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At some point in time, everyone has experienced a fall. Maybe the last time you fell was as a child, maybe it was last winter when stepping out onto an icy sidewalk, or maybe it was just yesterday walking your 7-month old German Shepherd puppy like me and the laws of physics were against you. But what happens when you start experiencing trouble with your balance on a daily basis, or, even worse, start to experience more than one fall in a year? Do you find yourself tripping when walking? Do you feel unsteady just standing in place? Have you become fearful of going up and down stairs? Have you been limiting your daily activities for fear of falling? Do you feel that all this is normal as you age? It doesn’t have to be. Let’s take the time to talk balance. What is balance? The technical definition of balance…

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“If I only knew…” -A common statement from our patients. A typical day can be filled with stress, distractions and obligations. It is easy to get overwhelmed with… well, life.  Sometimes you just have to “keep it simple.” As an outpatient physical therapist for the last 10 years, the most common condition I treat is the spine. It is hard to say which aspect more so, the low back or the neck- as usually they go hand-in-hand. Through extensive training in graduate school and critical continuing education, such as the McKenzie philosophy, every spinal evaluation is individualized to a person’s specific needs and goals. However, there are common presentations/characteristics that are may be demonstrated. We are trained to observe movement patterns and mechanics, so our evaluation starts as soon as we see the individual walk into the clinic. Besides a million other components we are looking for, most individuals that have…

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Some sports, such as football, baseball, hockey, golf, etc…, are always in the spotlight and are commonly recognized to have injuries and specific programming to return the field.  Then there are other sports, list gymnastics, cheerleading, dancing, and the performing arts, that we don’t hear much about regarding injuries and their specific needs when returning to competition and/or performing. Perhaps it is the grace of the performance that doesn’t allow us to see the struggle behind the beauty? Or simply the magic of showbiz that takes us somewhere special, forgetting that the performers are people that get injured, have aches and pains, and require consistent training to maintain their superb stamina and level of fitness. But who is a resource for these athletes and performers? A physical therapist with the experience and passion for the intricacies that are requires day in and day out to be flexible yet strong, soft yet…

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There has been a lot of buzz about instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, or IASTM, over the last few years!  It seems like every week there are new tools, new brands, and new trainings being developed, with some of the most familiar being Graston or HawkGrips.  But really this type of treatment has been around for a very long time.  IASTM is really a descendant of the art of Gua Sha.  Gua Sha is more than 2,000 years old and originated in Eastern Asia. Now referred to as IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization), it is a technique we use as physical therapists to treat a wide variety of conditions.  Modern day tools are typically stainless steel and clinicians employ techniques to treat most musculoskeletal conditions, including tendonitis, muscle spasms, and more.  These tools are used as a compliment to therapists’ hands to feel for irregularities in soft tissue. IASTM…

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What is Powerlifting? Powerlifting is a sport that involves performing three weight lifting movements (Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift) during a competition. A competitor’s goal is to lift the maximum amount of weight for one repetition while maintaining strict technique. Three judges assess technique during each movement to maintain consistency among competitors. Powerlifting is essentially the ultimate test of full body power and strength.   The Common Misconception: What is the first thought that comes to mind when you think of powerlifting? Do you envision a muscle-bound man, maybe with the bulky physique of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger? Or do you think of the current, sixty-seven year old, lower muscle mass version of Arnold Schwarzenegger? Both answers are correct. The athletes at powerlifting competitions actually range in various degrees of age, gender, and body weight. At any given event, a spectator could witness any scope of variability among lifters. For…

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In a time when we are hurt, we get a rush of emotions, including fear, anxiety, hesitation, anger, depression, and many more.  It is a unique feeling because we are not quite sure what to do, what we did to cause it, and what is happening internally.  As physical therapists, we pride ourselves on being able to evaluate a condition by assessing symptomatic responses, weakness, range of motion deficits, and other tests and measures.  But what happens when the physical therapist gets injured? This past week was eye opening.  As the owner of a physical and occupational therapy practice, an advocate for the rehab professions, a McKenzie Certified clinician, and passionate practicing clinician, the tables turned, and I was the injured.  This wasn’t the first time, but it was the worst time.  Tuesday morning started with a tweak, ended much worse. Wednesday began with a failed running attempt but I continued…

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