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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...

Using Rucking to Improve Your Fitness and Bone Density

Rucking, the straightforward yet powerful exercise of walking with a weighted backpack, combines the benefits of bone density health and strength training. The added weight provides a resistance that engages various muscle groups, promoting strength and muscle development throughout the body. This not only enhances overall physical fitness but also contributes to improved metabolism and...

The percentage of Americans who obtain enough physical activity through their occupational activities continues to fall due to technological advances. Currently, a large percentage of Americans can work their entire day from the seated position leading to decreased short and long term health outcomes. Interestingly, research has shown an individual’s time spent in sedentary activities...

The CDC reports over 2/3 of Americans are either overweight or obese with less than 1/3 reaching the recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week (21 minutes per day). Weight loss is a complicated, multifactorial process but many researchers recommend the combination of diet and exercise to reduce body mass. Diet has the greatest impact...

Authors estimate close to 64 million adults in the United States have bunions on their first toe and 200,000 will elect for surgery to treat this painful area of the foot. The surgery is not without risk and around 15% of patients undergoing surgery will require a 2nd revision. Bunions are defined as an increase...

Low back pain remains the most common musculoskeletal diagnosis seen by primary care providers including Physical Therapists. While the majority of cases of low back pain are not serious in nature symptoms tend to be recurrent and can become chronic (> 3 months) if left untreated. As low back pain progresses from acute to chronic...

We have previous discussed the limitations of orthotics to control lower extremity alignment.  Another common reason for orthotic use is to control the degree of pronation or flattening of the foot during foot strike in walking and running.  The theory believes orthotics are able to impact force absorption by controlling this motion at the foot...