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By Dr. Rachel Herman | PT, DPT Stretching is a component of wellness that can often be overlooked or forgotten about. While strengthening and endurance based exercises are important, stretching is crucial to help us manage our aches and pains. In fact, many causes of pain and dysfunction can come from muscular tightness. What is...
By Dr. Prachi Karande | PT, DPT Have you been suffering from chronic low back pain for years without consistent relief? Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is one of the leading causes of disability affecting an individual’s ability to participate in activities at home, work and out in the community. Recent studies exploring the integration...
By Dr. Andrew Novencido | PT, DPT, CSCS When we think of getting stronger and building muscle mass, we tend to think of lifting bigger, heavier weights. This instinct has been proven correct by science, as research shows that resistance training with up to 60-80% of a person’s 1-repetition maximum (1RM) is the recommended level...
By: Jacqueline Dagostino PT, DPT, OCS, Cert VRS Heat therapy can be used for many different benefits, including relief of pain, muscle spasms, feelings of joint stiffness and for relaxation. By dilating blood vessels, heat increases circulation and blood flow, which is helpful for mobility and healing. Tissue warming provided by heat therapy can also...
By Kyle Dorsey, PT, DPT For years members of the healthcare world have prescribed R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) following an acute injury but is this really the best treatment option?  Dr. Gabe Mirkin, a Harvard University physician published “The Sports Medicine Book” where he originally prescribed applying ice to an injured area. Since then,...
As a physical therapy patient, you will have 2 responsibilities that will be key to a successful outcome. If not fulfilled, your chances of success are significantly reduced. Although it is important to find yourself a high quality, manual Physical Therapist in a healing environment that will provide guidance and skilled manual therapy, it will...
Are you currently experiencing neck pain when looking over your shoulder and frequent headaches? Cervicogenic headaches are estimated to be the cause of 18% of chronic headaches and affect women 4 times more than men. These headaches are of musculoskeletal origin and are directly correlated with upper cervical joint limitations and soft tissue restrictions. Patients...
Unless you’ve taken an extensive anatomy course or have experience dealing with different types of pain, you are most likely unaware of the symptoms your body signals when you damage a nerve versus a muscle. Although both are extremely important, these structures have different functions that inevitably create different sensations when damaged.  A nerve looks...
The average American adult is quite a busy individual. Within the hours in a single day, we must work, eat/cook about 3 meals, take care of children/pets, workout, sleep, and somehow find time to do give our brain and body a moment to unwind. All this if we want to maintain our “sanity”. Our way...
In the state of California patients have the right to direct access of physical therapy services. What does it mean to have “direct access”? Well, the definition varies from state to state. In the state of California, it means that a physical therapist can evaluate and treat a patient for up to 45 days or...