Thursday, November 25, 2010

What is the Real Buzz behind Hot Yoga and Bikram Yoga?

Guest Blogger: Danielle Clark, DPT

Being quite a bit of a yoga aficionado I finally decided to do a little background and clinical research into these latest yoga trends. In retrospect, I may have chosen the best topic to blog about, since I didn’t know that hot yoga and Bikram yoga are two very different practices!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reebok EasyTones and Skechers Shape-Ups

Guest Blogger: Rebecca Lingerfelt, DPT

The latest shoe technology has introduced unstable shoes like Reebok EasyTones and Skechers Shape-Ups. The theory of the unstable shoe is that walking on uneven surfaces improves posture and muscle strength by requiring muscles to be active more frequently. It is important to note that the majority of these shoes are designed for walking; however, newer models have appeared for running.

Water, Exercise, and Pregnancy

One of the most common ailments that come with pregnancy is back pain.  In fact, according to the North American Spine Society, half of all pregnant women will experience back pain.  The cause is simply due to weight gain.  In any other circumstance, back pain can be very effectively managed with diet and exercise.  Unfortunately, weight gain is not reversible for the nine months of pregnancy.  So, what is a woman to do?  Exercise? 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Aquatic Physical Therapy

Aquatic therapy is one of the oldest forms of treatment, dating back to Roman times.  Bathing in hot mineral springs was used in classical medicine as an effective means to treat disease and injury, since the time of Hypocrites.  Today, physical therapists continue to use and develop aquatic therapy principles and techniques for the benefit of a wide range of injuries and conditions.