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Category: Back Pain

When Protection Becomes A Problem

When Protection Becomes A Problem

Barb saw the truck in the rear-view mirror and braced. Her hands gripped the wheel, every muscle in her body was tense when the truck hit. After three months, those muscles still haven’t let go-she feels a stiffness or tightness that no amount of stretching eliminates. When Barb saw the headlights, her nervous system’s natural response

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Assistance From A Distance

Assistance From A Distance

Most people don’t realize this, but off-the-clock physical therapists are diagnosing people all the time without getting them on a treatment table. It’s second nature to us. My kids remember walks along the Pearl Street Mall where I would notice a total stranger walking in front of us with a back or hip problem and

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4 Simple Exercises To Help You Cope

4 Simple Exercises To Help You Cope

Every time I got in the car, I started humming. For months after my son died, it was the same simple lullaby. I sang my way through Driver’s Ed too, sweaty palms gripping the wheel and Ooh Child (Things are Gonna Get Easier) playing over and over in my head. And now, I find these

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Is Your Pain Really From Overuse?

Is Your Pain Really From Overuse?

The pain started as just a hint on the outside of the elbow. Leo was not even sure when or how he first noticed it, but within weeks the constant ache on the outside of his elbow went from a whisper to a howl whenever he had to lift anything. Forget pouring coffee in the morning

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Five Exercise Myths That Could Affect Your Health

Five Exercise Myths That Could Affect Your Health

Yes, we work on body problems. But we can never ignore how the mind – and some common myths – create a self-fulfilling prophecy.  If you think running is only for the under 50 crowd, or that a little noise in your joints portends future pain, it will be so. But it isn’t so simple

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POSTURE: THE STRAIGHT SCOOP

POSTURE: THE STRAIGHT SCOOP

“My posture is horrible“. It’s a common refrain from patients who are also thinking: – my bad posture is the reason I hurt. Myths like that are common, even among physical therapists. While many of us blame poor posture for our pain, research says NO. Yes, posture matters, but in ways that will surprise you. Here’s

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