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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Beware of the Pitfalls of Fall and Winter – By Kyle Branday, MSPT, CAP

by kbranday,

When the leaves falling are telling you to grab a rake and get the yard clean, consider how easy it is to make the wrong moves and hurt yourself. Raking requires upper body strength and endurance. Warm up to yard work by exercising your primary muscles that include biceps, deltoids, rotator cuff, forearm and parascapular […]

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Low Back and Knee Pain Prevention for the Cyclist – By Pete Geloso, DPT

by kbranday,

  It’s that time of the year again, the birds are chirping and the bees are bumping. It’s time to take that bike out of the garage and start logging some miles on the road or trails. Being an avid cyclist myself, I know from personal experience that it is very common to suffer from […]

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