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.

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262017Jun

Can Exercise cause Happiness?

What do I need to know about the brain? Before we tell you: does exercise cause happiness, Let’s learn a little about the brain. The brain has a bunch of nerves that “talk to each other”. Basically, these nerves communicate by passing notes. Notes, in the brain, are chemicals called neurotransmitters. So, these notes (or neurotransmitters)…

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202017Jun

What is so important about the spine?

What makes up the spine? There are 3 major elements that make up the spine: 1. vertebrae: The vertebrae are the bones that make up the spine. These bone’s primary purpose is to provide a hard protective layer around the spinal cord. They also provide an attachment point for the arms, and legs to the center…

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132017Jun
Shoulder stability, why do we need it?

Shoulder stability, why do we need it?

Shoulder stability is important for developing and maintaining healthy shoulders. Before we get into why it is important, let’s look at some shoulder basics. When people think of the shoulder they think of a ball-and-socket joint made up of the arm bone (humerus) and shoulder blade (scapula). However, the shoulder is so much more complex….

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312017May
Eccentrics for tendinopathy?

Eccentrics for tendinopathy?

What is tendinopathy? “Tendinopathy” is an umbrella term for any painful condition going on within a tendon. And remember, tendons are what connect muscles to their origins and insertions on bones. These types of conditions come about from things like overuse injuries – like “runner’s knee”, which stems from overuse of the patellar tendon from…

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242017May
What’s the deal with foam rolling?

What’s the deal with foam rolling?

Perhaps one of the biggest buzzwords in the fitness and physical therapy communities is “foam rolling.” Isn’t that what everyone recommends doing these days? Walk into any gym and you’ll see foam rollers of all shapes and sizes – chances are, you probably even have one tucked away in your closet or the corner of…

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172017May
Cryotherapy: The ‘Cool’ New Way to Recover

Cryotherapy: The ‘Cool’ New Way to Recover

The Symmetry Physical Therapy Team took a trip to CryoXtreme in Brickell to give whole body cryotherapy a shot. It sounds a bit like sci-fi movie, but cryotherapy is actually used to boost recovery and help with a ton of diseases* that we see a lot in the physical therapy world: Ankylosing spondylitis: Pain inhibits patients…

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102017May
What You Need to Know About Thoracic Mobility

What You Need to Know About Thoracic Mobility

This week we’re diving into the importance of mobility in the thoracic spine, a region that commonly becomes less mobile and more stiff, resulting in pain and faulty movement patterns. If we take a joint-by-joint approach, we can see that each joint in the body has a primary need based on the way it’s designed and…

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32017May

What type of squat works for you?

We’ve discussed briefly about high bar vs. low bar squats, so let’s take a deeper look at the biomechanics behind each type and who would be best suited to perform each variation. High Bar Squat You’ll probably see this variation more often in the gym – it’s when the bar is situated right on top…

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122017Apr
Do you have weak glutes?

Do you have weak glutes?

Remember when we talked about standing on one leg to see if your hip on the opposite side of your stance leg dropped? When we do that, we’re actually looking at the strength of your gluteus medius- one of the three gluteus muscles (maximus, minimus and medius). As “gluteus medius” kind of sounds like a…

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292017Mar
Proximal Stability for Distal Mobility

Proximal Stability for Distal Mobility

“Proximal stability for distal mobility.” You might be wondering what on earth that means. Well, it’s a pretty important concept and one that we are huge proponents of at Symmetry Physical Therapy in Downtown Miami. This phrase basically means that in order to have proper functioning and mobility in distal structures – like our legs…

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232017Mar
How does TENS work?

How does TENS work?

Chances are you’ve heard of TENS before – that’s transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation. It’s what looks super high-tech in PT clinics with electrodes, wires, and fancy equipment. Aside from giving you that tingling sensation and maybe some muscle twitches, are you familiar with how it works in giving you pain relief? There are some different…

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