Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Blog

Typically the first thing we look for after crossing the finish line or ending our workouts are the fluids. All too often we turn to the nearest Gatorade table to “replenish our electrolytes” in order to rehydrate. Due to the successful marketing campaigns of a variety of sport drink companies, we’ve fallen into this trap thinking that these colorful drinks are actually good for us. But you would be mistaken.If you take the time to look at the ingredients, don’t be surprised if you find upwards … Read More

Out of all of the common repetitive injuries out there, IT band pain ranks pretty high on the list. Your iliotibial band (better known as your IT band) is like your youngest sibling growing up, innocent and easy to blame for everything. Yes your IT band hurts when you run, but who is the real culprit here? I often explain to patients that the source of chronic pain is rarely where the actual problem lies. It takes a village to raise a child right? Well, similarly- it takes many muscles to … Read More

Let me guess, you already know how to breathe and you've been succeeding at it since you came into this world? I'm willing to bet that you're wrong. Chances are good that at some point throughout your life you stopped breathing with your belly and morphed into the all-too-common chest breather. Quick, find a baby, any baby will do. Now watch how that little baby's belly moves high to the sky and back down with every breath. Does your belly move when you breathe- because it should. The diaphr… Read More

Ladies, how much does your ponytail swing when you run? Men, do you have trouble hearing your music through your headphones through your feet pounding the pavement or treadmill so loudly? These are just a few observations that you may notice that indicate your running form and strength need a tune-up. For example, a “swinging ponytail” could be a sign that your hips are unstable as you land on one foot after another causing abnormal strain and force on the knee leading to knee pain. Alternat… Read More

Shopping Around for Healthcare in the New Year?Do all of the recent changes in healthcare policies and healthcare reform have you shopping around for providers that fit your new insurance plan and healthcare needs? Whether you are currently in good health, have a pre-existing condition, or plan to have a major change in your health status (such as a surgery or the birth of a child), it is important to shop around for your health providers for various reasons. Unfortunately, there are certain… Read More

The Truth about Kegels and Urinary Incontinence-Physical Therapy in ArvadaPicture this: You are in the middle of your new favorite workout class at the gym. It’s fun, it’s giving you great results, and (uh oh), it’s time for that one maneuver (burpees, kettle bells, insert the move here). You know… the one part of the class you dread because, like clockwork, you leak urine during THAT move. You are frustrated, embarrassed, and now wet and uncomfortable. If this sounds like you, or like someth… Read More

Ski and snowboard season is right around the corner. There's already been reports of a few dustings up in the mountains and everyone's rushing to buy their season passes. It's been about 6 months since most of us have been out playing in the snow, putting you at an increased risk of injury when you return. One of the body parts most commonly injured skiing and snowboarding is the knee, more specifically the ACL. The ACL is a strong ligament sitting inside of the knee joint that helps prevent s… Read More

An injury to the bottom of the foot is commonly referred to as Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that links your heel bone to each of your toes. In essence, it is a continuation of your calf muscles that transition into your achilles tendon and follow underneath your heel bone to the bottom of your foot. This condition can affect all people, athletes and non-athletes. The most common signs are pain in the heel or arch of your foot, especially with the fir… Read More

Lateral epicondylitis, most commonly referred to as Tennis Elbow, is a painful, inflammatory condition of the elbow caused from overuse. The nick-name of this condition comes from the common cause of tightly gripping a tennis racket combined with the force of hitting a ball. However, much more commonly today we see this same condition arise from computer users due to using a mouse and keyboard. The muscles affected by Tennis Elbow are a group known as the wrist extensors that connect th… Read More

It's that time of year again. Summer vacation is over and the kids are going back to school. Every child, from your petite kindergartener to your senior high school football player, is going to be headed up the front steps of their school with one thing in common: They'll be wearing a backpack. Now of course the contents of these backpacks will vary greatly between children of different ages and grades. Some will have more crayons and snacks while others will be carrying heavy geomet… Read More