Having Back Pain?…..Stand up Straight

First, I want you to take a simple test to determine whether you are standing correctly or not. Here’s what to do: Stand up. Now grab your butt. Is it tight? If your glutes aren’t contracted, you’re standing all wrong. And that could be why your low back hurts, and why you just can’t seem…

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What does Posture have to do with Foam Rolling?

  Hi everyone, my name is Andrew Lengerich. I’m a physical therapist here at AID Performance Physical Therapy. Today I just want to give a little talk about some exercises you can do. An easy exercise, in particular, you can do at the gym to help combat poor posture, as we have a society that…

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How to Avoid “Plantar Fasciitis” And “Shin Splints”

I’m still seeing a lot of Sunday morning runners out running and that is a good thing! But what I’m about to write comes with a bit of warning that I had brought to my attention by a chance conversation that took place in my local gym on Tuesday. The story is basically this: A…

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Ankle Injuries: Which Shoe Is Better At Prevention: High-tops vs Low-tops

Today I want to tackle a question I get a lot in the clinic, and I also used to wonder about it (for myself) as well. First, allow me tell you a personal story:  I like to play recreational basketball at the gym and never owned a pair of basketball shoes (to play in).   I…

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Is SITTING the new *smoking*? (…Causing Back & Shoulder Pain)

Here’s a habit that everyone of us is doing daily.   But is it a good one?   Sitting is something that was once done only when you needed a rest.   But not anymore. Sitting has now almost become what I call a dangerous norm. Whether in your car commuting, at work, eating dinner,…

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Is It Safe To Exercise With A Bad Back?

  Lets talk about exercise and back pain… Last week I had a question asked by one of our patients, Kevin, 47, from Landsdowne… … it’s one that we get asked about often (especially since the January gym rush!): “Is it ok to exercise when my back is hurting? I’ve just got into a good…

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5 Different Ideas For A Healthier Valentines Day

With Valentines Day just around the corner, now would be the perfect time to start planning what you want to buy for your loved one – so by the time Valentines Day comes round, you’re not in trouble! 😉 But the question always is – what do you get? Another cheesy heart-shaped box of chocolates?…

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Dread The Scales? There’s A Better Way To Measure Your Health

In January, we’re overloaded with so many weight loss messages, that even the most confident of us can feel under pressure to lose weight… …And those of us who may not even need to shift a few pounds, question if they should be trying to or not. So a lot of us end up logging…

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5 Ways To Eat Healthier At Any Restaurant And Stick To Your Healthy Habits

 Christmas and New Year’s Eve now seem far behind us. The Turkey’s been eaten,  the last few Celebrations have been demolished and we’re we well into tackling the next festive ritual – a New Year health kick. And if like many people you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to shift a few pounds, or simply…

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For Runners: How To Get Out For A Run, Even When It’s Cold And Dark Outside

Time for some winter running tips… Right now, I’m being asked lots of questions from my social media pages and patients about what my top tips for running in the winter are. Let’s face it; one of the hardest parts of winter running is simply stepping foot out of a warm house and getting out…

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