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Whether you can believe it or not, the holidays are here for 2021! Are you scrambling at the last minute, trying to figure out what to gift your sister, brother, or significant other? I know that I certainly am. Fear not, as we're here to help you take control of your health and give the gift of health to ALL your loved ones by wrapping up the best rehab, prehab, and performance products on the market! Trust us, these are gifts that even Santa can't top.

Let's face it, being told you have to have surgery after an acute or long-standing injury is a tough pill to swallow. The thought of being confined to a sling, immobilizer, or cast is a scary one. There are thousands of questions that are immediately racing through your head... How much pain am I going to have? How long does it take to get back to my 100%? When can I start walking? How long do I have to wear this ridiculous brace? Firstly, if you are going to have surgery or have recently had surgery, we are here to provide reassurance, confidence, and a positive mindset! You are not only going to persevere but also come out on the other side of this large obstacle in life a better person mentally as well as physically. In this article, we are going to teach you how to optimize your recovery after surgery!

Itโ€™s that time of year when back to school physical examinations are in high demand so students can participate in sports, have their weight and height monitored, and be evaluated for scoliosis. Waitโ€ฆ.scoliosis? Yes, scoliosis. When primary care providers have an adolescent bend over to touch their toes, they are assessing the spine and looking for any abnormal curvature that could warrant further imaging to determine if scoliosis is present. So, is this why, at your yearly exam as a kid, you had to bend over and touch your toe? Yes, absolutely!ย  Letโ€™s chat a bit about what scoliosis is, who it affects, and what treatment options there are to keep a spine with scoliosis happy, including some awesome scoliosis exercises.ย 

In the fitness and healthcare industry, new pieces of equipment are continually being offered to enhance recovery as well as improve performance. Massage guns, shockwave therapies, hyperbaric chambers, just to name a few. However, the real question these fancy pieces of equipment actually cause physiological changes within the human body to speed up recovery or make someone perform at a higher level? A couple of weeks ago, Sherif and Craig from Team [P]Rehab hit the reset button at Reset By Therabody, located in Philadelphia, PA, where they were exposed to some awesome recovery products. Follow along in this article as we take you through some of our experiences, while also educating you on the topic of modalities and recovery!

Sitting for too long has been shown to have a negative impact on your body. With sedentary behavior, changes are seen in insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular and metabolic function, along with increased risk of mortality. This includes high blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, and increased body fat and cholesterol levels. Research suggests that on average, adults sit for approximately 60% of their waking day, which is more than 7 hours!1ย  It is our job to help you take ownership of your body, and not allow environmental factors to dictate your movement capacity. Follow along in this article to learn some awesome desk job exercises you can easily replicate with just yourself and about 3-5 feet of space.

โ€œWe knew we could run in the mud because of our strength training,โ€ reported by Coach Keith Andrew who led his high school boys cross country team to a 2006 Nike Team Nationals on a very waterlogged Portland course. (4) Often times, strength training is feared in the world of distance running. Well, I'm here today to bust that myth! Let's dive into the importance of resistance training, specifically using plyometrics as a way to further develop as a runner. Keep reading to find the plyometric exercises for distance runners you didn't even know you needed.

Summertime is here and you want the hard work you've been putting in the gym to be recognized when you are outside enjoying the sunshine with your friends. You've been doing the same training routine since high school and feel like you have hit a plateau for gaining muscle. While you want to change things up, you are worried you may get hurt while trying to gain muscle. "Ain't nobody got time for that!" In this article, we will help you understandย  strategies to gain muscle without injury!

There are many cultural themes that carry between different sports physical therapy settings, especially at the higher levels of competition, but one that has always stuck out to me is the concept of massage. It doesn't matter if you're an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, a high school track runner, an elderly fall risk patient or you've been referred to me for a one time visit from your orthopedist -- the question is painfully frequent regardless of patient demographics: "can I get a massage?" Selfishly, I'm excited to write this article to have on hand as an educational piece for many of my athletes -- rather than explain my thought process verbally time and time again. If you are one of my athletes, please know you've been sent to this article in an effort to further polish up your already deep knowledge of how to better take care of your body. But more likely than not, you aren't an athlete under my care -- and in that case, I hope to temper your expectations and beliefs behind this passive intervention. Read on to learn more about massage and recovery.

Every sport has some specific skill that makes it unique. The skill is needed to excel in the sport due to the demands of the environment or competition. One of those unique skills in the sport of CrossFit, gymnastics, and obstacle course racing is the kipping pull-up. Derived from gymnastics, the kip made its way into CrossFit, allowing increased intensity and power output while completing the same amount of work as a strict pull-up. As with any skill, if we rush the process to develop it without paying attention to our foundation injury can occur. Once that happens the question becomes, "How do I return to kipping pull-ups?"

Are you considering more medicine ball exercises, AKA med ball exercises, in your routine but aren't sure what to do or how to proceed? Perhaps you've seen some cool medicine ball exercises going down in your gym and on social media. Maybe you've come across some great deals online for med balls, which might be a nice addition to your home gym but you want to make sure you know how to use them! With that being said, understanding the purpose behind the different applications of medicine ball exercises will help you decide exactly how to begin when you pick up that med ball! Continue reading to learn how to determine the best medicine ball exercises for you!