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What is Heel Fat Pad Atrophy?

What is Heel Fat Pad Atrophy?

By Lisa Cook, PT, DPT Therapydia Ballard What is heel fat pad atrophy? Heel fat pad atrophy (FPA) is one of the most common causes of heel pain in adults, after plantar fasciitis (PF). The fat pad is located at the bottom of the heel and its main purpose is to protect the calcaneus (heel bone), nerves, vascular tissues, ligaments, and […]

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Get To Know Your PT: Morgan Semmel PT, DPT

Get To Know Your PT: Morgan Semmel PT, DPT

Get to know Therapydia Pearlridge’s newest physical therapist, Morgan Semmel PT, DPT as she shares what surprised her the most about PT, her Saturday morning routine and her favorite way to stay active. There are so many ways to be active, find what works for you! When did you know that you wanted to be a physical therapist? I played […]

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Get To Know Your PT: Stephen Block PT, DPT

Get To Know Your PT: Stephen Block PT, DPT

Get to know Therapydia Portland’s newest physical therapist, Stephen Block PT, DPT! Learn more about Stephen as he shares his favorite pump up music and what he wishes everyone knew about the physical therapy process. Progress is not a straight, upward, line. Progress is an uneven and jagged line with highs and lows. The important part to remember is that, […]

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Get to Know Your PT: Lisa Cook PT, DPT

Get to Know Your PT: Lisa Cook PT, DPT

Get to Know Your PT: Lisa Cook PT, DPT Learn more about Therapydia Ballard’s newest physical therapist, Lisa Cook PT, DPT as she shares her favorite piece of wellness advice, her journey to becoming a PT and how she likes to spend her weekend. “We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop […]

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Get to Know Your PT: Courtney Sullivan PT, DPT, OCS, MTC

Get to Know Your PT: Courtney Sullivan PT, DPT, OCS, MTC

Get to know Courtney Sullivan PT, DPT, OCS, MTC as she shares what made her want to become a PT, her plans for further education and her favorite way to unwind after a long day. Take the time to figure out what works best for YOUR BODY, and make it happen! When did you know that you wanted to be […]

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Is Yoga Beneficial for Back Pain?

Is Yoga Beneficial for Back Pain?

By Christina Cherg, PT DPT | Therapydia Saratoga   Yoga is a practice that has been around for centuries. While there is an abundance of physical, mental, and spiritual benefit associated with the practice of yoga, there is no conclusive evidence that yoga in and of itself is good for addressing low back pain. A systematic review done in 2017 […]

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Walking May be Your Best Exercise – How to Start a Walking Program that is Right for YOU

Walking May be Your Best Exercise – How to Start a Walking Program that is Right for YOU

By Jessica Ford, PT, DPT, Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS) | Therapydia Cherry Creek   Walking is a great form of exercise that is low-impact, helpful for maintaining your independence, and an important function as you age. Walking also requires no extra equipment or gym membership and can be convenient as often times you can just walk out your door and […]

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Ask a PT: Why do my joints pop and crack when I move?

Ask a PT: Why do my joints pop and crack when I move?

Joint crepitation or “popping and cracking” can cause a lot of worry in our patients and may lead to negative health beliefs concerning the crepitations. This is a very common question in our clinics and this blog aims to put an end to the negative health beliefs and reassure our patients that what they are hearing and experiencing is normal […]

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The Impact of Everyday Activities on The Body

The Impact of Everyday Activities on The Body

By: Monica Mai PT, DPT | Therapydia Beaverton   Do you remember your parents or teachers telling you to sit up or stand up straight? There’s a reason and here’s why. Spinal problems aren’t new. In fact, low back pain is the second most common cause of disability and also the culprit of lost work days. Having a sedentary lifestyle […]

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The Truth About Stretching (static)

The Truth About Stretching (static)

By Justen Hinerman PT, DPT | Therapydia Pearlridge    If you stretch a muscle it will get longer, making it more “flexible”, right? This is how we assume stretching works, but it turns out that might not be true.  Generally stretching is accomplished by getting into some extended position that causes discomfort for approx 30 seconds or some other arbitrary […]

