The Needle In a Haystack: Choosing the right fitness/workout program

Written by Deanna Camilo, PT, DPT, OCS   Tis the season of holidays, good food, family time and New Year’s resolutions! Often after a rich and full holiday season, people start considering fitness goals for the new year. Gym memberships, class passes, CrossFit, and yoga? Where does one begin? Deanna Camilo, PT, DPT, OCS has some great thoughts to help you navigate your new or evolving fitness goals for 2018.     With unlimited resources available to the average consumer, how does one know which exercise program is the right choice?  Open any magazine in the fitness section of your local bookstore or supermarket and you’ll be bombarded with ways to improve your strength/flexibility/endurance. In fact, have you done any…

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To Stretch Or Not To Stretch?

by Jake Reynolds, PT, DPT Spine & Sports Clinic of Motion Stability   I frequently have clients ask about stretching and tend find a lot of confusion about proper technique and dosage. This confusion can lend itself to injury as opposed to injury prevention and performance enhancement (the intent of stretching). If we are stretching incorrectly you may actually prime your muscle for injury. For the sake of clarity, lets get a one thing out of the way: yes—stretching is important. In fact the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) outlines the following guidelines for flexibility training in terms of risk factor reduction for the development of injuries and preventable diseases:   At least two or three days of stretching…

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Lessons From A Hypermobile Physical Therapist

By: Ted Ziaylek PT, DPT Hypermobility is used to describe joints that can bend further than normal. It is also commonly referred to as being “double jointed”. There are many things that can cause hypermobility. In basic terms the structures surrounding the joints (ligaments and capsules) are loose, which allows the joint to bend further than normal. I have learned a few things from working with patients who are hypermobile, as well as being hypermobile myself, about ways to help protect your joints. Firstly, people who are hypermobile often feel like they need to stretch. The problem here is that due to the laxity (or loose ligaments) in the joint we tend to stretch the joint well before the muscle….

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