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 …

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 …

Lymphedema: What is it and How can it be Treated?

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Do you come home from work with swelling in your legs at the end of the day? Have you tried compression stockings for swelling, but find they don’t work or are too difficult to put on? Do you have swelling in your arms since breast cancer? If so, you might have lymphedema. Seeing a Certified Lymphedema Therapist may be the …

Car Repair and Hand Therapy: Common Concerns?

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What if your car stops working as it should and you need to get it fixed? Do you fix it yourself, take it to a general fix-it shop, or take it to a certified mechanic specifically trained to work with your brand of car? Who is the most trained and will provide the best service? When you have shoulder, arm, …

HEAT vs ICE: When hurt what is best?

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If you’re anything like a lot of our patients, you probably don’t know which injuries need heat and which need ice. If you do know (kudos to you), you may not know the reasoning behind why one is better than the other. Today, we’re going to discuss when it’s better to use ice or heat, and how to do so …

Text Neck: Is Your Phone Hurting You?

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How much time do you think you spend every day staring at your cell phone? On average, we spend 2 to 4 hours every single day looking at our cell phones, emailing, texting, and checking social media sites. High school students may even be spending 13 hours per day on their phones! The Facts Your head weighs 10-12 lbs. It …

New Year’s Resolutions

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New Year, New Me! This is a phrase I’ve been seeing a lot lately. There’s something about the new year that makes us all want to be better people. Some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions are to get in shape or lose weight. These resolutions, along with the majority of others, fail by February. Various studies have shown …