The Activcore Blog

Let It Flow: How to Kegel & Why Stopping the Flow Midstream Isn’t Recommended

Posted by Dr. Rachel Newall, Physical Therapist at Activcore on May 30, 2020 at 12:09 PM

Have you ever asked a friend “How do you know you’re doing a Kegel correctly?” and they’ve suggested practicing by stopping the flow of urine while you’re on the toilet? It is true that in order to stop the flow of urine, you have to utilize the contraction of your pelvic floor muscles. However, this is not a good idea to put into practice.

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Posture:  Myths, Facts, and Ways to Improve

Posted by Dr. Alyssa Wagner, Physical Therapist at Activcore on May 18, 2020 at 1:58 AM

As a physical therapist, I often hear from my clients, “I sit at a desk all day and I know I have horrible posture. That’s probably why my neck hurts, right?”. This idea generally comes from social media posts, posture “corrector” gadgets, and posture being the historical blame for every neck and back issue if you have a desk job. But here is the kicker — there is no perfect posture. That’s right, I said it. And this is what I reiterate to my physical therapy clients time and time again to break the negative cycle about posture being the cause of their pain.

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SMART Goals and "Why I CAN"

SMART GOALS FOR SMART MOVEMENT

When you begin an exercise routine, it is helpful to develop a goal for yourself so that you stay on track. When making your goals, keep them simple, achievable and SMART. When goals are SMART, they give you the opportunity to make a concrete plan. SMART is the acronym for all components of a well-planned goal.

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Coccydynia (Tailbone Pain): Literally a Pain in the Butt

Why does my tailbone hurt when I sit on my once comfy couch? This question may become relevant for many of us during this COVID-19 pandemic.

We all have been on long car rides, meetings that go past their end time, and have watched a television series from start to finish in one sitting. Especially now, we may be taking the opportunity to catch up on shows and spend more time on social media to connect with those we cannot see in person. You might have noticed that these activities can be problematic for the area at the base of the spine.

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You need Algebra before Calculus (for quality movement). Do You Have the Prerequisites?

As a physical therapist, I spend a large part of my time educating clients on their bodies. I'm not talking about the body they saw in a magazine, or the body they had 20 years ago. Rather, I educate them about the body they walk in with. 

When attempting to figure out a body’s movement history and how we’re going to change the direction of the story, it’s important that my explanation makes sense to them. Otherwise there will be minimal to no follow through after they leave my office. Without a true understanding of the “why” and how it relates to function, no amount of printed off exercise programs will have an impact on helping someone move better and without pain. Maybe it's my psychology major or my love for creating associations and images with words, but I often teach by creating a funny visual, alliteration, metaphor, or motto.

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Ask the PT, Question #1: Do Those Inversion Tables Work?

Someone asked me this question the other day and I immediately wrote it down. That's because it was probably the 800th time I’ve been asked about inversion tables. And while I have answered this question many times, I've never done any formal research on it. I would always answer it based on what I had seen clinically. So the typical dialogue goes something like this...

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Mechanics For Vaginal Delivery:  Is There A Right Way To Push?

I recently gave birth to my 1st child and was blown away that no one actually prepared me for the 2nd stage of labor, aka pushing phase, 10 cm dilation to birth. My husband and I went to several classes to prepare us for our newborn. During these classes they discussed the stages of labor, what tools they could use during labor, reasons for a c-section, joys and challenges of pregnancy, and how to breathe during the first stage of labor to make it through contractions. When I actually went through my 2nd stage of labor, I realized no one ever discussed how to push and breathe during this phase. 

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After Sustaining a Concussion, Should I Stay in the Dark?

Posted by Dr. Nick Passe, Physical Therapist at Activcore on March 20, 2020 at 2:25 AM

Treatment and acknowledgement of concussions have drastically changed over the past few decades. In the 1970’s and 1980’s athletes weren't accurately screened, nevermind diagnosed with a concussion. A “stinger” or “hard knock” were common ways to describe those who took a hit to the head or appeared dazed. The injured athletes were commonly held out for a short period of time. As soon as they started feeling better, they were sent back into the game.

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I'm Getting Back into Running. How Can I Improve my Form?

Posted by Dr. Alyssa Wagner, Physical Therapist at Activcore on March 14, 2020 at 5:03 PM

Whether you are a former runner, a seasoned runner, or just beginning, how you are running is important. I don’t know about you, but until recently I was just lacing up my sneakers and running out the door. I never thought much about the way I was running, just how many miles I was going to do and how fast I could get them done. Your running form is just as important to your training as mileage, duration, and intensity. A few variables that can have a big impact on your performance include a proper warm-up, cadence, and shoe wear.

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How Can A Physical Therapist Help My Tennis Game?

As a tennis player, whether you’ve been spending the winter season playing indoor tennis, paddle tennis, pickleball, running, skiing, or just binge watching shows on Netflix — it’s now time in Colorado to get ready for the outdoor tennis season. 

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