Tips for Getting Physically Active in the New Year

Fitness goals new year

With the new year comes many aspirations for a better future.  This often includes a desire to become healthier or more physically fit.  However, more than 90% of all New Year’s resolutions fail by February.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to increase your chance for success in the New Year.  Employ the strategies […]

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Deadlift: Harmful or Helpful for Low Back Pain?

Deadlift low back pain

The deadlift is essentially a hip hinge with weight.  The hinge occurs by flexing at the hips while maintaining a flat low back.  The deadlift also involves some knee flexion but the majority of the movement occurs by hinging at the hips.  Hinging differs from stooping and squatting.  Stooping involves bending at the low back […]

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Hip Manual Therapy Improves Low Back Pain

hip mobility

Research shows range of motion restrictions of the hip are associated with low back pain.  People with low back pain have less hip rotation range of motion compared to people without low back pain.  It is also common for people with low back pain to have side-to-side differences in hip rotation range of motion.  For […]

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Is Hip Weakness Contributing to Your Back Pain?

LBP hip weakness

The hips and low back are closely linked by multiple shared muscles.  Contraction of these shared muscles will affect motion at the spine, pelvis, and hips.  Poor movement at one of these areas can create compensatory movement at the others because of the common muscle attachments.  Often, rehabilitation exercises targeting the abdominal and low back […]

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Preparing for Our Move to Barnegat 67

BSR Physical Therapy

We are excited about our upcoming move to the Barnegat 67 Plaza.  We expect to be open for business before the end of January.  Our space is in between Dollar Tree and Planet Fitness.  Framing is complete and the dry wall is going up this week.  We can’t wait to have the larger space for […]

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Is Your Health Insurance Plan Changing in the New Year?

Health insurance

New Year, New Plan? As we approach the New Year, we also enter into the season of open enrollment.  Health insurance plans change and deductibles reset during this time. Understanding these changes can be frustrating and confusing without knowledge of health insurance. Important Terms A deductible is the dollar amount that needs to be met […]

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Are Your Health Care Providers Helping You Be As Healthy As You Can Be?

Health Physical Therapy

The leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States is chronic disease.  Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease are chronic diseases which can be caused by a person’s lifestyle.  Behaviors like physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and tobacco use are all associated with chronic diseases.  These diseases are preventable.   However, the […]

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Low Back Exercises

Bird dog

People with low back pain show poor control and coordination of the spine muscles.   Pain inhibits the function of muscles.  Inhibition often leads to atrophy (loss of muscle size) and abnormal movement.  The lumbar multifidus plays an important role in restoring normal spine movement.   Those with low back pain exhibit atrophied multifidus muscles.  Lost muscle […]

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Blood Flow Restriction Training

Physical therapy

What is Blood Flow Restriction? Blood flow restriction (BFR) exercise occurs with external pressure over the extremities. The applied pressure is sufficient to maintain flow through the arteries.  However, it decreases venous flow distal to the restricted site. The goal is to enable patients to make greater strength gains while lifting lighter loads.  This reduces […]

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Dance Injuries: Reducing Risk

Dance injuries

Dance injuries are quite common, with approximately 68% arising from overuse injuries.  Studies show the incidence of injury ranges from 0.62-5.6 per 1000 dancing hours.  Injury can accumulate quickly with the amount of time a dancer participates in class or rehearsal. Overuse injuries can occur due to a myriad of reasons including overtraining (hours upon […]

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