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Viniyoga- Yoga that Adapts

Viniyoga- Yoga that Adapts

There has been a plethora of feedback to the article in the New York Times  “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body”. To clarify my view on yoga:Yoga can be extremely beneficial when monitored and done correctly (F.Y.I.  I do yoga myself!)Certain poses place the spine in positions that are high risk with particular spinal disordersNo painContinue Reading »

Can Exercise Prevent Falls?

Can Exercise Prevent Falls?

Falls. They are the fear of many older adults. They can range from harmless stumbles to severe accidents, the effects of which can take years to heal. One of the best methods of avoiding falls might be the proactive use of exercise. Usually thought of for sculpting the body and improving cardiovascular conditioning, exercise canContinue Reading »

Get Your Golf Game in the Swing

Get Your Golf Game in the Swing

It is a glorious Saturday morning; you have put the stress of work behind you. All week long, you have been looking forward to playing golf. But when one of your foursome suggests walking the course, you suddenly become a little nervous. Yet riding in a golf cart robs you of much of the healthContinue Reading »

Evidence-based Physical Therapy

Evidence-based Physical Therapy

Over the last 10 to 15 years, health care providers have focused more on using evidence-based medicine to determine what works best for their individual patients. This involves basing treatments on objective tests of effectiveness published in scientific literature, rather than on just anecdotal, subjective observations made in the office.  While seeking out the appropriateContinue Reading »

Regaining Your Energy After Surgery

Regaining Your Energy After Surgery

 Surgery can take a major toll on your body, not just for the obvious reasons. Even a minor surgical procedure requires your body to heal, expending energy and invoking immune responses that can tax your musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems. The more intensive the procedure, the more difficult your recovery may be.  Spending time in the hospitalContinue Reading »

Bone Up to Fight Osteoporosis

Bone Up to Fight Osteoporosis

Primary osteoporosis is the name given to osteoporosis cases not caused by an underlying drug reaction, disease or syndrome. In this condition, the bones—the word itself means “porous bones”—become brittle, making them highly susceptible to fracture. An event as innocuous as landing the wrong way when sitting down on a chair or twisting awkwardly duringContinue Reading »

Rotator Cuff Surgery for the Second Time

Rotator Cuff Surgery for the Second Time

If you have already gone through rotator cuff surgery, the last thing you want to think about is doing it all over again. Unfortunately, many patients do suffer tears of the same tendons that caused them to need surgery in the first place. Most of the time, this is not the surgeon’s fault, nor doesContinue Reading »

Standing Up Safely Without Dizziness

Standing Up Safely Without Dizziness

If you feel dizzy when you suddenly rise after sitting for a significant amount of time, you have probably experienced a sudden drop in blood pressure. To compensate for this drop, your body usually pumps extra blood. But for many people—especially those taking drugs to treat high blood pressure, or those with heart problems, diabetesContinue Reading »

Born to Run Farther

Born to Run Farther

As the days get longer, you may consider adding distance to your runs. What kind of plan should you follow to run farther and increase your endurance but to do so safely and prevent injury?The first rule to remember is that if you find it too difficult to complete a new distance level, do not force yourself. ManyContinue Reading »

Antibiotic Use and Tendon Ruptures

Antibiotic Use and Tendon Ruptures

I just received an  article from a special interest group of the American Physical Therapy Association.  The use of antibiotics specifically Fluoroquinolones has been identified as posing a high risk of tendon ruptures in addition to other medical complications.  Dr Hall has who authored an article titled Musculoskeletal Complications of Fluoroquinolones: Guidelines and Precautions forContinue Reading »

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