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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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Breaking Things Down – For Runners

Breaking Things Down – For Runners

PTs are always breaking things down. Like your running stride – we’re breaking down a 5-mile run into 10,000 steps. Each step makes an impact and over miles and miles, impact matters. Breaking things reminds me of an old-fashioned egg toss. Let’s talk eggs. Have you ever been tossed a raw egg? Did it break in

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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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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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