Post-Op Recovery: What You Need to Know.

While a surgical procedure is often necessary to correct a serious health problem, your body reacts to surgery as if it were an injury. This means that during your recovery period, you can experience a great deal of pain, swelling, muscle weakness, or even loss of mobility. Although everyone loves to have an excuse to spend a few days (or … Read More

Overcoming Muscle Weakness and Balance Problems

A common complaint that sends people to physical therapy is muscle weakness or lack of balance, which can greatly increase your risk of falling. The cause of these issues is often tied to events such as an extended hospital stay, injury, physical inactivity, or even a neurological condition such as stroke or Alzheimer’s disease. Why does my body have trouble … Read More

5 Great Core Exercises

Just like any building requires a strong foundation, our bodies require a strong, efficient core to let us move appropriately! Having a strong core is more than just having a six pack. Your core muscles include not only all four layers of the abdominal muscles, but also the glutes, small muscles along the spine (called local stabilizers), and even the … Read More

10 Easy and Effective Stretches

Muscles in the body that become too tight can cause a lot of pain! Sometimes a simple stretch can do the trick to give those muscles a good stretch and help them relax. Check out these stretches for muscles all over the body that are easy to do and can help alleviate your pain! 1. Piriformis Stretch The piriformis muscle … Read More

4 Simple Post Pregnancy Exercises

Having a baby changes your body!  Abdominal muscles stretch!  Back muscles tighten!  The pelvic floor weakens under the weight of the baby!  Here are 4 simple post pregnancy exercises to improve strength, stability and coordination. Level 1:  Mini Bridge Lie on your back with your knees bent. Raise your hips slightly off the floor for 5 seconds. Lower your hips … Read More

Eat Your Way To Healing

There’s nothing more frustrating than a sports injury that takes you out of the game.  Did you know that you can eat your way to healing faster? Injuries commonly have three stages and certain foods are excellent boosters to the healing process. The Inflammatory Stage A small amount of inflammation is good for healing an injury.  It removes damaged tissue … Read More

Exercise Your Face!

Remembering to exercise your face can help with chronic headaches and improve relaxation. Palming – soothes the optic nerve and area around the eyes Close your eyes. Breath in and out a few times. Rub your hands together until they’re warm. Cup them over your eyes. Repeat. The Great Rub – releases tension in the temples and jaws Using your … Read More

Stress Can Increase Lower Back Pain

Do you have unexplained or excessive back pain?  Are you buried in stress?  The two could be related. According to a Stanford University study, stress can increase incidents of lower back pain.  They tracked nearly 100 people over four years.  Patients with emotional distress were three times more likely to develop back pain than those with better coping skills. Stress … Read More

Healthy Holiday

The holidays are fun, festive and exciting.  They are also associated with weight gain, illness/accidents, depression and pain.  Attention to a few simple tips can help you have a healthy holiday. REDUCE WEIGHT GAIN Portion control.  Don’t deny yourself the holiday delicacies.  Just take a little and enjoy it slowly. Think low cal.  Take a healthy low calorie contribution to … Read More

14 Easy Tips For Losing Weight

Are you uncomfortable with your weight?  Do you or someone you know have health issues because of obesity?  Here are 14 easy tips for losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle. Healthy Eating Habits.  The very complex issue of eating healthy can be broken down into 6 simple tricks and habits: Use a smaller plate so it feels like you’re … Read More