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August 7, 2017
07 Aug 2017

Migraine: Not just a headache

Most of us have suffered from a headache at one time or another. For many, an aspirin is all it takes to get things back on track. For others, they can be life-altering. They can arise all of a sudden or be chronic with varying degrees of severity. Symptoms include: throbbing, squeezing pain, face or […]

September 13, 2013
13 Sep 2013

Tennis Elbow

Do you play a lot of tennis? Neither do most of the people who suffer from so-called Tennis Elbow, one of the more common upper extremity ailments I see. Tennis Elbow goes by several names, most commonly lateral epicondylitis after the lateral epicondyle to which the affected tissues attach. More recently, that term has been […]

October 31, 2012
31 Oct 2012

Flexibility with Foam Rolling

Nowadays, it’s impossible to walk into a gym without seeing people rolling around on large foam cylinders. Ever wonder what exactly they’re doing? It’s called self myofascial release and it’s one of     the most popular and effect methods of stretching around today. Unfortunately, it’s a physical therapy technique most people don’t really understand and […]

September 28, 2012
28 Sep 2012

Active Release Technique: An Effective Method for Pain Relief

Over time, your body just isn’t going to function as it once did. There are many different reasons why pain occurs in the body, and it’s important to your health and overall well-being to find the source of the problem quickly and deal with it. Injuries causing pain can occur through repetitive activities you have […]

October 23, 2010
23 Oct 2010

Shin Splints

Shin splints are an interesting condition… mainly in that they’re not an actually condition. “Shin splints” is a generic term for a number of different conditions that cause pain of the lower leg. Different types include: anterior tibial shin splints, posterior tibial shin splints, stress fractures, periostitis and tendinitis. The cause and treatment varies depending […]

August 18, 2010
18 Aug 2010

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a condition whereby blood vessels and/or nerves are impinged at the area around the base of the neck and/or the top of the shoulder. Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling or coldness in the arm, hand or fingers. Frequently the symptoms are similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) […]

August 8, 2010
08 Aug 2010


Stress headaches. Sinus headaches. Tension headaches. Migraines. We’ve all heard the terms before, but what’s the difference? In short… nothing. All of these common ailments are really the same thing… migraines. That is to say they are all caused by what’s known as the migraine mechanism. The difference is in their symptoms. In the migraine […]

August 3, 2010
03 Aug 2010

When Good Exercises Go Bad

Every exercise exists a sliding scale. On one side, you have safety. On the other, effectiveness. The goal in implementing an exercise regimen is to find exercises which strike the perfect balance between the two. Let’s review some common, poorly-executed resistance exercises and how to modify them so as to strike that ideal balance. THE […]

July 8, 2010
08 Jul 2010

Sciatica: Not What You Think It Is

Pain or numbness in the lower back, buttock, or running down the leg. Sometimes, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty moving or controlling the leg. Any of this sound familiar? This isn’t sciatica. Believe it or not, the sciatic nerve only gives sensations below the knee. What you’re […]

June 6, 2010
06 Jun 2010

Self-Myofascial Release

There isn’t just one way to stretch. There are many, including some types you may have heard of: static, active, dynamic, active-isolated, passive, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), ballistic and others. Each has their uses in an integrated, progressive flexibility regimen. All types of stretching exist on a continuum… you progress from one to another as […]

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