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Do you suffer from dizziness or vertigo? Up to 30% of adults will experience dizziness in their lifetime. Dizziness is the feeling of being unbalanced or unsteady. Vertigo is the false feeling that your surroundings are moving or spinning. Dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance often result from injury to, or conditions affecting the vestibular system, which...
Did you know that the concept of joint movement being controlled by muscles and ligaments applies to our bladder and bowel movements as well? These activities are controlled by a group of muscles conveniently called the pelvic floor muscles. They sit between the coccyx and the anterior pelvis  creating a “bowl-like” structure and have a...
Low Back Pain (LBP) is the second most common cause of disability in the U.S. Over 80% of the population will experience a form of lower back pain at some point in their life and one of the biggest complaints that Physical Therapists receive about low back pain is how it can impact one’s ability...
With the warmer months rapidly approaching it is important to remember the significance of our daily water intake. Especially combined with physical activity, hydration can play a huge factor in performance and muscle recovery. Approximately 1-2 Liters of water are required to replace obligatory losses for even sedentary adults in a temperate climate. Therefore, almost...
Is stretching effective? The short answer is yes! Stretching is practiced frequently here at Performance Plus. However, to completely answer that question we first need to be more precise. What does it accomplish, and how or when should we stretch? Some sources may suggest that stretching is a cure all for muscle soreness, an important...
You have just gotten back from a 6-hour hike, complete with some grueling escalation. “It was a great workout!” You think to yourself, “so why am I not sore?” Many of us look forward to being sore, as a telltale sign of our hard work. Do not worry, the soreness is likely to come. This...
It has long been debated whether ice or heat is better to treat pain. A study published by Garra G et al. in 2010 researched the efficacy of heat and ice in treating neck and back pain, concluding that both treatments provide mild relief. According to this study, the best option is whatever the patient...
The Benefits of Cupping In its simplest description, cupping involves the direct use of cups on the skin to create suction. But what does the suction do? And is cupping a viable source of therapy? Cupping originated in China, where it was known to facilitate the flow of “qi”, or life force, throughout the body....
I am often asked “do you have a certificate to practice physical therapy?” or “did you have to take a weekend course to do this?” I can’t help but chuckle and remind the patient that they are in good hands and in fact, most licensed Physical Therapists now hold a doctorate degree. To be clear,...
1. Maintain good posture and monitor your computer health. A) Keep feet flat on the ground. Knees should be at a 90 degree angle. B) Sit up straight. Avoid tension in and around neck and upper back. C) Keep your eyes level with your screen. Remember the top of your head should level with the...