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The Simple Back Pain Reliever

The Simple Back Pain Reliever When you lift, carry, walk, or run, your shoulders and hips move while the lumbar spine stays stable.  Prolonged sitting, age, and deconditioning can create tight hips/shoulders and a lumbar spine that is unable to hold a stable position.   Much of the mechanical back pain we treat in physical therapy is related to this stability/mobility issue.  A simple exercise that can retrain the neural control necessary to restore this essential movement skill is the bird dog. The bird dog is commonly used in physical therapy and usually poorly performed in the fitness arena.  Three things to keep in mind.  You are moving your arms and legs, but the focus of the drill is keeping the…

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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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December 2018 Newsletter

Mike O'Hara gives tips for aging gracefully and staying fit in his article, The Five Don'ts of Sustainable Fitness. Learn the importance of increasing mobility and stability in order to get stronger, and discover how a simple test that measures how well you get up from the floor can tell a lot about whether or not your fitness program is working. Download Here

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November 2018 Newsletter

To combat the effects of aging, consistent exercise is key.  Mike O'Hara discusses the benefits of fitness and gives tips on starting and continuing a program of exercise for life in his article, The Three Do's of Sustainable Fitness.  Jeff Tirrell of Fenton Fitness gives nutrition tips for athletes and Mike's exercise for better posture and more efficient movement is the bird dog. Download Here

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June 2016 Newsletter

The June newsletter brings information on side planks and bird dog exercises for core stability.  Watch the video for demonstration of the exercises given.  Mike O'Hara gives some practical advice on preventing falls in his article, Fall Recall. Read one person's story about his transition from physical therapy patient to gym member, and be sure to check out sled rowing. Download Here

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