Freshen Up Your Web Design Before Spring!

It won’t be long before we’re enjoying the beautiful sounds of the red-breasted robin and that sweet smell of wet grass and the warming earth below it . New buds will spring forth from trees and shrubs, sprouting a lush canvas of colors for all to see. With the warmer temperatures, later sunsets and abounding beauty comes the urge and opportunity to spend more time outdoors.

Ahh, the joys of living in the midwest. Without these long, cold winters, we surely would not fully appreciate the turn of the season.

But alas, it is still winter… and we have at least a few more weeks that might be better spent in the warmth and comfort of our homes and offices. And is that such a bad thing? Not at all! Grab a cup of joe and take advantage of this time by revisiting your website content.

If you’re like many small business owners, you probably don’t even recall the last
time you took a good look at your website. Is it still out there? Does it work without
errors? Can your customers find it? More importantly, when customers do stumble
across your site, does it convey your business in the light you want it to?

Recall from past articles, your website is a reflection of you and your business. It has been our experience that many business owners have a tendency to forget about their websites. Over time, you and your business evolve, while your website stays stagnant, eventually reflecting an outdated business and an outdated you!

So go ahead, put a fresh set of eyes on that site of yours and spend a little time turning it into a website you can be proud of, one that clearly and accurately reflects the professional you are and the business you are proud of.

Once you get started, you might be surprised at how much fun you have. If not, feel free to give us a call and we can be that fresh set of eyes for you. Experts at web design and development, WebScapes HD would be more than happy to help you create an extraordinary website to showcase your business for the new year. With one of our content-management websites, keeping your website fresh is a snap!

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Getting Back on Track

By Joshua Trentine, OVELOAD Fitness

Low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal ailment we see in people. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with their daily routine such as work, recreation or activities. Much of this is a result of our behaviors in modern day society. The majority of us spend too much time sitting at inadequately ergonomic work stations with poor postures. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States — only headache is more common.

The causes of most cases of chronic and acute low back pain are usually mechanical in nature; meaning the muscles that protect and move the spine are weak, imbalanced, neurologically inhibited (we sometimes say “turned off”) or stuck in spasm. These issues are often a result of the postural issues mentioned above. When we sit or stand with poor posture, some muscles are left in a position that results in stretch weakness and others can become overburdened. And, of course, direct trauma can cause or exacerbate a back condition. We see a number of these cases this time of year as people slip and fall on the ice, get in car accidents, and participate in one of the best activities to irritate your back…snow shoveling!

The end result is often low back sprain/strain and often disc related pathology that can cause radiating pain into the lower extremity. The lumbar vertebral discs are unique structures. The vertebral discs are the only tissue in the human body that does not possess their own independent blood and nutrition supply. Even your hair, nails, and teeth have a nutrition supply, but the vertebral discs do not. They obtain nutrition and fluid while eliminating waste by imbibing. This bit of information is key when determining the best treatment for acute and chronic disc related low back pain. Imbibing means that when the individual spinal segments flex, extend, side bend and rotate they are drawing in nutrition and fluid. In order for the vertebral disc to maintain their height, function optimally and remain healthy, we must encourage activation of the muscles that produce movement about the spine. Disc height can vary up to 5mm depending on time of day, postures, activity, and direct exercise to the area. Exercise has the most profound and sustained effect.

Safe, controlled, slow and intense exercise is the key for dealing with lumbar spine pathology. Many people resort to a variety of treatments to alleviate their symptoms, but the only way to optimize back function is through exercise.

Exercise to the muscles that support the spine will pump blood, oxygen and nutrition into injured and spasmodic muscle tissue aiding in the healing of the affected area and breaking spasm. As mentioned above the imbibing of fluid to the vertebral disc can open up disc space and relieve back pain and radicular symptoms in the lower extremity.

Proper exercise will improve posture, lessening the burden on involved musculature and can even help slow or even reverse age related height loss. This phenomenon is not something that we have to wait to see. Often my clients will remark that after the performance of just one, three minute, set of exercise on our machines that they feel taller, stand up straighter and many times have immediate reduction of symptoms.

Back pain is one of the most debilitating issues we can have and will affect most people at some time or another. These incidents can be reduced or eliminated if we participate in a lumbar specific strength exercise program just one time per week. In addition to protecting the low back, you will see enhanced functional ability. The muscles that protect the back do function to flex, extend, rotate and side bend the spine, but in sport and recreation they also transmit force from the ground up, through the lower extremity, trunk and out through the upper extremity. So not only will your low back benefit, but so will your golf swing, your ability to walk, run, climb, jump or lift your children.

If you are interested in the functional and protective effects of back strengthening and a FREE initial consultation and demo workout, contact an exercise specialist at OVERLOAD FITNESS

Yoga for You: It’s not “One-Size-Fits-All”

By Dawn Miller

All yoga is pretty much the same, isn’t it? Well, not exactly…

Look at most studio listings and the choices can feel overwhelming: slow flow, vinyasa, gentle yoga, power yoga, deep stretch, hot yoga, and basics, restorative. What’s the difference? Why do classes with similar names (e.g. Yoga for Beginners or Vinyasa) differ in physical intensity level or format from one studio and instructor to the next? It depends on the style of yoga. Although a yoga practice can benefit everyone at any level of experience or physical ability, it definitely isn’t a “one-size fits all” experience. How do you choose what’s right for you, particularly if your goal is to improve your health?

