, zero drop shoes, standing desks, stretching, ice, heat, doing more, doing less, laser therapy – but which of these actually help? Listen to the episode to find out.

Want To Lose Weight? Stop Dieting and Weighing Yourself!

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[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Americans are obsessed with dieting…and food. Boston Medical Center estimates that 45 million of us go on diets every year, yet most will gain back the weight they lose. That’s because most diets are too restrictive to be maintained long-term, and because eating habits are about more than food. […]

Mindful Exercise – Tai Chi Brings It All Together

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[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] Tai chi is a great example of the mind/body connection. This gentle form of exercise, which originated over 700 years ago as a Chinese martial art, has been called “meditation in motion.” But Harvard Medical School also refers to it as “medication in motion.”  […]

Daylong Sitting Harms Even Fitness Buffs

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[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Office work is doing a number on us.  Even regular workouts at the gym can’t undo the damage caused by up to 15 hours of sitting every day…in cars, on trains, at your desk or watching Netflix. Our bodies aren’t designed for the sedentary lives that most of us […]

How to Breathe During Resistance Training

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[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” module_class=”blogPost”] Resistance training is essentially the lowering and raising of an object. The object may be external (barbell, dumbbell, exercise machine), or your own body weight (push-up, sit-up, squat). The correct use of the breath is critical for stability, balance, safety, and injury prevention. […]

Warming Up: Vitally Important, Often Neglected

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] How much attention do you pay to warming up before you exercise? If your honest answer is, “probably not enough” then you’re in good company. Many don’t warm-up at all. Those who do, often ride a bike for a few minutes and/or do a […]