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The Nose Knows Best! The Secrets to Better Breathing

2021-05-12T14:16:27-04:00May 11th, 2021|Uncategorized, Wellness|

What is a simple, free, daily action that can positively affect your IMMUNE SYSTEM, MOOD, WEIGHT, and LONGEVITY?  Breathing.  Nasal breathing that is! Mouth breathing causes the tissues in the back of the mouth to become loose and flex inward, making breathing more difficult, creating more...mouth breathing! Nasal breathing naturally tones the soft tissue in the airways, keeping them firm and in shape! Mouth breathing while sleeping allows gravity to close the airway even more as the soft tissues in the [...]

Are You Training the MOST Important Muscle In Your Body?

2021-05-12T14:02:32-04:00April 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

What is the most important muscle in your body?  It’s not your glutes...but your breathing muscle, in particular your diaphragm.  Why is the diaphragm so important? The diaphragm, intercostals, and abdominals/oblique muscles are not only used for breathing but  impact many systems and functions in your body including: digestive health, by providing support for the digestive system pain management, by reducing the sensitivity of the nervous system back health, by providing stability and mobility with other core muscles athletic performance, [...]

Frozen Shoulder

2021-04-29T11:44:58-04:00March 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|

 What is a frozen shoulder? Frozen shoulder, or “adhesive capsulitis,” is a condition that involves a tightening of the capsule and ligaments around the shoulder. Inflammation within the shoulder joint and an increase in nerve growth around the shoulder complex results in pain, stiffness, and limited shoulder range of motion.1 It is estimated that 2-5.3% of the general population experiences frozen shoulder.1 Studies have shown that this pathology is more prevalent among females and individuals between 40 and 70 years [...]

Bouncing “Back”

2021-03-09T13:45:09-05:00March 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Tennis season is upon us in Atlanta albeit it will look a little different this year. If you are wanting to get back out on the court this Spring, now is the time to see your physical therapist for a tune-up so you are ready to play without risking injury. For those of you who have been working from home, on Zoom calls, sitting in a chair for the last year, you may feel tighter than usual and may already [...]

Do You Know Your Vulva?

2020-12-03T13:04:50-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized, Pelvic Floor|

Do you Know your Vulva? Anatomical names are important! This post is specifically for the ladies, or anyone with a vulva… which is different from a vagina! The vulva is the name of the outer portion of genitalia in which the vagina sits.  According to this article from the New York Post, up to 46% of American women surveyed couldn’t point out their cervix, and 57% couldn’t identify the uterus. Only one in 10 were able to correctly complete a female reproductive [...]

Lateral Hip Pain: What You Need To Know

2020-11-07T15:00:10-05:00November 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Lateral hip pain, traditionally diagnosed as an isolated condition referred to as “trochanteric bursitis”, is now understood to be most commonly associated with Gluteal Tendinopathy. This condition is most prevalent in post-menopausal women (1 in 4 women over the age of 50) but may also occur in younger runners and males. Traditional treatments have been based on a number of false conceptions such as: 1) the problem is primarily inflammatory in nature, 2) the primary issue is the trochanteric bursa [...]

Returning to Exercise Postpartum 

2020-10-28T13:57:20-04:00September 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Guidelines and Considerations for Optimal Postpartum Recovery  Congratulations! You have made it to the end of your pregnancy and welcomed your precious bundle of joy into the world! As you adjust to a new life and routine including your little one, you may find yourself in the company of so many women who wish to return to exercise and sports. But how do you know when to pick back up? Here is what to look out for when returning to [...]

How The Diaphragm & Pelvic Floor Influence Core Control & Sports Performance

2020-09-16T23:42:48-04:00September 11th, 2020|Uncategorized, Women's Health, Pelvic Floor|

Core Control Most athletes are familiar with “core control”, but, did you know that your “core” also consists of your diaphragm (your breathing muscle) and your pelvic floor muscles? There is a lot of emphasis placed on the abdominal muscles for good core control. While the abs are important for core control, we can’t forget about the other muscles that make up the core. There is an intricate relationship between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor, and dysfunction in either [...]

Male Pelvic Health

2020-06-29T13:35:49-04:00June 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Do men have issues “down there” too? We often hear of pelvic floor (PF) problems in women, but men too can have issues and complications in this area, we just don’t hear about it as much. Men are less likely to seek medical help or to access available services and less likely to have a strong social support system. Therefore, they often have feelings of shame, embarrassment and even failure. Let's explore male pelvic health. What Is The Pelvic Floor? [...]

AMPS: Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome

2020-06-29T13:19:28-04:00June 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Have you ever seen a healthy adolescent or young teen that has considerable, obscure and inexplicable pains in various parts of their body?  Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS) is becoming more and more prevalent. This sort of symptom presentation can be confusing and potentially frightening for both the child and the parent.  The good news is that these symptoms are often indications of various imbalances that can be corrected with specialized physical therapy and behavioral therapy.  The bad news is [...]

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