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Hamstrings do a lot of work. They extend all the way from the pelvis to the top of the bones of the lower leg, and are an integral part of our ability to walk, run, jump, and bend our knees and move our hips. Hamstrings are made up of three muscles and their tendons, located at the back of the thigh. Although a hamstring injury can happen to anyone, they are most common among athletes (from rec players all the way up to professionals) and are the most commonly injured muscles for runners. Mus...
Posted on 2017-10-19
Hurricane season brings with it a lot of extras: Extra stress, extra vigilance, extra preparation, and, sometimes, extra work. Here in south Florida, Hurricane Irma recently reminded us that we can’t take the “lazy” days of summer for granted. We hope that all of our clients and friends came through safely, with minor or no damage to homes and property. Now that Irma has come and gone as a reminder that we can be pressed into heavy-duty work at any time, it seems appropriate ...
Posted on 2017-09-28
Back to school means kids are diving into more than just new classes and textbooks. Many children participate in school sports (which is fantastic!). Between often surprisingly intense practices and games, and the over-stuffed backpacks every student seems to tote around, it’s no wonder we see an uptick in injuries and sore muscles.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sprains (ligaments), strains (muscles), and stress fractures (bones) are the most common types of...
Posted on 2017-08-24
Foam rollers have gained a lot of attention and popularity recently, and for good reason. They are a simple, inexpensive tool, and when used correctly, can help release muscle tightness and trigger points (commonly referred to as “knots”). Foam rollers provide myofascial release, giving you the ability to provide yourself an effective self-massage almost anywhere on your body. Knots are essentially adhesions in the muscle; areas where overuse, or chronic/repetitive use creates a...
Posted on 2017-07-17
  It doesn’t matter whether you are recovering from surgery or an injury, or happen to be seeking treatment for chronic pain. What you get out of your physical therapy treatment will be a direct reflection of what you put into it. Most insurance plans pay only for a limited number of physical therapy visits, so you need to make sure you’re maximizing your time. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Your doctor may or may not suggest a specific therapist or clinic. Either way,...
Posted on 2017-06-19
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