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If you are like me, trying to make sound, educated health care decisions in today’s instant access world can  be a daunting task.  We are inundated almost daily with results of studies that claim to have the latest answers to improve our health.  However, not all studies are properly conducted and often the results then cannot […]

The effects of prolonged bed rest on muscles of the spine and vertebral discs

When I first graduated from PT school over 16 years ago, bed rest was still a very popular treatment for acute back pain.  Luckily, over the years, the medical community has taken a much more “active” approach” to treating back pain.  However, there is still a small portion of the medical field that believes in […]

Does Pilates help increase abdominal and upper extremity strength and endurance?

One of the common questions I get from patients in the clinic  is “will doing Pilates help me” and then I answer their question with another question “well, what are your fitness goals?”.  If you need to increase your core strength, flexibility, and muscular endurance, then the answer is an unequivocal YES! Pilates can be a […]

Proximal stability before distal mobility

If you have ever been a patient of mine, you have probably heard me talk about certain treatment principles that I strongly adhere to.  One such principal is  “Proximal stability before distal mobility” which simply refers to the fact that we must first have good mobility and strength along our core (mid-line structures along our spine) before we can […]