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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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Overcoming shoulder impingement

A sharp, sudden pain in your shoulder when you lift your arm overhead or backward can indicate shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement is a common cause of shoulder pain, and commonly associated with swimmers and baseball players, but previous shoulder injuries and aging are also risk factors. In most cases, shoulder impingement is caused by overuse.…

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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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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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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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What’s Wrong With Manual Therapy?

We hear complaints from doctors that there’s such focus on exercise in physical therapy practice that manual therapy is often excluded. This is ironic given that Google returns 50,400,000 results from “manual therapy” searches. Plus, the results are positive, and large chains even advertise manual therapy. The reason for this is a mystique of sorts …

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Laser Therapy For Dogs Workshop

Deep-tissue laser therapy helps many dogs show signs of improved function. The Laser Therapy for Dogs workshop demonstrates how it promotes healing without side effects.

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What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is dysfunction of the shoulder joint as a result of shoulder tendons and ligaments tightening. Its progression runs a two- to three-year course: Freezing/painful stage (six to nine months) Frozen (four to six months) Thawing (six months to two years) Should I Suspect Frozen Shoulder? Sufferers of frozen shoulder,…

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Hurts Psoas Bad

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Is This Pelvic Floor Disorder?

Symptoms of pelvic floor disorder can resemble other common conditions. Is your daily routine upside down because of pelvic pain or bowel/bladder incontinence? For those wondering if physical therapy can help, keep in mind that many “pelvic floor disorders” can have symptoms that resemble: Urinary tract infection (UTI) Osteoarthritis Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Piriformis syndrome…

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