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Tag: Physical Therapy

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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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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