10 Back-Saving Tips for Gardening This Summer

a man and woman planting flowers in a pot avoiding back pain gardening

Last summer, one of my patients, Mary, was excited to spend her afternoons in her garden. She loved planting new flowers and tending to her vegetable patch. However, after a few weeks, she started experiencing severe back pain that made it difficult for her to continue her favorite hobby. Mary was frustrated and worried she…

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5 Sciatica-Friendly Travel Tips for Your Summer Vacation

sciatica travel tips woman with suitcase at airport

If you’re gearing up for a summer vacation but worried about how to manage your sciatica, I’ve got you covered with some travel tips. Traveling with sciatica can be a challenge, but with a little planning, you can make your trip much more comfortable. In this blog, I’ll share five practical, easy-to-follow travel tips to…

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How Summer Footwear Can Cause Back Pain

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Last summer, my friend Julie was excited to spend her vacation exploring the beautiful beaches and vibrant streets of Southern California. She packed her suitcase with all her summer essentials, including her favorite flip-flops and trendy flat sandals. A week into her trip, Julie started to notice a dull, persistent ache in her lower back.…

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5 Simple Plantar Fasciitis Exercises for Effective Pain Relief

a person's foot on a ball doing Plantar Fasciitis Exercises

If you’ve ever woken up with that sharp pain in your heel or felt a persistent ache after a long day on your feet, you’re not alone. Dealing with plantar fasciitis can be a real pain—literally. As someone who’s helped many people find relief, I understand how frustrating it can be to live with this…

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3 Common Surfing Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Back

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Do you love catching waves but worry about the toll surfing might take on your back? Surfing is a fun summer activity that offers an incredible workout, but it also poses some unique challenges to your back health. As a physical therapist, I often see surfers who experience back pain due to common mistakes in…

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Is Walking Good for Foot Tendonitis?

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Is walking good for foot tendonitis? It’s a question many people ask when they’re dealing with the discomfort and pain that comes with this condition. As a physical therapist, I often see patients who are unsure about how much activity they should engage in when managing foot tendonitis. Walking, a simple and natural form of…

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6 Cool Down Exercises to Prevent Injury and Aid Recovery

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After a fun-filled day of summer activities, it’s tempting to just collapse and relax, but cooling down properly is crucial to keeping your body injury-free and ready for the next adventure. Whether you’ve been running on the beach, doing water sports, or just playing a game of volleyball, taking the time to perform some cool…

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Beach Running 101: 7 Tips for a Safe and Effective Workout

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Beach running is one of the most exhilarating and beneficial workouts you can enjoy here in beautiful Orange County. Imagine the cool ocean breeze, the sound of crashing waves, and the feel of soft sand beneath your feet – it’s no wonder that beach running is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. But while…

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5 Simple Frozen Shoulder Exercises to Avoid Painkillers and Surgery

a close up of a hand on a woman's shoulder doing frozen shoulder exercises

Have you ever felt like your shoulder was literally freezing up on you? If you’re struggling with a frozen shoulder, you’re not alone. Frozen shoulder exercises can be your key to unlocking stiffness and discomfort, providing a natural alternative to more invasive treatments. Known medically as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is characterized by significant pain…

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The Connection Between Neck Pain and Headaches: 5 Signs You Need to Know

a woman with headphones holding her temples because of neck pain and headaches

Are your neck pain and headaches more interconnected than you realize? If you’ve ever found yourself grappling with both, you’re not alone. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the relationship between neck pain and headaches. Understanding this connection is crucial for effective management and relief. So, let’s take a look at how to…

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