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Scapular Winging

Scapular winging is a condition wherein the shoulder blade moves excessively away from its normal position on the thoracic region of the back. This can cause pain and weakness as well as loss of function and can be a problem cosmetically.

Apr 16th, 2017
Health Benefits of Bone Broth

With the temperature dropping and winter coming keeping healthy is important to help stave of colds and other illnesses...

Apr 2nd, 2017
Staying on Track

Having trouble sticking to your home exercise program while you are in PT or after you are discharged? There are fortunately many different ways for you to stay on track with your exercises and routine.

Mar 26th, 2017
Get Moving!

After writing about managing neck and upper back pain while on an airplane, I decided to write about an unpleasant experience I had while on a long flight to prevent you from having the same experience!

Mar 19th, 2017
Women’s Health: Chestedness and Mid-Back Pain

If your breast size is on the larger end of the spectrum and you contend with mid back pain frequently you may be wondering how to combat the musculoskeletal effects of your breast size. If you’re diligent about proper bra size and fit and know that...

Mar 5th, 2017
Eat to Naturally Boost Your Metabolism

No matter what your fitness goals are one fairly common objective for many is the boosting of their metabolism. Simply put, your body’s metabolism is the way in which it utilizes energy to meet your physical needs and fuel your body both when...

Feb 9th, 2017
Facts about being a Physical Therapist: Did you know?

Physical Therapy is a fascinating field since the dawn of its conception in the 1920s. Since that time the field of Physical Therapy has grown to an entity that has been pushing the envelope to what therapist can and cannot do.

Feb 2nd, 2017
Benefits of Endurance Exercise

When you read the benefits of aerobic exercise, it’s a no brainer to include steady state cardio or circuit training between 120-130 bpm for 25+ mins in your workouts.

Jan 26th, 2017
My Back Hurts! Should I Have it Manipulated?

Do you have low back pain that began recently? Are you curious about your treatment options? The first question that you may have is “what is spinal manipulation?” You may have heard people talk about it as a safe and effective way of treating back pain...

Jan 20th, 2017
Preparing for Holiday Races

During the winter, there are multiple 5k races around the holidays. This is a fun event for family members to do together to create traditions and memories around the holidays.

Jan 19th, 2017
Olympic Lifting: Bigger, Faster, Stronger

Olympic lifting brings beauty and beast mode into one graceful movement. The sheer power and technique is a delight to watch during the Summer Olympic Games. The two movements that are considered to be Olympic lifts are the Clean & Jerk and Snatch.

Jan 12th, 2017
Stress Fractures

Stress fractures in healthy individuals are usually the result of sudden increases in physical activity over a period of a few to several weeks.

Jan 5th, 2017
Travel Comfortably

As the temperature outside transitions into more of a brisk sensation, I have noticed an increased number of patients mentioning travelling somewhere warm! Because of this, I figured I would offer the best tip for managing neck and upper back discomfort...

Dec 29th, 2016
How to Stay Fit During the Winter

Now that it is cooler weather people are more inclined to stay inside and hibernate rather than getting outside to run or walk because of the chilly change in temperature. Fortunately, there are tips to continue to exercise and stay healthy during...

Dec 15th, 2016
Compound Exercises: More Bang for the Buck!

In most situations when it comes to working out, people often use the excuse “I do not have time to dedicate myself to the gym.” Before becoming a License Physical Therapist, I was a personal trainer and strength coach.

Dec 8th, 2016
Time to Take Charge

You probably hear people say it all the time: “I don’t have time to exercise. I’m busy. I have too much going on.” Whether you believe these to be excuses or reasons isn’t the issue in this blog. This isn’t about condemnation.

Dec 1st, 2016
Machine vs. Free Weights: How do I choose?

The topic of conversation you will most likely have at the gym is to choose between weighted machines or free weights. A question you may ask yourself is: How do I choose? or Which one is better for me?

Nov 29th, 2016
Thanksgiving Health Tips

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It is that time of the year were people are okay with unbuttoning those...

Nov 22nd, 2016
Turkey Trot Tips

If you’re planning on running a turkey trot later on this month first of all let me just say GOOD...

