Aching Back? Here’s What the Billion Dollar Back Pain Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know.

“Lumbar Degeneration” is the intimidating term for a sore and stiff lower back, usually caused by normal wear and tear on the spine. If you have lumbar degeneration, you may have been told that the cause of your pain is arthritis or just aging, and that your only option is to treat the symptoms and cope […]

Stress Hurts! It’s Scientifically Proven, and it’s Time For a Solution

We all experience pain on a regular basis. In the last week, you’ve probably either had a headache, felt some uncomfortable muscle tension, pushed through stiffness and fatigue, or had an upset stomach on at least one occasion. Maybe all of those symptoms are a regular part of your life, and you’ve just come to accept that […]

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Questions About Your Shoulder Pain? Here are Some Real Answers.

Oftentimes when clients finally reach out to me with shoulder pain, they’ve already tried several approaches without success. But what’s really wrong is that everyone they’ve seen up to that point has failed to give them an accurate diagnosis. Without an accurate diagnosis, treatment fails. It’s not surprising. The true cause of shoulder pain is […]

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Where Does PT Leave Off and Fitness Instruction Begin?

We all know the joke: Patient: “When I go like this my arm hurts.” To which the doctor responds: “Well, don’t do that!” In physical therapy, that joke is not as silly as it sounds. In fact, instead of telling the arm-moving subject in the joke to “not do that.” I would say, “let’s do it differently.”   People have muscle and […]

Dry Needling: What it is, How it Works

Getting to the Point with Dry Needling Trigger Point Dry Needling (let’s face it the name sounds painful) is a procedure whereby very thin acupuncture needles are inserted under the skin into muscles that are in spasm.  The spasm causes the muscle to be in constant tension which reduces blood flow, decreases oxygen, and can […]

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What I Learned After Running Two Half Marathons (From a Novice Runner and Physical Therapist)

On Sat July 11th, I proudly completed my second half marathon!  Not only did I run 13.1 miles on a really hot day in beautiful Portland, ME, but I ran this race with a group of amazing, inspiring, beat-all-odds individuals – my fellow teammates from Team Challenge.  Team Challenge is the endurance training and fundraising program […]