Diagnosis of the Day: Diastasis Recti Abdominus (DRA)

Diastasis Recti Abdominus (DRA) PT Blog   •   September, 2018 Engage your core.    – Every physical therapist [to every patient. Ever.] Engage your core. Engage your core. If you have ever graced the hallowed halls of your neighborhood physical therapy clinic, you have undoubtedly heard those immortal words, as if on a repeating loop – endlessly, mind-numbingly reverberating into infinity. Core is more. Another iteration of the ever-present rehab instruction, morphing slowly into more and more of a hypnotic life-motto with each passing breath. You begin to feel encouraged – nay, empowered – to not only overcome your current physical pain and dysfunction, but to defeat all of life’s problems [...]

Diagnosis of the Day: Diastasis Recti Abdominus (DRA)2018-09-04T20:35:59+00:00

Treatment Toolbox: Dry Needling

Treatment Toolbox: Dry Needling PT Blog   •   August, 2017 “A good tool improves the way you work. A great tools improves the way you think.” – Jeff Duntemann What is dry needling? The APTA defines dry needling as “a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscle, and/or connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.” Based on some principles and evidence from the acupuncture literature, dry needling in the United States can be attributed to the work of doctors Janet Travell and David Simons who used small [...]

Treatment Toolbox: Dry Needling2018-08-11T18:17:55+00:00

Treatment Toolbox: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

Treatment Toolbox: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) PT Blog   •   August, 2018 The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. – Confucius Take a moment to ponder the importance of tools; and not just tools, but the right tools. Consider the following scenarios: cutting a tomato without a sharp, serrated knife; swimming laps without fog-resistant goggles; roofing a house without a pneumatic nail gun… frustrated yet? Having the right tools is paramount to achieving success in any field, especially in the practice of physical therapy. In today’s ever-changing, evidence-based, efficiency driven, patient-outcome propelled world in which we practice, understanding, [...]

Treatment Toolbox: Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)2018-08-11T13:37:08+00:00

Education is the Key

Education is the Key PT Blog   •   June, 2018 Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.     - Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie The mind of a new graduate or third year PT student is a chaotic, yet optimistic expanse, overflowing with idealistic dreams of curing all injuries for all people, virtually eliminating the need for opioids, surgeries, or physician visits entirely. Ok, although laced with sarcasm, focusing all you’ve learned into a coherent, rationale treatment approach is easier said than done. You may ask yourself, where do [...]

Education is the Key2018-06-30T17:05:22+00:00


Kinesiotaping: Why Tape That? PT Blog   •   April, 2018 Kinesiotaping. Is it beneficial or just an Olympic hype? Also, what exactly is that colorful tape? Kinesiotape, defined by Dr. Kase, states that it provides support and stability while facilitating the body's natural healing process while not restricting range of motion, thus aiding the benefits of manual therapy. I'd like to take a look at some studies and whether or not kinesiotape proves beneficial: A study examining the effects of kinesiotaping on pain in the osteoarthritic knee patient found no benefit with taping and quads strengthening compared to strengthening alone. Another study examining kinesiotaping effects on [...]

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