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Running Form: Tips and Tricks of the Trade for Better Musculoskeletal Alignment

By Mark Erspamer One, two, repeat. One, two, repeat. Does this rhythmic cadence sound familiar? Can you begin to recall the beads of perspiration forming along your brow, the labored breathing and the sound of your heart rate pounding in your ears? Running means different things to different people and while some choose to [...]

Top 3 exercises for improving mobility in your golf swing

By Shayne Cleary PT, DPT, MTC IMPACT Physical Therapy- South Loop   One question I receive from many of my clients or golf friends is how can I improve the mobility in my golf swing. Most golfers tend to feel as though they either get “stuck” in their back swing or can’t fully follow through [...]

What is the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

There are numerous different types of treatments available to reduce the soreness and tension your body may feel. For many centuries, practitioners have used needles for therapeutic purposes, as they are able to access trigger points that other techniques cannot. Most individuals when thinking of needling think of acupuncture- the ancient Eastern needling tradition. [...]

How to Prevent Common Basketball Injuries

Common Basketball Injuries You can train as hard as you want all basketball season, but all it takes is one injury to keep you from playing the game you love. When playing basketball, it is just as important to learn proper injury prevention techniques as it is to practice your free throw. Some of the [...]

4 Tips to Prevent an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury

What is the Role of my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)? The human knee is one of the most complex hinge joints in the body and is responsible for absorbing shock and providing stability when in motion. Whether walking, running, or even standing, the ligaments in your knee are responsible for providing stability. Ligaments are the [...]

6 Ways to Improve Your Posture

Our posture is the position we hold our bodies in while standing, sitting, or lying down. “Good posture” is the correct musculoskeletal alignment supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without the muscles that control posture, our bodies would not be able to support us. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and [...]

Custom Foot Orthotics vs. Over-the-Counter Options

The human foot is truly an amazing and complex part of the body. How we walk, step, and stand can all have a direct impact on the strain put on the rest of our body. Foot pain and discomfort can cause you to compensate by adding stress to other parts of your body, potentially causing [...]

Importance of TMD for Jaw Pain Relief

Countless Americans are complaining about jaw pain everyday, but very few are keen to the exact cause of this constant nuisance. For many of them, the cause can be traced back to temporomandibular joint disorder, better known as TMD. TMD is characterized by the dysfunction of the hinge or joint that connects the upper and [...]

Concussions: Is it the Brain, a Strain, or Something Else?

By Tim Rylander, PT, EdD(c), MPT, OCS, CBIS IMPACT Physical Therapy - Hinsdale - Managing Partner Diagnosing a Concussion With football season among us, great awareness tends to be placed on concussions and head injuries. A concussion is a form of a brain injury resulting from either a direct or indirect blow to the head. [...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Concussions

What is a concussion? A concussion is a form of a traumatic brain injury (mild TBI) induced by either a direct or indirect force to the head. However, in contrast to what is traditionally thought of as a TBI, a concussion does not result in structural damage to the brain. A concussion impacts the metabolism [...]