The Activcore Blog

Carla's Inspiring Story:  Overcoming A Kickboxing Injury

Posted by Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance on February 8, 2020 at 3:59 PM

Carla:  “Seven years ago, I was kickboxing and I jumped, landed, and felt this shooting pain. It turns out I had blown one of my discs. Six months later it happened again. Slowly but surely I started cutting out the things l loved. Little things started to creep up — getting a dish out of the dishwasher, picking up a paper off the floor — and I began to think, what can I do, what can I do anymore? The person who I thought I was, was gone.”

Dr. Ed Foresman:  “Initially Carla came in — and in her past she had been a very active individual, very fit and she wanted to continue this throughout her life. She had been told she would never be able to achieve that again. So I went through her history, examined her, and then I said, 'That's not true at all. In fact, if you give me two months of your time, I will have you running again.' Actually it didn't take that long, it took six weeks!”

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I Already Go To The Gym. What Can A Physical Therapist Do For Me?

Posted by Dr. Alyssa Wagner, Physical Therapist at Activcore on February 2, 2020 at 5:15 PM

The health and wellness industry has been receiving the attention and value it deserves over the last few decades. Whether we're talking about the hottest new workout, latest self-care trend, or coolest fitness gadget to add to our gym bag, the topic of health and wellness is on the forefront of everyone's minds. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that, as a physical therapist, I support an active lifestyle for myself and for my clients.

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Let’s Talk About Sex: Why Does My Penis Hurt After I Have Sex?

NOTE:  This article contains sexual content intended for a mature audience.

Let’s clear the air and say that first and foremost, men have pelvic floors. There, I said it. Yes, and aside from two distinct muscles, they function similar to a female’s pelvic floor. The muscles of the pelvic floor serve important roles in urinary and bowel control, sexual function, and act as a supportive system for the body.

So, what happens when your pelvic floor muscles act up? A number of symptoms can occur, but for this blog series we’re going to talk specifically about pain during and after sex.

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We're Not Just About Those Red Ropes. But They Sure Do Look Cool In Pictures.

I’ve heard so many clients of mine, Princeton locals, and physicians call this place Redcord. We’ve even had people call and insist they weren’t sure if they should come here because they were afraid of all the red ropes.

Well, I’m here to set the record straight. Our clinic name is Activcore. We are highly credentialed physical therapists and we do more than Redcord. As a doctor of physical therapy, I attended 4 years of college and 3 years of PT school to become licensed for what I do every day. I take continuing education courses to further my education and to maintain my license. And yes, while many of those courses taught me how to use the red ropes hanging from our ceiling, all of the other courses have nothing to do with Redcord.

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What Is Happening Inside My Head During and After A Concussion?

Posted by Dr. Nick Passe, Physical Therapist at Activcore on January 15, 2020 at 1:21 PM

Most people think that a concussion occurs when the brain comes in contact with the skull. However, this simply is not the case.

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I’m Backed Up and Bloated. How Can Physical Therapy Relieve My Constipation?

As much as we would like to avoid the topic, poop happens. Or in many uncomfortable cases, it doesn’t. According to the statistics, approximately 20% of adults between 40-75 have constipation. And those numbers are just the base level, run-of-the-mill, stopped-up versions. The actual numbers increase significantly with additional factors:

  • Older > Younger
  • Female > Male
  • Psychological factors (stress, anxiety)
  • Medication-induced

So, are you constipated? Many consider themselves not to be constipated if anything at all is coming out. However, the actual Rome IV definition (most recent consensus of the medical community - May 2016) may surprise you.

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What's the Secret to a Pain-Free Backbend? 3 Tips from a Physical Therapist

I can't claim to be an expert yogi, but I have been practicing for over a year with a fantastic instructor (shout out to Joanna Wilson). Yoga has added much value to my life. As a physical therapist and former Division 1 softball player, most of my fitness has come in the more standard forms of weight lifting and running. I also did some Pilates to build core strength and coordination after sustaining an injury of my own.

I always shied away from yoga because I didn't think I was flexible or graceful enough. But, when I started seeing clients for pain they developed in their yoga practice, I had to better understand how they were pushing themselves, and what they were experiencing in their bodies. I also had to find out why people were getting so excited to do a handstand! So I signed up for my first lesson.

Today, a year later I am still at it. After countless hours of training, I can fully appreciate the simultaneous strength, flexibility and balance required for yoga practice. This was something that was lacking from my previous fitness routines.

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Let’s Talk Privates. Why Does It Feel Like There's a Bulge or Heaviness Down There?

Posted by Dr. Rachel Newall, Physical Therapist at Activcore on December 2, 2019 at 2:54 PM

Whether you’ve just had your first child or you’ve had many, let’s face it, it can be pretty unnerving to suddenly feel a bulge or heaviness in your vagina. I often hear, “It feels like a tampon is coming out all the time”.

Fear not, you may be experiencing something called Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). This happens when the muscles, ligaments and tissues of the pelvic floor become too weak and elongated to properly support your pelvic organs. Eventually these organs can press or descend into the vaginal canal. 

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What is Pelvic Health Physical Therapy? Going Beyond the Pelvic Floor.

As a pelvic health physical therapist, I often see people after they've visited countless other healthcare providers who have overlooked the muscular system. As they come in, I hear them say things like:

  • “I have no idea why I’m here.”
  • “I’m only here because my doctor told me to.”
  • “So what exactly is pelvic health PT?” 
  • “Are we just going to do some Kegels?”

Pelvic health isn't a new type of physical therapy, however it is finally gaining some traction in the health and wellness industry. Physicians are now realizing that it’s not just for pregnant and postpartum moms. Pelvic health is for people of all genders, ages, and activity levels. Everyone has a pelvis, and therefore we all could benefit from better pelvic health. So let's discuss what pelvic health physical therapy actually is and how it can help you.

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The Popping and Clicking Jaw. When Is It a Problem?

Posted by Dr. Tia Totura, Physical Therapist at Activcore on November 6, 2019 at 5:15 PM

Like most joints, things pop, click, grind, and tell us we’re still alive! The jaw joint or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is no different. It may start to make noises or feel differently when opening your mouth. But what are those noises? And when are they bad?

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