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Are Tech Products Hurting Your Health?

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If you spend a ton of time on your smartphone, tablet or laptop, you’re not alone. Most people heavily rely on mobile devices for information they need throughout their days. The constant use can lead to neck and back pain, often referred to as “tech neck”. It happens when your back is hunched over, head […]

What is Biofeedback?

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While you have control of a large portion of your body and it’s movements, there are a few things that you don’t control, like your heart rate, temperature or your blood pressure. Those are all controlled by your central nervous system. Biofeedback is a technique that physical therapists are using to help you gain more […]

Is Cracking Your Knuckles Bad For Your Joints?

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We’ve all heard it before – cracking your knuckles causes arthritis in your hands. You probably grew up with someone yelling at you each time you snap, crackled and popped a finger or two, but does it really have long-term damage on the joints? As far as the evidence is concerned – no, popping your […]

Could Your Joint Pain Actually Be Arthritis?

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Pain and inflammation from arthritis can pop up at any time, but is your pain truly from arthritis or just from a wrenched muscle? A wrenched muscle can be painful, but over time it will heal and get back to normal, but with arthritis the pain can be constant. Just like the tires on your […]

What is Dry Needling?

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Dry needling may sound scary, but we promise that it’s not! It is a completely safe technique where a physical therapist can treat myofascial pain by using a dry, or unmedicated, needle and inserting it into the skin at trigger points. TDN uses a small, solid needle that is inserted in a painful knotted muscle […]

What is a Physical Therapist?

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Also commonly referred to as a PT, a physical therapist works in the healthcare industry. Physical therapists typically evaluate and treat patients with physical symptoms/conditions. As stated by the American Physical Therapy Association, a physical therapist “examines, diagnoses, and evaluates the extent of physical problems requiring physical therapy interventions, and treats patients who are suffering […]

Anterior Cruciate Ligament: ACL Tears 101

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What is the ACL? The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, exists from the front of the medial femoral condyle and passes through the middle of the knee between the tibia plateaus. The ACL’s main job is to prevent the thighbone, or your femur, from sliding backwards on your tibia and preventing the tibia from sliding […]

Is Yoga Too Hard on My Shoulders?

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It can be! How old are you? Have you had shoulder surgery? Please consider advice from your Physical Therapist on this matter. General guideline that I use as a practicing  PT for 39 years is that if you are > 45 yr old and have had any shoulder symptoms then don’t do down dog.  It […]

Common Myths vs. Facts About the Rotator Cuff

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Common Rotator Cuff Myths: “I tore my rotator cuff, I need surgery to fix it.” False: Conservative treatment including rest, ice, anti-inflammatories, gradual return to activity, stretching/strengthening can improve function and decrease pain in people who have sustained rotator cuff injuries or tears “I need an MRI to figure out what is really going on.” […]

Is Running on a Treadmill Bad for Me?

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With spring in the air, most of us are thinking about getting out of the gym and back onto the trails. Thank goodness, because a treadmill causes more stress on your joints… right? According to a new study, that might not actually be the case. There are lots of myths about running. If you read […]

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