Nov 21st, 2016
Importance of Recovery Time

Taking a rest day after a bout of exercise is just as important as the workout itself! This recovery period allows the body to repair and strengthen itself. A person who does not take enough rest/recovery days can suffer from “overtraining syndrome”.

Nov 20th, 2016
Prehab

Everyone understands that after a surgery they go to physical therapy for rehabilitation, but what many people don’t know is that attending physical therapy prior to a surgery is just as important!

Nov 20th, 2016
Spilling the Fall Tea

Now that the colder weather is upon us many will be indulging in their favorite hot beverages. Many people are tea drinkers and with good reason.

Nov 15th, 2016
Fall Stew

Now that it’s cold outside now you may have already dusted of that good ol’ crock pot. Whipping up crock pot recipes is an easy way to make a filling and warming meal for you and your family.

Nov 8th, 2016
Removing The Ac

If you have wall unit air conditioners that you need to remove and store for the fall/winter here’s some tips to help you be mindful of not injuring yourself while doing so.

Nov 1st, 2016
Halloween Fright Night

Tempted to bust into your kiddos trick or treat candy??? Well, GET READY FOR A FRIGHT!! Those tiny treats may be smaller in size but they still pack a hefty punch.

Oct 25th, 2016
Pass (on) the Pumpkin Latte

It’s fall now and everybody is on pumpkin overload. It truly is a great time of year. The trees look beautiful the weather is gorgeous and folks are decorating their homes in a festive way which means, you guessed it, pumpkins everywhere!

Oct 20th, 2016
Why Sleep is Important to your Well-Being

In a world where time is essential and peoplekeep pushing their limits,sleep is one of many sacrifices that gets the short end of the stick. Sleep for the average adult should be between seven to nine hours undisturbed. With too little sleep comes with...

Oct 13th, 2016
What is Cupping?

The latest therapy trend after the 2016 Olympics You have all witnessed as you watched the Summer 2016 Olympics when Michael Phelps made his debut at the Brazilian swimming pool.

Sep 29th, 2016
Here Comes Fall

Summer is coming to a close, vacations are ending, and the kiddos will soon return to school. From pumpkin spiced everything to bonfires, hoodies, leggings and Ugg boots, you’re probably noticing all of the little reminders of the fall season...

Sep 12th, 2016
Stop Sitting

Our bodies aren’t designed to sit all day. The evolution and advancement of technology has caused a de-evolution in our physical sustainability. Studies are showing that on average people with desk jobs are now sitting more hours per day than...

Aug 7th, 2016
Seasonal Allergy Survival

Allergy season is upon us! Many patients contend with the havoc seasonal allergies wreak on their wellbeing this time of year. If you are someone who struggles with this yearly, and needs help with making it through these crucial first weeks...

Jul 24th, 2016
Why are my fingers numb?

Do you ever wonder why sometimes your fingers feel numb in certain positions and awaken you from sleep at night? What could be causing these pins and needles? Where is it coming from?

Jul 20th, 2016
Help, I’m constipated!

Are you afraid to talk about constipation? Unfortunately, constipation is known to be a side effect of some of the most commonly prescribed medications for pain. Constipation is a very serious problem that can ultimately lead to fatigue, nausea...

Jul 19th, 2016
Ok, I’am Better

You’ve just spent months undergoing chiropractic care and physical therapy for your injury or condition. You’ve arranged your appointments around your already busy schedule and put in the time and work required to give your body its best chance at healing.

Jul 17th, 2016
Flip Flop Fever Fest

The summer and hot weather is upon us!!! Now is the time of year that more and more folks will ditch their conventional footwear and opt for sandals and flip flops. Although many manufacturers are producing more ergonomically sound designs...

Jul 10th, 2016
Posture and TMJ

Are you suffering from Upper Cross Syndrome or TMJ Disorder and you can’t find any relief? Look no further. Performance Spine and Sports Medicine will use an integrated approach to help treat your pain so you can live your life pain free, drug free...

Jul 5th, 2016
Eat Your Breakfast

Now that the weather has broken, and our chilly rain days seem to be a thing of the past, it is getting hotter earlier in the mornings. Many people site skipping breakfast in the summer months stating that it is too hot for them to eat so early...

