Do you have tight muscles, painful joints or trigger points, headaches, or other orthopedic pain issues? If so, maybe your doctor or other practitioner has suggested a trial of dry needling to treat your pain. Dry needling is the insertion of fine filament needles into the body, specifically neuromuscular tissue, with the goal of decreasing pain and spasm. There are many conditions and symptoms that can be treated with dry needling, as well as many methods of delivery for this modality. In this article, we will explore some of the most commonly asked questions about dry needling, methods of delivery and treatment, and how dry needling can work to decrease musculoskeletal pain.

Just sprained your ankle? You're not alone. Ankle sprains are the most common lower-body injury in all of the sports, so if you're one of the few that has never experienced an ankle sprain until now, consider yourself lucky! While they can initially be very painful and limiting, most people respond very well to a structured ankle sprain rehab program. However, there is clearly a serious issue with the average ankle sprain rehab protocol because not only are ankle sprains the most common lower-body injury, but they also have the highest reinjury rate. This is often attributed to poor management in the first place, and chronic ankle instability is the last thing you want to deal with! In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about a lateral ankle sprain injury and the best ankle sprain rehab protocol!

You probably have been told that you don’t spend enough time stretching. Whether it was by a coach, a physical therapist, or a doctor; you’ve probably heard that you could have prevented an injury by stretching more. You may have also been told that if you don’t start stretching more, you will get hurt again! Like most people, you probably took the time to go through a full stretching routine before your next couple of workouts but slowly returned to your old habit of not stretching. Well, I am here with some good news: you don’t need to spend more time stretching! This probably comes as a shock to a lot of you, so let’s tackle the myths behind the benefits of stretching one by one. ultimately helping you answer the question, "How much do I need to stretch?".

Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, affects 2-5% of the general population and is characterized by pain and progressive loss of shoulder range of motion. Frozen shoulder onset can follow trauma to the shoulder, such as a fracture, surgery, or period of immobilization. Adhesive capsulitis can also have an insidious onset, with no prior trauma or injury to the shoulder. There are many established risk factors for the onset of insidious adhesive capsulitis. Of those, diabetics have been identified as having a significantly higher risk of development, severity, and recurrence of insidious onset adhesive capsulitis. In this article, we will help you understand what the term adhesive capsulitis is, what diabetes is, causes and risk factors for these conditions, as well as what the literature is supporting in regards to the correlation between frozen shoulder and diabetes!

Far too often, sleep is viewed incorrectly and I believe this to be the case for two reasons. Firstly, there’s a large percentage of the population where sleep and prioritizing it is looked at as being lazy or unproductive. Particularly in the corporate world, much of the mindset still revolves around rewarding those up late on email and up early working. The other way in which sleep is perceived the wrong way is in being solely looked at as a time of rest or break. In this article, we will discuss the health benefits of sleep, and various, simple strategies you can implement into your routine to help improve your overall sleep health!

Running is one of the most efficient, effective, and most convenient forms of exercise that can be performed anywhere, at any time! Saving money on a gym membership, taking in the beauty of your surrounding city or neighborhood, there are so many benefits to the activity. The thought of it is simple. Put on some shoes, lace them up, and get after it. Simple right? Not exactly. That wonderful "running high" you feel can quickly turn into a nagging pain or injury that can leave you in an uncomfortable state where that moment of striding down your favorite route turns into a frustrating and painful walk back to your home. In fact, Runner’s Knee is one of the most common injuries that can be a nuisance to get rid of. In this article, we will cover runner's knee causes and treatment, modifiable risk factors related to this condition, and evidence-based strategies to effectively get you back to running feeling better than ever, including a FREE [P]Rehab workout!

Many youth athletes spend hours in the driveway hitting turn around fade aways at the imaginary buzzer, recreating Lionel Messi’s game winning shots, or tumbling across the living room like Simone Biles. They aspire to one day make it to the top ranks as professional athletes. Some get there, some don’t, but hopefully, it leads to enjoyment of lifelong physical activity! What does it take to get to the top? What did professional athletes training look like as youth athletes? Do you need to specialize only in one sport to get there? Learn all about youth athlete sport specialization and how to train like Pros from the start!

Plyometrics exercises should be an integral part of any lower extremity rehab or injury prevention program to increase power development and to teach proper absorption movement mechanics. In the rehab realm, you could argue that it's even more important to learn how to absorb forces than to increase power development - although you will work on both through proper plyometric progressions. Absorption forces need to be progressed appropriately, as overloading a sensitive tendon or weight-bearing structure like the meniscus can lead to a slower rehabilitation process. Even more of a problem is skipping out on plyometric progressions all together - as this leaves the athlete unexposed to the high amount of forces and loads that they undoubtedly will face in day to day life like going down a flight of stairs, taking a misstep and needing to put your foot down to prevent a fall, going on hikes with friends and family, and ultimately sport demands! This article will cover some of the tenants of plyometric progressions and special considerations for rehab!

Personalized blood flow restriction training is an exercise modality that involves using a cuff to occlude venous blood flow out of a limb while restricting arterial blood flow into a limb. A growing body of evidence now supports the use of blood flow restriction at rest, combined with aerobic training, or combined with low-load resistance training to mitigate disuse muscle atrophy and enhance hypertrophic and strength responses in skeletal muscles. Learn more about blood flow restriction training with this article!

You hear it all the time - whenever someone talks about starting a weightlifting routine, running their first marathon, or starting an off-season workout plan, the advice is always the same: “start slowly”; “progress gradually”; “don’t do too much, too soon”. You might even hear this from a doctor when returning to sports after an injury or surgical procedure. But how much is too much? And how soon, is too soon? No matter what you are doing, the art of gradually progressing is difficult. After reading this article, you will be able to answer the question of what is progressive overload? In addition, you will familiarize yourself with science-based strategies for progressive overload that will ultimately allow you to reach your fitness goals while minimizing your risk of injury!