Yoga for Your Health
A yoga practice should be tailored to fit your individual physical ability, level of health, body type, and emotional and energetic needs. The more skilled an instructor is in adapting yoga poses and breathing practices specifically for you, the more effectively you’ll be able to use yoga as a tool to improve your health and overall feeling of well-being. With your commitment to a consistent practice (even a few minutes per day), the results can be physically, mentally, and emotionally powerful.

Here’s an example. When one of the nurses at the hospital began to practice yoga, she couldn’t exercise or stretch regularly or even lie flat because of back and hip pain. We adapted the practice to fit her needs day-to-day and she began to practice at home. She writes, Through yoga practice with Dawn, I have increased my strength and flexibility. This has given me a more stable base in my legs, hips and back for all the activities of my daily life. In addition to the increased strength and flexibility, I also feel more relaxed and confident. Dawn encourages each of her students to honor their body that day and practice where they are able. I’ve never had an instructor that approached yoga in that way and I have found that it is exactly what I needed to feel comfortable practicing yoga – Amy.

Remember, practicing yoga is a process. Some days you’ll be able to do more, some days less. Through your practice, you’ll  become more aware of your body, your breathing habits, and your muscular patterns, helping you to recognize what’s needed day to day to support your health and healing. Be open to adapting your practice and look for a yoga instructor who will guide you in this process.

Private Sessions
Instead of group classes, you might want to consider private sessions. Private instruction eliminates the pressure of being in a group and you’ll learn more at a faster rate since the practice is customized for your needs. Yoga was originally taught this way: one instructor and one student. The Western interpretation of yoga has turned it into a group fitness activity, but that may not be the best way to meet your needs, at least in the beginning. The financial investment in private sessions tends to be a bit more than enrolling in a series of classes, but that investment will more than pay off in what you learn about how to practice for your specific needs. The instructor should help you set up your home practice between sessions and can guide you in selecting an appropriate group class that matches your abilities and goals if you decide that’s right for you. Many people, however, choose to continue private sessions for a series of weeks, months, or even several years. The yoga practice will evolve and change as you do.

Questions to Ask
Whether you choose private sessions or a group class, here are some questions to ask that will help you connect with the right practice and instructor for you:

• What training or experience does the instructor have with your particular health condition(s)?
• How well does the style of yoga (e.g. amount of physical activity and intensity level) match your needs?
• In a group class, what adaptations can be made to support you personally in the practice? How large is the class and how much individual attention will you receive?
• For private sessions, what is the format and what types of materials and support will you receive for your practice?

Visit the FAQs page at to learn more about styles of yoga, research on yoga and health, and more.


From Trained to Trainer

Five years ago, Andrew Durr was turning on his metronome for another session of brain training at LearningRx to bolster his cognitive skills and help prepare him for college.

Andrew is now a LearningRx trainer.

As a junior in high school, Andrew’s grade point average was good enough to get by, but he acknowledges that it was his personality that helped him: “My teachers liked me and they would give me some leeway. When I needed extra time, they gave it to me.”

When it came to standardized testing, Andrew couldn’t rely on his personality. “I was so slow,” he says. “The first part of the test would be meticulous. Then I would become distracted and rush to fi nish.” While hisGPA and extra-curricular activities qualified him for acceptance into college, his ACT score was not suffi cient to get into the school of his choice.

Andrew’s aunt, a trainer at LearningRx, told him and his parents about the brain training programs that were helping individuals improve their ability to focus, multi-task, and become profi cient readers. Andrew’s parents enrolled him in ReadRx, the 24-week program that includes procedures to strengthen all the cognitive skills that are foundational to learning as well as the intensive auditory processing and sound-to-code reading component.
Andrew recalls that his ability to solve problems was one of his first noticeable improvements. At the end of his training, his Woodcock-Johnson III® Tests of Cognitive Abilities and Achievement showed an increase in his General Intelligence Ability of 14 points.

On the Final Customer Satisfaction Survey, Andrew’s parents indicated “significant improvements in our son after this program, in skills and confidence,” giving the highest rating of customer satisfaction, a rating consistently received by the Akron/Bath LearningRx center.

After training at LearningRx, Andrew took the ACT a second time. His composite score increased by 4 points—enough to qualify him for admission to Elon University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

LearningRx Akron/Bath owner Chris Schroeder says candidates for the position of trainer must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and pass a processing speed test before embarking on the 30-hour certifi cation process. “Andrew’s processing speed more than qualifies him to join our staff of certified, advanced, and master trainers,” Chris affirms.

LearningRx is the largest one-on-one brain training company in the world. LearningRx specializes in taking the latest in brain science and applying it to help kids and adults get faster, smarter brains.

Visit LearningRx at
or (330) 668-9711. LearningRx is located at
150 Springside Dr., Suite B-240, Akron, OH 44333