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4 Exercises to Strengthen the Rotator Cuff

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.

The rotator cuff is a hot topic when it comes to shoulder injuries. A rotator cuff is an important group of four muscles that help move the shoulder to perform activities of daily living. Damage to one or more of the rotator cuff muscles can become a source of pain, reduced range of motion, reduced strength, or overall function. It is important to keep this muscle group strong to minimize injury and recover from a shoulder injury. Let’s look at some exercises that you can do at home to strengthen the rotator cuff.

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Active Recovery Tips for Gymnasts

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

Gymnasts participate in their sport all year round and multiple days per week. A gymnast performs multiple repetitions of skills and their routines on equipment such as uneven or high bar, beam, floor, vault, pommel horse, or rings within each training session. Due to the nature of their training schedule, gymnasts may not have time for full recovery between events or between training sessions. We know the benefits of rest days, but what about the benefits of active recovery? Active recovery can include recovery between events during one practice as well as recovery between practices.

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Tips from a PT: Returning to Exercise in the New Year

Posted on by Owen Campbell, PT, DPT, OCS

The cookies have been eaten, the shopping is complete, and the gym membership just hit your credit card. Whether for personal growth, maintaining health, or slimming up for summer, millions of Americans will be hitting the gym in January. Unfortunately, many people will also end up quitting or in my office because of nagging pain or new injury. Pain is a sure-fire way to discourage and derail even the best-laid workout plans. This blog will give you tips to keep your workouts consistent and pain-free in the New Year.

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When Should I Be Worried About My Pain?

Posted on by Tom McDevitt PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

What better time of year than the New Year to start fresh with a few weight loss and fitness goals, right? You are excited, motivated, and ready to make changes. Day one comes, and you put in a great workout. You head home, eat a good dinner, and get to bed excited to get back to the gym the next day. However, as you wake up and take your first step out of bed, you notice your knee hurts and feels a bit swollen. This is odd because you don’t remember your knee hurting yesterday, and you become concerned. Should you be worried? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that, and the reality is most pain that we experience will disappear and how we label the pain or feel about our pain can affect the outcome.

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Quiz: Is Physical Therapy Right for Me?

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT

Physical therapy is sometimes misunderstood. Physical therapy can help with a various injuries, illnesses, diseases, and diagnoses. Curious if physical therapy could be right for you? Take our quiz to see if you may be a good candidate for physical therapy.

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Tips from a PT: Restoring Your Body with Sleep & Nutrition

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1

Sleep and proper nutrition are two of the largest day-to-day contributions to overall health and wellness. Physical activity and stress levels also make an impactful contribution to our overall health. This blog will discuss utilizing sleep and proper nutrition to help aid in performance recovery, pain reduction, mental recovery, and tissue healing.

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5 Physical Therapy Tips After Your Surgery

Posted on by Ariss Pierce, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

Millions of Americans undergo surgery each year. Physical therapy is one of the best healthcare decisions you can make before and after surgery to ensure you heal properly. This blog will discuss tips to help you prepare for a surgical procedure as well as what to expect after the procedure.

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Tips from a PT: How to Fall-Proof Your Home

Posted on by Kathleen Habschmidt PT, DPT

Unfortunately, thousands of older adults aged 65 and older sustain a fall each year. Many falls lead to injuries that vary in severity. Falls can happen anywhere, but the majority of them occur in the home. Our homes can be full of hidden hazards. One way to reduce you or a loved one’s risk of falling is to fall-proof your home. For elderly families that may be visiting during the upcoming holidays, these helpful tips can keep everyone safe.

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