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Tag: Breathing

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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Finding Your Bliss – Group Exercise

Finding Your Bliss – Group Exercise

I take Pilates every Thursday afternoon, and it’s hard, but I keep going back for more. I’m hooked. Why? Because, as I’m breathing and counting the “one hundreds” in unison with the group, I can feel the whole world at one, moving in synchrony, happy, without a care in the world…  Too much? yeah, I thought

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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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Pilates for Rehab and Fitness

We’ve Got the Secret Sauce – Pilates

You’ve graduated from physical therapy and you’re feeling good. Now all you have to do is keep doing your home exercises and you’ll be good as gold. Easy, right? Uhh, maybe. If you are uber disciplined, can always find an extra 20 minutes in your day, never get bored doing the same exercises, then yes, good as

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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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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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