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Category: Back Pain

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There’s More to Core – Meet the Feet

by Nina Carson, PT, DPT, OCS Feet. I’ve always been told that I have weird feet. My arches are so high you could park Tonka trucks under them. Well, maybe a few Lego pieces and I’d still have some clearance. You’d think that’d be great right? High arches = strong arch support? Unfortunately that wasn’t

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Just Say Yes: How a Little Head Nod Changes Everything!

Just Say Yes: How a Little Head Nod Changes Everything!

Three times a week, rain or shine, I met a friend to run 6 miles around the Wonderland trails. No matter the weather, hobbling or in pain, I never missed. Boulder is rife with injured athletes, racking up toughness points for running or hiking through pain. I fell into that trap. From stress fractures to

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Mechanics in Action: Why Resting When You Hurt Will Only Hurt You

Ross Bodine, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT is a fellowship trained physical therapist that works at ALTA Physical Therapy & Pilates in Boulder, Colorado. He specializes in identifying and correcting aberrant movement patterns in climbers before and after injury.    Mechanics Focused Climbing and Training Working as a physical therapist, I generally see two kinds of climbers with

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5 Essential Exercises to Make You a Stronger Skier

5 Essential Exercises to Make You a Stronger Skier

It’s March. Ski season is in full swing, and I haven’t skied in two years… gulp. It just seemed like too much of a hassle with the pandemic. The longer I wait, the more reluctant I get. But Ingrid Carlson, a PT intern from Regis and a lifetime skier gave us great exercises and important

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Warm Up Prior to Shoveling Snow with These Two Easy Movements

Warm Up Prior to Shoveling Snow with These Two Easy Movements

Trunk rotation: Rotate side to side with no resistance, keeping your feet planted. You want to rotate from the hips as well as the shoulders. Perform 10-15 rotations side to side. RDL (Romanian deadlift) for hip hinging mechanics: Many of us tend to use our back for shoveling. We want to emphasize utilizing our legs

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Tossing & Turning – Your Pain and Sleep

When we see anyone for an initial visit, therapists want to know about sleep. Why should we care? We care because people who sleep poorly are more likely to develop pain, and having pain can lead to poor sleep. The associations are not equal however: sleep disturbance is a stronger predictor of pain than pain is of

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