Who Gets Back Pain?

(Click HERE to find out about out FREE low back pain workshops) Low back pain can be caused by nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis.  Younger adults (age 30 to 50) are more likely to experience back pain from the lumbar disc or from a muscle strain.  Older adults (age 50+) are…

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How To Enjoy Outdoor Activities Without Back Pain

Outdoor activities are a healthy and enjoyable way to live an active lifestyle; when the weather is nice, the outdoors are hard to resist.  Here in California we are lucky, even though summer is officially “over” the summer weather will continue for many more months! A reduction in activity leads to a decrease in physical…

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The 3 biggest myths that people believe when trying to ease back pain (…That don’t actually help!)

After more than 20 years of treating patients, I always get a little chuckle when the patient is telling me what’s wrong…”it hurts in my rotary cup” or “I slipped a disk.”   With the internet and all of the medical websites that give you a virtual doctorate degree, they also fill your brain with some…

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Physical Therapy & Fitness After 50!

As we age, we progress through different stages: childhood, adolescence, adulthood and late adulthood.  As we move into our “senior” years it more important to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  As we age there are changes in all our body systems, including the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems. Some common conditions and illnesses include: osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, heart…

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A Moving Body Is A Healthy Body

When someone talks about “being healthy” most people assume healthy means eating the right food. Actually, eating the right things is just one aspect of being healthy.  Having strong muscles and bones is just as essential for having a healthy body and a healthy life.   Activity is just as important to your heart, lungs, and…

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Two Simple Fixes To Curb Inflammation

The word “inflammation” usually has a negative connotation about it. Good inflammation is an important part of healing and is your body’s natural way of protecting itself when you are injured or sick.  It helps your body to defend and stimulate natural healing.  Conversely, chronic inflammation can be harmful to your body and it is…

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Language Of Back Pain

The language of back pain, how people describe the pain, is noteworthy and revealing to your physical therapist. Spine problems affect people across the globe with the low back commonly seen as something trivial and is often a dismissed condition by patients and doctors alike.  Low back pain is felt in the lower area of…

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Easy Ways To Avoid Back Pain

Low Back Pain is a common problem that affect as much as 80% of the population some time in their lives.  This intense, and often chronic pain can be caused by injury, overwork or disease.  Management of the pain and disability commonly includes physical therapy or other medical specialist in order to reduce the pain…

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Dehydration!

Summer is now here… as we approach the “heat of the summer” you should be aware of your need for fluids.  If you are exercising, spending time in the sun, or are under the weather, you can more easily become dehydrated.  Once dehydration starts your body begins to shut down, except for vital functions.  Luckily…

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Dormant Butt Syndrome

Much has been discussed with regards to chronic pain and the myriad of reasons to cause this: poor posture, repetitive stress, poor ergonomics, etc.  A “new” medical diagnosis is becoming more common…Dormant Butt Syndrome or DBS. Your gluteus maximus muscles are the largest (and one of the strongest) muscles in your body.  The gluteus maximus,…

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