Developing Dysfunction Along with Fitness

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After a fast start in January with resolutions, many people are trying to continue their fitness routines this month. Exercise can be a struggle, but it shouldn’t be painful. If you can run a good time in a 5k, but have aches and pains for days after, you likely have a problem. If you are increasing your PR in the …

Coping with Osteoarthritis Pain

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Most of us have experienced the aches and pains that come with getting older. Although joint pain can be considered “normal”, there are things you can do to lessen the pain and improve your ability to do daily activities. There are many people who have osteoarthritis, but they don’t have pain! Physical and occupational therapy can help you cope with …

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): Can it Help with Pain?

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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a physical and occupational therapy manual technique. It uses special instruments to efficiently treat soft tissue dysfunction (muscle strains, sprains, tendinitis, etc.). Due to its effectiveness and efficiency, IASTM is a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity What is it? IASTM is performed with specially designed instruments. These instruments detect and treat …

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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Does the cold weather really affect chronic or arthritis pain? We have all heard people say such things as “I can feel the rain coming” or “My body can tell there is a cold front on its way.” After 10 years of being a physical therapist, I have treated many patients that have chronic pain or pain from arthritis. It’s …

The “Core”: It’s More Than Just Abs

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When you think of your “core”, which muscles come to mind? If you’re like the vast majority of people, you immediately think of your abs. What you probably don’t realize is that your core is so much more than abdominal muscles. It’s actually made up of 29 muscles in your mid and low back, pelvic floor, butt, and hips. Together, …

Bow Hunting: Have You Tuned Your Body?

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Bow season is right around the corner. Many hunters will put a ton of energy and focus into tuning their bows, but how many ever think about tuning their body? There are lots of muscles involved in drawing a bow; all the way from your hand grip to core strength. Archers and bow hunters should “tune” these muscles just as …

Simple Movement Tests Can Predict Health

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The American Heart Association encourages people to “know their numbers” referring to blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and weight. However, research is now showing that moving properly is also important for health. Walking Speed Walking speed has been called the “sixth vital sign” in medical literature recently. Like blood pressure or heart rate, it is quick and easy to …

ACL Reconstruction: When is it Safe to Return to Sports?

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction is one of the most common surgeries performed due to a sports injury. ACL rehab and ACL prevention training is one of the hottest topics in the sports medicine world. The Stats The sad reality is that while 80% of ACL reconstruction patients return to some form of sport, only 65% return to the same sporting …

Knee Pain

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Approximately 25% of American adults have experienced knee pain that affects their daily life. The prevalence of knee pain has increased over the past 20 years. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause in individuals over the age of 50. Knee injuries can occur as the result of a direct blow or sudden movement that strains the knee beyond its normal …

Hole in One: Improve Your Golf Game & Hip Mobility

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With the Masters coming up this weekend, we thought this was the perfect time to help out our local golfers. If you suffer from poor hip mobility or just want to improve your golf game and lower your risk of injury, we’ve got some great exercises for you! The Rotation Golf swings come in many forms. One of the biggest …