Your Gut is NOT a muffin and other New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year again, ladies, New Year’s Resolution time, and likely a fitness goal is in the mix. The biggest barriers to accomplishing that fitness mission tend to be maintaining motivation and injuries. Seeking out a trainer or a fun class can be the source of the much needed fire under your bum, but it can also be the source of the injuries. In early March physical therapist’s schedules start to heat up when the formally sedentary have had about 6-8 weeks of poor form, bad routines and over-exertion....more

The Family Feud: TA Isolation vs Bracing

The rehab and fitness communities are in the midst of a little family fight over the work of two of our field’s visionaries; Paul Hodges, the grandfather of TA isolation and Stuart McGill, the um…step-dad of bracing. Despite our lack of conclusions or resolution internally, our private fight has leaked to the public in a NY Times Well piece....more

The Junkless Trunk: And Not in a Good Way

I get my sweat on twice a week with a park workout that I love – brisk walking, plyometrics and strengthening. Just me, the dog, a resistance tube, birds chirping, flowers blooming, sun shining and (cue nails scratching a chalkboard) the local stroller fitness class. How could a group of women with nothing but the best intentions disrupt my perfect scene?Their exercise form sucks. There I said it....more

Dynamic Core for Kids: Case Study of 12-year-old Male

Dynamic Core for Kids   Shelley Mannell, BScPT, Julie Wiebe, BSc, MPT...more

Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes...and Pelvic Floor

My Father-in-law’s favorite joke is to lift his arm only to shoulder level and say “Hey doc! I can only lift my arm this high.” Then as he raises his arm to straight overhead, he says “But I used to be able to lift it this high.”...more

What Goes Down Must Come Up

Pelvic organ prolapse and associated pelvic floor disorders used to be associated with the aging woman. Unfortunately, these diagnoses are now becoming more common with young women who exercise regularly. Jogging is a common culprit, creating a repetitive impact on a weakened pelvic floor which contributes to descent of the poorly supported pelvic organs....more

Five Things You Should Know About Your Core Exercise Program

Each evening after I put my kids to bed, I spend time searching the web for research, articles and blogs pertinent to women’s health and fitness. As my kids drift peacefully off to dreamland, I get more and more agitated at the misinformation that is being promoted on the web, particularly as it relates to Core exercise. Time to dispel some myths, right some serious information wrongs, and bring balance back to the force. ...more

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How Strong is Your Core?

 These days, books, DVD’s, gyms and the web all promote Core strengthening programs.”Engage your Core” is a common instruction given with the demonstration of an exercise. But how do you know if your Core is actually engaging? Take our quiz and find out....more

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