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Aquatic Therapy Can Help Patients Heal

“Gravity is sometimes too much for patients recovering from injuries, operations or disease,” writes the Traverse City Record-Eagle. “Patients with back and joint pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and those recovering from surgery sometimes do better in the water. Therapists try to strengthen patients so they can function well on land.” “Aquatic therapy has a lot of […]

New Ways to Stay Fit at Your Desk Job

Most of us seek new ways to stay fit while at the office. We all know that sitting at the desk, hunched over with hamstrings and lower backs becoming tighter, is no way to stay in shape. So a writer at Vox decided to integrate new ways to stay fit into his daily routine, or, […]

Misplacing the Blame for Back Pain

“People suffering from lower back pain often think a specific moment of extreme exertion triggered their sudden discomfort, even though simple daily tasks can just as easily contribute,” writes Fox News. “When researchers asked 999 adults what caused their back problems, about two thirds blamed a specific experience on the day their pain surfaced. Because […]

Can Data Help Predict Sports Injuries?

Why do most sports injuries among professional athletes happen? Kittman Labs sought to predict it wasn’t just bad luck. Wired: “To do the maths Kitman Labs realised it needed the data about injuries, which was difficult because no teams were actually collecting the information at the time… The other thing it needed were biometric readings, […]

Exercises Many Fitness Experts Wish You Would Stop Doing

“The gym can be an intimidating place for the inexperienced. But in some cases, it’s the overly confident gym-goer to be wary of. Fitness fanatics don’t always take the time to reevaluate their routine, learn new techniques or prioritize health and safety,” the Huffington Post reports. “Try as they might to set the record straight, […]

See a Physical Therapist First for Lower Back Pain

Dr. Maria Fermoile: “80 percent of people will experience back pain in their lifetime. Yes, you read that correctly, 80 percent. Here are some more facts: Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the U.S. and back pain is the most common job-related disability. Due to the numbers of people experiencing low […]

Study: High School Girls at Greater Risk for Overuse Injuries

A new study conducted by the The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center shows that high school girls are at much higher risk of overuse injuries, such as tendinitis or a stress fracture, than their male counterparts, WMBF News reports. Said Dr. Patrick Denton: “A female’s knee, when you run, jump and cut is different […]

The Psychology Behind Fitness Apps

The Iowa State Daily breaks down some of the reasons why so many find fitness apps so useful. Said Leigh Phillips, assistant professor in the Iowa State University psychology department and specialist in health-related behavior: “There’s a cognitive behavioral technique called contingency contracting. It’s a way of getting yourself engaged in a behavior because if you don’t, it’s […]

Physical Therapy Offers Alternative to Back Pain

ABC Los Angeles: “An estimated 400,000 Americans older than 60 struggle with back pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. A new study shows how physical therapy may be an option that helps patients avoid surgery.”

Straight Talk on Addressing Back Pain: Sit Straight

We’ve reported recently on potential causes of back pain. Today we offer a potential solution to address the issue before it begins: change the way you sit. Men’s Health reports “Back pain—especially lower back pain—is no joke. According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study, lower back pain is the single leading cause of […]