3 Signs Balance Problems are all “In Your Head”

As we get older – balance problems tend to creep up on us. Everything from poor vision to weak muscles to stiff joints can have an impact on how steady we are on our feet. Activities like Yoga and Tai Chi are great for improving balance because they help you to focus and become more […]

Stress Hurts! It’s Scientifically Proven, and it’s Time For a Solution

We all experience pain on a regular basis. In the last week, you’ve probably either had a headache, felt some uncomfortable muscle tension, pushed through stiffness and fatigue, or had an upset stomach on at least one occasion. Maybe all of those symptoms are a regular part of your life, and you’ve just come to […]

Three Ways to Keep Your Back From "Going Out"

Three Ways to Keep your Back from “Going Out”

Four out of five people will experience a debilitating back pain episode at one point during their lives. Typically, we put more effort into caring for our backs during those times than when we’re feeling good. But it’s critical that we take good care of our backs all the time, not just when we’re in […]

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How MRI’s Lead Back Pain Sufferers to Unnecessary Procedures

Have you ever had back pain and wondered… Do I need an MRI to figure it out? One of the most popular questions and concerns I get from clients is whether or not they need an MRI when they are experiencing back pain or sciatica. It’s pretty standard protocol when you go see a doctor – but […]

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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome? You’re not alone.

Back pain impacts approximately 80% of the population and the response to that has been more and more back surgeries being performed each year. However, despite more surgeries being performed, people aren’t having any less back pain. In fact, those that do get back surgery only have success rates of 50%, and after a few […]

Three Ways You’re Getting Back Pain Treatment Wrong

If you’re over the age of 40 and reading this, odds are pretty good that you’ve experienced back pain at least once in your life. In fact, four out of five people are impacted by back pain, and for many, it’s a constant back-and-forth year after year. The first thing you need to understand is […]

2 Reasons People Over the Age of 50 Avoid Exercises

Two Reasons People Avoid Exercise Over Age 50

Are there truly any exercises you should avoid once you’re over 50? Over the course of my career, I’ve worked with many folks over the age of 50 who are enjoying the same activities they did in their 40’s – including surfing, playing tennis, hockey, running, hiking, etc. – so the short answer is “No”. […]

Avoid Pills. Use Movement as Medicine Instead

Avoid Pills. Use Movement as Medicine Instead In the 1990’s, it started becoming widely accepted to prescribe opioids for people recovering from surgery or injury, as well as those suffering with moderate-to-severe musculoskeletal pain (such as back pain and osteoarthritis). Although effective for managing pain, we would soon find out how highly addictive these drugs […]

When You Can’t Feel Your Abs

I’ve been a physical therapist for 20 years, a Pilates instructor for 11, and have been specializing in back pain for the past 10 years of my career. When it comes to strengthening your core and preventing back pain, I am an expert in my field. Yet for some reason this morning, during my Pilates […]

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3 Reasons You Need PT After Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) started to take off in the 1990’s and has since become far more common for spinal conditions such as degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spinal infections, spondylolisthesis, compression fractures, and spinal tumors. When you absolutely must have spine surgery (more on that later) – MISS is a […]

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