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Posture, Posture, Posture!

by abapt, April 25, 2013

We’ve heard it over and over again.  Our mothers and fathers told us to “stand up straight”, maybe our teachers too.  In exercise classes we are told to stand tall.  But why? Correct posture does many things.  Good alignment eases the strain on your spinal joints and muscles.  It prevents headaches by opening the area […]


Preparing for Rotator Cuff Surgery

by abapt, April 16, 2013

You have just been diagnosed with a Rotator Cuff (RTC) Tear and are told that surgical intervention is required. What does that mean? Is it invasive? How long will it take to heal? Will I be 100% afterwards? These are all very important questions that you need to know the answer to before going into […]


Preventing Low Back Pain with Correct Lifting Technique

by abapt, March 26, 2013

Poor lifting technique is one of the leading causes of back pain of all ages. This tends to be a topic we only think of either when we are in a lot of pain or lifting something extremely heavy. However, small repetitive strain from lifting up something as small as a pencil or a shoe […]


A Physical Therapist’s Prescription

by abapt, June 18, 2012

When hearing the word “exercise”, most people think of fitness or “getting in shape”. Exercise can and does, make us fitter, healthier, stronger and more flexible.  However to a physical therapist, exercise is not a general term, but has many different purposes. For example, John Smith lifted a box that was too heavy and strained […]


Who needs physical therapy?

by abapt, April 26, 2012

The musculoskeletal system is a complex and ever-changing system that sometimes can confuse and baffle even the most tuned-in and self-aware person.  At these times, expert observation and intervention are what physical therapists can offer. We can help to re-establish the body’s balance and harmony which leads to healing. There are any number of factors […]


Starting a Regular Exercise Program

by abapt, April 2, 2012

At ABA Physical Therapy, we encourage regular exercise in all its forms, whether it be stretching, strengthening, or cardiovascular. The choices are many: Yoga,Tai Chi, Pilates, weightlifting, swimming, walking, running, biking, etc. How do you decide what’s best for you? The first consideration is that it should be something that you enjoy doing! If you […]


Full disclosure – A Holistic View of the Body

by abapt, March 26, 2012

Often when we consult a doctor or physical therapist we have a particular problem we are looking to address.  There is always a medical history form to fill out and sometimes we fill it out as quickly as possible and omit things that we do not believe are related to the problem at hand. What […]


How do you use a cane or crutches properly?

by abapt, March 19, 2012

Have you ever seen an episode of “House” on TV?  The main character uses a cane often because of a painful leg but, he holds the cane on the same side as that painful leg.  His character does it to be cantankerous and it’s NOT the right way! When a foot or leg is unable […]


Exercise Enhances Physical Therapy

by abapt, March 8, 2012

Home Exercise is a vital adjunct to physical therapy treatment.  Since we are primarily a manual therapy clinic, we spend a good part of every session trying to gain ease and movement where there is restriction. For example, a common postural tightness occurs in the front of the hips.  We spend a great deal of […]


Good Balance – A Complex System

by abapt, December 14, 2011

Good balance depends on many different parts of our nervous system and musculoskeletal system working well together. For good balance we need muscular strength in the trunk and legs, good sensation in our feet and legs, good eyesight, a well functioning equilibrium system, and good reflexes. If you have impairments in one area (for example; […]