How To Make Getting Out Of Bed Easier – Even On Cold, Fall Mornings

Often times I will get calls from people wanting therapy quickly, due to severe low back pain, which typically is most severe in the AMs and keeps them from getting out of bed quickly. Many times, they refuse early AM appointments, even if those are the only ones available, because they fear the pain getting…

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Exercise: How You Can Stay Active Even In Your 50s And 60s

Quick question: Are there ever any annoying ‘small pains’ in your knees when you’re running or walking?…If not, that’s great! But even so, experiencing even a slight soreness in your knees is something to keep aware of when exercising regularly, and I’ll tell you why… Many clients come to me with their knees bothering them,…

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Back Pain: Why You Need To Drink More Water To Help Relieve It…

Quick question: How much water did you drink today? For most people, the answer would be “not enough”. From everything we drink and swim in, to the ice that reduces swelling, water is all around us (and even in us), a matter of fact – it basically is us! Water makes up around two thirds…

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Sitting… Is It Really That BAD?

I bet you’re sitting down while reading this… Whether you’re sitting in a coffee shop, you’re at work at your desk, lounging on your sofa after a long day, or sitting up in bed, you’re probably sitting comfortably while reading this. And I don’t blame you – sitting has become so normal in our daily…

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Kathy’s Story: Chronic Back Pain Does NOT Have To Be Permanent

Recently here at Volk Physical Therapy, we have seen an increased number of people suffering from back pain, but not just any back pain – pain that has progressed for years without any relief, or at best, occasional temporary relief. Meet Kathy Lear, a 58 year old Concord location client. Click HERE to hear her…

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Easing Everyday Stiffness: What Your Body Wants You To Do!

Many people come up to me and ask me what I think about good old “normal” stiffness. A lot of the problems with stiffness is that people tend to think that if you’re stiff you should just rest until it goes. Wrong. Ultimately the action that keeps you from being stiff is moving. I’m not…

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Shoulder Pain: 3 Things That Surprisingly DON’T Help To Ease It

Are you currently suffering with, or have you suffered with shoulder pain before? It’s one of the greatest mysteries of being 50+ – the sudden onset of shoulder pain and stiffness that often creeps up on people with no warning and usually offers NO explanation. Sometimes it just happens. I’ve had a number of patients…

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Having Knee Pain With Squatting?

I get this type of complaint in my clinics often— “Hey Dean, I really haven’t done anything, but when I climb steps, move from standing to sitting or vice versa, but worst of all, when I try to squat down for anything, I get severe pain in my knee and I don’t know why!” Typically,…

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“Balance” Your Body Back to Normal Function – Part III

We have been talking about how the body naturally compensates during times of stiffness, tightness, soreness, discomfort or pain. Over the last two weeks we have discussed why this happens and gave multiple examples. Last week we shared the first two of four balancing activities I use to help balance out the imbalances that may…

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“Balance” Your Body Back to Normal Function – Part II

Last week, we discussed how your body naturally compensates for itself when there is any stiffness, tightness, soreness, discomfort or pain. This is the way the body protects itself from further injury and problems. We also discussed how, after the injured area is recovered, when the compensations are not adequately addressed, your body cannot fully…

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