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A Punch to the Jaw

In the fall of 2005, I woke up in the middle of the night with my jaw completely locked closed. I could not open my mouth and I felt like I had a vice grip around my jaw. As I was half asleep, I could not really make sense of what was happening to me. I remember trying over and over again to open my mouth, but without any luck. After many failed attempts, I was scared, confused, and desperate, so what did I do? The sensible thing any teenager would do: punch themselves in the face. And I did….

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Habit Stacking

Today I want to discuss the concept of “training in the in-between,” living with intention and reframing our mindset about fitness, health, and longevity to unlock untapped potential. By making premeditated decisions related to warm-up, recovery, and using small opportunities to manage or prevent symptoms, we might be able to live into a richer life. Turning potential energy into kinetic energy, if you can recall your old physics classes. If not, check out this horrible polka song explaining potential-vs-kinetic energy, you’ll be sure to never forget it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl4g7T5gw1M … Just kidding, seriously don’t click the hyperlink. The song is annoying….

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The Power Of Consistency: My Personal Journey to Recovery

“We are what we repeatedly do…” said Will Durant in his text The Story of Philosophy; this quote has been misattributed to Aristotle, but that’s neither here nor there. I am of course writing this to speak about the power of consistency! I preach consistency ad nauseam to clients. As it is my belief that consistency is one of the requisite principles for achieving goals. So it is only right that I go into a further explanation of why I believe consistency to be so relevant to goal achievement from a health and wellness standpoint. Hopefully, you will find that…

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“Swimmers Shoulder?” OR Secondary Impingement?

The most common cause of time lost in the pool for swimmers is shoulder pain. You may have heard this referred to as “swimmers shoulder,” but this really does not give accurate description of what is actually occurring. More often than not “swimmers shoulder” is actually a “subacromial impingement,” which roughly translates into “pinching under the acromion.” If you look at the diagram below you can see the bony process attached to the shoulder blade (scapula) called the acromion. This bone is essentially the “roof” that houses a portion of the rotator cuff (supraspinatus muscle). Many times when a rotator…

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Peri and Post-Menopausal Nutrition: What You Need to Know

Peri and Post Menopausal Nutrition | Blog

Women 40 (sometimes mid-30s) and older face multiple challenges with nutrition and health. Undesirable weight gain, the loss of lean body mass, bone health concerns, and other issues that occur during the years leading to menopause and beyond can be very frustrating. While estrogen therapy has been proven to help with some of these age-related changes, it is no longer a standard of care for all women, due to other potential undesirable outcomes including increased breast cancer risk. Working with a dietitian to establish a personalized approach during this stage of life can empower women to remain healthy and strong…

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Early Sport Specialization: What Parents Need to Know

Early Sport Specialization | Blog

It is becoming more popular for young athletes to specialize in a single sport. The advantages seem obvious—putting in more time early on and “outworking” the competition should lead to a better chance of success later, right? Even though this seems to make sense, early specialization may not be giving kids the advantages parents hope for, and it can come with some risks. THE ADVANTAGES The obvious advantage is skill acquisition. Baseball players use the off-season to work on hitting or pitching mechanics, basketball players work on their shooting, and tennis players might work to develop their serve. Specific skills…

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Considerations for Returning to CrossFit After Pregnancy

Crossfit After Pregnancy | Blog

Guest blog By Dr. Carrie Pagliano DPT, OCS, WCS Have you ever had the feeling someone is hiding something from you? It’s happened to me several times now, so I know it’s not a fluke. You see, I’m a pelvic health physical therapist — yep, the kind that helps you when you have abdominal separation after pregnancy, when you experience pain during sex, and when you have urinary or bowel incontinence. Patients confide in me, sharing things they wouldn’t tell their closest family and friends, so you can imagine my confusion when I realized some patients were hiding something from me. I can…

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