4 Keys to Treat Your Chronic Low Back Pain

So You Can Get Back to the Things You Want to Do

Girl with chronic low back pain

Your low back pain isn’t improving after all this time and you’re wondering why? Shouldn’t the normal healing process have run its course by now? The short answer is – yes. And likely, it did take place. But the longer you experience pain, the more sensitive your nerves become, essentially turning up the “pain volume knob” in your brain.

The good news: there are steps you can take to turn this volume down by:

  1. Understanding pain
  2. Exercising
  3. Sleeping well
  4. Setting positive goals

Let’s get started…

Whiplash Recovery: Exercise & Advice

Neck Pain After a Car Accident

Man with whiplash

It’s been a couple of days and the pain in your neck is getting worse. You were in a car accident, hit from behind. Never mind the headache that comes from dealing with the insurance company and auto mechanic – you just want this pain to go away. Whiplash injuries are the most common injury following a car accident1,2. The good news is: a lot of the time they get better within a few weeks – and if you know what to do and what to expect, your likelihood of improving increases even more…

What To Do For a Stiff Neck

Physical Therapy Techniques To Improve Neck Mobility

Woman with a stiff neck

You know you have a stiff neck when you literally have to turn your whole body to look at the person sitting right next to you. A stiff neck is not an easy problem to hide and not an easy problem to live with – even simple daily tasks become painful and difficult. Driving, for instance, presents a whole new challenge, requiring a strategic use of mirrors just to change lanes safely.

For many, a stiff neck can last a day or two, while it can be a persistent issue in others. The good news is: there are steps you can take to improve your mobility and function to overcome your stiff neck…

Lateral Epicondylalgia: What Is It and Can You Prevent It?

Scapular Strengthening For Tennis Elbow

Man with Lateral Epicondylalgia Tennis Elbow

Yes, you can get Tennis Elbow even if you’ve never picked up a racquet in your life. In fact, most patients that come and see me with the diagnosis of Tennis Elbow are baffled and assure me that they don’t play tennis. What then, could have led to this nagging elbow pain also known as Lateral Epicondylalgia and why does it last so long?

Let’s explore these questions and also see if there’s a way to potentially prevent this painful disorder from ever starting…

Thoracic Spine Mobility and How It Affects You

Bonus Video Exercises

Woman Stretching Thoracic Spine

You want to be flexible – so you stretch your muscles. But what about your joints? You also need to have good mobility in your joints to allow you to move freely and do the things you love. So then, what areas should you be focusing on to improve joint mobility? It turns out that you lose the most mobility in your mid and upper back – the thoracic spine – throughout your life. This decrease in mobility not only affects your back, but your neck and shoulders, as well.

Here’s how improving mobility in your thoracic spine can maximize function and even increase your strength potential. Plus, I’ll show you a few simple exercises you can do from home…

What Is HIIT and Is It For You?

Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training

Physical Therapy with HIIT

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – sounds intense doesn’t it? I used to be skeptical of HIIT and whether the claims of its benefits were actually true. Could someone really achieve the same aerobic gains in half the time? Was it safe? Was it only for top-level athletes in a sports science lab? I was skeptical – that is, until I scoured the literature. What I know now, I can share with you and, hopefully, better guide you toward your health and fitness goals.

Let’s look at what HIIT is, its benefits, and how it compares to other types of exercise. We’ll also look at some sample workout regimens and see if HIIT is right for you…

The Plank: How To Do It Right

Are You Getting the Most Out Of Your Plank?

Plank Exercise how to do it right

If strengthening your core is of any importance to you, there’s no doubt you’ve attempted a plank once or twice. I try to incorporate some form of a plank at least once per week – it has become a staple in my exercise toolbox. The beauty of the plank is that it works multiple abdominal muscles while putting very little stress on the lumbar spine. It’s also easy to do – you don’t need any equipment and it gives you that burn in your abs that hurts so good. It’s simple and effective.

There’s more to the plank, though, than meets the eye. It’s more than just holding a straight position for as long as you can.

Although you’re likely already reaping the benefits from your efforts, there are a few tweaks you can make to maximize your benefits.

Here’s some suggestions to make sure – from head to toe – you’re getting the most out of your planks.

6 Reasons You Should Exercise With Other People

Plus 20 Activity Ideas

Cycling Group Exercise With Others

Do you enjoy exercise? The word ‘exercise’ seems to have so many negative connotations, doesn’t it? It makes me think ‘hard work’, ‘pain’, and ‘routine’. But when you stop and think about what you do enjoy about exercise, oftentimes you focus less on the pain and more on the fun activities: walking with your spouse, playing pickup basketball, surfing, Zumba class, Yoga, CrossFit. Most of the time, these fun activities include other people. It turns out regularly exercising with others can benefit you in many ways. Here are 6 of them…

The Truth About What Motivates You

Plus 3 Motivation Tips For Fitness

What Motivates Marathon Runners

Motivation is everything. Without it, you wouldn’t be where you are today – taking steps to enhance your body, mind, finances, relationships, etc. Or maybe you’re like me and some of these areas in your life have become stagnate. Maybe you’re looking for ways to improve but can’t seem to muster the energy, focus, and perseverance. Have you stopped to examine what actually motivates you?

For our purposes here, let’s put motivation in the context of exercise and fitness. You’ve likely experienced times when you’ve been unable to stick to an exercise routine or diet, right? We tend to blame it on any number of things: lack of time, too expensive, too hard, not fun…

On the flip side of the coin, you’ve also been a part of an exercise program or sport that you completely rocked. You’re teaching that yoga class now. You’re on your fifth half-marathon. You’ve been playing Sunday morning hoops for fifteen years straight. You walk 3 times per week, rain or shine.

What makes the difference? What does it take to motivate you?

The 5 Weakest Areas of Your Body and How To Strengthen Them

Strengthen Weak Muscles

Weakness is a relative term. We tend to think of weakness in comparison to other people. For instance, I am weaker than ‘The Rock’ (first person who came to my mind). But what about weakness of certain muscles in your own body relative to others? There are several important groups of muscles that tend to be weak in many people.

Maybe you’ve been neglecting to strengthen some of the weakest areas of your body without even knowing it…