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Happy Pride from MSPT!

Happy Pride from MSPT!

Happy Pride from Movement Systems PT! By Jill McVey, DPT, ATC Pride month is in full swing! While you might ...
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I Want to Ride My Bicycle - Commuting tips for bike month

I Want to Ride My Bicycle – Commuting tips for bike month

I Want to Ride my Bicycle By Julianne Simpson Each year as May and Bike Month arrive, I am so ...
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Texts4Mom - Happy Mother's Day!

Texts4Mom – Happy Mother’s Day!

Texts4Mom - Happy Mother's Day! by Bridget Dwyer Happy Mother's Day! This week, we invited our friend from Fit4Mom Seattle, ...
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Spring Outside with the MSPT Team

Spring Outside with the MSPT Team

Spring Outside with the MSPT Team We love the return of warmer weather and the start of outdoor exercise season ...
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Why Physical Therapy is About More Than ‘Getting Better’

Why Physical Therapy is About More Than ‘Getting Better’

Why Physical Therapy is About More Than ‘Getting Better’ By Carrie Hall, PT, MHS When you make an appointment with ...
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Movement Systems Physical Therapy in Gig Harbor - Pelvic Health Specialty

Movement Systems Physical Therapy in Gig Harbor – Pelvic Health Specialty

Starting on Wednesday, April 3, Movement Systems will have a presence in Gig Harbor at the office of Dr. Cindy ...
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How to Not Pee Your Pants When Laughing – Cure Incontinence with Advice from a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist on Pelvic Floor Muscle Training (aka Kegels)

How to Not Pee Your Pants When Laughing – Cure Incontinence with Advice from a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist on Pelvic Floor Muscle Training (aka Kegels)

A whopping 25-45% of women experience urinary incontinence in their lifetime1. Even though it is common, leaking when you sneeze, jump, cough ...
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No excuses. Lift weights at any age! Advice from a 65 year old.

No excuses. Lift weights at any age! Advice from a 65 year old.

"Deadlifting is my favorite.  That’s been a vast surprise to me since I never thought I’d do free weights, let ...
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5 Reasons Why You Should Try Pilates

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Pilates

Pilates focuses on the powerhouse, which is the core and back muscles or the midsection of your body. These muscles ...
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3 bladder habits you should break

3 bladder habits you should break

Thanks to this design, our bladder "learns" much in the same way the rest of our muscles do – and ...
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Hamstring tightness? Should you be stretching or strengthening?

Hamstring tightness? Should you be stretching or strengthening?

“Tight” muscles, despite the fact they are remaining in a relatively contracted state, are not necessarily strong muscles.  It may ...
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Yoga 101: Tips to make the most of your Yoga practice

Yoga 101: Tips to make the most of your Yoga practice

Initially when I was practicing, the emphasis was on stretching. With more intensive study the past two years, however, I ...
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Dancers, It's time to crosstrain!

Dancers, It’s time to crosstrain!

IT IMPROVES PERFORMANCE. In one study, dancers who participated in a 12 week cross-training program demonstrated significant improvement in the ...
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Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Walking can reduce pain and improve function, mobility, mood, and quality of life without worsening symptoms for those with arthritis ...
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Mood Disorders and Exercise

Mood Disorders and Exercise

Exercise may be an acceptable alternative or adjunctive therapy to enhance mood, functioning, and co-morbid conditions for individuals with mood ...
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Concussions

Concussions

Your risk of a prolonged recovery increases if you have certain specific signs and symptoms. These include: loss of consciousness, ...
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High Intensity Resistance Training for Osteoporosis:  Are we playing it too safe?

High Intensity Resistance Training for Osteoporosis: Are we playing it too safe?

