Yearly Archives: 2019

  1. To Stretch or Not to Stretch? Tips for Optimizing Flexibility

    Many have grown up with the understanding that, whenever you’re about to work out, compete or otherwise push your body, it’s important to stretch immediately before the activity in order to prevent injury and perform your best. Yet, despite these long-held beliefs – and perhaps surprisingly – there’s little evidence to support this theory. Today’s…

  2. 6 Common Back Pain Myths, Debunked

    Despite being one of the top causes of disability in the U.S., affecting around eight in 10 people in their lifetimes, back pain is an ailment often misunderstood by those affected. Such misconceptions can cause those suffering from back pain to seek solutions, potential treatment paths, and even lifestyle alterations that aren’t necessarily in their…

  3. 7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

    It’s vacation season, and for many that means visiting faraway friends, exploring new places and possibly even crossing some things of the ol’ bucket list. Unfortunately, traveling often also means lots of sitting, interrupted sleep patterns due to time zone changes, unhealthy eating, and workout routines that are sporadic, if not nonexistent. But, travel doesn’t…

  4. Tips for Reducing, Managing Plantar Fasciitis Pain

    Studies show about three-quarters of all Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. Of them, more than 2 million people who seek treatment each year will learn they suffer from an overuse condition called plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, most cases of plantar fasciitis are both manageable and treatable. Plantar fasciitis will typically…

  5. 4 Professional Tips on Beating The Heat This Summer

    It’s only the middle of April and it’s already in the 80s in Boise! It’s finally the time of year to get outside and take advantage of all that the beautiful Treasure Valley has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned Idaho outdoor vet, or this is your first summer in the area, the summertime here…

  6. Tips for Keeping the Weekend Warrior Healthy, Injury Free

    A “weekend warrior” is someone who, due to the hectic nature of a typical workweek, opts to cram most of her or his exercise into weekend workouts, activities, games and/or competitions. And while most physical therapists would never fault anyone for getting exercise, most would also agree that weekend warriors should be particularly cautious as…

  7. Pain Is Only In Your Head And That’s a Good Thing

    When you think of pain, what do you think of? Do you think pain happens in your body or your mind?   What We Used to Think The medical community used to think that pain was a direct sensation indicating tissue damage. The only way to feel pain was to be injured in some way….

  8. Good Night’s Sleep Linked to Optimal Physical & Mental Health

    At a time when studies indicate people are getting increasingly less sleep, one thing remains clear: we need to take sleep much more seriously as it is critical to both health and healing. Those who don’t get enough sleep are prone to lots of health-related issues that can interfere with quality of life and even…

  9. Common PT Injuries Explained: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Intro After a long day at work, you get in your car to drive home and can’t figure out why that numbness and tingling in your fingers just keeps getting worse. You move your wrist all the way home and eventually, the sensation you’re reluctantly growing accustomed too finally goes away. As soon as you…

  10. Common PT Injuries Explained: Frozen Shoulder

    Intro Most people have heard that opposable thumbs are what set humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. You could also argue that our shoulders are the most uniquely human joint. We’ve developed a ball and socket joint where the ball is significantly larger than the socket. Get rid of the supporting soft…