4 Key Strategies for Preventing and Treating Osteoarthritis (OA) – Physical Therapy Fitness Article

4 Key Strategies for Preventing and Treating Osteoarthritis (OA) Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis that affects an estimated 12.1% of the U.S. population (nearly 21 million Americans age 25 and older).  OA is one of 171 different types of arthritis.  The chance of developing osteoarthritis increases with age.  Most people over age 60 experience OA to some degree. Arthritis is a commonly used term that can have multiple meanings depending on the person.  In general, arthritis means inflammation…

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How To Get On and Off The Floor – Pilates Fitness Article

How To Get On and Off The Floor Does the idea of being on the floor give you cause for concern? This subject has been coming up a lot over the last few months. Barring an injury, most people should be able to get down onto the floor and back up without needing someone else to help. Often, as we age, we lose some mobility and this is a big one for me. I have heard many times, “Why would…

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Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy | Bend + Mend: Physiotherapy and Pilates in Sydney’s CBD – Physical Therapy Fitness Article

Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy | Bend + Mend: Physiotherapy and Pilates in Sydney’s CBD Proximal hamstring tendinopathy (PHT) frequently occurs in runners who have increased their training load, particularly when this involves an increase in hill running and undertaking prolonged speed work. What are the symptoms of PHT? Deep pain over the sitting bone in the buttock Occasional referral of pain down the back of the leg Pain is worse in the morning upon waking and improves as the day progresses…

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Designing a Quality Life to Help You Age Well – Physical Therapy Fitness Article

Designing a Quality Life to Help You Age Well Share | Tweet | Share | print | email We all come from different backgrounds and have different health histories.  The key to living the life you want is accepting where your body is at right now.  Some of us have worked hard and exercised (maybe to an extreme) most of our lives.  Others have been too sedentary for too long and desire to get back to a pain-free and in…

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How To Prevent an ACL Tear – Pilates Fitness Article

How To Prevent an ACL Tear Did you know that the strength of the muscles around the knee have a LOT to do with helping you prevent an ACL tear? Let us go a little into the anatomy and you’ll understand why. The knee is an inherently unstable joint.. it’s basically a femur (thigh bone) stacked on top of the tibia (main lower leg bone)… and that’s about it.  Just kidding… kind of. That really is the basic structure. The fibula…

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City2Surf Post Race Recovery Part 2: Active Cool Down, Cold Water Immersion, Massage? – Physical Therapy Fitness Article

City2Surf Post Race Recovery Part 2: Active Cool Down, Cold Water Immersion, Massage? In the previous blog on City2Surf post race recovery, we discussed the importance of preparing yourself as a form of prevention of DOMS, or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  DOMS is a pain response when the muscle tissue is exposed to an exercise intensity that it is unaccustomed to. In the previous blog, I discussed the importance of preparing your body for the increased exercise load. In the…

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Recurrent Low back Pain | Bend + Mend: Physiotherapy and Pilates in Sydney’s CBD – Pilates Fitness Article

Recurrent Low back Pain | Bend + Mend: Physiotherapy and Pilates in Sydney’s CBD We’ve all heard the phrase “sitting is the new smoking”, a metaphor to highlight the health risks of sitting still for long periods. Although the health risks are not quite the same, sitting for long periods has been highlighted as a risk factor for re-injuring your back. A new ground breaking study, based on the Sydney population investigated how likely you are to get low back…

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Should I Have Surgery For My Shoulder Impingement? – Physical Therapy Fitness Article

Should I Have Surgery For My Shoulder Impingement? Arthroscopic shoulder decompression surgery (ASAD) is a surgery performed for patients with subacromial shoulder pain, or “shoulder impingement”, which accounts for up to 70% of all shoulder pain problems. The first ASAD was performed in 1972, and it is now one of the most common surgical procedures in orthopaedics. The rationale behind the procedure is that the pain is caused by excessive compression of the rotator cuff (shoulder muscles) and its bursa…

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My Pain Won’t Go Away – Physical Therapy Fitness Article

My Pain Won’t Go Away July 15, 2019 The #1 reason that patients seek help from a Physical Therapist is because they are in pain. In the ideal world, pain is a good thing. It tells our bodies that something dangerous has occurred, and immediately draws our attention to that area. Unfortunately though, sometimes the pain that we feel in a certain part of our body does not mean that something dangerous is occurring. Prolonged pain often leads to increased…

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The role of compression for recovery from endurance activity – Physical Therapy Fitness Article

The role of compression for recovery from endurance activity What happens to the muscle following exercise: Strenuous or unaccustomed exercise damages muscle cell structures and impairs muscle function (1). Significantly more damage occurs during eccentric muscle contractions. This is because fewer motor units are recruited and a smaller cross section of muscle is activated to handle the same load as in a concentric contraction. Damage to muscle fibers results in an inflammatory response causing a transfer of fluid to the…

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The Hidden Cause of Your Constant Neck & Upper Back Pain – Physical Therapy Fitness Article

The Hidden Cause of Your Constant Neck & Upper Back Pain | Share | Tweet | Share | print | email Neck pain and upper back pain may be two of the most common ailments people experience. From struggling to move your neck, to worrying about the position you sit in on your favorite sofa, pain in the upper torso is debilitating. Yet, many of those who experience these kinds of issues haven’t suffered a fall, twisted their necks unnaturally,…

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Should I Do Stretches for Lower Back Pain? – Workout Fitness Article

As a physical therapist and pilates instructor, clients often ask me “Should I do stretches for lower back pain?” You may have even asked the same question before. Believe me, it’s a common question and you’re not alone.  Around 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in there lives. Over 25% of adults surveyed have reported experiencing lower back pain during the past 3 months.   Most times, lower back pain is acute, or short term, and…

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Pilates for Tight Hamstrings – Pilates In The Grove – Workout Fitness Article

“My hamstrings are so tight” is one of the most common complaints we hear from clients. It is estimated that Americans spend an average of 12 hours per day sitting. With the amount of time most people remain sedentary rising every year it is no wonder more and more people are suffering from stiff and achy leg muscles.  We have had great results with clients practicing Pilates for tight hamstrings. The Problem with Tight Hamstrings: The hamstring muscle group is…

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Sharpen the Saw – Poppy Cross – Fitness Article

In Stephen R Covey’s self-improvement book titled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People he lists “Sharpen the Saw” as one of the key habits. This means that to be effective, we must devote the time to renewing ourselves physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially. I know – it’s a challenge to find adequate time to ensure all spheres are moving along swimmingly  – yet Stephen stresses continuous renewal allows us to synergistically increase our ability to practice each effective habit. The…

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Causes and Corrections » Science for Fitness – Fitness Article

Barbell training for strength using the Starting Strength method is hard work and a common occurrence that gets in the way of this hard work is shoulder and arm pain. In many cases this pain is a result of technical problems with the low-bar squat (the lift that is generally performed first in the training session). Here are some points to consider before you begin your training or if you have started to experience problems. SHOULDER PAIN Causes: Shoulder pain is…

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