For eight months, half of the women did twice-weekly 30-minute sessions of supervised HiRIT that included deadlifts, overhead presses, squats ...
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4 Tips to Maintain Your Exercise Routine During the Holidays

4 Tips to Maintain Your Exercise Routine During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a challenging time for maintaining exercise habits. The days are shorter, the weather cold and ...
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Why you should be deadlifting

Why you should be deadlifting

Deadlifts - So why are we so terrified of it? Usually it’s something along the lines of “my back is ...
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Learn to Squat Differently - Part 1

Learn to Squat Differently – Part 1

Squatting enables you to achieve positions for movements needed in everyday life such as getting to the ground to tie ...
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Pain: Everything works, but nothing is effective

Pain: Everything works, but nothing is effective

When it comes to the treating a patient in pain, physical therapists often speak highly of their favorite methods and ...
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Weight Lifting for Women with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema

Weight Lifting for Women with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema

Prior advice to women struggling with breast cancer-related lymphedema involved minimizing stress to the affected arm, which may lead to ...
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Sport Readiness

Sport Readiness

What is sport readiness? Sport readiness refers to the body's ability to match the requirements necessary for a particular sport ...
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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

The world we live in is constantly pulling our attention to a million different things at what seems like a ...
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Language matters when it comes to defining pain

Language matters when it comes to defining pain

Experiencing pain is generally not pleasant. If it were, humans would have a very different relationship with pain. Pain can ...
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DIZZY

Ever found yourself feeling off balance, dizzy, woozy, like the world is spinning? It can be really disorienting. How do ...
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Words That Hurt and Words That Heal

Words That Hurt and Words That Heal

If one thing has become abundantly clear in the past week, it is that what we say matters. The choices ...
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"Overcoming barriers to exercise after baby"

“Overcoming barriers to exercise after baby”

Most days, I wake up to the sound of my daughter calling out for me, usually between 6 and 6:15 ...
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Get PT First!

Get PT First!

Get physical therapy first! #GetPT1st is a movement to promote the utilization of physical therapists as your first stop for ...
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A chronic pain case study.

A former patient recently contacted me letting me know she was being interviewed for a podcast called The Voice of ...
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Yoga and Physical Therapy

Yoga and Physical Therapy

Yoga can have many physiological benefits as long as it's practiced safely, intentionally, and with proper breathing techniques. Physical therapy ...
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Eat well, perform better

Eat well, perform better

If you want to perform well, you have to eat well. Optimal nutrition can enhance physical activity, athletic performance, and ...
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The Downfalls of Early Sports Specialization

The Downfalls of Early Sports Specialization

What does it take to be the best? There is plenty of evidence showing that early specialization in an activity ...
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Keep a training log

Keep a training log

Your individual experience matters when it comes to gaining strength, endurance, and overall capacity to exercise. Once you have established ...
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Sleep Part 2: Sleep and Pain

Sleep Part 2: Sleep and Pain

In my last blog about sleep, I reviewed how much you should sleep and why. In that post, we reviewed ...
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Inner Core Muscle Training

Inner Core Muscle Training

The transversus abdominis, pelvic floor, deep lumbar multifidi, and diaphragm muscles form our inner core muscles as discussed in my ...
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Finding yourself in a rut?

Finding yourself in a rut?

This week's blog post is a guest post (link) from Colorado PT Craig Depperschmidt, PT, DPT. In his blog, he ...
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Cancer and Exercise

Cancer and Exercise

These days, most people either know of someone or they themselves have been diagnosed with cancer. There have been some ...
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Coloring

Coloring

Coloring is an activity which dates back to the 1800s, when the psychotherapist Carl Jung prescribed therapeutic coloring for his ...
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The Importance of Balancing Load and Recovery in Athletes

The Importance of Balancing Load and Recovery in Athletes

To train is to stress or overload the body to create a positive adaptation for improved performance. By successfully implementing ...
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Best Exercise for Knee Osteoarthritis

Best Exercise for Knee Osteoarthritis

May is National Arthritis Awareness month. In recognition of this important cause, I have decided to blog about Arthritis, particularly ...
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