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Video: Thoracic Mobility

Thoracic mobility is important for many things, including: proper posture, efficient upper limb movement, and safely rotating the trunk without straining the low back. Watch this video then attempt these simple exercises if you are suffering from poor upper back (thoracic) mobility.

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Scar Massage Following Hand Surgery

Massage is an integral part of proper healing and scar formation following hand surgery. Tissue adhesion or thick scarring at the surgery site may cause complications such as limited range of motion or loss of sensitivity. Read this short article for more information on the benefits of massage. Talk with your certified hand therapist to…

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X-Ray, CT Scan and MRI… What’s The Difference?

We often hear the names of different health imaging techniques, but may not fully understand how they work or what kind of image the produce. Diagnostic imaging techniques help find the cause of an injury or illness. These tools allow specialists to “see” inside your body, providing a “picture” of your bones, organs, muscles, tendons,…

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Spring Safety

Spring is the season which invites everyone back outdoors after a long, cold and rainy winter. While we are excited to get started on all our fair weather projects, we must remember that our muscles have become tight and deconditioned through disuse over winter and are susceptible to injuries, especially if we do too much…

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Video: Correct Posture with Upper Back Strength

Look around.. I bet you will see more people with slouched backs and forward shoulders than people who are in a tall, open chested and upright position. Am I right? Poor posture is very common, and it leads to many injuries, including: Chronic Back Pain Subluxations (Slipped Discs) Kyphosis (Hump Back) Sciatica Neck Pain Shoulder…

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Physical Therapist’s Guide to Multidirectional Instability of the Shoulder

Shoulder instability is a common injury among people participating in contact and non-contact athletic activities. While many people associate shoulder instability with a traumatic event such as a dislocation, multidirectional instability (MDI) can occur without trauma. MDI commonly occurs in people who have increased a joint’s movement, or have not exercised the joint over a…

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R.I.C.E – It’s not JUST a food!

The weather is getting nice, which means you will be outside running and jumping and biking on a more consistent basis. No matter how careful you are though, injuries happen. Stepping off the curb wrong, planting your foot at an awkward angle while turning, hiking on an uneven surface… These simple mistakes can lead to…

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Cool Down: The Importance of Exercise Recovery

Preparation for your next event begins immediately after you finish your current activity. Proper nutrition, hydration, and rest are all important aspects of recovery. One component which tends to get overlooked is the cool down. Taking 10 minutes following your activity to stretch your muscles will give you a tremendous advantage in recovery over those…

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Video: Mirror Box Therapy

Mirror box therapy is used to relieve pain and improve movement after injury or surgery. Visual feedback from the mirror “tricks” the brain into thinking both limbs are moving symmetrically, allowing the affected limb to train with positive reinforcement. Watch Melanie Serpa, OTR/L, CHT (Armworks Hand Therapy) as she demonstrates some of the basic movements…

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Video: Seventh Inning Shoulder Stretch

As basketball season comes to an end, we leave the hardwood for the fresh cut grass of the baseball diamond. Yes, this means we get to bust open the bags of sunflower seeds. And yes, this also means we get to shout a slur of words no one really understands. But for athletic trainers, this…

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