Hot and Cold: Understanding When to Use Ice vs. Heat

Temperature therapy—or therapeutic use of heat or cold—is often the first treatment we turn to when we experience pain or soreness in our day-to-day lives. And there’s good reason for it. Applying heat or ice is a cheap, easy and relatively safe self-treatment option. But do you know when you should use ice and when

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Avoiding Opioids for Back Pain

With a major settlement from three drug distributors and an opioid manufacturer reached just ahead of the first federal opioid trial this month, continued news coverage of opioid-related deaths, and new synthetic opioid drugs appearing across the country, opioids are still very much on the mind of may of us in the United States and

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Get the most out of your workout by exercising smarter—not longer.

As our lives get busier, it can feel harder and harder to make time to hit the gym regularly, even for a short workout. Not to mention the hours-long sessions we feel are necessary to move beyond maintaining into seeing real change in our performance. And when making time for dedicated workouts seems impossible, or

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Love Your Hands (You Only Have Two!)

In the online, internet-obsessed lives we lead today, having two pain-free hands at the ready is paramount. Our hands connect us to the world, provide the means for our sustenance and allow us to perform daily activities.  And, as those activities revolve more and more around computers, tablets and smartphones, many of us find that

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Four Changes to Your Diet to Reduce Joint Pain

Many of us experience stiffness and soreness, particularly in those connections between our bones that allow us to move freely—our joints! As much as one third of all adults in the U.S. reported having joint pain within the last 30 days.  Joint pain can be caused by a number of conditions, such as arthritis or

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Headaches: Four Ways to Kick That Pain in Your Neck

According to the American Chiropractic Association, most Americans—nine out of 10 of us—suffer from headaches, the greatest majority of which are caused by muscle tension in the neck as a result of all the time we spend behind a desk. Pain anywhere in the body can disrupt your lifestyle, but research tells us that headaches

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What Can PT Do for Postnatal Pelvic Floor Issues?

How many times do we hear, “it’s normal to leak after you have a baby!” or “I’m getting older, so I know I need to start wearing pads.” While having leakage is definitely a common experience for us as women, it’s definitely not normal and can usually be helped without medication or surgery. Imagine a

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5 Trending Video Games Used for Fitness

If last year could be classified in any way, shape or form, it would likely be viewed as the year that unexpected technological resources made their mark on fitness, with some even experiencing a renaissance. Believe it or not, video games once again made their way back into the favor of doctors and trainers once

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Listen Up: Your Spine is Degenerating

I have some terrible news for you all.  Your spine is degenerating. Like the Colorado River slowly eroding rock into the Grand Canyon, so your spine is slowly eroding as well.  Diagnoses like “degenerative disk disease”, “spinal stenosis”, and “spondylosis” are likely. In fact, studies have found that 80% of individuals have degenerative disk disease

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How to Achieve Perfect Posture

When we see someone with perfect posture, we might interpret them to be more confident, powerful and poised. But there’s actually more to posture than what meets the eye. Did you know your posture can make you more prone to injury? Poor posture promotes maladaptation which is the first step in becoming injury prone. If

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