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Four Categories of Words to Avoid in Ortho

Language has been examined a lot lately in the pain world including how explaining pain translate to patient outcomes. Patients want to know the cause of their pain which often provokes medical providers to use words and phrases that catastrophize, dramatize, over-simplify, and predict long-term outcomes. These four categories of words and phrases should be … Read More

Scap March Plank

This movement is indicated when we are working toward improving the strength and tolerance of the many muscles that attach to your scapula. In addition this movement may be advanced to involve much more trunk and hip musculature as needed. Prep and Equipment: This movement begins in the low plank position: Laying in the prone … Read More

Prep for Tomorrow

“Help me, help you.” This is what your body says every time you finish exercising in the hopes you will show it some TLC so it’s ready to go again tomorrow. More often than not we dismiss this suggestion and assume our bodies will magically repair themselves without any thought or effort. Then what happens? … Read More

Physical Therapy and Breast Cancer Awareness

Lately it feels like everyone is touting some month out of the year as their own.  For instance, October is Breastfeeding month, Vegetarian month, and Outdoor Lighting month.  As important as lighting is to outdoor ambiance, I think October is important for other reasons.  When I think of October I think of Breast Cancer Awareness.  … Read More

Monster Band Lateral Slide

This is an excellent movement to improve the strength and endurance of important upper spine and shoulder muscles as well as trunk or hip muscle conditioning. This movement can be beneficial for many different people, as it focuses strengthening toward muscles important for stability. Prep and Equipment: “Monster Band” refers to large elastic loops (there … Read More

“Make Your Health Happen” Follow Up

What did you do over the weekend? I’m not trying to brag but we had an awesome day Friday! It was a beautiful sunny day. We got lots of old and new friends together. We flipped tires, threw kegs, shook battle ropes, did fireman carries, and practiced MMA moves. We listened to some awesome music. … Read More

Dead Lift 101

Prep and position: Stand with feet just outside of hips-width, but close enough so that your arms can hang comfortably along side of both knees when you bend over/forward. With feet in correct position, take bar with an overhand grip (thumbs wrap under the bar), or an over-under grip in which one hand grasps the … Read More

Be an Athlete

Runners get a bad reputation as not being athletic or able to play other sports because they aren’t coordinated, agile, etc. Not only do I cringe when I hear things like this, but it is quite untrue for many of us who happen to enjoy running as our main physical activity. However, I can’t help … Read More

Pack your Suitcase for Exercise

It’s that time of year again. The kids are out of school, the vacation is booked, and you have been working hard at SPARK to be pain-free, strong, and, everyone’s ultimate goal, to L.G.N. (for those who know our lingo). But how do you maintain all those gains when the resort you are going to … Read More

Why the Great Toe really is Great

When you’re out running, do you ever think about what your feet, specifically your toes, are actually doing? Are they doing anything? You bet they are! The toes, but especially the great (big) toe is responsible for a significant amount of stability when we run. Our foot acts as a lever and we need our … Read More