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Core Strength

Pelvic Muscle Balance

When we hear the words core strength, many people think of a flat belly or six-pack abs. A toned mid-section might be what motivates you, but improving core strength has so many other benefits for our bodies including improved posture, better balance, reduced back pain and easier breathing. If I asked you to tell me

The Importance of Good Balance

The Importance of Good Balance

I’m sure you’ve all seen kids when they start to walk, they teeter and toddle as if they are going to fall over at any minute and many times they do. That’s because they do not have good balance yet. As we age, we see that balance start to waiver again. At any age, it’s

Backpack Time is Here

Backpack Time is Here

It’s that time of year again. I’m not a parent or a school kid, but it seems like just yesterday that schools closed for the summer break. Several area systems have already started the school year and others will open in the coming weeks. Therefore I think it’s the perfect time for…the backpack talk. I

Functional Movement Check

Functional Movement Check

I have patients of all ages – from 9 days old to 90. Increasingly, I am seeing kids from the ages of about 7 to 18 coming in with sports-related injuries. Youth sports injuries are the second leading cause of emergency room visits for children and adolescents, and the second leading cause of injuries in

Hydration and Sports Drinks

Hydration and Sports Drinks

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s hot outside! These sweltering temperatures coupled with the fact that school and school sports will be starting soon are not a good combination. It is vitally important for kids (and adults) to stay hydrated when it’s this hot outside. The only thing that will help them properly hydrate is

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Stretching for Low Back

Sometimes I might prescribe rest for back, when there is an injury involved; but in most instances, I will recommend that you get moving! Movement helps repair the discs, muscles, joints and ligaments in your spine. Pain may make it difficult to exercise, but lack of exercise can worsen the pain by leading to stiffness

Summer Exercise

Summer Exercise

I’ve heard many patients say (during the winter) that they can’t wait until it gets warmer so they can take their regular exercises outside. There is something different about being able to exercise outside – you can walk, run or hike and experience your beautiful surroundings rather than looking at the television in front of

Hydrating Through the Summer

Hydrating Through the Summer

With the arrival of spring and summer, we’re outside more – working, exercising or simply relaxing by a mountain stream. But also with spring and summer come rising temperatures. As you’ve heard me say before, it’s important to stay hydrated. It’s doubly important to stay hydrated when it gets warmer outside. Water makes up at

Summer Travel and Moving

Summer Travel and Moving

We are not made to be sedentary creatures. Keep that in mind as you start traveling this summer for vacations. Crammed into an airplane seat, or wedged into the back of a car among the luggage, you begin to really feel the need to stretch, to shake things out, and to give your body the

Water Safety

Water Safety

We are blessed to live in an area where we are surrounded by so many beautiful bodies of water. I know I’m not alone in taking advantage of this and spending many weekends on one of the area lakes. Swimming and other water exercises are good for our bodies, but we also have to be

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