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

“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

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

What are you doing to “Make Your Health Happen”?

Google?  Yelp?  Craigslist? Groupon? So many choices and options when it comes to finding providers for wellness and healthcare.  They all say they are reputable but we all know, “they” talk a lot!  Can you really trust a website or someone you don’t know to recommend a healthcare provider, gym or nutritionist? How can you … Read More

Private Cash Practice and #NextGenPT FAQ’s

Writing and speaking to people in the physical therapy and wellness fields is a real honor for me. After a while you begin to hear some questions over and over. Some are extremely thought provoking exchanges about leadership as a physical therapy and wellness entrepreneur. Other questions are just pleas for advice so that a new therapist or … Read More

Pain is Info, Bro!

What are you looking for when you visit a health professional?  Most people would say they want to know why they hurt or what their diagnosis is.  What if I told you that these things aren’t that important? Some people would stop listening or say I’m not credible and I’m not sure that I would … Read More

Physical Therapy Evolution: The First 4 Steps

Most physical therapists have a picture of the perfect job. The one where you work hands on, one-on-one with each patient. There is ample time for cuing, education, and manual interventions. The physical therapist guiding each patient safely toward high level dynamic exercise without pain or dysfunction. Even though everyone’s vision for the perfect PT environment probably also included some … Read More