Kinesiology Tape

1. What is Kinesiology tape? Kinesiology tape was developed in the 1970’s by a chiropractor named Dr. Kenzo Kase. Dr. Kase was born in Japan in the early 1940’s and later graduated from National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. While treating his patients, he became frustrated with traditional taping methods secondary to limited […]

Concussion is a Rehabilitative Injury

Did you know that there are over 43 definitions of concussion? Basically, a concussion is a brain injury that causes a change in brain function following a force (blow, jolt or hit) to the head or body, which may be accompanied by temporary loss of consciousness, but is identified in awake individuals, with measures of […]

Move. Fuel. RECOVER. Connect. Endure.

The message is out there.  (Sometimes it’s overwhelming.)  “YOU NEED TO EXERCISE MORE.” This is absolutely a generalization, and “more” should be taken with a grain of salt.  Just like all good things, moderation is recommended. Perhaps you are already physically active at healthy levels according to general guidelines.  Does this mean that doing more […]

Take Advantage of Rest

This month’s theme here at Advantage Rehab is “Take Advantage of Rest”. This blog is about just that. I hope to offer a few thought-provoking ideas in regard to rest and your fitness goals. As a fitness professional, I often get asked several questions on the topic of Rest. Here is just a few that […]

Can Poor Sleep Habits Impact Your Health?

Humans spend about 1/3 of their lives sleeping. Sleep is a basic human need that serves to maintain and optimize bodily functions including, but not limited to, immune system, tissue healing, cardiovascular health, pain modulation, cognitive function, learning, and memory. Quality of sleep is recognized as an important health behavior, yet chronic sleep disturbances are […]

Dry Needling- What You Should Know

Dry Needling – What You Should Know What is Dry Needling? Dry needling is a modern therapeutic intervention practiced by physical therapists that involves the use of a monofilament needle to mechanically release tight regions of muscle, often referred to as “trigger points.” These locations are defined by their irritability to palpation with subsequent referred […]

Shoulder Replacement

What’s Up with Shoulder Replacements?     First, you need to understand a little about the shoulder joint.       The humerus is the upper arm bone. It rests in the glenoid (the shoulder socket) which is part of the shoulder blade or the Scapula. This is referred to as the glenohumeral joint. Four […]

Nordic Skiing-Low Back Pain

Nordic Skiing and Low Back Pain Some may argue that there is a decreased chance of injury with Nordic skiing vs alpine skiing. However, the repetitive nature of classic Nordic skiing can lead to overuse injuries in the elbow, knees, or low back. We will focus on low back pain associated with classic Nordic skiing. […]

Osteoarthritis-My Aching Knee

  Osteoarthritis is the most common arthritis and involves degeneration of the joint cartilage.  Risk factors include excess weight, family history, age, previous injury, and inactivity. The cartilage is the gristle you see on the end of the chicken leg bone. It is the slick cushioning surface on the ends of the bone and acts […]

Live Well Ecosystems

    One of the recognized breakdowns of overall health and wellness includes the 5 following pillars: Move, Fuel, Recover, Connect and Endure. MOVE is the physical therapist’s expertise. This includes physical activity and exercise which is important to keep muscles strong and long. FUEL includes supplying the body with good nutrients to […]

Common Myths About Physical Therapy

October is Physical Therapy Month, so what better time than now to talk about what Physical Therapy is and what it can do for you. As physical therapy practitioners we often find that the general public doesn’t know exactly what we do, and as practitioners in this field, it is our responsibility to educate people […]

Young Athlete Overuse Injuries

Young Athlete Overuse Injuries: Know the Facts -Overuse injuries include stress fractures, tendonitis, and joint pain, and occur when athletes are required to perform the same motion repeatedly causing small amounts of trauma in tissues over time. -Overuse injuries are more common in those ages 13-17 secondary to growth spurts causing slow bone mineralization as […]