What is a bulging disc?

Disks act as cushions between the vertebrae in your spine. Disks show signs of wear and tear with age. These changes can cause the outer layer of the disk to bulge out, placing pressure on the surrounding nerves which can in turn lead to pain that radiates down the back or other areas of the…

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What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

A painful sacroiliac joint – or SI joint – is one of the more common causes of mechanical low back pain. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) is impaired and unstable movement of the pelvis resulting from loosening of ligaments in the small of the back. SIJD can be a nuisance, but is seldom dangerous and rarely…

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3 stretches for a tight back

Daily activities can often cause tightness in the lower back. Working from home, sitting for an extended period of time and poor posture can all lead to lower back pain as well as activities like gardening or a night of poor sleep. Here are 3 stretches you can do for relief. 1. Knees to chest…

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Golf Conditioning in the Off-Season

Unless you are a die-hard golfer, or have a house in a southern state, it’s safe to say your golf season is coming to a close. The snow is coming, and the clubs are hitting the shelf in the garage. That doesn’t mean that you need to forget about golf completely this off-season. There are…

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Relieve sciatica pain with physical therapy

There is no one cause for back pain. Sciatica, which is also known as sciatic neuralgia, is a condition that causes pain in the low back, down the back of the leg and into the foot. Many people experience the pain of sciatica, but never achieve a long-term solution. An untreated sciatic condition can continue…

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The benefits of stretching and why it feels so good

Without realizing it, many of us start our day by stretching before we even get out of bed. Involuntary stretching of your muscles is called pandiculation. It’s a behavior seen in most types of animals to relieve muscle tension. Few activities feel better after a period of inactivity than stretching. Stretching reduces your risk of…

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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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Stenosis: Know When to Get Physical Therapy

Stenosis and Its Causes Stenosis is pain, numbness or tingling in your lower back or legs caused by the pinching of nerves in the spinal column. It occurs when the discs between vertebrae breakdown, resulting in decreased spacing between them, which pinches the nerves. It may be the caused by an injury, or it may…

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