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The Impact of Marathon Training on Your Body

The Impact of Marathon Training on Your Body

By Kate LaPak, PT, DPT | Therapydia Kona   Running a marathon is not something many people consider a “walk in the park.” Even so, over 50,000 people finish the TCS New York City Marathon each year, the largest marathon event in the United States. Long-distance running has been shown to have a number of health benefits including benefits to […]

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Arthritis: The Misunderstood Diagnosis

Arthritis: The Misunderstood Diagnosis

By Kelley Lindstrom, DPT | Therapydia Beaverton   Arthritis is a diagnosis that almost everyone has heard of, yet few people have an understanding of what it really is. So what is arthritis? How do I know if I have it? If I have it, can anything be done to help the pain that it causes?  The What-  There are […]

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What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

By Dr. Julie Millar, PT, DPT | Therapydia Denver & Therapydia Cherry Creek    When Joseph Pilates (creator of Pilates, originally known as Contrology) was approximately 35 years old, he was interned by the British government on the Isle of Man.  He was in no way associated with the Nazi party at this time during World War I, but since […]

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7 Ways to Improve Your Balance

7 Ways to Improve Your Balance

By Steven Jew, PT, DPT | Therapydia Pearl   From putting on your pants (one leg at at a time) to walking the tight rope, balance is necessary for everyone. Seniors use it while navigating uneven sidewalks. Athletes must recruit hundreds of muscles in an instant to coordinate in accurate and powerful movements. No matter where we are on this […]

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Why Self-Efficacy Matters & How to Build It

Why Self-Efficacy Matters & How to Build It

By Annika Piros PT, DPT | Therapydia Tanasbourne   Has the weather or your mood ever stopped you from achieving a goal? Is the coronavirus pandemic affecting your motivation to carry-on with usual routines? (the ones that are within your control.) Having control over our behaviors, motivations, social environments is a theory that psychologists, educators, and clinicians refer to as […]

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A Beginners Guide to Powerlifting

A Beginners Guide to Powerlifting

Powerlifting is a sport focused on strength, the most you are capable of lifting. The three main lifts are Bench Press, Deadlift, and Squat and the idea is to lift the heaviest weight possible for a single repetition. In competition, a lifter has three attempts for each lift and the heaviest successful attempt is counted. For non-competition lifters, it’s about […]

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4 Myths About Yoga Explained

4 Myths About Yoga Explained

You need to be flexible to do yoga There are modifications for most poses that can allow for anyone to do them. Yoga is not about how flexible you are, it is about helping increase movement throughout the body to promote improved overall function. Here are a few modifications to basic yoga poses Child’s pose – use a bolster or […]

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Common Cycling Injuries

Common Cycling Injuries

Cycling is thought of as a low impact exercise that has numerous health benefits, but unfortunately it can still lead to some injuries. Cycling injuries can range from overuse type muscle, tendon, or nerve irritation to acute fracture and concussion with crashes. Here are a few common bike injuries and ways to prevent and manage. Cyclist often experience knee pain […]

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The Top 5 benefits of Physical Therapy

The Top 5 benefits of Physical Therapy

By Jonathan Lim Sze How | Therapydia SF   The aim of Physical Therapy is to help individuals augment, maintain or improve their overall mobility and function in order to achieve optimal quality of life.  PTs are highly trained professionals well versed in all aspects of human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and movement, pathology etc. Currently, all PT programs offered […]

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Unlocking the Perfect Push-Up

Unlocking the Perfect Push-Up

By Tony D’Ovidio PT, DPT, OCS, MTC | Therapydia Portland    Push-ups are one of the best, most accessible ways to train the upper body. They take no equipment and can be progressed and regressed easily for people of any fitness level. It’s a shame, then, that so many people can’t perform a solid push-up either due to lack of […]

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Debunking Health Insurance Benefits

