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Does TENS Work For Pain? (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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Simple Ways To Be More Physically 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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Standing Desk Pros And Cons – Are They Overrated?

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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Pro Tips For Your First Physical Therapy Appointment

Navigating the medical system is challenging. Insurance information, paperwork, and spending one-on-one time with the therapist are enough to put you into information overload. Not quite sure what to expect at your first physical therapy appointment? Don’t worry! This article is a gold mine of information and tips that patients have asked me over the …

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Foam Rolling For Posture {7 Step-By-Step Exercises}

Lengthy hours on a computer plus bad posture at your desk equals a recipe for aches and pains. Even our downtime has a substantial screen-time component to it. (Hello, social media scrolling!) Hours upon hours of poor posture can take a toll on your body. Wondering what you can do to counteract technology-related discomfort? This …

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