Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Blog

​Ahhhh, WATER

May 25, 2020
You’ve heard it before, many of us don’t drink enough water. It’s constantly encouraged yet most of us are still deficient and don’t consume enough. Instead we turn to more flavorful drinks that may fulfill our palate, but don’t meet our needs. Water is important because it provides the medium our blood needs to transport nutrients and waste products. This is how so many reactions can occur in our body because of blood circulation and its medium, water. Water also serves as a catalyst to… Read More

Image by mohamed Hassan from PixabayBack pain can be very debilitating and stressful. Particularly when you don’t know what is going on. Here is a quick comparison of two of the most common injuries. Disc injury Types of disc herniations: Protrusion: disc material (nucleus pulposus) bulges outward into the outer cartilage ring (annulus fibrosis) without damage to the annulusProlapse: the nucleus pulposus bulges into the annulus and there is some damage to the annulusExtrusion: the nucleus bre… Read More

​The Science of PAIN

May 11, 2020
Photo by Ash Wood on UnsplashWhat is pain? The true definition is “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” The process of feeling pain begins with activating the nociceptors in our body. These sense mechanical, chemical and thermal threats. This signal is communicated through our nervous system to our brains. Our brain then computes this information and determines what to pay attention to, how to cope or how to react. Our brain uses … Read More

We all have known that person that just seems to be able to excel at whatever physical activity they are involved in. Conversely there are also those among us that seem to struggle at similar tasks. When speaking of the very capable individual we might say or hear statements like: That person has tremendous ability. Or that person is very skilled. Well, which is it then ability or skill? From a motor control and performance perspective let’s dive into this. Let’s first discuss what ability me… Read More

No matter how clean your diet is chances are you still have a deficiency in something. What? Yeah, you can eat keto, paleo, or whole foods and still have at least a few deficiencies. Luckily, if you consider yourself a healthy eater then your deficiencies may be smaller because of it. If you’re someone who doesn’t necessarily eat a healthier diet, then start there first to gain more vitamins and minerals you could be deficient in. Even if your deficiency is small, it’s important to be mind… Read More

Let's Get Balanced

Apr 20, 2020
“I have terrible balance.” Have you ever heard that? Or… have you said that?Over 15% of Americans 70 years old and older have been diagnosed with “abnormal balance.” Falling affects 1/3 of community dwelling older adults. Falls are the 2nd leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Both falls and fear of falling can greatly reduce a person’s participation in the things they love. Some of the main causes of decreased balance include: Muscle weaknessJoint mobility re… Read More

One doesn’t have to be an athlete in order to experience many conditions that seem to be related to athletic activities and exercise. One of these conditions we often see in our clinic, no matter if you are an athlete or not, is Plantar Fasciitis. This is a condition characterized by inflammation and pain of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue located on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone (calcaneus) to the toes. This pain is typically a sharp or stabbing pain usually loca… Read More

Photo by Scott Webb on UnsplashWith the recent travel restrictions and social distancing, you may have heard new buzz words like: telehealth, telerehab, telePT or virtual therapy. So, what is it? It may not be possible or in your best interest to leave your home right now. What do you do if you have an injury? Or your symptoms change? Or how about just some questions about your current treatment plan? Enter telehealth. This refers to any treatment that is not provided face to face and it is pr… Read More

For the most part, infants and young children move a lot better than adults, even a 3-month-old! Why is that? What movement can a 3-month-old do better than I? Let’s break it down. Our central nervous system (CNS), made up of the brain and spinal cord, help control voluntary motor skills and movement patterns. As an infant grows and develops, so do their conscious, voluntary movements. Once they master one position, they move onto the next mile stone. For example, they will start lying on their… Read More

Your Life In Focus

Mar 20, 2020
On Saturday March 7th I joined 15,000 of my new best friends to go hang out with Oprah for the day. She was traveling the country conducting Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus tour.The day was filled with speakers, singers and dancers. All in the name of wellness. Although it was quite Kumbaya at times, I did take away some good stuff that I’m going to share it with you! ● Wellness means all things in balance. Meaning your mind, body and spirit are all working together in harmony. S… Read More