Debunking Health Insurance Benefits

If I had a dollar for every time I heard “Physical Therapy is too expensive” or “My deductible is too high”, I would have a lot of dough… Unfortunately, these phrases are common nowadays with how the model of healthcare is changing. Gone are the days of no deductibles, 0% co-pays that you used to see with companies like Microsoft. […]

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Strength Training In Women

Strength Training In Women

By Sonia Saini | Therapydia Mid-City   Do you even lift? This phrase has gained popularity over time as a joke but in the Physical Therapy world we take it seriously. As we get older, we experience age related loss in our muscle mass and strength known as a condition called sarcopenia. Additionally, our bone density changes which may result […]

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The Top 10 Benefits of Swimming

The Top 10 Benefits of Swimming

By Kelly Steffy | Therapydia Vancouver Are you thinking about alternative ways to exercise? Swimming is one way you can get a whole body workout. There are many benefits of swimming ranging from resistance training to breathing control. Swimming allows you to exercise at any level, as there are many ways to modify the exercise depending on both current level […]

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Exercise and Stress Management

Exercise and Stress Management

By Elaina Gayles | Therapydia Lake Oswego Stress is your body’s normal response to changing or demanding circumstances. Stress can be a necessary response temporarily, but long term stress can be exhausting and unpleasant. Exercise is one way to manage psychological stress and PTs are advantaged to provide insight into how it helps and which types of exercise to try. […]

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6 Exercises to Relieve Hip Pain

6 Exercises to Relieve Hip Pain

By Robert Rogacki | Therapydia DC Hip pain is one of the most common injuries we treat at Therapydia. It can seem random, as most of our patients are not sure why their hip(s) started bothering them. Despite this, hip pain can be debilitating, causing pain with running, exercise, or even walking throughout a normal day. Here are a few exercises […]

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Female Athlete Triad FAQs

Female Athlete Triad FAQs

The female athlete triad is a condition seen across all ages and sports in active females.  It can occur in female athletes at any level, recreational to elite.  This condition can include both physiological and psychosocial components. Often, female athletes may only exhibit 1or 2 conditions of the triad.   What are the factors associated with the female athlete triad? Dysfunction […]

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Therapist’s Viewpoint: The Importance of Strength

Therapist’s Viewpoint: The Importance of Strength

By Tony D’Ovidio PT, DPT, OCS, MTC Therapydia Portland   It’s a rarity for me to not perform strength training with my patients during their course of care. If fact, I don’t recall the last time I had a patient where the end goal wasn’t to introduce some strength training. I’m a true believer that performing regular strength training as […]

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Thinking About Pain

Thinking About Pain

By Tony D’Ovidio, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC Therapydia Portland   As a physical therapist my day sometimes feels like it revolves around pain. Every 45 minutes I see a new person with a unique complaint, but most of them have the same problem: pain somewhere in the body is limiting them from doing the things and living the life they […]

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How to Get The Most Out of Physical Therapy

How to Get The Most Out of Physical Therapy

By Jordon Whitaker  Therapydia Lake Oswego   Physical therapy is care aimed at helping you to move easier and live better! Each physical therapist is there to tailor care to you. Those who are appropriate for physical therapy are on a spectrum of people with high pain levels to those who have goals to improve in any aspect of their […]

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3 Exercises For Low Back Pain

3 Exercises For Low Back Pain

By Margaret Pittman Therapydia DC   Research shows that low back pain affects approximately 80% of people throughout their lifetime. Low back pain is often caused by biological factors such as weakness or stiffness, psychological factors (eg. depression, anxiety, fear of movement, or pain catastrophizing), and social factors (eg. work environment or external stressors). Leg pain sometimes accompanies low back […]

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Sports Injury Prevention Tips

Sports Injury Prevention Tips

By Marylyn Presutti Therapydia DC    Recreational sports participation is an excellent way for many people to stay active and healthy.  Basketball, soccer, running, and cycling are just a few examples of ways to stay physically active throughout one’s lifespan.  Exercise has many health benefits, and no one should be sidelined from preventable injuries. Muscle strains, overuse injuries, and joint […]

