Where Does PT Leave Off and Fitness Instruction Begin?

We all know the joke: Patient: “When I go like this my arm hurts.” To which the doctor responds: “Well, don’t do that!” In physical therapy, that joke is not as silly as it sounds. In fact, instead of telling the arm-moving subject in the joke to “not do that.” I would say, “let’s do it differently.”   People have muscle and […]

Dry Needling: What it is, How it Works

Getting to the Point with Dry Needling Trigger Point Dry Needling (let’s face it the name sounds painful) is a procedure whereby very thin acupuncture needles are inserted under the skin into muscles that are in spasm.  The spasm causes the muscle to be in constant tension which reduces blood flow, decreases oxygen, and can […]

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What I Learned After Running Two Half Marathons (From a Novice Runner and Physical Therapist)

On Sat July 11th, I proudly completed my second half marathon!  Not only did I run 13.1 miles on a really hot day in beautiful Portland, ME, but I ran this race with a group of amazing, inspiring, beat-all-odds individuals – my fellow teammates from Team Challenge.  Team Challenge is the endurance training and fundraising program […]