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Squatting vs. Lunges...which gives you more bang for the buck!

Author: Krista Magnoli, PTA

 

Did you know the gluteus maximus muscle, or butt muscle, is the strongest muscle in your body? This muscle has the potential to be very strong and help stabilize our lower back, which makes it a very important muscle to be exercised properly.

Most of us are familiar with a squat and maybe even a lunge exercise.squats versus lunges Both of these exercises are common for targeting that glute muscle we are always trying to tone up! But which exercise is most beneficial and really strengthens better?

There is a lot of research about glute strengthening exercises, and as a physical therapist it was very interesting learning about all the different ways to target this area and why different exercises are better than others depending on what an individual is trying to achieve.

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Did you know you don't need a prescription to see a physical therapist?

Author: Nancy Whelan,PT

October is National Physical Therapy Month! PT mythsDuring the month of October we want to make people aware of what physical therapy is and how physical therapists help improve an individual’s mobility, function, and decrease pain.

 

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Can your sandals be causing knee or back problems?

Author: Krista Magnoli, PTA

We all know that wearing sandals are comfortable, especially in summer time, but how good are they for our feet? Most sandals are very flat and have no support. This can be bad for our feet for several different reasons.

People that suffer from plantar fasciitis should not be wearing sandals unless they have some type of arch support. Even with an arch support, sandals should not be worn for long distance walking.sandals bad for the feet Unsupportive or flat sandals can even cause plantar fasciitis, which is a very painful condition on the bottom of the foot. Research has proven that our toes try to grab and grip the sandal every time we take a step to hold the sandal on our foot, causing a strain on the toes and ball of the foot. We also do not strike our heel when walking in sandals which impairs our stride which can cause knee pain.

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