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How to Use a Suspension Trainer

  Today we’ll be highlighting another great tool that can be added to your exercise routine: a suspension trainer. Commonly referred to as TRX, the suspension trainer can be a great tool for using your own body weight as resistance. In our PTtip video, Dr. Alex Tan, PT, DPT, demonstrates how to perform a full […]

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Trigger Point Release Using the TheraCane and Tennis Ball

We’ve highlighted several great tools to use within your exercise routine such as the foam roller, Theraband Flexbar, and Theraband. Today’s post will highlight other great tools that can be used like a simple tennis ball and the TheraCane that can both aid in self-massage techniques for myofascial and trigger point release. In our PTtip […]

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On-the-Go Exercises

We hope everyone has been enjoying the summer! It is hard to believe it’s already August and the start of a new school year is quickly approaching. Today’s post will highlight a few quick and easy on-the-go exercises for your workout routine! These are great exercises to have in your ‘toolkit’ for when you’re traveling […]

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Foam Roller Exercises

Today’s post will highlight exercises that help with releasing the muscles and mobilizing the joints of the thoracic spine and releasing your glute muscles through the use of a foam roller. Although one of our very first PTtip videos here at Physical Therapy First, it is a great one to keep in mind with the […]

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Strengthening Exercises to Help with Lateral Elbow Pain

Now that the weather is finally warm and sunny, it is the perfect time to get active and spend time outdoors! It is prime-time for outdoor activities like playing tennis, fishing, or golfing. Despite being fun, these activities can lead to overuse injuries and increase the risk of lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as tennis […]

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Using Leukotape for Shin Splints

Leuko-taping, as described in our previous PTtip video,  is a taping technique our therapists use on our patients to relieve pain associated with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or shin splints. Specifically, today’s post will focus on how to effectively apply leukotape for shin splints. Shin splints are often felt along the inner edge of the shinbone, and […]

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Shoulder Range of Motion and Exercises on How to Improve It

The summer months are finally here, and baseball season is in full swing! For all the baseball players out there, or for those who enjoy playing catch, today’s post will feature how to test your shoulder range of motion. This can help you determine if you have tightness in your throwing shoulder, and offer a […]

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Simple Stretches for the Lower Back

Are you suffering from lower back pain and stiffness? Since many of us have experienced tightness in our lower backs at some point in our lives, it’s important to know how to combat it. Have you felt stiffness in your lower back first thing in the morning after waking up or at different times throughout […]

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Hip Strengthening Exercises

  Did you read our last two blog posts featuring desk exercises and seated chair exercises that can be performed anywhere with simply the use of a chair? Today’s post follows up with some hip strengthening exercises that can be performed anywhere! These exercises are great because the do not require equipment and minimal space is […]

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Seated Chair Exercises

Our last blog post featured desk exercises for neck tension that can be performed while sitting at your workstation. Today’s post will highlight additional seated chair exercises that can be done right from your desk! These exercises are great  because they only require the use of a chair and can be modified by either using […]

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