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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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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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How Long Will I Live?

How Long Will I Live?

Grip Strength One somewhat surprising predictor of longevity is grip  strength. In one study, researchers measured grip strength in almost 140,000 adults from 17 countries and over a 4-year period, monitored their health and re-measured grip strength. An 11-pound decrease in grip strength was linked to a 16% increased risk of dying from any cause. Grip strength was

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Why You Should Love Physics

Why You Should Love Physics

If you and your climbing buddies compare injuries, you almost always compare painful wrists, hands/fingers, shoulders or elbows. That’s because climbing places massive loads on the arms and can truly stress tendons. In fact, nearly half of all chronic climbing injuries involve the fingers, and over 80% are in the upper limbs. Having tendinopathy and fixing it 

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