Jul 3rd, 2016
Where are my abs

Core-strengthening is a common activity recommended for patients with low back issues. The reasoning for this is due to the fact that the core is the largest low back stabilizer the body naturally has.

Jun 26th, 2016
Tennis Elbow

Do you suffer from tennis elbow? Then you know how debilitating it can be. Have you had a steroid injection that didn’t work? Are you wearing a brace that doesn’t work or only works a little bit while wearing it?

Jun 20th, 2016
Getting Good Night’s Sleep

It’s a known fact that most Americans are sleep deprived: are you? Sleep is such a vital part of our lives; however, in today’s society it is one of the things that is most neglected. Sleep keeps us healthy as human beings.

Jun 20th, 2016
Opiate Overdose

There has been significant media buzz around opiate overdose since the death of music legend, Prince. Prince had apparently been taking Percocet for a hip problem. It is unclear where things went wrong for Prince, but this problem is all too common...

Jun 20th, 2016
Stress Beaters

Exercise and breathing exercises are the best way to reduce stress. For some people if they are short on time I suggest they take 5 minutes out of their day to sit somewhere quiet and focus on their breathing of deep breaths in and out...

Jun 19th, 2016
School Bag

This blog is going to address carrying a heavy schoolbag, but really the information can be carried to carrying a heavy bag in general.

Jun 13th, 2016
Safe Running tips

Now that the weather is warmer it is common for people to start transitioning from the gym to running outside again. Here are some tips to promote safety when running this spring and summer!

Jun 5th, 2016
Phytonutrients

Ever wonder why we are told to eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day?

May 29th, 2016
Papaya

Ever go into a grocery store and see a large spherical/pear shaped fruit that is green/orange and quite exotic looking?

May 23rd, 2016
The Importance of Chewing Your Food

<p>Many people suffer from gastrointestinal problems. Often expensive testing is done that frequently shows no structural abnormalities. Most physicians are not equipped to treat functional gastrointestinal disorders.

May 20th, 2016
Why Am I So Moody?

Ladies, are you suffering from any of the following symptoms? Anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings, insomnia, pain & inflammation, osteoporosis, heavy periods, hypersensitivity, nervousness, migraines, weight gain, decreased libido...

May 20th, 2016
Control Your Pain

Have you had pain for more than six months? That means you are suffering from a debilitating condition known as chronic pain. Believe it or not, there are several types of chronic pain.

May 20th, 2016
Hip Extension

Loss of hip extension range of motion is a common problem we see in PT. This can be related to symptoms in the lower back, hips, knees or ankles.

May 17th, 2016
Tips to exercise when you are really busy

Making sure that you find time to exercise is difficult for a lot of people especially for people with careers and children in their lives. Fortunately, there are a few ways to try and promote a healthy life style where you can raise your heart rate...

May 5th, 2016
Prolapse

A lot of women are embarrassed by feelings of pelvic pressure associated with pelvic organ prolapse.

Apr 19th, 2016
Pain while travelling

A common complaint for people who have to drive or fly far distances for work or travel is that their back begins to ache while sitting for a prolonged period. There are a few ways to try and reduce this pain for the everyday traveler.

Apr 12th, 2016
Detox Diets

Detox diets are common with people trying to “cleanse” their bodies of toxins accumulated from food, drink, the environment and even stress. These diets promise to boost energy, help you lose weight, clarify the skin, reduce headaches and decrease...

Apr 6th, 2016
Cold Vs Flu

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night coughing, sneezing, and achy all over?

Mar 31st, 2016
Leaky Gut

Do you experience digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome? Do you suffer from seasonal allergies...

Mar 4th, 2016
Exercise and endorphins

Exercise can be a great way to improve stress and energy levels in certain individuals. Endorphins are known to be correlated with exercise which can improve mood and relaxation.

Mar 4th, 2016
Best Biceps Exercise

The biceps brachii is one of the most trained and sought after muscles among those who perform resistance training. But...

