Core Training for Spring and Summer Sports

Core muscles stabilize the spine and channel forces from the big muscles in the lower and upper body. This function is important for every day activities, but also for sports. Throwing, hitting and striking sports all demand power and core control. If you play golf, softball, racquet sports or practice any of the martial / combat arts, good core training will be a key to improving your performance. Challenge Your Core with Lots of Different Movements For the best results, work on your core stability with different movements. There are dozens of exercises and variations you can use. Exercises like planks, bridges, bird […]

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5 Habits for Better Health

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Turning up the Intensity

With New Year’s celebrations a month behind us and a new year of progress ahead, it’s a good time to take stock of your workout. Are you moving closer to your goals, or are you stalled? If you’re not getting the results you want, consider stepping up your exercise intensity. Before diving into details, it’s important to be clear about what I mean by results. Improving markers of good health like blood pressure, triglyceride level or resting heart rate is one form of result. Another revolves around body shaping by decreasing body fat or building muscle. Low intensity exercise like walking is perfectly fine for improving […]

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Cure your Nagging Tennis Elbow Before Spring

If you have ever spent time on the tennis court, you have likely heard a friend complaining about tennis elbow. It is typically categorized by a dull aching pain on the side of the elbow that is exacerbated when forcefully gripping objects (like tennis rackets). The pain is usually low level (easy to ignore), which leads people to wait for long periods of time before seeking medical attention. But waiting can actually make the disorder harder to fix. So what causes “tennis elbow” and how can you eliminate it before hitting the outdoor courts next Spring?!? Lateral Epicondylitis is the medical term for […]

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Four Shoulder Exercises You Should Do Every Day!

As you learned in my last blog, I recently changed roles and am no longer a direct rehab care provider. However, evidently you can take the physical therapist out of the clinic, but the shoulder questions don’t stop coming. Just recently a colleague of mine came up to me after a meeting with a question about a painful shoulder. He described pain and clicking in his shoulder when he put it in certain positions to his side or behind his back. It hurt when he was reaching overhead with something in his hand. He was having trouble sleeping and isn’t […]

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