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Prevent Injury When Returning to Activity

Prevent Injury When Returning to Activity

After nearly six months of home quarantines, social distancing, gym closures, and cancelled/postponed athletic seasons, it’s been difficult for many to maintain consistent workout routines.  But, as more people begin settling into “new normals”...

Will Running Damage Your Knees? Studies Say No.

Will Running Damage Your Knees? Studies Say No.

Is running bad for your knees?  According to Mesa physical therapist Courtney Warren, this is a common question among both avid runners and those who may start running for exercise or to participate in that first 5K.  For most people,...

Summer Pro Tip: Wear your flip-flops with caution

Summer Pro Tip: Wear your flip-flops with caution

Warmer weather means lighter clothing all around, and footwear is no exception.  But before you grab the flip-flops for summer outings and activities, physical therapists join other medical professionals in offering a word of caution: long-term...

Walk Away from Back Pain & Toward a Healthier You

Walk Away from Back Pain & Toward a Healthier You

The man who wrote the words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” was later quick to document what he discovered to be another unquestioning truth.  “The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises, walking is best,” Thomas...

Create New, Healthy Habits That Help You Get Through the Pandemic

Create New, Healthy Habits That Help You Get Through the Pandemic

Many of our daily routines have been upended by COVID-19 and the attempts we’ve all made to abide by phrases that weren’t so familiar at the start of 2020: social distancing, sheltering-in-place, and flattening the curve.  And, as we “self-isolate” at...

Create an At-Home Workspace to Stay Pain-Free

Create an At-Home Workspace to Stay Pain-Free

As millions transition into working from home to help thwart the spread of the coronavirus, maintaining both comfort and productivity has no doubt been an issue for many.  While in-office workstations are often designed around ergonomic considerations and...

Surgery Delayed by COVID-19? Physical Therapy Can Help.

Surgery Delayed by COVID-19? Physical Therapy Can Help.

In an attempt to salvage supplies and resources during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many U.S. hospitals and medical institutions have opted to postpone elective surgeries.  This includes non-emergency surgeries scheduled...

Mesa Wellness: 5 Exercise Ideas During COVID-19 Social Distancing

Mesa Wellness: 5 Exercise Ideas During COVID-19 Social Distancing

As the country bands together to slow the spread of COVID-19 (a.k.a., the coronavirus) through the practice of social distancing, many have found their regularly exercise routines disrupted.  Gym closures, group fitness class cancellations and the closing of...

Why Flexibility Matters as You Grow Older

Why Flexibility Matters as You Grow Older

Though it often takes a back seat to strength and cardiovascular fitness, flexibility plays a critical role in ensuring one is able to maintain a high level of independence and mobility during their Golden Years. While our muscles and tendons tend to naturally shrink...

Artists: Don’t Let Pain or Injury Dampen Your Creative Spirit

Artists: Don’t Let Pain or Injury Dampen Your Creative Spirit

We often don’t consider the long-term impact that practicing the fine arts can have on the body. Yet, according to Mesa physical therapist Courtney Warren, dancers, musicians, visual artists and even performing artists are not immune to experiencing pain and injury...

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