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A physical therapist addresses misconceptions around intensity, soreness, and pain

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“No pain, no gain” might be the worst phrase ever uttered in the gym. Asking the question, “Is it soreness or pain?” is a close second. At the end of the day, both pain and soreness are unpleasant. Attempting to delineate between the two is meaningless for most of us. For trained people who are highly attuned to each response their body has after exercise, sure, they can tell the difference. For everyone else, any kind of discomfort is typically a deterrent to continue making treks to the gym or lacing up running shoes.


My experience with the Egoscue Method

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I thought the yoga would work.


High costs and lack of coverage are pushing people to online PT

Various fitness equipment such as yoga mats, exercise balls, free weights, and rubber bands projecting out of a phone screen.
Various fitness equipment such as yoga mats, exercise balls, free weights, and rubber bands projecting out of a phone screen.
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Trusting the internet for medical advice has always been a crapshoot. A runny nose paired with a vivid imagination can quickly metastasize to a terminal prognosis from a number of sources, and often you don’t know the qualifications and motivations of social media advice-givers. But 27.5 million Americans don’t have health insurance, and even those with health care can find the out-of-pocket costs of physical therapy to be an insurmountable barrier. Sometimes it feels there’s nowhere else to go, really, but online.


How blood flow restriction became the hottest method in physical therapy

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For more than a century, the prevailing medical advice on the best way to heal after injury or surgery was to rest. But over the past few decades, research has made it clear that movement speeds recovery, and now experts recommend incorporating appropriate exercise into a rehabilitation program as soon as possible.

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