Health Blog

The real-world benefits of strengthening your core

July 31st, 2017

All human movement begins at our body’s core, the pelvis. Rising from rest, bending, twisting, reaching, throwing, walking, and running all begin with some reflex effort to steady the pelvis. It’s very important to keep these muscles in practice so they will activate during daily activities. Read this article to learn more. If you would

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Walking: Man’s Best Medicine

May 31st, 2017

Hippocrates, the Ancient Greek physician and father of medicine, once said “walking is man’s best medicine.” My favorite sound bite from Sirius XM Doctor Radio is a physician who stated, “there’s no drug more effective than exercise at reducing mortality and morbidity …the evidence is almost unbelievable.” I know how powerful exercise has been for

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Avoid pain while working in the yard

April 30th, 2017

Check out this useful article from the APTA about moving safely while working in the garden! Gardening tips from the APTA

“Take-aways” from Running Medicine 2017 at UVA

March 30th, 2017

Once again, there was no shortage of useful medical pearls delivered at this year’s Running Medicine conference at UVA earlier this month. I’d like to share relevant tips to my fellow runners and readers. Regarding plantar fasciitis: stretching, anti-pronation taping, night splints, orthotics, and manual therapy (joint and soft tissue mobilization delivered by a physical

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Physical therapists are uniquely qualified to help injured runners

February 12th, 2017

Why are physical therapists the ideal choice for treating your running injury? Because we are experts at movement analysis and exercise prescription. We also possess treatment tools adequate to heal nearly any running injury. Through walking and running gait analysis, we identify asymmetrical movement and provide correction. We suggest necessary exercises based upon strength and

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Vacuuming, a risky activity after back injury

January 18th, 2017

While it seems like a harmless house chore, vacuuming can be an irritating activity following a back injury. Throughout my career I’ve seen countless patients exacerbate their back problem because they felt well enough to “do some things around the house.” The problem results from a combination of trunk rotation (twisting) and forward bending, used

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The mileage bucket

January 8th, 2017

My number for last year was 2770. That’s the total number of miles I ran in 2016. It’s an increase of over 600 miles from the previous year, which is good. A couple of years ago, I went through old running logs and added up annual mileage over recent years. The numbers revealed a positive

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Over time we become what we do, so get up and move!

December 17th, 2016

The step counter is a wonderful physical therapy tool. For the past 25 years as a competitive runner, weekly mileage has been my primary barometer for fitness. Lately I have also been motivated by my daily step count, which gives me exercise credit for all daily activities not just running. The more I sit the

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Inspiration for runners who believe their best times are behind them

November 21st, 2016

Click below to read my article published in Running Journal

My life as a back patient-how I’ve avoided back pain over the past 30 years

October 15th, 2016

Memories of my back injury still haunt me. At 19 years-old I laid helpless and dependent in the hospital for nearly two weeks. My back hurt, and my right leg was weak and numb down to my toes. A CT scan, nerve conduction test, and horrendous myelogram, revealed a herniated disc. Three times per day,

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