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3 things to know about hip flexors

The hip flexors are a group of muscles located on the front top of your thigh in the pelvic area, and allow you to flex your hips and bend your knees to your hips. The hip flexor muscles play an important role in your ability to move around and stabilize yourself. Here are 3 things…

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Keep Running Injuries at Bay

The weather is nicer every day, which may lead you to take your workout to the road. Now whether you are an avid runner or just out for a casual jog, everyone is at risk for the same common injuries if they aren’t careful. One of the most common injuries is the frustrating and painful…

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What is mobility and why is it important?

Mobility is one of the most important aspects of physical activity. It is important to focus on your mobility as a key to maintaining overall health, regardless of your fitness level and goals. Mobility — the ability to move or walk freely and easily — is critical for functioning well and living independently. If you…

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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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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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