Posts Tagged ‘shoulder’

Opinion: Why Physical Therapy Doesn’t Work

Having been a physical therapist since 2005, I have seen plenty of sub-optimal rehab strategies and less-than-stellar patient care. There are definitely excellent clinicians in the field and most have good intentions, but there are just as many average or worse therapists out there as well. Furthermore, the insurance model is restrictive and has very…

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Can You Predict the Future of Your Health?

A few weeks ago, I discussed the role that physical therapy has in maintaining optimal health and slowing down the effects of aging. Today, I want to expand on that. As some would say: in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Our futures are never truly set in…

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How Physical Therapy Predicts Your Future

In my opinion, Physical Therapy as a profession has done a very poor job of explaining all that we can do. Unfortunately, most folks think of us only after they’ve gotten hurt and have seen a doctor for specific musculoskeletal issues like an ankle sprain, rotator cuff tear, or spine surgery. For these folks physical…

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How to Stop "Text Neck" From Killing You

Are you looking down at your phone right now to read this article? “Text neck” is no longer an isolated phenomenon. It is a real problem that is not only killing your manners and your mood; it’s also killing your neck. A recent NYTimes article focused a good deal on the social implications of text…

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Why Your Bench Press Sucks

When it comes to the bench press, I see it almost all the time. Everywhere I go it seems like there is at least one person doing the bench press, or variations of it, all wrong. I’ve seen the issues that I’m about to detail below almost everywhere, from the large commercial gyms where everything…

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Build A Bigger Bench With Specialized Equipment: Part 2

In the first part of this blog post, we went over 4 different ways to bench press that could ultimately help you build a bigger bench. For the bench press, you can use a standard barbell, dumbbells, Swiss bar, or Duffalo bar as means towards that goal, and the reason you want to change things…

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Build A Bigger Bench With Specialized Equipment

Having a standard barbell is one of the most crucial elements for any gym to call itself, well, an actual gym. The one that you’re most likely to find is called an Olympic bar, weighing in at 44 lbs and 7.2 feet long; with loadable ends on either side of a 4.3 foot-long shaft. The…

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Move of the Week: Landmine Push Press

Isn’t the weather such a tease? Well, you can always rely on Move of the Week! No tease here. THE MOVE: Landmine Push Press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Vertical push: shoulders, posterior chain. WHY DO IT: We’ve featured the landmine on this blog more than once before, and that’s because it really is quite versatile. It is…

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Move of the Week: Frankenstein Squat

Winter is in full swing here…but let’s throw it back to Halloween with Frankenstein today! THE MOVE: Frankenstein Squat MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Squat: quads, glutes, hamstrings, core. WHY DO IT: Have you ever had trouble with the front-rack position in front squats or reverse lunges? In a previous Move of the Week, we showed you…

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Move of the Week: Dumbbell Z-press

We’re getting snowed in here in New York, but that doesn’t mean that the Move of the Week train is stopping! THE MOVE: Dumbbell Z-press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Vertical push: shoulders, core. WHY DO IT: If you think that you are good at overhead pressing, today’s move will make you reconsider that thought. As long…

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