The side plank is one of the best core exercises, period. The world famous spinal expert Dr. Stuart McGill includes the side plank as one of his “big three” spinal stabilization exercises for his world class athletes. But you don’t need to be pursuing a world title to devote yourself to a side plank. Why…

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I know it, you know it, the news keeps telling us every year, our bodies keep telling us every year – we sit too much. We’re not active enough. “Sitting is the new smoking,” they say. “The average adult sits 6.5 hours a day,” they say. And the trends aren’t changing for the better. It’s…

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“You guys are the ones that make the true change.” I spoke with a Physician the other night. I commended him for his positive patient reviews, highlighting his thorough exam skills and quality demeanor with his patients. He was appreciative of the praise and responded, “Yeah, but you guys are the ones that make the…

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Have you ever felt that notorious knot in your upper shoulder? You know where it is – riiiiight in between the inside/top corner of your shoulder blade and your spine. You try to stretch it out, but it seems unrelenting. You try to get family to rub it out when it acts up but they…

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Before even starting the discussion on low back discs, you should know not all back pain is from the disc. Researchers have thought through perhaps one hundred different tissues and issues that could cause back pain. With that said, however, the disc can be very problematic and painful for many, many people. Due to the complex nature…

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In this post, I want to give a fly by on what I consider to be the high points of a conversation on plantar fasciitis (PF) or heel pain. I want to give some common areas of misunderstanding on proper (improper?) management, and introduce a better way of evaluating and treating  PF. First, let’s consider…

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We get referrals from Neurologists, Family Practice MDs, PAs, and CNPs every week to evaluate and treat patients dealing with headaches, dizziness, feeling somewhat lightheaded or just “off.” Sometimes headaches are very clearly cervicogenic, meaning neck related . But sometimes it’s not quite so obvious. Hence why they made a trip to the neurologist first,…

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Is rest is best? How soon should you see a PT after an injury?   Well obviously if you look like Kermit here it might pay off to lay low for a bit. But even then, it should be relative rest. Purposeful rest. Meaning, if I hurt my back shoveling, I should rest… FROM SHOVELING.…

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