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Pedaling Your Way to Health

Pedaling Your Way to Health

You probably remember learning how to ride a bike. But most likely, your six-year-old self had no clue just how beneficial this newly acquired skill could be to your overall health and wellness. One of the most popular and enjoyable fitness activities, cycling was recently celebrated in the medical community for enhancing cardiac health, thanksRead More…

He didn’t even touch me … but I felt better?

He didn’t even touch me … but I felt better?

He didn’t even touch me … but I felt better?People sometimes don’t realize the positive impact their own movements have on their health. Coming out of physical therapy school, you just couldn’t wait to finally apply your training to help people feel better. Part of the training included “hands on” techniques like stretching or jointRead More…

Scared about starting to jog? Take baby steps.

Scared about starting to jog?  Take baby steps.

Many folks are avid walkers that have always wanted to get back to jogging or want to start jogging.  Some are obsessed with the Elliptical workouts but desire to be outside. Whatever your fitness wish, you should know that many people can start a joint jogging program with the proper steps!Set realistic expectationsFirst, set realistic expectationsRead More…

Returning to Action After Biceps Tenodesis

Returning to Action After Biceps Tenodesis

The biceps tendon runs from the biceps muscle through the rotator cuff and into the shoulder joint, where it then attaches to the socket. If the biceps tendon becomes inflamed or irritated, a condition called bicep tendinopathy, you may need to undergo surgery called biceps tenodesis to relieve the discomfort. Although it can develop slowly overRead More…

Exercise Away Your Back Pain

Exercise Away Your Back Pain

How common is back pain? The majority of people in the United States will suffer from lower back pain at least once in their lifetimes. But treating the pain can be complex and is usually best done with advice from a physical therapist.Some people may require surgery to treat their back pain. However, surgery comesRead More…

Hit the Links in Better Shape

Hit the Links in Better Shape

Whether scratch golfers or weekend duffers, most players want to improve their game, get in better shape and lower their score. But maximizing your golf game means more than just practicing regularly. By increasing your fitness, you can play with confidence and success. To ensure that you are in the best possible physical and mentalRead More…

Getting Into the Swing for Tennis Season

Getting Into the Swing for Tennis Season

Anyone for tennis? If winter has you longing for court time, you can pump up your enthusiasm—and reduce your chances of injury—by starting a fitness program before you touch a racquet. And it is not just about your swing.Effective preseason preparation includes a foundation of aerobic conditioning, strength training and skill drills. By increasing theRead More…

Tips on Safe Stretching

Tips on Safe Stretching

Quick checklist to follow prior to starting a stretching program:Warm up for 5-10 minutes before stretchingStretching should be pain free! Mild discomfort is fine.Don’t bounce when stretchingAvoid stretching that causes ‘tingling”, “numbness” or “burning”Hold stretch position for 3 times for 30 second holdDon’t hold your  breath during stretchDon’t stretch an injury!  Within 48-72 hours of gettingRead More…

Navigating Recovery After a “Ship” Fracture

Navigating Recovery After a “Ship” Fracture

A scaphoid fracture refers to a fracture of the wrist—specifically the bone shaped like a boat, which is why it is often called a “ship” fracture. A fracture of this bone can result from falling on an outstretched arm, sustaining a direct blow to the wrist or receiving a severe twist of the wrist. ForRead More…

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