My X-Ray and MRI Shows “Damage”… Now What?

My X-Ray and MRI Shows “Damage”… Now What?

If you have ever been to the doctor for back pain, you may know the usual routine…X-ray images, MRI’s scans, and worse, the report you get back may be a bit confusing or worrying with terms such as ‘disc herniations’, ‘disc protrusion’, or ‘degenerative disc disease’…

What if I told you that these images could be potentially do more harm than good?

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Important Factors To Decrease Your Pain With Running

Important Factors To Decrease Your Pain With Running

Running has become an ever growing sport and exercise choice for some time now. Regardless if you are wanting to run a 5k, qualify for The Boston Marathon, or just mix in running for some cardio support... it can be very beneficial. Over time, like with most activities, there will be some point where we get injured. Of course this is never wanted because it usually means rest and a break from the activities we love.

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Back Pain, Opioids & Tiger Woods

Back Pain, Opioids & Tiger Woods

The topic of back pain and the use of pain killers seems to be the hot topic in the news nowadays. 

Most recently, Tiger Woods was arrested for a DUI which he attributes to 4 different pain killers and Xanax. Despite what feel about Tiger Woods and his personal life, it’s tough to see one of the greatest athletes of all time and what has happened to his body after countless surgeries.  

What may be a dependency on pain killers after unsuccessful surgeries is not uncommon. 

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Are You Taking 23,000 Incorrect Breaths A Day?

Are You Taking 23,000 Incorrect Breaths A Day?

Do you suffer from chronic neck, shoulder, or low back pain?

If so, have you paid attention to how you breathe? 

As you’re reading this blog, do a simple exercise.  Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach, and take a deep breath in.  If the hand on your chest moved upward and the one on your belly doesn't move at all, you are probably not breathing as efficient as you can.

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Do You Have Knee Pain And Your Foot Turns Out?

Do You Have Knee Pain And Your Foot Turns Out?

When you squat, it is extremely difficult for you to keep your feet parallel?

When jog or run, does your foot tend to whip outwards every time you push off? 

Knee pain, especially around the kneecap and inside portion of the joint are very common areas of discomfort for many. You may been given a medical diagnosis of patellofemoral pain, meniscal pain, or plain general arthritis. But what does this mean? 

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Do You Have Hip Pain With Squats?

Do You Have Hip Pain With Squats?

We often get clients complaining of hip and back pain when squatting in the gym, especially when under significant load. When it gets really flared up, it becomes a constant pain that gets even more irritable in positions such as sitting which involves a great amount of hip flexion. 

When assessing any client either complaining of pain or just wanting a strength and conditioning program, it's important to look at technique as well as address side to side asymmetries.

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Case Study: How This Active Woman Finally Cured Her Back Pain

Case Study: How This Active Woman Finally Cured Her Back Pain

Our amazing 42 year old client, Erin had been dealing with lower back pain on and off for the past 10 years. She loves to be active but feels like the small of her back and occasional numbness down her leg hold her away from the things she loves. On top of that, it is hard enough to find the time to be active since she is quite busy taking care of her children, ages 9 and 12. 

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Does Your Back Hurt During A Plank?

Does Your Back Hurt During A Plank?

It has become very common that exercises are a great tool when trying to recover from an injury. There is the exact opposite as well, where exercises have either caused or been a factor in your injury. More often than not injuries are from poor form and or too much weight. 

When we are working with someone that has low back pain a common exercise that may be given is the plank. On occasion people already “know-how to do” a plank and is a part of their normal exercise routine. Form, especially with the plank, is essential to not causing back pain. 

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Is Your Golf Swing Giving You Back Pain?

Is Your Golf Swing Giving You Back Pain?

Everyone has a sport or activity that is enjoyable or helps to relieve stress. A large number of our clients use golf as that activity.

It can become a huge strain if you are unable to do your activity of choice because of an injury or pain. In some instances the activity or sport is what is causing the problem. Some might say to stop running, playing golf, or playing basketball because it is causing your pain. Instead our goal is to look to see what we can do to make changes so you can continue to play.

When it comes to golf there are many mechanics at play which can contribute to your injury. The most common injury we see is low back pain or upper and middle back pain. Not having a proper golf swing can lead to these injuries.  

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Why Can Sitting Cause My Back Pain?

Why Can Sitting Cause My Back Pain?

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons why people end up having to miss work. Depending on what your job is, it might be contributing to your low back problems.

Generally people sit for long periods of time at their job regardless if you're a lawyer, admin, or UBER driver. Sitting is a normal thing that our bodies can do, the problem becomes how you sit and for how long you are sitting for.

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