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Why Proper Breathing is Essential for Good Core Strength

When I’m working with clients, one of the most common things I see when someone is having trouble engaging their core is that they tend to hold their breath. Why is this important? Because breathing properly allows you to activate your deep core – and good activation of your deep core is essential if you […]

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Five Reasons People over 40 are doing Pilates

Recently, Pilates has been gaining popularity with folks over age 40. Why? Well, let’s take a look at the history. It was first created by Joseph Pilates almost 100 years ago, who suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever. When traditional exercise systems failed him, he turned to anatomy books and became obsessed with the […]

Could your Knee Pain be Caused by your Lower Back?

One of the most important things to get right when it comes to successfully resolving knee pain is to correctly identify the source. Is your knee pain actually due to a problem in your knee? Or is the root cause of your knee pain coming from somewhere else in your body – such as your […]

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery – Does it Even Work?

While researching for my latest article in the Portsmouth Herald, I came across an interesting study titled: “Arthroscopy for degenerative knees – a difficult habit to break.” The title of this study is telling. Arthroscopic knee surgery is still one of the most common surgeries performed, despite research telling us that it’s not nearly as effective […]

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Three Causes of Knee Pain and What to Do

Knee pain has been the hot topic around our office this week! With the nicer weather we’ve been having – more people are outside – and their knees are “talking” to them. Knee pain is the second most common complaint of musculoskeletal pain (back pain is number one) and it impacts one-third of all Americans at one time or […]

Common Golf Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Golf season is officially here in New England. And there is nothing worse than an unexpected injury ruining your season. Just this week, we’ve had some of our regular clients requesting extra “tune-up” sessions — just to make sure their body is ready for golf. After working with us for a while, they know that […]

Could your Hamstring Strain Actually be a Back Problem?

Have you ever strained your hamstring but the pain just doesn’t go away? It’s been months since you first started hurting, you can’t actually remember how you injured it (it just started aching one day), you’ve been stretching and massaging it diligently, yet your hamstring still hurts. This happened to a recent client of ours […]

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How MRI’s Lead Back Pain Sufferers Toward Unnecessary Procedures

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, but is it necessary? In most cases, no. About 70 to 80% of back problems, even sciatica, are considered mechanical in nature and […]

Why Strengthening Your Core Could Be Hurting Your Back

As you probably already know, we specialize in back pain and core strengthening via Pilates… So why on earth then – would we be writing about how strengthening your core could actually be hurting your back instead of helping? One of the number one reasons people come to see us is because they want to […]

Why Your Neck Stretches Aren’t Working

Do you suffer from chronic neck pain and ever wonder… Why don’t my neck stretches work? Even though you’ve Googled and YouTubed them about a hundred times… There are a few reasons why stretching your neck might not be doing anything to help get rid of your neck pain. Your technique could be off You […]

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