112017Jul

3 Causes of Hamstring Tightness

Before we can dive into what may cause hamstring tightness, it is important to understand exactly what the hamstring muscle group does for the body. HAMSTRING ANATOMY: The “Hamstring” is actually a group of three muscles on the back of the leg. These hamstring muscles work together to collectively perform hip extension (lifting your leg…

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52017Jul

The Difference between Exercise Variation and Movement Variation

This piece explains what exercise variation and movement variation are, and how they can help or hurt your training if not implemented appropriately. WHAT IS EXERCISE VARIATION? Exercise variation is exactly what it sounds like. It means you do a bunch of different kinds of exercises. Exercise variation can be in reference to one workout, or…

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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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