The Activcore Blog

My Jaw Hurts. Where Does This Pain Actually Come From?

Posted by Dr. Tia Totura, Physical Therapist at Activcore on September 12, 2019 at 12:37 AM

TMJ. What is it good for? Absolutely everything!

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a fancy word for the space between your jaw and your skull. You have two of them, one on either side of your face.

The TMJ is a wonderful thing when it works correctly — allowing you to talk, eat, drink, chew, breathe through your mouth, sing, laugh and yawn. You get the picture, it does a lot. The joint itself is small but really strong. In fact, it can endure up to 250lbs!

So how does something so strong get hurt so often? TMJ disorder (TMJD) actually ranks second only to low back pain, as the most prevalent musculoskeletal problem in the United States!


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Topics: Movement Assessment, Pain Relief Treatments, Jaw pain, Headaches, TMJ, TMJD

Is the Overhead Shoulder Press Safe?

Overhead (OH) shoulder exercises are some of the most commonly performed exercises across all exercise and fitness domains. With the ever growing participation in resistance training and functional fitness, such as Crossfit, overhead shoulder exercises have become a staple in developing muscle and strength in the shoulders. These exercises can include a variety of movements from an overhead shoulder press, pull up, overhead squat, handstand, barbell snatch, clean and jerk, and multiple variations of exercises where your arms are in a position above your head. For the sake of this article, I am going to specifically address movements where you are pressing or holding a weight overhead.


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Topics: Strength Training, The Strength Athlete, CrossFit, Functional Fitness

As a New Mom, Why Am I Peeing My Pants?

You are a tired new mom, finally out for a run. This is your time - you get a small break - a little time alone. It’s finally fall and beautiful out. You tie your shoes and start down the block. All is right with the world, UNTIL - hard stop. Wait….Was that PEE?? 


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Topics: Pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Health

How Much Do You Value Physical Therapy?

Posted by Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance on August 27, 2019 at 1:09 AM

As co-pays for physical therapy visits approach $50, it’s only natural to start questioning if you’re really getting your money’s worth.


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Topics: The Value of Physical Therapy

What Can Princeton University Learn From Activcore?

Posted by Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance on August 19, 2019 at 1:02 AM

Michelle Cesan, former Princeton University Field Hockey Player and member of the USA National Field Hockey Team, had been dealing with back issues for over a year. She reported, “Though I was able to get temporary relief through heat, massage and chiropractic means, nothing lasted more than a day.” Her coaches, trainers and doctors were unsure of the root cause of her symptoms, since both the MRI and bone scan were negative. Michelle was beginning to think she would have to live with the pain. That was until an Athletic Trainer from Princeton University recommended Activcore.


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Topics: Movement Assessment, Pain Relief Treatments, Performance training

Activcore Discusses the Topic of Pain

Posted by Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance on August 12, 2019 at 11:48 PM

The War on Pain has begun! But in order to defeat this enemy, we first have to understand it.


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Topics: Pain Relief Treatments

Activcore Helps Professional Hockey Players Develop a Smarter, Balanced Body

Posted by Dr. Nick Passe, Physical Therapist at Activcore on August 6, 2019 at 3:38 PM

Three times a year, I have the exciting opportunity to teach about the power of neuromuscular activation to the Washington Capitals NHL Hockey Team.


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Topics: SFMA, Movement Assessment, Performance training

How Can Push-Ups Relieve Low Back Pain?

Posted by Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance on July 23, 2019 at 9:19 PM

Two physical therapy studies here suggest push-ups in slings are superior to ground based push-ups for improving function of the lumbar muscles. Low back pain patients responded well to this type of muscle activation.


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Topics: Pain Relief Treatments, Redcord research, Performance training

What Can a Functional Movement Assessment Do For You?

When evaluating clients early in my career, I would always focus just on their painful areas. When treating those painful spots, I would sometimes be successful, but often I would have to search elsewhere on the body in order to achieve any significant relief of pain. I had no clear cut path or system to zero in on the actual source of their pain. That was until I took the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) a few years ago with Mike Voight as the head instructor.


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Topics: SFMA, Movement Assessment, Pain Relief Treatments