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Get that wallet out of your back pocket!

That's what I tell almost every guy that walks through the door. Over time, sitting on a big wallet can lead to muscle imbalance and back pain. (see photo of what your spine looks like while sitting on a wallet).

It's like sitting on a phone book, but under only one buttock for years on end. Over time, this can cause a hip hike or rise on one side and not the other.

Research has shown that people with chronic low back pain typically have the pain on the side that they keep the wallet on. Sometimes the position of the wallet can even push on the sciatic nerve, creating pain down the leg.

itb stretch
Lately, I have been amazed at how many patients have come in with the same diagnosis of an illiotibial band (ITBand) syndrome! This can be such a painful problem of the hip and knee usually felt by runners or cyclists. But what is this syndrome and what causes it? The illiotibial band (ITBand) is a thick band of tissue that starts at the top of the hip and runs down the outside of the thigh all the way to the top of the shin bone. This band gets inflamed from overuse and lack of stretching and will create pain mostly at...
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abstract woman
How do you define yourself? This is an important question that requires reflection. For example, do you perceive the steps in your life as courageous, or does your ego’s perception of life as survival define your existence? To change this perception requires you to stop, embrace the present and seek the support of others who refuse to encourage your old behaviors. With self-actualization and spiritual courage comes a quieting and shifting of desires. Do you have a childhood “survival story” that you hold onto for dear life? Having claimed your personal courage, now is the time to let go of that...
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making good choices to combat inertia
Jill grew up with parents preaching, “Never follow the crowd just because that’s the popular thing to do.” Jill was solving jigsaw puzzles at the age of two (“too bright”), she was a tomboy (“too boyish”) and a Jew living in the “wrong neighborhood” (“too Yankee”). The eldest of four children, her two brothers relentlessly teased her, and she confesses she never dated in high school. Like many young women, Jill had a “when I grow up” scenario. “After graduating from high school I will go directly to college, graduate at twenty-one, marry two weeks later, start my first engineering job,...
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avoid stiffness and pain on the plane
Many people will travel during the next few months, and whether it is by plane or car there are a few simple tips to remember to avoid body aches and pains, and even life threatening issues. As a physical therapist many patients ask about different ways to avoid low back pain while traveling. A simple answer is a lumbar support, which looks like a small pillow but is curved to support the low back. This can be used by people with or without low back problems and can be small enough to travel with on a plane. There are larger lumbar...