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March 2020 Newsletter

In this month's issue, Mike O'Hara,PT gives exercises to strengthen the shoulder--in particular the serratus anterior. Demonstration of the exercises can be viewed on our youtube channel using the link in the article. Mike also wrote an article on training to restore foot function and Jeff Tirrell discusses the pros and cons of eating bread. Download Here

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Pain Never Precedes Dysfunction

"Pain never precedes dysfunction."--Dr. Stanley Paris I recently found a manual from a physical therapy course I attended in 1985.  Dr. Stanley Paris was the instructor and I was lucky to have been in his class at the beginning of my career.  At 26 years of age, I wrote this quote on the front of the manual and it still stands as the best bit of wisdom I can pass along to fitness clients and physical therapy patients. Pain happens as the result of some underlying performance problem: postural flaws and sustained joint positions, respiratory restrictions,  muscle strength/endurance is depleted, joint mobility is insufficient,  joint mobility is excessive, movement coordination is poor,  deceleration skills are below acceleration capacity. Resolving pain…

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February 2020 Newsletter

Lean the importance of movement in our development and in keeping us fit and injury free in Mike O'Hara's article, "The Impact of Injury on Your Brain".  Also see his article, "The Essential Exercise" to discover the one exercise just about everyone can do to live an active and independent existence.  Jeff Tirrell answers the question, "What supplements should I take?". Download Here

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January 2020 Newsletter

Our January issue contains some great information to make you successful in your training program.  Read Mike's article,"Hold a Row" for tips on preventing neck and shoulder pain and improving posture.  Mike also explains how goal setting can impact your program, and Jeff Tirrell tells how to improve nutrition habits by making positive changes rather than following a list of don'ts. Download Here

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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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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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