Are you dealing with a nagging discomfort in between your shoulder blade and your spine? No matter how many stretches you do, or how much time you spend foam rolling it, does it still persist? Pain in this area often gets labeled as a rhomboid issue because it is a relatively superficial muscle that you can appreciate from any anatomy chart. However, how to fix rhomboid pain sometimes may actually have little to do with the rhomboids. In this article, you'll learn the ultimate secret of how to fix rhomboid pain by taking a look at a very specific movement!

The perfect working desk posture is something that every worker in the world is trying to obtain. But what is it, exactly? Is it the classic seated position with hips, knees, and elbows all bent to a perfect 90 degrees? Or is it converting your desk to a standing work station, because standing has just got to be better than sitting, right? There is a growing sentiment amongst workers and non-workers alike that the "perfect posture" must be obtained to eliminate pain and discomfort. Furthermore, the phrase that "sitting is the new smoking" promoted by media outlets and fear-based advertising has effectively scared people from assuming comfortable sitting positions and popularized the use of standing work stations. We're going to put that notion that sitting is the new smoking to rest and show you what the actual perfect working desk posture looks like!

When you sit for a prolonged period of time do you notice some neck, back, or shoulder discomfort? We have all been there at some point in our lives. We can guarantee your back doesn't feel great after sitting still for 8 hours. Do not worry, this is completely normal. It is a good thing that your body is sending signals to your brain telling you itโ€™s not comfortable, listen to your body and move! Posture is a hot topic and is a bit misunderstood. There is no science backing up the perfect posture, however, this article will break down how you can improve postural pain.

Did you know that training your body to reach your highest potential may be vastly limited if you are not also training your mind? Todayโ€™s focus on mindfulness, meditation, holistic healing, and mind-body care is proving useful in getting you to the next level and to staying on the cutting edge of true health, fitness, and wellness.

Your body is nothing, if not for your brain.

Neck pain is one of the most significant health problems worldwide, it is estimated that 22-70% of the population have neck pain at some time in their lives. It has also been suggested that the incidence of neck pain is increasing! It is ranked as the fourth leading cause of years lived with disability. Rates of reoccurrence and chronicity are reported to be high, which calls for preventive measures, or [P]Rehab! There is evidence suggesting you may reduce the risk of neck discomfort by approximately half with an exercise program. This article is a guide to improving mobility, control, and strength of your neck with the end goal of keeping your neck healthy and supple!

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a fairly common diagnosis, affecting approximately 8% of the population. Pain with TOS often presents anywhere between the neck, face, occipital region or into the chest, shoulder, with paresthesia into the upper extremity based on where the symptoms are originating from. Similar to other conditions, this diagnosis encompasses a host of signs and symptoms, yet does not always tell us the specific pain generator. TOS can be broken down into neurogenic TOS (95-98% of cases according to Davidovic et al. 2003) vs. vascular TOS (1). Furthermore, vascular TOS can further be subdivided into thereย  Arterial TOS or Venous TOS. In this article, we will help you understand what thoracic outlet syndrome is, the causes behind it, and excellent exercises for thoracic outlet syndrome!ย 

The importance of the deep stabilizing musculature of the neck for spinal segmental support and control has been demonstrated and clinical research indicates that many patients with neck pain have inadequate support from these muscles. Insufficiency in the pre-programmed activation of the cervical muscles, altered motor control recruitment patterns and increased fatigability have also been found in patients with neck pain. Further, the measured increased activation of the superficial cervical musculature in those with neck pain is thought to be a compensation for poor passive or active segmental support. This article will show you how to Strengthen your neck out of pain!

Cervical radiculopathy is defined as cervical nerve root compression. Many times, what causes this so-called compression is things like herniated disc material or arthritic bone spurs. It's essentially the "sciatica" of the upper extremity. Common symptoms include neck and radiating arm pain which can travel all the way down into the fingers. Often, this pain is accompanied by sensory disturbances (i.e. pins-and-needles or burning sensations) and even loss of muscle function in more severe cases (muscle weakness and abnormal reflexes). Headaches, neck pain, and scapular pain can also accompany cervical radiculopathy. While not as common as sciatic nerve irritation (only a 0.4% prevalence rate), it can be just as debilitating and a significant cause of neck pain and disability. In this article, we will show you assessment and cervical radiculopathy treatment approaches that you and your physical therapist can employ to get you out of pain!

Do you have a headache after a whiplash injury? Do you experience pain that seems to start in the neck and then spread to one side of your head or arm? Does moving your head seem to start your headache or exacerbate your pain when you have a headache?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, thereโ€™s a high chance you have a type of headache known as a cervicogenic headache. Lucky for you, thereโ€™s an extremely qualified healthcare provider (ie a Physical Therapist) who can help alleviate your pain. In addition, we'll show you some stellar cervicogenic headache exercises for you to try at home.

Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), created by @drandreospina, is essential to incorporate into your practice. FRC focuses on improving mobility. Mobility, in an FRC sense, is defined as STRENGTH + CONTROL in order to expand upon usable ranges of motion, articular resilience (i.e. load bearing capacity), and overall joint health. Prioritizing FRC principles in your training and [P]Rehab program can be a huge game changer! This article will provide you an intro to FRC principles provided with exercise examples.