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You Can Recover From a Disc Injury

Can I Recover From a Disc Injury?

In short, you can recover from a disc injury without surgery.  Let’s take a look at Jesse’s story:   Jesse is a hardworking landscaper, who is limited in his ability to work due to low back pain that is radiating down his leg. His MRI revealed he had a L4/L5 posterolateral disc herniation that was

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Targeting Contractile Tissue

Targeting Contractile Tissue

Lacking Results in Rehab? You may not be targeting the contractile tissue of your muscles… Mike has had Achilles pain for 6 months and has lost significant power since his injury. He continues to do his prescribed eccentric heel raises (the standard tendon rehab protocol that has been in vogue for years). They may have

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TUNE-UP YOUR TECHNIQUE: MUSIC & PT

TUNE-UP YOUR TECHNIQUE: MUSIC & PT

Making music is a joyful experience But pain can drain all that joy right out of you. When we listen to music, it often sounds effortless and depending on the type of music, can evoke an excited or relaxed feeling. Though good musicians make playing look easy, it’s demanding work. The precision and skill needed

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What Have You Got To Lose

At first it was just a small ache in the right lower back, but the pain kept coming back with all the lifting Greg was doing at work. And it was getting worse. Greg didn’t want to miss work, so he just kept going, and the pain kept coming. You might imagine an athlete or performer would do

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The Reason Your Shoulder Still Hurts

“I was told that if I strengthen my rotator cuff, I should be fine.” I have been doing the rotator cuff exercises faithfully, but I still keep tweaking my shoulder. It started two months ago, and it’s still painful just reaching back to put on my seat belt. I want to get back to tennis

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Secrets of a Stiff Thoracic Spine

Secrets of a Stiff Thoracic Spine

Steph’s back keeps hurting. She lifts something into the overhead cupboard, and wham, her neck is sore. She twists around to grab something in the back seat of the car and shazam, her lower back is in spasm. Then, she reaches her arm back to put on a coat, and she tweaks her shoulder. Really??

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