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Big Toe Mobility: Is It Really That Important?

When a patient walks in with a primary compliant of foot pain a lower body screening is necessary. This means watching the patient walk normally, walk on toes, walk on heels, squat, single leg squat, and other sport specific movements. Many times the hip can be the culprit for causing foot pain, but not always.…

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Move out of Pain!

Healing the body from pain and injury is a process. It takes time, dedication and healthy movement patterns. Yep, it’s that simple. Unfortunately, we continue to live in an era of passive, silly treatments to attempt immediate pain relief. Although these treatments may ease the pain temporarily, they are not actually healing your pain. So,…

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Got Dorsiflexion?

Poor ankle mobility can have a significant impact on motion throughout other areas of the body. If mobility is lost at the ankle joint it has to be found somewhere up the chain, such as the knee or hip. One of the most important motions at the ankle is Dorsiflexion. This is the ability to…

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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. Got hip pain? How many times have you been told to do the figure 4 stretch for your glutes or for hip pain? 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…

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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)

Hamstring Strains. Blog Talk. Episode 4 Hamstring strains are one of the most stubborn injuries to heal. But the good news is that they CAN heal. However, it doesn’t involve a lot of stretching or resting. It takes active recovery, some dedication and time to truly heal these bothersome strains. Episode 4 is our first…

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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,…

Dead Lift- Blog Talk (1)

Blog Talk – Do You Deadlift? (Episode 3)

The Deadlift. Blog Talk. Episode 3 The deadlift is a common fitness exercise but often performed incorrectly. Did you know that the core and GLUTES drive the deadlift? Right…not the hamstring or back. Unfortunately, most people don’t now this until they get injured. I recently just witnessed a fitness class of 40+ people rounding their…

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Back Pain: Disc Herniations

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)

Piriformis Syndrome. Blog Talk. Episode 2 If you don’t do anything else except read this ONE SENTENCE: Throw away that tennis ball and stop stretching! Episode 2 is dedicated to another popular Blog Post: Piriformis Syndrome: It’s Not About the Tennis Ball . It gives visual life and explanation to the original blog post and reviews…

Hip Labral- Blog Talk

Blog Talk – Hip Labral Tears (Episode 1)

Blog Talk. Hip Labal Tear. Episode 1. Think you have a hip labral tear? Have you been told that the only option is surgery? Well, that is not true for most people. It has become a popular surgery in the past decade, but is it only because we now have imaging to see them? This…