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How Physical Therapy Can Help You Have a Pain-Free 2018

January 1, 2018

Frequent or chronic pain affects millions of Americans every year, but many people don’t understand the important role of physical therapy in relieving pain. Using a variety of techniques, physical therapists can help relieve pain with or without the use of medicine. If you experience chronic pain and are looking for a safe, drug-free solution, […]READ MORE

Signs You Need Treatment for TMJ

December 12, 2017

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the place where your jaw connects to your skull, just in front of your ear. In up to 25 percent of people, this joint causes pain or other symptoms known as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs). Symptoms of TMJ While many people don’t seek treatment for TMJ, you don’t need to […]READ MORE

The 5 Best Christmas Presents For Your Athlete

December 12, 2017

The holidays are just around the corner, and you may be wondering what gifts to give your athlete this year. You know you want to get them something useful, but aren’t sure what they need to help them succeed in practice and on the field. Help your athlete work hard, enjoy a great recovery and […]READ MORE

Be Mindful of Holiday Stress

November 11, 2017

This time of year you can expect to see articles about healthy holiday eating and tips to stay off the couch during winter vacation. While we are proponents of wise food choices and provide assistance with exercise and sports performance anytime, we would like to talk about another important, holiday-related health issue. It’s not uncommon […]READ MORE

Medical Nutrition Therapy More Than Just a “Diet” for People with Diabetes

November 11, 2017

November is American Diabetes Month.  Recent statistics show that nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes.  Sadly, however, many people are not given the educational tools (particularly related to nutrition) needed to manage the disease throughout a lifetime. Often, patients are instructed to eat a “diabetic diet” and handed a pre-printed diet […]READ MORE

The Importance of Physical Therapy in Returning to Sport

October 10, 2016

This blog was written by Shawn Van Decker, PTA, CPT. Many athletes have been injured at some point during their athletic career. It’s just a part of playing sports. From ankle sprains to injuries that require surgery, no injury is too small to benefit from physical therapy. Yes, your ankle sprain will feel better with […]READ MORE

It’s Not Just a Bump on the Head – The Importance of Concussion Management

September 9, 2016

This blog was written by Rachel Rand, PT, DPT. The management of concussion is a constantly evolving topic.  Thankfully, in the last several years, there has been more focus than ever before on how to effectively identify and manage concussions, thanks to ongoing research regarding the long term effects of multiple concussions.  As a result, […]READ MORE

Beat the Heat!

August 8, 2016

This blog was written by Julienne Brown, ATC, VATL. We can all agree that summers in Virginia can be brutal. And for athletes, the heat can be downright dangerous. So, do you know how to be safe when you’re stuck with a 106-degree day but still need to get ready for the big game? First things […]READ MORE

Physical Therapists Can Help Prevent Injury in Cheerleading

August 8, 2016

This blog was written by Kelly Boutchyard, PT, DPT | Cheerleading has been around since the late 1800’s.  Starting as mainly a sideline event full of chants and leg kicks, it has evolved over the years into a highly competitive sport of its own.  Cheerleading is now filled with stunts, jumps, dance, and gymnastics-style tumbling.  […]READ MORE

PRI™ Exercise Spotlight: Left Stance in Left AF IR Position from the Left AIC Pattern

July 7, 2016

This blog was written by Lori Strobl, PT, DPT, PRC. When you are in our clinic at Watkins, you might see several patients doing some ‘strange’ exercises.  These exercises are techniques from Postural Restoration™.   With Postural Restoration™, we recognize fundamental asymmetries in the body, and attempt to get our clients into a state of “neutrality”. […]READ MORE