Posts in injury recovery
4 Tips For Using The Indoor Rower Correctly

Indoor rowing is an excellent way to get an effective, low-impact workout.  When done correctly, it challenges the core, back, arms, quads and cardiovascular system. And it’s great cross training for runners, cyclists and swimmers - especially if you’re looking for some new ways to cross-train around an injury.

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Massage Guns and Physical Therapy

If you’ve been inside a gym or physical therapist’s office over the past couple years—or scrolled through your Instagram feed—you’ve likely come face-to-face with a percussive massage gun. These popular tools look like power drills and are designed to aid recovery, decrease soreness and increase range of motion by pleasantly beating your muscles into submission.

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6 Ways To Know If Your Injury Needs Physical Therapy

If you’re like me, you hate admitting that you need help, especially when it comes to an injury. At a certain point though, your stubbornness may be working against you. There’s a difference between giving your injury “some time” and flat out ignoring it. One of the things I get asked on a regular basis by my athletes in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN is how to know when it’s time to get treatment. Ask and you shall receive.

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Strengthening Beats Stretching When It Comes To This Common Running Injury.

IT Band got you down? Not to fear. I’ve got you covered. I recently made am INSTAGRAM POST and a BLOG POST about the best way to fix your IT Band. Be sure to check them out. As an avid runner and a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I’m particularly empathetic to IT Band issues. In fact, I treat athletes in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN with IT Band Syndrome on a regular basis. Some of my favorite treatments include manual therapy, dry needling, taping, and blade scraping. In some cases, a running assessment is a great idea as well. If you live in the Nashville, TN area and are struggling with IT Band Syndrome, SEND ME A TEXT. I’d love to help.

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5 Pro Tips For Using The Hypervolt Massage Gun THE RIGHT WAY. Brought To You By A Doctor of Physical Therapy.

I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy who works exclusively with athletes in Nashville, TN. Over the last year, I’ve been incorporating Hypervolt treatments into my physical therapy sessions. I wrote an article several months ago on how things have been going. You can check it out HERE. That article has been helpful to some of you out there, so I wanted to provide a follow up. 

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The Best Physical Therapy For Shin Splints

If you’ve ever dealt with shin splints, you know how frustrating it can. Once the condition gets irritated, it can be difficult to calm back down. In fact, many runners find themselves sidelined with the issue. But not to worry! We’ve helped plenty of athletes in the Nashville, TN area overcome shin splints. Physical therapy as an extremely effective way to help fix the problem. So if you’re dealing with shin splints, this article is for you. Read on!

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Hamstring Injuries Are The Worst. Here’s An Awesome Rehab Exercise That Can Reduce Your Risk Of A Hamstring Injury By 51%.

A new review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine looking at programs for injury prevention concluded that the Nordic hamstring exercise can reduce risk of injury by 51 percent. The Nordic hamstring exercise is great for recovering from a hamstring injury and preventing them in the future. Runners rejoice!

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Attention Runners! Here’s The Best Way to Fix Your IT Band Issues. And, No, It Doesn't Require A Foam Roller.

I’ve got good news! You can finally put down your foam roller. There’s mounting evidence emerging that strengthening your hips is actually the best way to treat Iliotibial Band Syndrome. But how do you strengthen your hips you ask? Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered. But first, let's briefly discuss what the IT Band is and why it CAN’T be fixed with a foam roller.

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Dry Needling And Tendonitis

Dry needling can be a safe, effective and affordable treatment method for tendonitis. I’ve recently used dry needling to recover from a hamstring injury I got from running. I did 3-4 treatments on myself followed by a home exercise program. I’m happy to report that after a month of treatment, I’m symptom free and back to running! In most cases, dry needling can be just as effective for you.

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Physical Therapy In The Sports Setting…Why I Ditched The Traditional Medical Office And Opted To Treat Out Of A Local Gym Instead.

It’s all about the vibe. What do you mean? What I mean is that your surroundings make a big difference. When’s the last time you felt comfortable or inspired in the waiting room of a physician’s office? Exactly. Instead, you probably felt nervous, bored or even scared. So why would you chose that environment for your rehab process?

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Neck Exercises For Cyclists And Triathletes

In this video, I’ll present some neck exercises I use on my athletes in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN who are receiving physical therapy for neck pain. I will also explain the biomechancis of the cervical spine and the importance of maintaining proper movement to prevent injuries in the future. Enjoy!

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I’m A Doctor Of Physical Therapy With An Injury. Here’s What My Rehab Program Looks Like.

It’s no secret that PTs need physical therapy too. As a runner, cyclist, swimmer and weight lifter, I’m always finding new ways to injure myself. This time it’s a left hamstring strain. I’ve been dealing with it for about a month now and finally started to get serious about my rehab. In this article, I’d like to show you my approach to sports injury rehab, what treatments I use on myself, and how I deal with return to sports after an injury.

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Is Running Bad For Your Back?

Great news! There's new research available that says running is actually GOOD for your spine. The article, published in Scientific Reports, compares the spine health of runners and non-runners. It found that runners who ran 30 miles or more per week showed significantly improved disc health in the lower spine. This means that those discs were less prone to tears, herniations and bulges. Let’s take a look at the specifics.

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The New Direction Of Healthcare And Physical Therapy: Cash Pay

Healthcare is changing. Deductibles and copays are rising quickly. Reimbursement red tape is getting more confusing and insurances are covering less and less. It’s gotten to a point where many athletes are now choosing extremely high-deductible plans (catastrophic insurance) and simply paying for everyday medical costs out of pocket or with an HSA/FSA. I

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