Mar 4th, 2016
Slipping on ice

Slipping on ice is a common winter injury that can result in hip or wrist fractures typically. In order to prevent a trip to the emergency room, safety precautions are necessary during snowy and icy weather.

Mar 4th, 2016
Review of Organics

Production of organic foods has become big business and farmers who wish to sell their produce as such are required to meet standards enforced by the USDA. Due to this fact, you can expect to pay up to 40% more for organics than...

Mar 4th, 2016
How to have a Proper Bowl Movement

Chances are defecation is not a taught skill, BUT it should be, says Dr. Judelkiss Todd, physical therapist at PSSM Bordentown location. A deep squat should be the position assumed during a bowel movement rather than sitting.

Nov 22nd, 2015
Gluten or Gluten-Free?

Today gluten-free foods are everywhere and considered as an overall health-promoting type of food. But why is this? While gluten is a protein found it wheat, barley and rye, think of it more like glue as it helps dough stick together.

Sep 29th, 2015
Get Clued in to Bad Posture

It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to solve the case of a “C” shaped back, when the curve of the spine moves away from its intended “S” shape, posture is almost always the culprit.

Aug 20th, 2015
Golf: A Game for Life

Hockey, basketball and football all have an expiration date, but golf can last a lifetime. Dr. Jason Green of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine of Newtown was an avid hockey player but as he aged he knew his hockey days were coming to a close.

Aug 12th, 2015
Benefits of Coconut Water

The clear liquid found on the inside of immature, green coconuts is known as coconut water. It has a mildly sweet, nutty flavor and is contained in coconuts which are between 5-7 months of age.

Jul 9th, 2015
Breakfast Should Never Be a Hunger Game

It doesn’t make sense that less food would equal more weight, but according to Dr. Michael Pismarov of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, it’s true for people who skip breakfast.

Jun 23rd, 2015
Fallen and Can’t Get Up?: Balance in the Elderly

Have you experienced recent missteps or loss in balance recently? Falls are one of the most common reasons for hospitalizations and hip fractures in the elderly. In 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in...

Jun 9th, 2015
Dietary Tips to Reduce Inflammation

Acute inflammation in response to an injury is a helpful, normal and necessary process of the human body. When inflammation becomes chronic it is a lower level, harmful response and is thought to be an underlying cause of many common conditions...

May 29th, 2015
Foam Rolling

Recently, foam rolling has gained popularity among trainers, physical therapists and fitness enthusiasts. What are the benefits of using a foam roller? Quicker recovery, decreased muscle pain and spasm, increased blood flow and less delayed onset muscle...

May 13th, 2015
Laser therapy: Touch-free healing

The future of healing has been in the hands of professional athletes for years and is now available to everyone as a method of treatment at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine (PSSM).

May 12th, 2015
The Skinny on Summer Slimming

“Diet is the number one factor for slimming down, exercise helps cardiovascular health and burn calories, but if the diet isn’t taken into factor then you aren’t refueling the body correctly,” says Dr. Susann Clothier, chiropractor at Performance Spine...

May 7th, 2015
What kind of stretching is most beneficial?

There are many schools of thought when it comes to stretching. For years, static stretching, holding a stretch in one position for 30 secs or longer, was thought to be the ideal way to stretch.

May 2nd, 2015
Sneaky Movement

I often hear people say they do not have time for exercise. Quality of life improves when we exercise so I can suggest a few ways to fit more activity into our busy schedules.

Apr 28th, 2015
Text Neck

Don’t let your neck pay the price of keeping in touch The key to avoiding the latest back problem is looking up.

Apr 22nd, 2015
Healthy Hips for Life

The adage a body in motion tends to stay in motion is especially true when it comes to healthy hips.

Mar 30th, 2015
How Healthy Am I Really?

Those of us that try to eat right, exercise and take nutrients to improve health hope that these efforts translate into improved quality and quantity of life. But how do we know? Sure, we can look at blood work such as cholesterol and this gives some...

Feb 19th, 2015
Heart opening yoga

Dr. Aisling Linehan, a physical therapist at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, uses heart opening yoga to help reverse some of the incorrections modern life can apply to over-burdened backs.

Feb 7th, 2015