6 of the Best Middle Trapezius Exercises

Middle trapezius exercises

Your trapezius is a large broad muscle spanning your upper back.  It has attachments to the spine, shoulder blade, and collar bone.  Your trapezius is divided into 3 parts: the upper, middle, and lower portions.  As a whole, your trapezius plays an important role in overhead function.  Your middle trapezius is also responsible for retracting […]

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Neck Pain and Dizziness

cervicogenic dizziness

Each year many people suffer from neck pain and dizziness. The number of patients who visit their doctor and the emergency room for dizziness is on the rise.  Dizziness accounts for 7% of doctor visits for people over the age of 45 and is the leading reason to see a doctor in those over the […]

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Low Back Pain in Athletes

LBP athletes

Low back pain in athletes occurs at an alarmingly high rate.  Various studies suggest one- to two-thirds of athletes will experience low back pain during a competitive season.  Athletes are required to perform high-speed movements often with excessive loads.  Sports such as golf, baseball, gymnastics, hockey, and tennis require repetitive rotational movements that stress the […]

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: 5 Exercises to Help

Physical therapy for thoracic outlet

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) refers to compression of the major nerves and blood vessels in the area between the neck and shoulder.  More than 90% of cases involve compression and irritation of the nerves as they pass through the thoracic outlet.  It is less common for the blood vessels to be involved. Common symptoms of […]

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Rotator Cuff Exercises for Better Baseball Players

Baseball Pitcher

If you are a baseball player, the health of your rotator cuff muscles is a crucial part of any success. Your rotator cuff is 4 small muscles connecting your shoulder blade to your upper arm. The 4 muscles are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. Your rotator cuff’s job is to maintain the ball […]

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Neck Pain and Headache: Exercises to Help You Manage

Neck pain and headache

Approximately 20% of headaches originate from the muscles, joints, and nerves of the neck. Symptoms include pain in the neck, back of the head, and around the eyes. Pain is mostly on 1 side of the head and neck. Neck movements or sustained postures, like sitting at a desk, exacerbate the pain. Medications are mostly […]

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Meniscus Tears: 5 Exercises to Help You Manage

Physical therapy for meniscus

The meniscus is two curved pieces of cartilage in your knee. They act as shock-absorbing pads between the bones and cartilage of your thigh and lower leg.  With age, these pads begin to wear away or tear. This is a degenerative meniscus tear. Meniscus tears may be painful, but many times are not.  Thankfully, exercise […]

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Hip Pain: 5 Simple Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Hip Pain

Hip pain occurs in 1 of every 4 women over the age of 50.  Many men also experience annoying hip pain.  Pain felt on the outside of your hip is commonly caused by irritated tendons or the bursa. Your bursa is a fluid-filled sack that acts as a cushion between your bone and tendons.  Your […]

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Hamstring Strains: 5 Important Exercises for Recovery

Hamstring Injury

Hamstring strains occur at high rates in sports that require running and sprinting. One of every 3 injuries in soccer is hamstring strains.  Other sports with high injury rates include baseball, football, and track and field. These injuries can be very frustrating for athletes.  This is because of the long rehabilitation time. Returning to sports […]

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Herniated Disc: Non-Surgical Solutions and Physical Therapy

Herniated disc

Eight out of every 10 people will have back pain at some point in their life. This suggest you are probably one of them. Back pain with or without leg pain is commonly due to a herniated disc in the low back. Discs are the cushions between each individual bone, or vertebrae, of the spine. […]

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