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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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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...

Want a great stretch that will improve your posture? In the demonstration video below, Krista Magnoli explains how to perform gentle stretches for the chest and arms. This helps improve posture and reduces the rounded shoulder posture we often see. First, Cathy performs the pectoralis stretch up against the wall. One arm will stretch at a time and this should be felt in the front of the shoulder and in the chest muscles. A picture of the muscle group you are stretching will be shown on the video clip, as well. The arm is bent and not elevated past shoulder level,...

how to correct your posture
Maintaining a good posture is not just about looking good. (Although, you will look more confidant and thinner!)  A bad posture can cause some serious damage to anyone who has osteoporosis because it increases the risk of spinal bone fractures. Ouch! In a video we created below, Cathy demonstrates what a bad posture looks like. She then shows what a proper posture looks like.When you look at the proper posture you will see that the chin is slightly tucked and the shoulders are back and down so that the ear is in line with the shoulder and the shoulder is in...
treatments for tennis elbow
Elbow pain keeping you from participating in your everyday routine or even leisure activities? Research has shown that over 3% of the general population suffers from some type of elbow pain. The most common elbow pathology is tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis, which is an inflammation of the extensor tendons of the wrist and fingers. Tennis elbow is considered to be an over use syndrome that causes pain on the lateral (outside) part of the elbow.  More often than not, patients suffering from this syndrome are not tennis players, but are over using their arm with some kind of continuous activity....

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