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Category Archives: Body Mechanics

5 Jul, 2019

Core Strength Helps Ease Lower Back Pain

Having core strength is important in your every movement and even ‘non-movement.’ Whether you’re sitting watching TV or moving around, a strong core is critical. It makes performing physical activities as well as daily movements easier. A strong core impacts how your upper and lower body functions. Think of a tree, a tree must have

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5 Jul, 2019

Any Summer Vacations Planned?

Do you have any summer vacations planned? Do they involve long car or plane rides? This is something that may have been planned for months and is supposed to be the highlight of the year, but there is one problem; you are having pain! We want to make sure that you get to your final

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10 Jun, 2019

What our walking says about our muscles and joints

When an expert assesses your walking they are looking at what referred to as your gait. This term “gait” takes into account what all of the joints in your legs and also your trunk are doing when you move one leg and stand on the other for support. Any change in your walking pattern can

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10 May, 2019

Tendonitis & Bursitis: Cause of Joint Discomfort

Tendonitis and bursitis can restrict you from heading to your weekly tennis or racquetball games, carrying your groceries to the car, and exercising.  Baseball pitchers can develop tendonitis in the muscles in the shoulder from throwing pitches with poor mechanics.  A  parent may develop tendonitis from repeatedly lifting their child with similarly poor shoulder mechanics.

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27 Feb, 2019

The IT Band’s role and Preventing IT Band Syndrome

By: Alyssa Burke, PTA The IT Band is a part of body that is somewhat of a mystery to many. You’ve probably heard of the IT band. But are you confident about where it is or what it does? We’ll answer these questions today. The IT band is the abbreviation for the iliotibial band. This

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10 Jan, 2019

Does Your Job Require Repetitive Movements?

By: Jeremy Schain, DPT, CSCS Many people will experience some episode of pain at one point or another during their life. It’s common for a quick scan of the internet or visit to a doctor to reveal a vague diagnosis of tendonitis or bursitis as the primary cause of that pain. While these works may

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11 Dec, 2018

Too much or too little movement in our joints?

By: Rachel Herrmann, DPT Joint mobility and joint stability are two parts of a patient’s musculoskeletal condition that physical therapists assess. Joint mobility is the amount of movement that occurs within a single joint. So this is not just how high you can raise your arm or how far you can bend your knee, but

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12 Nov, 2018

How the body needs to work to walk properly

By: Mike Bills, MS PT Walking is something that we all do everyday whether that be to simply get from one point to another or for exercise or for relaxation. Because walking is such a necessary part of daily life, it’s important to understand what should and should not be happening when we walk is

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7 Nov, 2018

What’s the difference between a strain and a sprain?

By Alyssa Burke, PTA I’m sure you’ve heard someone say they sprained or strained something. Maybe you’ve even experienced these injuries yourself. Sprains and strains are common injuries that affect the soft tissues of your body. You don’t have to be an athlete to experience one of these injuries. People of all ages and activity levels are

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8 Oct, 2018

Want to get rid of that nagging muscle tightness?

The benefits of routine stretching reach far beyond rehabilitation. Whether you’re an athlete, sedentary, a weekend warrior, young or old, active or inactive, you will reap the value of a regular stretching routine. In general, stretching is the elongation of a muscle and is used to help prevent injury and discomfort. However, there are different

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