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Happy Hips *low difficulty hip Jan 20, 2022

How you use your hips and low back will determine how much stress you put on the joints of your entire leg. In this movement improvement series, you will learn how to comfortably improve hip mobility by releasing tense muscles in your low back and groin and engaging underutilized muscles in your...

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Get More From Your Feet *low difficulty foot Jan 13, 2022

Take notice of how your feet interact with the floor. Your ability to allow your foot to make easy contact with the floor and still support your arch has a large impact on how you walk, how you stand, and how well you can balance. In this movement improvement session, you will explore your...

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Un-Stiffen Your Hands & Fingers *low difficulty hands Jan 06, 2022

Over half of all women and one-quarter of all men will experience stiffness in their hands and fingers due to arthritis at some point in their lives. It is one of the most common arthritic conditions. We have patterns of movement that dictate the way we use our fingers to pinch, grab, or carry...

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Manage Painful Arthritis Flare-Ups Through Focused Breathing *low difficulty breathing pain relief Dec 25, 2021

Painful flare-ups are inevitable when you live with a chronically painful condition like arthritis. Flare-ups can be caused by physical activity, mental or emotional stress, immune system activity, sleep quality, nutrition, and even the weather. No matter what the cause of your pain flare-up...

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Looser Hips & Low Back *medium difficulty hip low back Dec 16, 2021

Reduce arthritis pain by practicing moving your hips into rotation. Explore the relationship between low back and pelvis movement and freedom in the hips. You will learn to release chronically tight muscles in the inner thighs to allow for greater freedom of movement. By the end of this session,...

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Easier Neck And Shoulder Rotation *medium difficulty neck shoulder Dec 09, 2021

Muscle tension in the neck will limit your ability to rotate both your neck and shoulders. In this video, you will explore that relationship. You will begin to feel the connection between neck position, muscle tension, and shoulder mobility. You will also practice movement with less muscle...

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The Neck, Shoulder, Chest, Low Back, and Hips Stretch *medium difficulty low back neck posture shoulder Dec 02, 2021

Explore this movement series to retrain your spine to twist, your chest to open, your neck to rotate, and your hips to expand. In normal daily activities, we turn our head and chest on a fixed lower body. In this movement improvement session, you will turn in the opposite manner twisting your...

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Build Better Balance *medium difficulty balance Nov 25, 2021

Perform a series of reaching exercises to expand your cone of balance. This series will help you identify which directions you are most vulnerable to balance loss and help you to improve. You will learn to use the mobility in your spine that you gained in the "flexible  Spine" series to...

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Test Your Balance *low difficulty balance Nov 18, 2021

Your balance system is comprised of 3 main sensory inputs, vision, inner ear, and joint receptors. In this series of progressively challenging balance exercises, you will test each of the systems and learn which of them might be deficient and contributing to balance loss. 

You will also test...

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Flexible Spine Part 3: Twisting *low difficulty low back neck Nov 11, 2021

This video is the final of the three-part series on making your spine more flexible. In this video, you will explore how your spine twists and work on allowing it to move with greater ease and comfort. This movement improvement session starts with smaller, less taxing movements and then gets...

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Flexible Spine Part 2: Side Bending *medium difficulty low back neck Nov 04, 2021

Spinal side bending mobility is often overlooked, but it is a key component to many daily activities such as walking or standing on one leg and even breathing. In this video, you will perform a series of movements that allow you to explore your ability to side bend and discover where restrictions...

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Flexible Spine Part 1: Flexion and Extension *medium difficulty abdominals low back neck Oct 28, 2021

 'You are on as young as your spine is flexible" - Joseph Pilates

The spine can move in 3 planes of motion.  In the first of this three-part series, you will explore moving your spine into flexion and extension or bending forward in backward. This gentle but challenging movement...

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Longer Stronger Legs *medium difficulty hip knees low back strength Oct 21, 2021

Gravity is constantly pushing down on your body. You can either absorb those downward forces, compressing your joints, and straining your tissues, or you can resist that downward force with longer, stronger legs. In this movement improvement session, you will learn how to lengthen your legs...

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Un-Round Your Upper Back *medium difficulty posture shoulder Oct 14, 2021

Undo all of those hours of sitting with this movement improvement session. If you feel like you are a little rounded in the upper back, or your shoulders sit a little forward, or your head hangs in front of your shoulders, then you need to try this video. You will explore how easily your...

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Is there really such a thing as good posture? article posture Oct 14, 2021

As a practicing physical therapist for over 20 years, I can’t look at someone and not notice their posture. It would be like trying to look at these words and not read them. I will involuntarily begin to analyze how they carry themselves and consider the reasons their body has adopted that...

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Shoulder Circles *low difficulty low back neck shoulder Oct 07, 2021

If I was only allowed to do one movement improvement routine for the rest of my life it would be this one. Shoulder circles are a great way to free up the entire spine, from neck to mid-back to low-back. They also create freedom in the hips and shoulders. In this session you will learn to find...

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Easy Arms Overhead *low difficulty daily function shoulder Sep 30, 2021

Getting your arms over your head is a very complex coordination of actions between the arm, the shoulder blade, and the ribs and mid-back. People often subconsciously hold down their shoulder blades or stiffen their torsos restricting arm movement. This makes raising the arms strenuous and can...

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Connect To Your Core While Standing *low difficulty daily function low back Sep 23, 2021

We don't live life laying down, so it is important to practice core control skills in a standing position. In this session, we will take the skill that you have developed in using your core from laying, to standing against the wall, to standing with support, to freestanding. By the end of this...

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Turning Movement Into Music: Facts and Myths About Your Core article Sep 22, 2021

You can’t pick up any health or fitness magazine these days without seeing an article about “strengthening your core”. Usually flanked by pictures of well-muscled models with washboard abs doing planks or sit-ups. The idea of the core has become so misappropriated in the media...

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Using Your Core To Move Your Limbs *low difficulty daily function low back Sep 19, 2021

Healthy movement begins at your center. The ability to use your core muscles to drive movement in the limbs will make you stronger and allow you to move more easily and with less pain. Being strong is important, but if you are not able to coordinate that strength to harmoniously engage with the...

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Foundations For Your Core: Freeing Your Pelvis *low difficulty abdominals low back Sep 17, 2021

Discover the strength that is already inside of you. In this session, you will learn how to unlock your pelvis so it can move freely. This will enable you to position yourself in more efficient positions with standing, walking, and climbing stairs.

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Foundations For Stairclimbing 2: Going Down *medium difficulty daily function knees Sep 10, 2021

Going downstairs is a significantly different activity than going up. Descending stairs requires different muscle coordination, produces strain in different areas, and requires your muscles to work in a different way as compared to ascending. Last week we broke down the process for going...

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Why Distance Running Doesn't Cause Arthritis article daily function Sep 10, 2021

Marathon runners are less likely to have knee arthritis than the general population. That was the conclusion of a 2018 study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Of the 675 distance runners studied, each with a minimum of 5 marathons completed, and a mean age of 48, arthritis was reported by...

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Foundations For Stairclimbing: Going Up *medium difficulty daily function knees Sep 03, 2021

Climbing stairs is a complex movement that requires a number of different skills to all come together seamlessly. Inability in even one piece of the movement can cause compensations leading to joint breakdown and pain. 

In this video, I break down the act of climbing stairs into its key...

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