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If you were watching the Olympics this year wondering what were the big, red circular marks on the athletes you weren't the only one. As a physical therapist, I had to do some reading to figure out what type of treatment these athletes were going through and for what purpose. Cupping was made very popular this year in Rio, as almost all athletes were seen trying it at least once after competing. Michael Phelps, the swimmer, had new cupping marks on both shoulder and across the back every time I saw him swim.   Cupping is a type of treatment that...
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squats for a strong core
Looking for a new way to strengthen your core? Get on your feet and try some new core strengthening exercises while standing. Let's face it, we all have tried crunches or sit ups to strengthen our abdomen but we all know this gets old fast because it's boring and it doesn't give great results. The FACT is that it is bad for your spine because it creates a lot of compressive force which could lead to fractures over time. First, it's a good idea to make sure you are able to keep the abdominal muscles contracted through easier exercises before moving...
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I am proud to say that I have recently become a new mom! I felt very lucky to have such a great group of moms around me to give such great advice during and after my pregnancy. I have to admit that one of the best pieces of advice I received was about using the Baby Bjorn carrier. As soon as my baby was old enough to be in one of these carriers I started using it because it really gave me so much more freedom to use my hands but still have the much needed closeness to my new born....
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Do you have low back pain after just a few minutes of walking or standing? Do you get relief from your back pain as soon as you sit? Do you have less pain if you lean forward when you walk? Are you able to walk a longer distance with less pain if you hold on to a shopping cart or walker? If you answered "yes" to these questions you may be suffering from spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis typically affects older adults because as we age there is a narrowing where the nerve exits the spinal column, which causes pain. There are...
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Get that wallet out of your back pocket!

That's what I tell almost every guy that walks through the door. Over time, sitting on a big wallet can lead to muscle imbalance and back pain. (see photo of what your spine looks like while sitting on a wallet).

It's like sitting on a phone book, but under only one buttock for years on end. Over time, this can cause a hip hike or rise on one side and not the other.

Research has shown that people with chronic low back pain typically have the pain on the side that they keep the wallet on. Sometimes the position of the wallet can even push on the sciatic nerve, creating pain down the leg.

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