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How You Can Incorporate Olympic Training Methods into your Fitness Routine

Post by Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS “Hi, my name is Maggie and I am an Olympic junkie!” I will admit that I am an absolute Olympic fanatic. My Olympics obsession began as a little girl sitting at my grandma’s kitchen table watching Katerina Witt skate to the gold medal in the ’88 Calgary Olympics and being completely entranced. Over the years, my impression of the Olympics has matured past pretty costumes and ‘dancing on ice’ to one where true athletes get to realize their dreams after years and years of training, injuries, and the ups and downs of competition. As the articles and news stories have started coming out on the upcoming Sochi Olympics, I have loved reading how…

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Is Back Pain All in Your Head?

Post by Brian Yee, PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT What a great article from NPR! This article identifies that recurring back problems are not solely from the structure in your spine such as a herniated disc or degeneration or the vertebra, but rather it brings attention to the nervous system itself. Your nervous system, located within your spine, is your main transducer that signals to your brain that you are or are not in pain. This article states: “Research is showing that the pain often has nothing to do with the mechanics of the spine, but with the way the nervous system is behaving, according to Dr. James Rainville of New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.” “This is a different way…

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Are you ready to HIIT the gym?

Post by Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS Cross fit. P90X. Insanity. T25. Boot Camp. Fit Wit. WOD. Tabata. Though it comes in many names and various packages, high intensity interval training (HIIT) has become one of the most popular workouts of recent times. A HIIT workout is characterized by alternating short bursts of exercise at near maximal effort with little periods of rest. Due to the high intensity of exercise, these workouts are typically of shorter duration than traditional exercise programs in order to burn the same or more amounts of body fat. HIIT exercisers will also notice a strong improvement in aerobic capacity, or cardiovascular endurance. Thus, many endurance athletes are turning to HIIT workouts as a form of…

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It’s All in How You Breathe…

Post by Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Here’s a link by a well known Physical Therapist, Mike Reinold, which was passed onto me, that discusses the role of breathing and its correlation with low back pain. Many people think core strength for spinal stability is simply done by your abdominal muscles, but your diaphragm and respiratory patterns are also shown to help improve spinal stability. This article goes into further detail to discuss how a study has shown that people without low back pain tend to inhale slightly at the time of lifting an object, where people with chronic low back pain tend to exhale. The staff at Motion Stability are versed in breathing recruitment techniques that can help…

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Because, Who is Perfect? Get Closer.

Post by Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS A big thank you goes out to our Christina for posting this link on her Facebook page! I was so moved by it that I couldn’t help but steal it for this month’s blog post! In today’s world where we all strive for perfection, the question becomes what is perfect and why are we trying so hard to achieve such an ambiguous notion? This article brought me back to what first drew me to the Physical Therapy profession and that is celebrating the body and abilities that you were given and making the most out of whatever you have. Maybe there’s a lesson in this for all of us, especially while starting on…

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How Should Health Practitioners be Rated?

Post by Brian Yee, PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Here‘s an interesting article from the New York Times about the fact that there are limited resources to determine how to find the right doctor for you. With rising health care costs, including higher insurance premiums; limits in health providers as part of your insurance network; and simply more access to health information via the internet; patients are becoming wiser consumers when deciding which health practitioner they choose to trust in taking care of their personal health. The article discusses how there are health rating websites that rank or rate practitioners, as well as allows practitioners to share their credentials and offer personal video instructions. Medicare and other agencies are also trying…

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The True Promotion of Health

Post by Beth Collier PT, DPT, OCS In light of recent buzz concerning the “Fit Mom’s” comments regarding the “Curvy Girl Lingerie” campaign, I felt compelled to speak about this issue for which I feel very passionate. As a physical therapist in the Atlanta area, I am a member of the healthcare profession whose expertise lies in health and wellness. I also teach part time at a local physical therapy program in Atlanta where we emphasize health promotion throughout the curriculum. With such a background, I would like to offer my two cents on this controversial topic. Overall health and wellness should be regarded in three aspects: physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual. Initially, the “love your body” campaign blossomed to address…

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