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Prone to Ankle Injuries? Here is What you are Probably Doing Wrong

Ankles sprains are a very common injury with > 630,000 occurring annually.  Sadly, most common ankle injuries could have been prevented if more attention was paid to strengthening the lower body and core correctly.   If you’ve been a victim of an ankle injury, here’s where you have likely gone wrong …

Jul 17

Why Changing Your Posture is Your Best Posture [VIDEOS]

Most of us spend the bulk of our days sitting. We sit in a car or the subway on the way to work, we sit at work for at least 8 hours, then we sit at home on the couch as we decompress from the day. The world we live in causes us to engage in a more sedentary lifestyle but it may be more detrimental than you think. Recent research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. This includes obesity and a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels that make up metabolic syndrome. Too much sitting overall and prolonged periods of sitting also seem to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Jul 10

Are you Breathing Properly? Proper Breathing is the Key to Healthy Living

“Drop your shoulders”, “Don’t let your shoulders be your earrings”, “Relax your chest and shoulders”……these are the cues that many of us with neck, back, and shoulder pain may hear from a medical provider.  However, elevated shoulders are not something that could just be released down with increased awareness.  Why not? Because elevated shoulders are the result of improper breathing. If you are a chest breather (incorrect) instead of a belly breather (correct) than you need to elevate your shoulders in order to get air into your lungs. Unfortunately, modern life has caused many of us to lose the ability to use our main breathing muscle, the diaphragm, to breathe.  Instead, we use our shoulders, upper chest, neck and back muscles to inhale, creating a shallow and rapid breathing pattern and elevated shoulders.

Jul 03

BetterPT Supports NYC Triathlon Competitors Before and After the Race

It’s almost here! The epic NYC Triathlon , where you get to race through the busiest streets of NYC, swim 1.5k in the current filled Hudson River and bike 40k on the Hudson Parkway to the Bronx and back. We know how hard you have prepared for this race and ...

Jun 26

How Physical Therapy Saved My Gymnastics Career

The sport of gymnastics can be considered one of the hardest in the world. People are in awe with the athletes’ incredible talent, how their bodies move while in mid-air, and the level of strength it takes to tumble at unimaginable heights, yet make and stick their landings, flip on a four-inch piece of wood, and swing on metal poles. It is mesmerizing how effortless these movements look and we often wonder how their bodies seem so indestructible. However, behind these impeccable flips and twists comes with hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and unfortunately, multiple injuries.

Jun 19

The Science and Art of Creating a Positive Culture within Your PT Practice

In order to build and maintain a successful physical therapy practice, every member of your team needs to feel invested in the organization in a meaningful way. Yet Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace report shows that only “21% of employees strongly agree their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work.” If your team isn’t motivated to do outstanding work, you won’t have an outstanding practice-it’s that simple.

Jun 12