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Combating Cumulative Compression

Combating Cumulative Compression Look At Your Life and Make Some Changes Ron had back and hip pain that was created after he lifted a ladder out of his truck.  Further questioning revealed that Ron had been Olympic lifting twice a week, using a rowing machine once a week, and worked as carpenter five days a week.  Ron sat in a truck seat for at least ten hours a week.  Ron placed his lumbar spine under a compressive load nearly everyday of the week.  Lifting the ladder was simply the activity that created the final stressor that pushed his spine into pain. Megan had leg and hip pain.  She had an MRI that displayed a bulged lumbar disc, and prior treatment…

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Tiger Questions

Tiger Questions The resurgence of Tiger Woods’ golf performance has produced questions on the merits of spinal fusion surgery.  Fitness clients and physical therapy patients have heard that Mr. Woods had his lower lumbar vertebrae surgically fused and is now doing well.  Recent articles in the *New York Times and **Wall Street Journal illuminate the good and bad of spinal fusion surgery and the changes it produced in Tigers’ golf game.  Spinal fusion patients are frequent costumers in the physical therapy clinic.  Based on my long history treating post fusion patients, these are the answers I give in regards to spinal fusion surgery. Can You Do Your Part? Anyone considering lumbar spinal fusion needs to be ready to make a…

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Recruit More Glute

Recruit More Glute Wake Up Your Gluteals With Stick Bridges The muscles that cover the back and side of our hips are called the gluteus maximus and medius. The “glutes” are the primary drivers of human propulsion and power production. Properly functioning gluteals protect your knees and lumbar spine from injury. Unfortunately, many people have glutes that operate at less than optimal levels. “Gluteal amnesia” is the term used by physical therapists and strength coaches. Nearly all back and knee pain patients require restorative glute training. Most fitness clients are unaware of how much better they can function after dedication to a glute activation program. Read the rest of this article and watch the video for a demonstration of a…

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February 2019 Newsletter

Learn how to keep your shoulders healthy in Mike's article, "Graceful Shoulder Aging". Jeff Tirrell gives some practical advice on how to train, and Mike explains the importance of changing your fitness routine. Download Here

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January 2019 Newsletter

Learn how some simple exercises can reduce or prevent lower back pain in Mike O'Hara's article "Daily Lower Back Pain Meditation". Jeff Tirrell explains the importance of working with a qualified trainer in a small group. Do you know the five fitness numbers everyone should know? Download Here

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April 2018 Newsletter

In the April 2018 issue, Mike O'Hara discusses the benefits of the farmer's walk exercise. Jeff Tirrell tells you how to reduce injury to your ligaments and tendons, and tips are given for getting back out into the garden. Download Here

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