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Help Yourself Heal Yourself: Creating Your Own Mobility Toolbox

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Help Yourself Heal Yourself: Creating Your Own Mobility Toolbox  One of the basic tenets of Kelly Starrett’s Mobility WOD is that ‘all humans should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.’ While this may not be the most financially beneficial stance to adopt as a PT, I could not agree more. Let me repeat that, […]

The Selfie That Broke the Camel’s Back

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The Selfie That Broke the Camel’s Back Despite what Instagram would have you believe, arching your back and sticking your rear end out is NOT an ideal posture. A pose that seems to generate tons of ‘likes’ is what we in the biz refer to as “an anterior pelvic tilt with excessive lumbar lordosis.” While […]

Putting the ‘I’ in Physical Therapy

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Putting the ‘I’ in Physical Therapy Sent in from Eileen Wheniwalk: “So I’ve had back pain on and off for about 20 years. I’ve gone to PT in the past and they usually do the to tingly electrical stuff and some ultrasound and I rest, and the symptoms seem to mostly go away after a […]

Elvis Has Left the Building

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Elvis Has Left the Building For the past two weeks I’ve focused on forward alignment of the feet for standing and walking. Today I want to move a little farther up the leg and discuss those glass knees of yours, you know, the ones that creak and ache every time you even think about bending […]

How Bad Do You Want It?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

How Bad Do You Want It? I treat a multitude of patients with varied ailments ranging from severe constipation to the simple acute ankle sprain. During my initial evaluation spiel I try not to stand on my soapbox too much, but I am always certain to place heavy emphasis on the importance of self-management and self-treatment, […]

Part II: Hips Don’t Lie

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Part II: Hips Don’t Lie Last week I shared with you this piece highlighting the benefits of standing with your feet pointed straight ahead. This week we bring movement into the equation and discuss the merits of moving with those feet pointed straight ahead. Let’s start at the ground and work our way up. When […]

You Can’t Rest Your Way to Recovery

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

You Can’t Rest Your Way to Recovery How many times have I asked a patient what they’re doing for their injury only to have them tell me “rest”? How many times have you gone to the doctor with a nagging pain only to be offered the million-dollar solution of “rest”? Really?! You went to med […]

Part I: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Part I: Putting Your Best Foot Forward  One of the easiest postural corrections I think we as humans can make is standing with our feet pointed straight ahead. Living in NYC I am privy to a seemingly endless number of opportunities to watch people walk and stand. Let me tell you folks, we have an […]

Cliffs Notes: Your Guide to Physical Therapy

Monday, September 15th, 2014

A while back, a very poorly-informed segment aired on Dr. Oz, grossly misrepresenting what we as physical therapists actually know and do. (Disclaimer: if you are currently attending PT and receiving the type of care depicted in Dr. Oz’s segment, please find a new physical therapist ASAP) To this end, I felt it only appropriate […]

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