Pilates with Kierstin! Thoracic Mobility

Kierstin Elliott Exercise: Thoracic Mobility Set Up: Set up your foam roller vertically (so it runs up and down your spine). Sit on a mat with the end of the foam roller placed right between the bottom tips of your shoulder blades. Lean back into the roller with arms stretched back so hands are gently …

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Exercise, The Female Athlete, and the Pelvic Floor

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT In honor of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day ,September  28, we are exploring the benefits of regular exercise for women as well as addressing some pitfalls (pelvic floor included), that female athletes can fall into too. It is far too often that women find themselves sidelined from their favorite sports …

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Beyond Basics’s Pro-Bono Clinic for PT Day of Service!

Victoria LaManna, DPT October is around the corner! And a busy month for many. Whether you are getting back into the swing of school or work after summer vacation, preparing your Halloween costume or getting ready for all the upcoming holidays right around the corner – there is a lot going on! This time of …

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Our Monthly PT Meeting with Newest Staff PT Christie Silvers!

Christie Silvers, who has an extensive background and training in manual tehcniques spoke on the thoracic spine at our recent PT meeting and how it can effect lumbosacral (low back), pelvic and cervical (neck) dysfunction. She quoted Diane Lee's "rings of dysfunction" and looking for the primary driver as well as Mulligan's snags techniques and …

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Pilates: Scapular Stability and Serratus Push-Ups

By Denise Vidal In our previous two blogs we spoke about the movement of the pelvis in relationship to the legs. Now, we will discuss the relationship between the arms, the shoulder girdle, and the ribs. Like the lower limbs, the upper limbs are only as strong as they are able to maintain proper joint mechanics. One of …

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Pilates: Spine Stretch Forward

By Denise Vidal Building on the twisting movement of the last blog, I would like to share with you a traditional Pilates exercise called the Saw. However, before we progress to the full movement, there is one more fundamental we need to discuss. We need to take a closer look at spinal flexion, and for …

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Pilates: Spinal Extension

By Denise Vidal Continuing with our prone series, we'll now focus on extending the spine while in the prone position. With so much of our lives spent focused on computer screens, our postures have taken on a sort of rounded forward position. Our spinal extensor muscles are continually overstretched, and over time lose their ability …

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