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3 Ways Physical Therapy is an Effective Headache Treatment Option

3 Ways Physical Therapy is an Effective Headache Treatment Option

By Monica Mai Therapydia Beaverton   Headaches occur as a result in changes in chemical activity in your brain. These changes can be caused by a variety of reasons and conditions. There are two major categories of headaches included in this article today, these are based on the source of pain and how physical therapists can administer headache treatments to […]

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5 Things To Know For CrossFit Beginners

5 Things To Know For CrossFit Beginners

By Tyler Baca Therapydia Beaverton   As a physical therapist, a CrossFit coach, and a human of the world the biggest barrier to entry for CrossFit is the idea that “I need to get fit to try CrossFit.” This is completely understandable given that the social media around CrossFit is filled with videos and pictures of crazy stunts on suspended […]

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Blood Flow Restriction Therapy FAQs

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy FAQs

By Tyler Lusignan Therapydia NOLA Blood Flow Restriction Therapy or BFR is a brief and intermittent occlusion or restriction of arterial and venous blood of the upper or lower extremity (arm or leg). BFR can be used to augment skeletal muscle adaptation, promote systemic metabolic and cardiovascular changes while at rest or with low intensity endurance or resistance activities. BFR […]

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Why Sleep Matters For Physical Therapy

Why Sleep Matters For Physical Therapy

By Tony D’Ovidio  Therapydia Portland Physical Therapist   Sleeping well is a challenge for many of us. Whether it’s our busy schedules, a love of Netflix, or a noisy neighborhood, modern life doesn’t make it easy to sleep well, and it can be especially difficult to sleep well when you have pain or an injury that is effecting your sleep. […]

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Tips For Staying Active During Quarantine

Tips For Staying Active During Quarantine

With many of us under shelter-in-place orders, exercise may be the last thing on our minds. However, staying active: boosts energy, improves your mood, helps to promote a good night sleep all of which a lot of this could use some help with during these uncertain times. Try out the following tips  Outdoor Activities Fresh air and sunshine are both […]

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Stop Peeing Yourself, Start Addressing Your Urinary Incontinence

Stop Peeing Yourself, Start Addressing Your Urinary Incontinence

By Rebecca Roberts, PT, DPT Urinary incontinence is a hot topic in the fitness community. In the past 2-3 years you have probably heard about CrossfitⓇ competitors peeing themselves while doing high impact exercises such as running and jumping rope. While this is an example of sport-induced stress incontinence, there are many types of non-sport related incontinence that affect people […]

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The Health Benefits of Cycling

The Health Benefits of Cycling

Are you thinking about taking up cycling, but are not sure if it’s good for you? Cycling has many health benefits from weight loss to mental health and time saving convenience if commuting by cycling. When it comes to physical health, cycling can be a great activity. While cycling, one can burn from 300-1000 calories per hour depending on your […]

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What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?

What is Pelvic Floor Therapy?

By Rebecca Roberts, PT, DPT Pelvic floor physical therapy addresses dysfunction in the muscles of the pelvic floor. Dysfunction of pelvic floor muscles may contribute to urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, prolapse, and pain with intercourse in men, women, and transgenedered individuals. Pelvic floor therapy is a non-surgical approach to treating the pelvic floor and may include manual therapy, […]

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5 Yoga Poses For Increased Mobility

5 Yoga Poses For Increased Mobility

Mobility is the ability to control the movement in your joints, muscles, and tendons throughout their entire available ranges of motion. Mobility is similar to flexibility, but mobility incorporates both flexibility and strength. Mobility training can help reduce risk of injury and optimize performance as muscles perform better and can contract more forcefully when they are able to reach their […]

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How To Cross Train For Injury Prevention

