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Can Exercise Help with Arthritis Pain?

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis.1 The degenerative joint disease is due to a breakdown of cartilage. Arthritis can occur in many joints including the hands, hips, knees, lower back, neck and shoulders.

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Common Workout Myths

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Fitness and workout tips are everywhere: They can be found in magazines, TV shows, online articles, and even come within advice from friends. However, each tip seems to be different – sometimes even a contradiction of a different piece of health advice. To help you sort the fact from the fiction, read below to learn some common workout myths and truths that can help you have better, healthier and safer workouts.

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Does Exercise Really Make you Happy?

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

We’ve all heard it before, exercise makes people happy! The runner’s high – that feeling of happiness that keeps people running and training for marathons. That special energy you get after working out in a group or alone. Even the movie Legally Blonde references happiness from exercise endorphins! But is it real or just a myth?

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Have You Taken the Paper Challenge?

Posted on by Leython Williams, PT, DPT

In an age where internet challenges and trends change so quickly, the real challenge is keeping up with them all! However, the latest challenge that I’ve come across via social media is called “The Paper Pick-Up Challenge.” By now, I’m certain that many of you reading this blog have heard of this challenge. If you have not, then I’ll warn you – to hear of it is also to attempt it!

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At-Home Exercises for Skiers

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Skiing is a great winter sport for people of all ages. However as with any sport, there is a risk for injury.

For most people, skiing is an activity that they get to participate in only a few times each year. This means the body is not able to remain as conditioned for this activity, which can lead to injuries. Skiing tends to place more stress on the lower body – specifically the knee. This can result in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries. That said, the upper body can also be injured if a skier falls landing on their arm or shoulder. Thankfully there are some exercises that can easily be performed at home to try to decrease the risk of these injuries.

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Reaching the Top: Tips for Your Next Stair Climb

Posted on by Sarah Ryerson, PT, ATC, CSCS

I registered on a whim for my first Hustle Up the Hancock stair climb thinking it would be something cool and unique. However, my rationale for registering did not provide the best parameters for designing a training program.

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Winter Workouts: Cold Weather Considerations

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Winter is here and the weather is cold and snowy, but your workouts do not have to stop. Cold weather athletes participate in events that include skiing, cold weather running and triathlons.

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Barre Workouts: Learn the Benefits and Limitations

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Barre workouts have been around for a while. You may be curious; maybe you’ve tried a class; maybe you’re scared to try a class because you aren’t a “ballerina” or, maybe you don’t see the appeal of this workout. Whichever you are, it’s important to learn the concepts of Barre so you know the benefits and limitations of this workout!

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