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Freestyle Kick: Are you Sinking or Swimming?

Nearly every patient I see with some sort of pain from swimming freestyle has one common dysfunction. The pain can be in the form of low back pain, elbow pain, swimmer’s shoulder or knee pain. The common denominator is associated with lack of Gluteus Maximus activation and Core Stability during the kick. I have seen…

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Figure 4 Stretch: It’s Not That Awesome

Figure 4 Stretch. Blog Talk. Episode 5. How many times have you been told to do the figure 4 stretch for your glutes? After cycling class? In yoga? Although this stretch is widely used as one of the best hip openers on the planet, it’s not. This stretch has accrued a lot more notoriety than…

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Diastasis Recti: It Can Happen to Anyone

Bringing a baby into the world (from pregnancy to childbirth) is one of the most amazing experiences for any mother. It also brings a lot of body changes. As an athlete and a physical therapist, I thought I would be able to avoid these changes.  I did all the breathing, core exercises and practiced safe…

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Blog Talk – Hamstring Strains (Episode 4)

Blog Talk. A Video Podcast of Physical Therapy, Healthy Movement and Patient Stories. Episode 4 is our first patient interview and is a continuation of our recent blog post: Hamstring Strains: For the Love…Don’t Stretch. Rachel strained her hamstring and dealt with sitting, walking and running pain for 2 YEARS! Here is her story of…

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Hamstring Strains: For the Love…Don’t Stretch!

Hamstring strains are one of the most annoying injuries to heal and rehab. If you’ve ever had one or are currently dealing with one, I know your nodding your head “yes.” It hurts to sit, walk, run, bend over, climb stairs and squat. It’s an injury that feels like it will never go away. But,…

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Blog Talk – Do You Deadlift? (Episode 3)

Blog Talk. A Video Podcast of Physical Therapy, Healthy Movement and Patient Stories. Episode 3 is dedicated to a Blog Post I originally published in January 2016 and updated in May 2018: Do You Deadlift? I continue to educate that the Deadlift is driven by the glutes and core, NOT the hamstrings or back. But,…

Disc Herniation - Blog

Disc Herniations: Choose the Letters “PT” Before “MD”

Slip a disc? Back “go out”? Unfortunately, back pain is very common and ~60-80% of us will deal with it at some point.  Disc Herniations are one of the most common causes of back pain. Why? Because our body mechanics, core stability, posture and overall movement patterns are not what they used to be. We…

Piriformis Syndrome- Blog Talk

Blog Talk – Piriformis Syndrome (Episode 2)

Blog Talk. A Video Podcast of Physical Therapy, Healthy Movement and Patient Stories. Episode 2 is dedicated to another popular Blog Post: Piriformis Syndrome: It’s Not About the Tennis Ball . If you don’t do anything else expect read this one sentence: throw away that tennis ball and stop stretching! This episode gives visual life to…

Hip Labral- Blog Talk

Blog Talk – Hip Labral Tears (Episode 1)

Blog Talk. A Video Podcast of Physical Therapy, Healthy Movement and Patient Stories. Episode 1 is dedicated to one of the most popular Blog Posts: FAI- Hip Labral Tear: Is It Surgery Worthy?  I receive a lot of emails and comments (which I do love), but many of you have the same questions. This Video…

Atrophy - Blog

Muscle Atrophy: Unexplained Body Pain

The X-ray is normal. The MRI is negative. Every doctor visit leads you to more confusion and less answers as they say: “I’m not sure why you’re in pain.” So, they move you along. Not because they don’t care, but likely because they may not know. If the diagnostic tests, medical screens, blood work-up and…

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Are You Really Breathing?

Breathing is one of the most natural things we are designed to do. Yet, we complicate it. We should breathe in, breathe out. Simple. But are you really using the primary breathing muscle? What is the quality of your breath? Is it deep? Shallow? Low? High? There is a lot of poor information circulating in regards…

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Posture: It Takes The Core!

One of the strangest gimmicks I’ve ever been introduced to in my professional career was in 2010. I was working in Boulder, CO and a salesperson brought in a “posture shirt” for us to try on. The idea was that it might be something useful for our patients. Oh man, was this shirt uncomfortable. It…