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Physical therapy is often prescribed by a physician when someone is experiencing pain, an injury, or weakness and they want to avoid pain medications, injections or surgery.  You or someone you know may have had a course of physical therapy, and you may have a general idea of what physical therapy can address.  What people don’t know is that physical therapists address many issues from head to toe, and individual therapists may specialize in certain areas where they have had adva...
Posted on 2017-10-06
As promised, here are the 4 features that I consider in determining a running shoe that best allows your body to control running mechanics and minimize injury risk:  1. Drop the Heel Heel-to-toe drop refers to a difference in the height between the outsole/midsole of the heel vs. the outsole/midsole of the forefoot. Traditional running shoes are a modified version of “high heels”, whereby the difference in height between the heel and toe is often 10-12 millimeters. This wa...
Posted on 2017-07-10
One of the most common questions I am asked by runners is “What type of shoes should I be running in?” Frequently, they assume that, somewhere, there is a perfect shoe to fit their foot type (high arches or low arches) in order to prevent the aches, pains, and injuries associated with running. I can’t blame them as this is the traditional model for footwear prescription, which is based on assumptions (not evidence!) and the dated thought processes still echoed by shoe manufactu...
Posted on 2017-07-03
Have you noticed the brightly colored tape being worn by both professional and recreational athletes? If you’ve watched sports on TV or have recently participated in a local 5K race you’ve probably started to notice more and more professional athletes, Olympic athletes and recreational athletes sporting brightly colored tape often wrapped in various patterns over their bodies.  What you are likely seeing is kinesiology tape.   What is it? Kinesiology taping was devel...
Posted on 2017-06-09
If you are vaguely familiar with Tai Chi, you may envision a group of people in a beautiful park performing a slow coordinated routine that almost looks like a dance, but do you know anything more? What exactly is Tai Chi? Why is it so popular in Asian cultures? And why is it gaining popularity in the United States?   Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese mind-body exercise rooted in martial arts as well as traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy…but don’t let all that scare yo...
Posted on 2017-05-30
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