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12/22/15 10:47 AM

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that is a chronic inflammatory condition usually affecting joints on both sides of the body in the hands and the feet, as well as the hips, knees, and elbows.

As an autoimmune disorder, RA occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your own tissues.  In the case of RA, the lining of your joints are attacked leading to damage and erosion of cartilage and bone.  As the disease progresses, pain and deformity of the joints occurs.

1. Cause:

UNKNOWN:  Research has yet to determine the exact cause of the disease. 
It is known that it is not hereditary.  It has been shown that people with specific genes are more susceptible to the disease, but are not guaranteed to have RA.

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Topics: arthritis, pain


12/22/15 10:38 AM

What is the best way to warm up before dance class, a practice or activity?


I have been dancing for over 20 years and during that time I have modified and adjusted my warm up routine many times. As I have grown up, gone through school and have done more training I have learned a lot about how to get the most from my warm up.



First of all, what is the purpose of a warm up? There are many reasons to warm up before any activity whether it is running, dancing or playing basketball...

  • Increases body temperature which reduces the likelihood of injury
  • Increases blood flow to the muscles which helps deliver more nutrients to the muscles
  • Increases blood flow to the heart reducing likelihood of cardiac events
  • Preps the muscles to get them ready for the exercise ahead, which helps with soreness even after the activity
  • Helps increase the speed of nerve impulses which tell your muscles what to do
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Written by Laura Donlan.

Laura Donlan, PT is contributing author to our blog. She has been a Highland Dancer for over 20 years and specializes in treating dancers - getting them back to their sport!

Topics: sport specific, dance