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Plan a Vacation

Plan a Vacation

This is the time of year when people start thinking about planning a vacation. I recently wrote a blog on the steps to improving work life balance in your life. With hectic and stressful schedules, it can be difficult to take the time to nurture and care for yourself. Taking a nice vacation is a wonderful way to rejuvenate yourself. Even the act of planning a vacation can add some extra excitement in your life. The following is a list of why travel is an important aspect of life.

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The Wellness Hacks of a Pro Surfer

The Wellness Hacks of a Pro Surfer

Surfing, although a highly physically demanding sport, has a reputation for being full of “chill” vibes. There’s something calming and meditative about being out in the ocean and enjoying the power of nature. Learn how this professional surfer optimizes her physical and mental health!

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is characterized by pain, inflammation, and stiffness. The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up the shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder. This causes limited range of motion.

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Why Practice Diaphragmatic Breathing?

Why Practice Diaphragmatic Breathing?

Diaphragmatic breathing is a breathing technique that has profound health benefits. We use this technique quite often in a physical therapy setting, but it is widely used in many other areas including yoga, meditation, and athletics. Diaphragmatic breathing causes the lungs to expand more efficiently than thoracic breathing. Read more....

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Benefits of getting Extremities Adjusted

Benefits of getting Extremities Adjusted

Most patients come in for care from subluxations of the spine, but extremities can also get subluxated.  Extremity joints include hips, knees, ribs, shoulders, TMJ, elbows, wrists, hands, ankles, and feet. Basically, any joint outside of the spine. When extremities become subluxated, they can also cause swelling, loss of function, pain, and scar tissue formation. Some common conditions that can benefit from extremity adjusting include: frozen shoulders, rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee pain, meniscus injury, chondromalacia patella, ankle sprains/strains, and plantar fasciitis.  Adjustments of the extremities can be done in a variety of different ways. Some techniques do manual manipulation of a joint where others use a handheld adjusting instrument. They can also include other therapies such as Graston technique, rehabilitative exercises, and custom orthotics. Regardless of the technique, the goal is to get motion back into the joint to help restore function to the extremity.     

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Joint Mobilization Techniques: Why are they performed in Physical Therapy?

Joint Mobilization Techniques: Why are they performed in Physical Therapy?

Joint mobilization is a passive manual technique performed in many physical therapy treatments. It may feel differently from your everyday joint actions, like flexing at the knee or lifting the arm overhead. And that’s because it is. All joints have their own specific alignment and ways in which the bones, ligaments, tendons and capsule move about each other (known as osteokinematic or arthrokinematic motion). If those movement patterns are restricted in some way or are dysfunctional, we as therapy providers will step in to improve proper operations.

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