6 Surprising Ways Stress Causes Back Pain and How to Manage It

woman with stress and back pain

Have you ever noticed how your back pain seems to flare up when you’re stressed out? Well, when we’re under stress, our bodies react in ways that can exacerbate pain and make it harder to manage. In this blog, we’ll dive into why stress contributes to back pain and share practical tips on how to…

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Is Walking Good for Sciatica? What You Need to Know

Is walking good for sciatica - man walking in woodland

Is walking good for sciatica? If you’ve been struggling with the pain and discomfort that comes with this condition, you might be wondering if adding more steps to your day could help or hurt. As a physical therapist, I’ve seen many patients find relief through gentle, consistent movement and walking can be a great way…

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5 Essential Desk Stretches to Combat Sitting All Day

woman doing desk stretch

Do you ever feel stiff and achy after sitting at your desk all day? You’re not alone! Prolonged sitting can wreak havoc on your body, causing everything from neck and shoulder pain to tight hamstrings and poor posture. But with a few simple desk stretches, you can combat these negative effects and feel much better.…

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How Physical Therapy Can Help Alleviate Gout Pain

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If you’ve ever experienced the sharp, intense pain of a gout flare-up, you know just how debilitating it can be. Gout pain can make even the simplest tasks feel impossible and can really take a toll on your daily life. But here’s some good news: physical therapy can play a huge role in helping to…

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Is Trail Running Bad for Your Joints? 5 Myths Debunked

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“Is trail running bad for your joints?” This question often comes up among runners in Washington State, where the beautiful trails attract outdoor enthusiasts. With the growing popularity of trail running, many people worry about the impact on their joint health. In this blog, we’ll debunk five common myths this style of running and joint…

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5 Signs You Might Have Ankle Arthritis

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Do you ever wonder if the persistent pain in your ankle could be something more serious, like ankle arthritis? As a physical therapist, I often see patients who are unsure about the causes of their ankle pain. Ankle arthritis can be a sneaky condition, gradually coming on through a variety of symptoms. In this blog,…

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Is Running Really That Bad For Your Knees?

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Is running really bad for your knees? It’s a question we get asked a lot. And with knee pain from running being one of the most common complaints among runners, it’s easy to see why this topic garners so much attention. As a physical therapist, I want to dive into this debate and shed some…

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5 Paddling Mistakes That Lead to Injuries and How to Avoid Them

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Paddling and kayaking in Washington during summer is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors, but did you know that improper paddling techniques can lead to serious injuries? As a physical therapist, I’ve seen firsthand how common paddling mistakes can turn an enjoyable activity into a painful experience. In this blog, we’re going to…

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5 Proven Ways to Ward Off Back Pain While Gardening

a woman wearing a straw hat and black apron cutting a potted plant having back pain during gardening

Now that spring has sprung, many of us are itching to get out into our gardens. It’s the perfect time to plant, prune, and prepare those beds for the coming months. Gardening is a fantastic way to stay active. However, it can come with its challenges, particularly when it comes to our backs. As a…

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5 Effective Ways to Heal a Pulled Chest Muscle Quickly

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A pulled chest muscle can cause sharp pain and discomfort, limiting daily activities and physical participation. Whether it happens during a workout, while lifting heavy objects, or due to sudden movements, healing a pulled chest muscle quickly is crucial for a speedy recovery. In this blog post, we will explore five effective methods to help…

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