How To Cross Train For Injury Prevention

Cross training is introducing other forms of exercise to your sport or normal routine. e.g. You run 5x weekly, cross training would be substituting biking or swimming for a run. Others consider any variation in your training cross training. e.g. You are a weightlifter and you start incorporating running 1x weekly (not an anaerobic training substitute, but a variation from […]

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Crossfit Dynamic Warmup Moves

Crossfit Dynamic Warmup Moves

If you are planning on doing a high intensity workout such as crossfit or HIIT training, it is important to incorporate a dynamic warm up to the muscle groups and joints you are about to use. A dynamic warm up is one that will elevate your heart rate, could involve large and small movements and mimics movements similar to what […]

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At Home Fitness Routine: Full Body Workout

At Home Fitness Routine: Full Body Workout

Many of us have been struggling to maintain our fitness levels without access to the gym or the outdoors. Even though we’re living under restrictions, it’s important to do what we can to maintain our mental and physical health. Fortunately – with some creativity – we can manage to get in a great strength training workout with little to no […]

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4 Tips For An Ergonomic Desk Setup For Working From Home

4 Tips For An Ergonomic Desk Setup For Working From Home

Working from home may seem like a dream to some, and a more daunting task to others, either way, I wanted to share some ideas on how to set yourself up for success while working from home. Here are 4 ways to help set up an ergonomic desk area that will help to keep you feeling energized instead of sore […]

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Get to Know Your PT: Kelly Steffy, PT, DPT

Get to Know Your PT: Kelly Steffy, PT, DPT

Get to know Therapydia Vancouver’s newest physical therapist- Kelly Steffy, PT, DPT! Kelly shares with us her future education plans to receive her pelvic rehabilitation specialist certification, how she likes to stay active and her favorite piece of wellness advice. Give yourself the same care and attention that you give to others. When did you know that you wanted to […]

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Pregnancy and an Introduction to Exercise Considerations

Pregnancy and an Introduction to Exercise Considerations

With education, training, and life experiences I have learned that pregnancy is a period in a woman’s life that is characterized by an extreme amount of physical, mental, and emotional stress. The female body is incredible and resilient, and this holds true during this time when there are physiological changes happening in every system in the female body. With our […]

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Taking Care of Yourself After Birth

Taking Care of Yourself After Birth

As a new mom, you have gone through many changes over the last nine months of your pregnancy and giving birth. With so many changes, you may be feeling overwhelmed with balancing becoming a mom and how to best take care of yourself.  Your body has gone through a huge transformation and it will take equally as long for your […]

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ACL Surgery Recovery Timeline

ACL Surgery Recovery Timeline

A common athletic injury that you’ve probably heard about might have to do with tearing the ACL. The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, joins the upper leg bone (femur) with the lower leg bone (tibia) and functions as the primary rotational stabilizer for the knee. When you’re moving forward, such as when you’re running, the ACL isn’t really involved. It […]

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Get To Know Your PT: Kelsey Dehmer, PT, DPT, OCS

Get To Know Your PT: Kelsey Dehmer, PT, DPT, OCS

Get to know Therapydia Ballard physical therapist Kelsey Dehmer, PT, DPT, OCS as she shares what she wishes everyone knew about PT, her love of Lizzo and how she likes to stay active. You have to take care of yourself first in order to take care of your patients When did you know that you wanted to be a physical […]

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9 Exercises to Improve Balance

9 Exercises to Improve Balance

As we age, our balance often changes and can lead to difficulty with performing daily activities. Balance can be affected by many factors and may be altered by muscle weakness/reduced tone. Luckily balance can be worked on much the same as working on increasing your strength.   Try these easy exercises to improve your balance. As these moves become easier and […]

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Groin Strain Recovery Time and Treatment Options

Groin Strain Recovery Time and Treatment Options

A groin strain is an injury common among athletes who play sports that require running, kicking and jumping. These injuries can vary in severity, though treatment is typically the same.  What is a Groin Strain? Groin strains are muscle injuries that occur along the adductor muscles of the inner thighs.The groin refers to the mass of muscle on our inner thighs including […]

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