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PT tip of the day: Proper lift technique for those holiday packages

Prepare for the lift by drawing your navel to your spine to set your core. Stand with legs apart to increase your base of support, bend from the knees, keep back straight, keep the load close to your body, lift from the legs. Don’t twist from the spine, instead turn feet with the load. Don’t…

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Deep Core Breathing and Pain Relief

pilates philosophy on breathing

The core muscles play a more active role in breathing than one might think, while the lungs play passive and equally important role. That’s why it pays to be aware of how we use our core muscles. One important payoff is pain relief. Add mindfulness to a natural process Deep breathing is, of course, deep…

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Shoulder Stabilization is Essential to Neck Posture

Shoulder blade stabilization is essential for neck posture and spine health during exercise and in everyday life. Do you ever feel tight in your upper shoulders? Do you have back pain during exercise? Continue reading. Shoulder rounding tends to follow incorrect neck posture. Conversely, stabilizing the scapulae by “straightening” the shoulders make correcting one’s neck…

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Causes of Sports Injuries

football running back

A sports injury is any musculoskeletal condition caused during physical activity, sporting activity, aerobic activity, or exercise. A sports injury can be: muscle strain ligament sprain bone fracture tendon rupture Children, youth athletes, and college athletes are more likely to get a sports injury than older adults. Boys/men are more likely than girls/women to get…

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Chronic Pain Caused by Daily Habits

The way we move and live everyday can cause our chronic pain. If you’re a couch potato, you adopt a slouching posture. The phrase “text neck” followed the advent of mobile devices. Our bodies seem more suited to doing some things than others; think grasping a ball versus typing on a keyboard. Being mindfully aware…

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Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain, and Physical Therapy

IS IT PLANTAR FASCIITIS? The foot is a complicated body part with many bones, joints and hundreds of soft tissue. These many components represent many opportunities for injury and chronic pain. One of the most common foot injuries is plantar fasciitis and heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick tissue…

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Fitness Moves For Summer

Fitness moves for the upper arms 1. Triangle Push Up – A variation of the traditional push-up, the triangle push-up involves placing your thumbs and forefingers together with your hands directly underneath your chest, so someone looking at you head-on would see your head and elbows forming a triangle. If you’re new to push-ups, you…

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Pilates and Total Knee Replacement

Doing Pilates following total knee replacement has a number of benefits. These include improved function, strength and balance. Within a physical therapy framework, total knee patients get care tailored to their needs throughout the post-surgery phase. Medical professionals agree that moving ASAP after injury improves prognosis. This “early mobilization” principle applies to TKR patients as…

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Massage Therapy Near Naperville

We are offering massage therapy near Naperville for area residents. As an essential business in Downers Grove, we have been offering physical therapy and virtual Pilates classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, we are cautiously offering massage therapy again during the State of Illinois’s Phase 3 reopen. Here are the massage therapy precautions we are…

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Preventing Neck Pain During Exercise

If we are not careful, the wrong neck posture during exercise can lead to discomfort or injury. Key to preventing injury are maintaining a neutral spine and perfecting the head nod for curling exercises. Also, everyday inattention to posture can worsen cervical posture to the point of dysfunction. At that point, certain exercises become off…

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