The Activcore Blog

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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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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How Do I Advance my Yoga Practice to get Stronger and More Flexible?

Yoga is a centuries old practice but oftentimes, teachers have not adapted the style of teaching to reflect the demands of modern day life. If we take a critical lens to the demands of the modern worker, we see more sitting, phone use, and overall sedentary lifestyle than ever before. These prolonged postures have an effect on our muscles and posture in a way that we may not be aware of when we walk into a yoga class. 

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12 Tips to Stay Healthy and Fit While at Home

Posted by Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance on April 1, 2020 at 12:36 AM

Are you going stir crazy at home during this COVID-19 pandemic? We recommend these tips and measures to keep you going strong, and to prepare your body for other, more strenuous physical activities. Consult with your physical therapist or physician prior to beginning any new training program. Use common sense and do not exercise if you are feeling ill or experiencing pain.

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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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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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How Did We Help Two Professional Sports Teams Become Champions?

Posted by Tyler Joyce, Co-Founder and Physical Therapist at Activcore on February 21, 2020 at 3:41 PM

Let me start right off by saying that I’m not one to call attention to myself, or to toot my own horn. In fact, I've been known to not even tell my co-workers that it’s my birthday. This should give you an idea of how difficult it is for me to write about one of the best kept secrets in professional sports. But I simply cannot hold back this information any longer. It's not about boasting; rather it's about educating and helping others. After all, that's why I became a physical therapist in the first place.

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Why Do I Feel Unbalanced? Postural Restoration Explained.

Many new clients come in shifted... their squat looks crooked... or they've got a longer stride on one side when running.

So how did they get these imbalances? Oftentimes the logical explanation is that they're simply over-exposing themselves to certain environments such as:

  • Spending too much time doing one thing
  • Sitting at a desk with the mouse in one's right hand
  • Having an untreated injury
  • Playing one-sided sports like golf, sweep rowing, archery or pitching baseballs

When activities are biased towards one side, you may be disrupting the "balanced asymmetry" of the body. Yes, that's correct — we are all naturally asymmetrical.

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Why Do I Hurt When In Chaturanga (Low Plank) Pose?

So you’ve gone to your first beginner yoga class. Or maybe you just got a Peloton and did their 30-minute Vinyasa flow. Or perhaps you’ve been practicing Ashtanga for years but something changed recently. I hear from yogis at all levels that something about their chaturanga is painful. Although many people begin yoga in hopes of improving their flexibility, there is also a lot of strength required in yoga practice. Chaturanga is a particularly challenging pose requiring significant muscular support to perform it correctly. Yet, it is one of the first moves you learn in many yoga practices.

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