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Backpacks and Back Pain

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

It’s back-to-school season. Parents and kids will be shopping for school supplies and one item on many lists will be a new backpack. Before heading back to school, parents and kids should know there are recommended and not recommended ways to wear and use a backpack. Improperly fit backpacks or backpacks that are too heavy can lead to poor posture. Poor posture can be a cause of low back or neck pain.

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Treating Your Back Pain Forever

Posted on by Sarah Ryerson, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

In our modern day world where we find ourselves increasingly commuting longer distances by car to spend days rooted to a desk or computer, followed by a return commute, afternoon driving kids to practices and attending meetings, and an evening on the couch in the company of televisions, tablets, and smartphones, it is not a mystery why our backs may feel tight. And, more importantly, why the best treatment may not be stretching.

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Stretch of the Week: Seated Straight Leg Twist

Posted on by Rachel Lackowski

April’s fourth and final stretch is very similar to week one’s Reclined Straight Leg Twist, but is performed in a sitting position instead of laying down. This stretch is called Seated Straight Leg Twist and will stretch the side, back, and hamstring muscles.

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Stretch of the Week: Easy Seated Twist

Posted on by Rachel Lackowski

In our second week of twists this month, we will be stretching the inner thigh and back muscles. This stretch is called Easy Seated Twist.

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Pre-Round Golf Stretches to Enhance Mobility

Posted on by Athletico

Golf season is finally approaching, which means it is time to dust off the clubs, break out the plaid pants and warm up your muscles. Properly swinging a golf club requires precise muscle coordination and sequencing of movement across numerous joints within the body, specifically the back. During the back-swing and follow-through, rotation of the trunk is required to effectively position the club for consistently accurate golf shots. This trunk rotation is facilitated by movement through the spine, specifically the thoracic spine.

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