Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome – Treat the cause not symptoms

Have you ever had pain in your shoulders when you try to raise your arms overhead, pull off a sweatshirt, grab a gallon of milk from the fridge?  Or place grocery bags on the counter?  You were likely dealing with shoulder impingement syndrome – also known as rotator cuff impingement. They call it impingement syndrome because your […]

Neck stretches

3 Reasons Your Neck Stretches aren’t Working

If you suffer from chronic neck stiffness or even pain – and you’ve done your due diligence when it comes to neck stretches – it’s time to consider you might be missing something. It could be your stretching technique, you could be doing the wrong stretch altogether, or it could be that you shouldn’t be […]

Shoulder Pain

Persistent Shoulder Pain could mean Misdiagnosis

Persistent Shoulder Pain could mean Misdiagnosis We’ve been hearing a lot of complaints lately about shoulder pain. Your shoulder joint is one of the most complex and mobile joints in your body. It’s made up and supported by an intricate structure of bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles and connective tissue. They all work in unison to […]

tight hips

Tight hips? Try strengthening instead of stretching.

When you’ve got tight hips, it can interfere with your ability to enjoy walking, running, golfing, and just exercise in general. Tight hips are not only annoying and achy, but they often contribute to lower back pain as well. But perhaps more frustrating than the tight hips themselves is the fact that no matter how […]

Pain when gardening

Six Ways to Protect your Knees and Back when Gardening

Gardening is a favorite activity for a lot of folks – and lately I have been hearing many people having knee and back pain when gardening. To add more frustration to this topic, you might not even notice the pain until hours or days afterwards, which can make it challenging to address. The good news […]

The Right and Wrong Way to Strengthen Your Core

Good core strength is an important and vital component to life long health. Everyone knows that it’s an important factor in preventing low back pain, but having good core strength also helps you with your balance, overall stability, posture, and it can be crucial in helping you prevent injuries. Not only that, but when you have […]

Plantar Fasciitis

Don’t let Plantar Fasciitis Ruin Flip Flop Season

Good weather is on its way and if you haven’t already broken out your flip flops – it’s only a matter of time before you do. The only unfortunate thing about flip flop season is the coinciding rise in plantar fasciitis that typically comes with it. Someone I was speaking with the other day recently […]

golf injuries

Five Common Golf Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Golf is a beloved passion enjoyed by millions around the world, and the season has officially begun here in New England. Let’s talk about golf injuries. Most golfers won’t let anything get in the way of tee time – but when you’re dealing with back, knee, elbow, or shoulder pain – playing 18-holes is just not […]


Why the Difference between Tendinitis and Tendinosis Matters

Tendinitis and Tendinosis: Why the Difference between them Matters. Many patients at our specialized physical therapy practice in Portsmouth, NH, suffer from either Tendinitis or Tendinosis. Tendinitis and Tendinosis sound very similar, and are often used interchangeably but they couldn’t be more different. And neither should their treatment regimen. Tendonitis is an acute, short-term, inflammatory condition […]

Back Pain

5 Reasons Exercise is Hurting Your Back

The research continues to show that the best “treatment” for back pain is exercise. But what do you do when exercising causes back pain instead of helping? This is one of the most common frustrations I hear from our clients. The doctor looks at their back and takes an X-ray. He or she only sees […]