AVOIDING INJURIES IN YOUNG AND GROWING ATHLETES

by kbranday, June 18, 2018

With summer upon us, this blazing hot weather will be in full swing. And for most adolescents and teenagers, it’s the dawn of the new sports season and unfettered time off. However, in recent years, more and more kids are playing a single sport year round. Is it to better their skill set? Of course […]

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Hip Flexor Tightness and Why It Is Killing Your Low Back

by kbranday, June 8, 2018

All of us have woken up from a long night sleep with that nagging pain through your lower back. We pull our knees to our chest….no relief. We try and rotate our lumbar spine hoping for our pain to reduce….nothing. Maybe it’s that pesky piriformis muscle we all keep hearing about. But none of this […]

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Acupuncture 101

by kbranday, November 14, 2017

Many people have questions or myths about acupuncture.  Acupuncture derives from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that started over 2000 years ago during the Shang Dynasty.  The primary basis of acupuncture is to achieve a complete balance of the body or in Western Medicine called homeostasis.  In TCM the body is comprised of multiple meridians where […]

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Foot Mechanics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by kbranday, November 8, 2017

The loading and unloading principles of our feet (called pronation and supination respectively) are instrumental in the overall function of our lower extremities and spine.  There is an entire industry of footwear companies, athletic apparel, commercial insert companies and medical professionals who devote millions of dollars and resources to evaluate and offer services to address […]

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Ergonomics: The Science of Working in Comfort

by kbranday,

We’ve all heard of it, but who actually understands what it means?  Ergonomics refers to the science of designing an area to maximize productivity by reducing bodily fatigue and pain.  How many of us have ever left work, in an office, a truck, or a job site, and felt that tightness or pain in the […]

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Dry Needling – Fast, Effective Pain Relief

by kbranday,

Dry Needling has become a widely utilized treatment for muscular and fascial pain in recent years.  Dry Needling is defined as the insertion of filiform (solid yet flexible) needles into trigger points/knots within the muscle belly to stimulate release of the firmly contracted tissue.  It has long been proven to be an effective and efficient […]

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Concussions in Youth Athletes

by kbranday,

With National Football League concussions more frequent than ever, the league’s rulings for proper protocol could not have come much sooner.  Protocol carefully monitors, over a period of time, a player’s possible return to the field when concussion symptoms have subsided. Similar programs apply to all high school and college athletes engaged in contact sports. […]

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Rake Your Leaves, Don’t Break Your Back

by kbranday,

The bright colors of red, yellow, and orange leaves hanging from the trees this time of year only means one thing…raking leaves.  This activity, while being tedious and a necessity to keep your lawn healthy, can also take its toll on your body.  Raking leaves requires a great deal of upper body and core strength […]

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Prevent Injury with Physical Therapy

by kbranday, November 6, 2017

Throughout the years, as the world of physical therapy has grown, not much has changed in regards to what we treat as physical therapists.  We are perceived as a reactive treatment practice because many people turn to physical therapy after an injury or surgery.  Physical therapy has many benefits when it can used as a […]

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Plantar Fasciitis: The Most Common Cause of Longstanding Heel Pain – By Justin Maurizio, DPT

by kbranday,

Plantar fasciitis [PF] is pain in the heel of the foot characterized by stiffness and inflammation throughout the area. PF is the most common chronic foot pain beneath the heel in adults, and makes up 11-15% of foot symptoms requiring professional care for relief to occur.3 There are many possible causes of PF evidenced as […]

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