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Workplace Ergonomics

Workplace Ergonomics

Most people in today's society spend a large portion of their day sitting at a desk. If you have a desk job, you can probably relate to the never-ending aches and pains that come along with prolonged sitting. Here are 3 things you can do about it.

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Another Fitness Self-Reflection Activity

Another Fitness Self-Reflection Activity

For those of who had fitness goals, have you met them? Did you write them down? Were they actually measurable goals, or just things you wanted to work on? If you have not made any progress or just completely forgot about your goals, let’s identify why and think of a new plan of action.

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Stretches for Sciatica

Stretches for Sciatica

Sciatica,(aka pain in the butt), affects the buttocks, legs, groin, and lumbar spine. The symptoms can range from pain, weakness, tingling, numbness, or burning.  The source of the pain is the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lumbar spine, into the glutes, and down the back of the legs.  The following are some stretches that can help relieve the pain by stretching the surrounding muscles.  The first three stretches are for the piriformis muscle. They range from more beginning to more advance depending on your level.

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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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Essential Rehab Tools to have at Home

Essential Rehab Tools to have at Home

In our clinic we have a variety of different inexpensive tools useful for releasing tension, improving range of motion and muscle recovery. Most of these tools are used for myofascial release. Your fascia is a sheath of connective tissue that provides support and protection for your muscles and internal organs. Your fascia can become tight and distorted from trauma, poor posture, repetitive stress, workouts. When fascia restricts, you may experience pain and inflammation.

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Walking for Longevity

Walking for Longevity

Most adults sit 8-10 hours or more each day due to work. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need to incorporate movement into your waking hours. According to the World Health Organization, inactivity is the fourth biggest killer of adults worldwide. Chronic sitting is the new smoking. Humans are designed for walking. In our historical past, before the conveniences of automobiles, horses and buggy, humans walked a lot every day.

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Physical Therapy For Your Total Knee Replacement

Physical Therapy For Your Total Knee Replacement

The total knee replacement is currently the most commonly performed orthopedic surgery in the United States. An article from 2007 confirmed that approximately 700,000 knee replacement procedures were performed annually in the US. That same article proposed that with the aging population continuing to grow, the number of annual total knee replacements in the U.S. is expected to reach 3.48 million procedures per year by 2030.

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Tight Psoas Muscle and Low Back Pain

Tight Psoas Muscle and Low Back Pain

If you have ever had low back pain, often times one of the main culprits is a tight Psoas muscle. The psoas muscle is the primary hip flexor muscle, and is the largest, thickest muscle in the body. The psoas is the most powerful hip flexor. The psoas muscle originates at the lower vertebrae of T12 and inserts on the posterior of the femur. 

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