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Walking Shown To Reduce Recurrence Of Low Back Pain

Low back pain remains the most common reason patients seek care from a primary care physician and Physical Therapist.  At our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics we effectively treat patients with low back pain utilizing education, manual therapy, and exercise.  Based on our available medical evidence we know low back pain symptoms...

What Exercise Intensity Is Best For Improving My VO2 Max?

One of our best measures of an individual’s fitness and overall physical health is the VO2 max.  This measurement allows us to determine the body’s ability to bring in and utilize oxygen during activity.  In our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics we often use heart rate or ratings of perceived exertion to...

How Often Should I Take A Break From Sitting?

As a country we have become more sedentary due to technological advances at work.  Allowing employees to sit and work from a computer work station for most of their day without requiring much standing, walking, or physical activity in the workplace.  Medical evidence continues to identify uninterrupted, long duration sitting is the most hazardous of...

What Are The Most Effective Treatments For Headache?

Headaches are one of the most common reasons patients seek care by a Physical Therapist.  In our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy practices we have found optimal outcomes and fewer visits for treating many headaches types including cervicogenic headaches.  These headaches are driven from the neck (cervical spine) and cause pain referral to...

Does Playing Soccer Cause Knee Arthritis?

Our understanding of knee arthritis has changed significantly over the last 10 years with greater research on knee cartilage as well as the process of arthritis.  Knee arthritis remains one of the most common diagnoses we see in our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics.  We have moved away from the old “wear...

Taking The Stairs Could Extend Your Lifespan

Nearly half of all Americans do not reach the recommended levels of strength training or aerobic exercise each week.  These sedentary habits lead to a higher health risk for many chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.  Previous research has shown time is one of the major barriers to completing an exercise program...

Consistent Exercise Reduces Harmful Effects Of Reduced Sleep

In our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy offices all of our patients are seeking care at Mend to get back to the activities they enjoy.  All of us would like to get more high quality life out the years we have left.  The research in this area can be summed up easily.  Consistently...

Why Every Cyclist Should Strength Train

It is well known that cycling is considered to be a highly beneficial sport for enhancing cardiovascular fitness, yet studies show little or no corresponding improvement in bone mass. Previous articles have shown that athletes who participate in non-weight bearing sports such as cycling or swimming (and do not also perform concurrent weight bearing exercise)...