“But I have Arthritis!”

Arthritis is an unfortunate term. Due to our association with the diagnosis, we picture an evil presence inside our body and a “disease” that spreads and wreaks havoc on our joints to cause pain and stiffness. We didn’t see it coming and we don’t know how it got there. We are the innocent prey, and […]

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The ‘Magic Wand’ of Therapy

Those in pain want an easy fix. Who can blame them? But relying only on pills or magical passive techniques typically won’t do if longstanding pain relief is the goal. To a fault, many healthcare practitioners tend to over-rely on passive techniques. Physical therapists are no exception. A passive treatment is one that is done […]

Knee Pain? Treat the hip.

Your knee hurts.  It’s been annoying you for a few weeks or months now, but you’ve been too busy to get it checked out.  Finally, you schedule an appointment with an orthopedist who gives you a knee-related diagnosis and writes you a prescription for physical therapy.  Or, you were aware that you could skip this […]

Sleep series: Pillows

“If you’re not sleeping, you’re not healing” I say this a lot.  When we sleep our bodies switch over from ‘go’ to ‘recovery’.  That is — if you let it.  This short article is a part of a series where I will be discussing some of the most important components of sleep.  Today, that topic […]

Nagging Shoulder Pain?

If you have undergone previous therapy for shoulder pain then this exercise may look familiar: If it looks familiar and you still have a painful shoulder, then maybe this exercise was not the most effective or appropriate. This exercise is one of several cookie-cutter activities for the rotator cuff. It is a standard go-to in […]

The Gluteal Muscles: More than Seat Cushions

As a society we do a LOT of sitting. We sit during our morning and afternoon commutes, while at work, during meals, and while watching TV or using our mobile devices. This adds up to 12-16 hours per day. Our poor gluteal muscles take most of the brunt, as we shut them down and rely […]

Barefoot Training or Specialized Shoes?

The MOVE facility has a “no-shoes” gym floor, so most think they can guess my ‘stance’ on barefoot training – not so fast… This tends to be a polarizing topic, especially in the running community.  As with most questions I get asked, the answer is not so simple.  Some will argue that it is more […]

Your body’s “Check Engine” light.  Ignore it and you’ll regret it.

It’s universal.  That feeling in the pit of your stomach when that orange light pops up on your dashboard.  It is a sign that something went wrong.  Not knowing whether it’s a major problem or just the gas-cap, we all become very careful and tenuous drivers.  Once this light is on our cars are programmed […]

Short Muscles vs. Tight Muscles

“Should I be stretching more?” As a physical therapist, this is a question that I am asked quite frequently. In the past, you would find a quick response and easy answer from most healthcare professionals or trainers – “Yes!” After all, isn’t routine stretching part of a healthy lifestyle and good for our flexibility? The […]