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How Strength Training Can Improve Overall Health

How Strength Training Can Improve Overall Health

Strong muscles aren’t just for lifting heavy things. Strength can benefit us in many ways, affecting different systems of the body. In physical therapy, we value strength because it helps keep us mobile and functional. We also appreciate it for its role in improving overall well being! Blood Sugar Muscle is a metabolically active tissue….

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Tips for Safe Winter Walking

Tips for Safe Winter Walking

Winter weather is officially here, and with that comes cold temperatures and slick conditions. Check out the tips below to stay safe this winter season. Be aware of your surroundings and try not to be in a rush. Avoid inclines and stairs if possible. Keep an eye out for changing ground surfaces (ex: curbs, grass,…

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Behind the Pop

Behind the Pop

Question: What causes clicking and popping sensations in and around my joints, and is it a cause for concern? The popping, clicking, and/or snapping noises (also known as crepitus) can come from air bubbles that are quickly released in the joint space. Composed of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, these gas cavities are typically found…

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IMPACT OF GUT HEALTH ON INFLAMMATION

IMPACT OF GUT HEALTH ON INFLAMMATION

Think about the last time you hurt yourself. It could have been a sprained ankle, jammed finger, or something as minor as a papercut. Do you recall the sensation of pain, swelling, warmth, appearance of redness and/or throbbing to the area? These are cardinal signs of acute inflammation. Inflammation is a natural mechanism created by…

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Cupping Therapy 101

Cupping Therapy 101

You may remember it gaining fame during the 2016 Rio Olympics when Michael Phelps showed off circular bruises on his shoulders, back, and legs. Whether you know someone who has had it done, or have seen it through television and social media platforms, cupping has become a popular buzzword in recent years. At Complete Physical…

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A Patient’s Guide to Total Knee Replacement

A Patient’s Guide to Total Knee Replacement

Considering a knee replacement but unsure of what to expect? Deciding whether or not to undergo surgery can be a difficult decision. Since physical therapy is critical to the success of the surgery, understanding the recovery process is important. It’s a journey that is unique to each person. At Complete Physical Therapy, we create individualized…

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Train Smarter, Not Harder

Train Smarter, Not Harder

“No pain, no gain.” “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” “If it’s not hurting, it’s not working.” Do these sayings sound familiar? Today, I’m here to bust the myth. Pain is not the goal and should not be encouraged or mistaken as hard work. Overuse injuries and mental burnout are legitimate risks young athletes face,…

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Get Off My Nerves: The Neuroscience of Pain

Get Off My Nerves: The Neuroscience of Pain

Pain (noun): An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage. We all experience pain. Pain is a part of life and a normal response created by our nervous system. It isn’t pleasant, but the ability to know when something hurts is a good thing! We…

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The Bands That Bind Us

The Bands That Bind Us

Our muscles are covered in a connective tissue called fascia. Mostly made of collagen, this fascia surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber, and muscle in place. When healthy, it allows the muscles to move freely alongside other structures, but may thicken and stiffen in areas where it is repeatedly exposed to…

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