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I Stand Corrected! 5 Common Fitness Myths

I Stand Corrected! 5 Common Fitness Myths

When only one in three adults get the recommended amount of physical activity their bodies need each week (according to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition), it’s difficult for we as physical therapists to find fault when an...

6 Physical Therapy Myths during National PT Month

6 Physical Therapy Myths during National PT Month

MESA, AZ – October is National Physical Therapy Month, a time when physical therapists like Courtney Warren of Mesa not only celebrate their profession, but also educate others about the role physical therapy plays in improving the health...

5 Exercises for Improving Balance & Preventing Falls

5 Exercises for Improving Balance & Preventing Falls

When we’re young, falls are treated as teaching opportunities. “Get back on your feet, brush yourself off and keep moving toward your goals,” we were told.  But as we age, falls take on a much greater significance. When someone of advanced age falls, they tend to...

Save the RICE for First-Aid, Not Healing & Recovery

Save the RICE for First-Aid, Not Healing & Recovery

For decades, the standard and recommended response to an injured muscle, tendon or ligament was to “apply RICE,” an acronym that stands for a protocol of rest, ice, compression and elevation.  Yet these days, according to Mesa physical therapist Courtney Warren, the...

What is Pre-hab and How Can it Help Me Recover Faster?

What is Pre-hab and How Can it Help Me Recover Faster?

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a full-time professional athlete, you know you’re going to be taking your body to its functional limits. But is your body ready for that challenge? Undetected weakness and vulnerabilities could prime you for a devastating injury. If...

How Your Morning Routine Can Change Your Life

How Your Morning Routine Can Change Your Life

When you see a physical therapist for the first time, one of the things they'll stress is the importance of a healthy routine. Our physical therapy providers are experts in helping patients regain their full function again, and they're also incredibly helpful in...

4 Quick Tips for Less Pain and More Energy

4 Quick Tips for Less Pain and More Energy

Do you often feel sluggish, sore, achy, or fatigued? Does it feel like you've been on a treadmill that never stops? Chances are, it's your body's way of sending out the warning signal: It has had too much. Too much sitting while you commute back and forth, too much...

6 Common Back Pain Myths, Debunked

6 Common Back Pain Myths, Debunked

Despite being one of the top causes of disability in the U.S., affecting around eight in 10 people in their lifetimes, back pain is an ailment often misunderstood by those affected, says Performance & Recovery Lab Physical Therapy Mesa physical...

The Difference Between Front Squats and Back Squats

The Difference Between Front Squats and Back Squats

Who doesn’t love a good squat? Long ago, squats were an exercise that was known only to elite athletes who were looking to push their physical fitness level to the limits, but now they are one of the most commonly practiced forms of weightlifting. There are a lot of...

Meal Prepping: Skip it or Start It?

Meal Prepping: Skip it or Start It?

To achieve an optimal level of physical health and wellness, you need more than just a good training routine and physical therapy. A strong body begins with a healthy diet, and when you’re juggling work, school, personal training, and your physical therapy sessions,...

4 Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

4 Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

Whether you're struggling with pain or merely want to look and feel better for an upcoming vacation, these four basic exercises will help you get there. The best part? They are classic moves that have been practiced by athletes for years and are a great way to build...

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