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  • When it comes to falls, it is about ups and downs!

    Believe it or not, falls are the number one reason for death and injury among people 65 years old and older. That said, balance and stability- the factors that help prevent falls- are crucial to all of us as we go through our day and is often what defines the success of an athlete. Whether we fall or not is a complex process of balance and stability that involves three different mechanisms that ...
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  • Functional Mobilization: What it is and why it is used in Cutting Edge

    Functional Mobilization TM (FM) combines active and resisted movement (PNF) with soft tissue and joint mobilization to facilitate normalization of mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control dysfunctions. The approach was first developed by in the 1980's to treat difficult cases especially those involving complex musculoskeletal and neuromuscular dysfunctions. Consistent with its success, it now ...
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  • Prevention is the Best Medicine for Sprains - In Sports and Beyond

    With kids going back to school and many resuming sports team activities, the new guidelines from the National Athletic Trainers Association seem worth highlighting. Based on very high grade evidence-based research, the guidelines emphasize the importance proper conditioning before resuming sports and the use of functional rehabilitation rather than immobilization should injury occur. The high ...
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  • The Debate: Pilates vs Yoga

    I often get asked by patients about whether Pilates or yoga might be a better exercise for them. In preparing to answer, I always try to consider what their particular needs and goals are. For example, are they most concerned with heart health, weight management, stress reduction or strength and flexibility? These are all important goals, but based on my clinical experience I tend to think one is ...
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  • Why Stretching is Important

    Movement relies on the interaction of joints and muscles. When the range of motion for a joint is limited or the length of a muscle is less than it should be, imbalances develop and body mechanics suffer. Sometimes these joint range of motion or muscle length issues develop as a result of some other disease process (neurological, rheumatic, etc..) or acute injury; sometimes they develop from ...
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  • Torticollis

    Torticollis means "twisted neck" in Latin. When it occurs in newborns- whether due to positioning in the womb, after a difficult childbirth or other factors- it is called infant torticollis or congenital muscular torticollis (CMT). Usually, there is no pain with CMT; however, treatment is crucial in order to avoid motor development delays, postural deficits or craniofacial deformities. Note: There ...
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  • The Graston Technique: What is it and how is it used in our clinic?

    While some doctors/patients have heard of the Graston Technique® (GT), some have not. With that in mind, the following explains what is and how it is used at our clinic. Scar tissue is a normal response to trauma and part of the healing process, however, the excessive amount associated with injuries, surgeries, and other conditions can lead to a variety of complications ranging from pain, limited ...
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  • CrossFit, is it safe?

    Over the past few months I have seen an increase in the number of patients coming into the office with injuries sustained from a CrossFit or P90X workout. The sudden increase in injuries associated with these high-intensity groups, or extreme conditioning programs, leads many to wonder if they are safe. In my opinion, it can be safe and effective as long as appropriate precautions are taken. Who ...
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  • Does Wearing a Brace Reduce Back Pain?

    I frequently get asked if it’s a good idea to wear a brace for back pain. When you walk into any pharmacy or sporting goods store, you’ll be able to find a variety of lumbar/ back supports.... Because these braces are readily available, it’s tempting to purchase one of these braces in attempt to alleviate pain and discomfort before seeking professional advice. That’s not necessarily a good idea. I ...
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  • Dystonia Dialogue: Dystonia & Today's Physical Therapy

    For many people with dystonia, treatment options can be frustratingly limited. Medications may have side effects that overwhelm the benefits. Botulinum neurotoxin injections typically help, but may only provide partial relief. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an invasive procedure, typically reserved for certain severe forms of dystonia. On the up side, physical therapy is an area in which there ...
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