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Better and Not Broken

Better and Not Broken 2020 Resolution January has arrived, and with the new year comes a sudden surge in fitness participation.  January’s well-intentioned training efforts produce many of the physical therapy patients we treat in February and March.  Fitness folks that morph into physical therapy patients travel remarkably similar paths.   For those returning to exercise, I have some suggestions that will keep you in the gym and out of the clinic. Choose Joint Friendly Exercises Many of the training tools in the typical fitness facility limit movement to one joint.  Seated knee extension, prone leg curls, seated shoulder abduction, and seated hip abduction wedge the body into artificial alignments in an effort to place load on one muscle.  Older, overloaded,…

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December 2019 Newsletter

Our last newsletter of the year brings information on improving posture. Mike and Jeff demonstrates simple exercises that will help improve posture. Jeff's article on doing warm ups prior to exercising details the areas that should be warmed up and tells how to do this. See the last page for some exciting new training programs that will be available in 2020. Download Here

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Cancer and Exercise

Cancer and Exercise In the 1950’s, doctors told heart attack patients to stay in bed for three weeks.  The standard post surgery advice was long periods of rest and activity avoidance.  My mother recalls her doctor telling her to rest in bed for five days after the birth of each of her five children.  She knew his advice was wrong and completely impossible for a mother of five.  During my physical therapy work in the 1980’s and 1990’s, it was very common for patients with back and neck pain to be instructed by their doctor to stay in bed for a week.  All of this medical instruction has been proven to be more harmful than helpful.  The best course of…

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Get The Most From Your Physical Therapy Treatment

Get The Most From Your Physical Therapy Treatment Top Tips See the Same Physical Therapist at Every Session. First and foremost, you need to see the physical therapist--not the physical therapy assistant, not the athletic trainer, and not a massage person. Shrinking physical therapy insurance payments have created innovative methods of providing “physical therapy” with less expensive employees. A consistent set of well-trained eyes and talented hands is one of the best ways to assure that every session of your physical therapy treatment is beneficial. Communication between co-treating physical therapists is often poor. I know it should be recorded in the clinic notes, but today’s documentation is written to optimize billing and not patient care. You will get the best…

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Four Stages of Physical Development

Four Stages of Physical Development In this era of technology, we are seeing some scary trends.  Children are becoming more and more overweight and obese and at earlier and earlier ages.  While children are becoming more fluid on phones, tablets, computers, and games, their physical IQ is plummeting to scary levels.  On top of this, you have more and more parents pushing their kids into year-round athletics and specializing in a given sport at earlier and earlier ages.  This leads to a further lack of development of a broad range of physical capabilities and an increase in overuse injuries.  Physical Therapists and Orthopedic Surgeons are seeing more and more young clients with over use or other preventable injuries.  The athletes…

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December 2017 Newsletter

Read about keeping your hip flexors healthy and working well in Mike's article, Nobody Names Their Child Iliacus.  Video instruction of the exercises in the article is available.  Jeff Tirrell gives five nutrition rules than can be broke.  Find out the correct way to set up your dual action air assault bike. Download Here

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