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Using Spinal Manipulation For Boulder Back Pain Patients

Spinal manipulation may be one of the oldest forms of treatment in medicine dating at least back to Hippocrates.  This intervention is most commonly performed by Physical Therapists, physicians, and chiropractors.  In our Boulder and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics our Physical Therapists have advanced training in the utilization of manipulation for both the spine and...

Ever hit the brakes on your cycling journey because of knee pain? You’re not alone. Knee pain is a common complaint, especially among cyclists, but it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the ride. This guide dives into the most frequent causes of cycling knee pain and how physical therapy can help, empowering you to identify...

Treating IT Band Pain In Cyclists

Are you an avid cyclist experiencing discomfort along the outside of your thigh, especially during the bottom phase of your cycling motion? You might be dealing with IT band pain, a common issue among recreational cyclists. The iliotibial (IT) band is a thick band of fascia that runs along the outside of the thigh, connecting...

Concussion Increases Risk Of Future Knee Or Ankle Injury

Concussions are a common injury with an estimated incidence of 600 cases each year for each 100,000 people.  Previous researchers have found movement impairments in athletes following concussion which may contribute to the increased injury risk seen in concussed athletes vs. their healthy peers.  Researchers have found athletes who sustain a concussion are at a...

Non Surgical Treatments For Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse (or “POP”) occurs when the muscles and connective tissues that support pelvic organs weaken causing descent of the organ (or organs) from their original positions into the pelvic cavity. The type of prolapse depends on where the weakness occurs and what organs are affected. Organs can prolapse independently of one another or...

How Biofeedback Can Improve Your Pelvic Health Symptoms

What is Biofeedback for the Pelvic Floor? Our Boulder and Lafayette clinics now offer surface EMG biofeedback for pelvic muscle training! Biofeedback for the pelvic floor, or specifically surface EMG (sEMG), is a device that senses muscle activity at the pelvic floor muscles via external electrodes. You can then visually view on the device when...

When Can I Run After A Knee Injury Or Surgery?

A Guide to Returning to Running After Knee Injury or Surgery A common question we receive from patients at our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics is the timeline for a return to activity after an injury or surgery.  Returning to running after a knee injury or surgery can be a significant milestone...

How to improve balance during a handstand

Wrist strategy for maintaining balance in a handstand The handstand is a unique position that requires placing one’s entire weight through the hands. Different strategies can be adopted to maintain balance in the handstand on the floor. Studies looking at successful strategies for maintaining balance in high-level handbalancers concluded that more experienced handbalancers relied on...

Utilizing The Hangboard To Improve Your Rock Climbing

The World of Hangboard Somewhere along your jaunt down the nice wandering cobble set path of life you were unexpectedly jabbed by the climbing bug, its infectious poison penetrating all the way into your soul, leaving your mind consumed with the indomitable desire to get vertical. The only way you have found to cull the...

What are the best exercises for gluteus maximus?

Whether you want to increase your back squat, shave some time off your Fran score, or take fewer breaks on your uphill skin, you will need to focus on glute strength. The gluteus maximus is the largest and most powerful muscle in the human body, and is responsible for hip extension, lateral rotation, and abduction...