Tag Archives: bellingham

Lower back Pain? Try climbing a rock!

Having lower back pain? According to this study, you might want to go climb a rock!! This study looked at 30 people with chronic lower back pain and had 15 of them climb for 10 sessions over 8 weeks (1 hour minimum session time). The “climbing group” demonstrated significant improvement in overall function with less […]

I have pronated feet: Should I be concerned?

“Hey Ed, I’ve been told I have pronated feet. What exactly is that and do I need to be concerned, thanks, K.B.” Hi K.B. if you look at the picture, you can get an idea what a pronated foot looks like. First of all, pronation is not the root of all evil in the world. […]

Returning to running after Achilles injury.

I received an interesting e-mail the other day I thought I would share to help anyone else with an Achilles tendon injury ~Ed “Hi Ed, I have a question for you. I’m a recreational runner who is wanting to return to running after suffering an Achilles injury. I usually run on a treadmill, but have […]

Low bone density from Osteoporosis? Try a weighted vest

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, over 54 million Americans are living with low bone mass or osteoporosis. Since many of my clients are female, this is a frequent topic of discussion. In addition to supplements, medications, and weight training, I also recommend a weighted vest. Women who are most at risk for bone fractures […]

The Side Plank: how to do it

Research has shown that by improving core strength through exercise, you may be able to reduce your chance of lower back pain and strength.  Weak abdominal muscles are often common as we become more “mature” and sometimes sedentary. The Side plank is a great exercise for increasing both core and hip strength, check out the […]

Finally, some good news for those with Fibromyalgia:walking works!

Many of my Fibromyalgia patients have multiple complaints of musculoskeletal pain, especially back and neck pain, that can make even routine daily activities seem daunting.  I just read an encouraging article by a group of Swedish researchers who found that high intensity Nordic walking for 20 minutes twice a week “significantly boosted function without any exacerbation […]

Is physical therapy needed after lumbar fusion? Well, it depends….

I was just asked again over the weekend from a friend of mine who had a one level lumbar spine fusion if PT is needed after surgery to help with recovery.  I asked him what his doctor had advised him and his reply from his surgeon was  “well, I don’t think you need PT, just don’t bend, […]

Total Knee Replacement Patients: Don’t stop doing your exercises!

A study followed 48 men and women for 10 months after they had a unilateral knee replacement.  The researchers found that overall pain levels were significantly lower, but that the effected leg still demonstrated 14% weakness in muscle strength as compared to the non-surgical leg.  What this means is that those individuals still had trouble […]