Welcome to Our Physical Therapy Blog

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The Symmetry Physical Therapy Team

There’s so much information out there about exercise, injury prevention, treatment, and the human body in general. It’s our mission and passion at Symmetry Physical Therapy to provide you with up to date, evidence-based knowledge for anything you’d want to know about how to move better and live the healthiest life possible. That’s what our blog is for! Our physical therapists post weekly topics on everything from the best exercises to do for that pesky runner’s knee to the science behind our methods in the clinic – all so you can stay informed and learn a bit along the way. The human body is an amazing thing and we want to provide a solid resource for any questions you might have, dispel any myths out there, and provide the best ways to keep yourself pain-free and moving the way you want to.

Our posts will help you learn about anatomy, understand movement dysfunctions, and teach you how to overcome those dysfunctions. We hit on topics that are relevant, cutting-edge, and sometimes even a bit controversial – all to keep you informed. Check back each week for a new post and become more aware, prepared, and educated – it’s what we’re all about here at Symmetry.

Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to not only get our weekly blog posts, but to get daily videos, pictures, and information tailored to YOU and your goals. There’s no one-size-fits all approach to physical therapy, and at Symmetry Physical Therapy, we embody that notion. We hope you enjoy our blog and stay tuned!


312018Aug
Running Injuries: Mechanism and Intervention

Running Injuries: Mechanism and Intervention

Foot and knee injuries are the most commonly seen running injuries. These overuse injuries can almost always be corrected with physical therapy. Many of these overuse injuries occur due to muscular imbalances and poor biomechanics that have developed due to repetitive incorrect motion. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome This typically presents as anterior knee pain, around the patella….

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172018Aug
What’s New At Symmetry Physical Therapy?

What’s New At Symmetry Physical Therapy?

Symmetry is growing! Finally, we have decided to expand the clinic. Because our patient list is growing, the clinic is following suit! So what does this mean for your current physical therapy sessions? As we remodel the clinic, our physical therapists will continue to provide dedicated one-on-one physical therapy care (just with a little more…

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22018Jul
Is Your Diaphragm Contributing to Your Back Pain?

Is Your Diaphragm Contributing to Your Back Pain?

Low back pain is a very common orthopedic condition that brings people to physical therapy. There are many factors that play into an individual’s back pain, making it one of the hardest areas of body to treat. Recent literature has keyed in on breathing patterns and diaphragm dysfunction as a factor contributing to lower back…

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82018Jun
Flexibility vs. Mobility: What’s the Difference?

Flexibility vs. Mobility: What’s the Difference?

Chances are you’ve seen an Instagram account or two (or ten) promoting mobility challenges.  These include exercises that require motion at many joints to perform correctly. So you’re probably thinking, I can stretch for 5 minutes and then try this exercise again with a better result. By doing this, you might not see the results…

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42017Oct
Core Stability: Why is it Important?

Core Stability: Why is it Important?

Your core is the centerpiece of your body; Your core is a connection point for all limbs of the body. Also, your core is the area where all motion and energy are transmitted to other parts of the body. Core stability is thought of as the trunks ability to move on the pelvis in such…

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192017Sep
Benefits of Unilateral Exercise

Benefits of Unilateral Exercise

What is a Unilateral exercise? Unilateral means “one sided”; an exercise performed on one side of the body, or with one limb. Bilateral means “both sides”; an exercise performed with both sides of the body or with both limbs. For example, A piston would be considered a unilateral exercise, where a squat would be considered…

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122017Sep

How to Challenge your Balance to Train it

How the Body’s Balance System works: Balance relies on three distinct systems to come together: your eyes for sight, your inner ear for vestibular input, and then the bottom of your feet for proprioception. Your brain takes all the sensory input from these three areas of the body, and with that information tells your muscles…

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292017Aug
The Strategies to Maintain Balance

The Strategies to Maintain Balance

What are the Strategies? As humans, we have evolved methods to take in order to preserve our bodies to the best of our abilities. One of these remarkable mechanisms is how we maintain our balance as a bi-pedal (two-legged) species. Its our bodies very own unconscious defense mechanism that helps us prevent against falls when…

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222017Aug
Why is Hip Mobility so important?

Why is Hip Mobility so important?

Why is Hip Mobility Important? Hip mobility is essential to the proper full functioning of the hip joint. While the hip joint is meant to be more stable and less mobile than the shoulder joint, it can still be extremely limiting and even harmful if the hip joint lacks its full mobility.  There are many…

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152017Aug
3 Reasons Strong Glutes are Important

3 Reasons Strong Glutes are Important

What do your glutes do? There are different glutes; three to be exact: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. Together, these muscles are responsible for hip extension, internal rotation, and abduction of the hip. The glute medius and minimus work together to promote hip abduction and prevent hip adduction. These muscle come in most handy when…

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82017Aug
What is Contract-Relax Stretching?

What is Contract-Relax Stretching?

What is Contract-Relax Stretching? Contract-relax stretching is a form of PNF stretching. PNF stands for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. What does that mean? It means that it uses natural reflexes to further the stretching response. In contract-relax stretching, you must first isometrically contract the opposite muscle. Then after contracting, try to further stretch the intended target. For…

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