This Is What Walking Does to Your Brain

You’re likely aware of the physical health benefits of exercise – it helps to maintain a healthy weight, lowers blood pressure, decreases inflammation in the body, reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart attack, and even decreases the risk of developing certain cancers and diabetes. What you may not know is […]

Sciatica: What is it and What Helps?

Sciatic nerve pain, commonly referred to as sciatica, is pain that runs along the pathway of the sciatic nerve. There are two sciatic nerves, one on either side of the body, that run from the lower back to the hip, buttock, and down the leg to the foot. Sciatica is quite common with estimates suggesting […]

Getting an Epidural: What to Expect

Chronic lower back pain is an extremely common condition and is the leading cause of disability around the world. There are a variety of conditions that lead to lower back pain with or without sciatica, including prolapsed intervertebral disc herniation. Various conservative treatment options exist including physiotherapy, manual therapy, manipulation, and numerous anti-inflammatory and pain […]

Research Supports the Anti-Aging Benefits of Lifelong Exercise

Research Supports the Anti-Aging Benefits of Lifelong Exercise We are all aware how important exercise is to our health and well-being, particularly as we age. Stronger muscles protect us from injury. Balance and flexibility exercises keep us moving safely and securely. Now, there is new data that quantifies the benefits of lifelong exercise and how […]

Rethinking Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Rethinking Treatment for Osteoarthritis An international panel of surgeons and patients have challenged the effectiveness of arthroscopic surgery in patients with degenerative knee problems. In a report in the British Medical Journal, they found improvement of only 15 percent of patients three months after the surgery, and no noticeable improvement after a year. Instead, treatment […]

Walking Your Way to Health

Walking Your Way to Health There is a specific type of exercise that not only benefits the body in many ways, but in addition has been clinically linked to increases in creativity and improved memory. What is this exercise that is so beneficial for both the body and mind? Walking! Yes, good ‘ole walking. Out […]

Can I Exercise With a Bad Back?

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Ask a PT: Can I Exercise With a Bad Back?  “I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease a couple years ago. I get lower back pain that comes and goes.  I used to love exercising and being active but have been afraid of making my back worse. Is there anything I can do to help […]

Are Knee Replacements Only Good for 10 Years?

“I heard knee replacements are only good for ten years before they need replaced. When is the best age to get it done and what can I do in the meantime? Is knee surgery inevitable? –Michael C. Good questions. Though the “10 Year Rule” was once an accurate generalization, improvements in technology and surgical procedures […]

Ask a PT: COPD and Exercise

“I was recently diagnosed with COPD. Am I still able to do cardio exercises, or will this just make it worse?” -Linda B. Hi Linda, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an inflammatory lung disease that affects the effort and quality of airflow from the lungs. Performing cardiovascular activity will not make COPD worse, but […]