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Easy Breathing Exercises For Low Back Pain

Pain is a complex issue. While we’d all love a few magic stretches, the truth is, the puzzle is much more complicated.   Did you know that deep breathing can be a crucial piece to tackling back pain? That’s right; these simple and accessible techniques can help to rebalance your system and decrease pain.  Stick around …

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What Do TENS Units Do? (Benefits, Risks, & Myths)

TENS units (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) are marketed as a convenient non-drug way to decrease pain. TENS was all the rage in physical therapy in the ’80s and ’90s. People could be seen lined up on tables in PT clinics receiving this seemingly magic modality.  Since then, there’s been a lot of research on the …

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Vibration Foam Roller vs. Massage Gun – Which Is Better?

Wouldn’t it be great to get a massage every day and melt away your aches and pains?  Here on planet earth, that isn’t possible for most of us. But there are plenty of fitness gadgets to get some workout recovery and pain relief at home.  Both foam rollers and massage guns aim to improve blood …

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Sidekick Tool Review – Swerve & Bow Muscle Scraping Tools

There are many workout recovery tools on the market competing for your attention (and dollars). Sidekick is bringing workout recovery to a whole new level with an affordable line of muscle scraping tools, that you can use at home, to address problem areas.  Muscle scraping tools offer a different type of soft tissue mobilization that …

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Improve Your Posture By Focusing On These 3 Simple Things

Do you have bad posture?  Have you tried everything to “fix” your posture, but nothing seems to work? Unfortunately, there’s no quick magical solution. But, if you focus on these three things, you can improve your posture by building healthy habits that stick.  WHAT IS POSTURE? Posture is much more than your ability to walk …

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How To Be More Active When You Hate Exercise

Cardio is hardio. For real, exercise is uncomfortable. It’s no wonder so many people don’t like it. Unfortunately, no one is handing out healthy lifestyles for binging on Netflix or surfing your Facebook feed. Bummer.  Whether it feels like it or not, our bodies crave movement.  I love exercise. I love how it makes me …

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Best Affordable Physical Therapy Equipment For Home

A big part of success with physical therapy is your ability to keep up with your exercise program during and after PT. But when you’re at home, you may not have all those unique gadgets they have at the physical therapy clinic! Don’t worry! It’s easy to have the necessary tools at home to stay healthy …

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Standing Desk Pros And Cons – Are They Really Better For Your Health?

Standing desks are trending in popularity over the past few years as people look for new ways to increase activity and decrease prolonged sitting adverse effects.  In 2020, more things than ever have moved online. While this is convenient, it also means a ton more sitting glued to technology.  But how do you know if …

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What To Expect At Your First Physical Therapy Appointment (+How To Prepare With Confidence)

Navigating the medical system is challenging. Insurance information, paperwork, and spending one-on-one time with the therapist is enough to put you into information overload. Not quite sure what to expect at your first physical therapy appointment? Don’t worry! By the end of this article, you will learn what to expect at your first physical therapy …

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Amazing Benefits Of Physical Therapy – Does It Actually Work?

It’s probably safe to say most people have heard of physical therapy, but do you really know the benefits of physical therapy or how it can help you? Physical therapy has advanced a lot since the 1990s and it’s much more than what’s portrayed on TV. Treatments are continually evolving, and physical therapy has a …

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