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The Couch Stretch: How to Do One of the Best Exercises for Knee Pain, Hip Pain & Back Pain

The Couch Stretch: How to Do One of the Best Exercises for Knee Pain, Hip Pain & Back Pain

As a Physical Therapist, I’m often asked to reveal the “best” stretches for people to do. And with such an extensive catalog to choose from it can be a daunting question. However, there is one exercise that stands out. And that exercise is the Couch…

Research: Negative Moods Like Sadness & Anger Linked with Inflammation

Research: Negative Moods Like Sadness & Anger Linked with Inflammation

A recent study from Penn State University has looked into the association between negative moods like sadness and anger and inflammation. It’s a highly important area of research considering approximately 17 million adults in America have a major episode of depression per year. This study…

Just Hurt Your Back? Here’s a 7-Step Acute Back Pain Action Plan!

Just Hurt Your Back? Here’s a 7-Step Acute Back Pain Action Plan!

The onset of any acute back pain injury can be as daunting and tricky as it is common. Staggeringly, over 60% of people will experience an episode of acute low back pain in their lifetime. And not only do you have to figure out how…

Treatment For Hip Bursitis: Do We Miss its True Cause?

Treatment For Hip Bursitis: Do We Miss its True Cause?

The best treatment for hip bursitis involves specifically treating the hip… or so I used to think. As a Physical Therapist (Physiotherapist) passionate about trying to understand the root cause of common musculoskeletal issues, I naturally used to follow common protocols when treating hip bursitis.…

Essential Home Exercise Equipment to Keep You Pain-Free, Strong, & Mobile During COVID-19

Essential Home Exercise Equipment to Keep You Pain-Free, Strong, & Mobile During COVID-19

The Coronavirus has made our world that little bit smaller of late. And the need to take charge of your own pain, health and fitness have never been more important. With direct access to health, medical, and fitness professionals more difficult for the time being,…

What is the Best Foot-Strike Pattern For Running? (And Why We Miss the Point)

What is the Best Foot-Strike Pattern For Running? (And Why We Miss the Point)

If you run, there’s every chance you’re aware of the heel strike vs forefoot strike debate. For those unaware, there’s no current consensus on which foot-strike pattern is “best“ to decrease injury risk and improve running performance. There are many well-informed and passionate opinions of…

7 Tips to Boost Your Immune System Naturally in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

7 Tips to Boost Your Immune System Naturally in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

It’s fair to say the world feels a little different at the moment thanks to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Its impact on social events, schools, sports leagues, and even entire countries is very real, and for good reason. With the number of deaths and those fighting…

Research: Grunting Provides a Competitive Advantage

Research: Grunting Provides a Competitive Advantage

The topic of grunting in tennis is both interesting and controversial. Many spectators see grunting as disrespectful and ultimately annoying to listen to. I personally know a few die-hard tennis lovers who can only watch certain players with the volume down. On the other hand,…

Why the Cause of Tight Chest Muscles is a Stiff Upper Back

Why the Cause of Tight Chest Muscles is a Stiff Upper Back

On the surface, treatment for tight chest muscles is well-defined. All you need is a consistent stretching regime to loosen those tight chest muscles up over time. It a no-brainer, right? But, what if I was to suggest that there’s more to tight chest muscles…

Research: Resistance Training Is an Effective Treatment for Depression

Research: Resistance Training Is an Effective Treatment for Depression

An Irish systematic review of current research has found resistance training may be a very helpful treatment for depression. And this may be important when we consider the impact depression has on the world today. Many of us have a broad appreciation of what depression…