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Diastasis Recti – Cause & Treatment

Diastasis Recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles. Diastasis Recti can present as a belly “bulge” or your stomach area tents upwards instead of flattening out when contracting or straining your abdominal muscles. These muscles are important because they support our organs and musculoskeletal structures. Some people with Diastasis Recti also report urinary incontinence, […]

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What Causes Chronic Neck Pain? And Can a PT Help?

Your head weighs 11 pounds or more – as much as a bowling ball – and keeping it in the right position is hard work. Fortunately, your neck is a collection of bones, joints, muscles, and nerves designed to be strong and stable. But small and large problems can lead to pain in the neck […]

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Benefits of Therapeutic Yoga

If you have attended a session with Innovative Physical Therapy, you might have heard us recommend one of our weekly yoga classes. In our Therapeutic Yoga class, we tailor the instruction and practice of yoga to individual needs in a safe, comfortable manner. Firstly, by encouraging the utilization of props, i.e., chair, blanket, etc. Secondly, […]

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Why Therapeutic Yoga Is for You

Yoga means “union”. It is meant to unite the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga has been shown in many research studies to relieve stress, improve mental and emotional health, promote better sleep, and relieve low back and neck pain. Yoga has also been proven to help individuals improve their mobility and function, experience less pain, […]

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Sciatica: Signs, Symptoms, and how Physical Therapy Can Help

Has your doctor ever said you have Sciatica? Sciatica, or Lumbar Radiculopathy, refers to pain that follows the sciatic nerve as the nerve roots leave your back/lumbar spine and enters your leg. This could include pain in your buttocks, back of leg, calf, or even symptoms into your feet. Most of the time, Sciatica will […]

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What Is Diastasis Rectus Abdominis and How Do I Know If I Have It?

Diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) is a common health issue that most often affects pregnant and postpartum women but can also occur in males and nonpregnant females as well. By definition, DRA is a separation of the linea alba which is the fibrous fascial tissue that connects the right and left rectus abdominis.   DRA is […]

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Cervical Spine Osteoarthritis: Symptoms & Prevention

Cervical Spine Osteoarthritis Facts Cervical spine osteoarthritis is a chronic, degenerative process involving the first seven (C1-C7) vertebrae of our spine. It can have many causes and may involve multiple areas of our vertebrae including the intervertebral discs/ligaments, vertebral bodies, hyaline cartilage, joint capsule and facet joints. Causes Arthritis begins with the formation of osteophytes […]

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Why Pilates Is Our Secret Weapon

What is Pilates? Pilates consists of moving through a slow, sustained series of exercises using abdominal control and proper breathing. The quality of each posture is more important than the number of repetitions or how energetically you can move. Health Benefits of Pilates Improved flexibility Increased muscle strength of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips […]

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The Importance of Balance as You Age

The Importance of Balance as You Age Did you know that physical balance is an essential component of a healthy life? This is especially true for seniors. Having strong balance impacts many aspects of life, including fall prevention, brain health, mobility, and muscle strength. Balance is like a muscle, if you don’t strengthen it, you […]

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Exercises for Pickleball Players

Pickleball has become an increasingly popular sport among all ages, especially elders who are finding it a fun way to be active. According to BMC, “the increase in pickleball injuries is almost entirely derived from the 60–79-year age group. Senior males were more likely than females to suffer a pickleball-related strain or sprain whereas women were […]