2 exercises for single leg balance and coordination

Balancing on one leg is extremely beneficial at any age. It helps the foot and hip control in walking, running, and sports. It helps with reducing fall risk as we age. And it helps with one’s coordination and proprioception at any age. Below are two higher level balance exercises, a single leg squat and a […]

You’ve returned to running, whats next?

Congrats! Returning to running after having a baby, or a surgery, or an injury is a big deal. It’s not an easy trajectory. You’ve likely had to work on strength, load, impact, sleep, pressure, stress, mindset, and mobility. So you’re here and you can run, but what’s next? Do you have a strategy for your […]

Period tracking and your exercise routine

As women, we take our menstrual cycle for granted. In reality, it has a profound effect on your health, far more than I ever gave it credit for as a young female athlete. Menstruation is a definitive marker of female health. It’s a vital sign (or should be). The hormones that that rise and fall […]

3 ways to land softer and run better

Why is returning to running so darn difficult? For an activity that seems so simple, there sure are a lot of variables. 3 common complaints I hear from my running patients: 1) I can’t run without leaking 2) I can’t run due to hip/knee pain 3) I haven’t been able to run since I injured […]

How to reduce muscle tension at work

The creeping, nagging muscle tension that occurs while sitting at the computer affects us all. So we change our posture, change from sitting to standing, add lumbar supports,  try foam rolls, and use postural support contraptions. Sometimes these tools help but often it doesn’t. What else is there? This video offers a different perspective in […]

Breathe Better, Move Better: 4 ways breathing changes your life.

The breath – movement connection Breathing and moving are two constant components of life. People seek help when there’s an interruption to their movement and physical therapists are experts in human movement. As a PT, I teach people how to move so they can reduce pain, improve function, and excel at their activity of choice. […]

Impact training for confident jumping jacks

Jumping jacks used to be easy and fun right? What happened? Most of the women I work with have had to modify their jumping exercises due to leakage. Oh the joys of motherhood!  I address strategies to remedy bladder leakage during jumping in this article. Today I want to take it a step further.  In the gym, the […]

Your checklist for a better run

Do you want to run again? What keeps you from running now?  Injury?  Pain?  Leakage? These are natural reasons to stop and seek treatment. Unfortunately, I have found that many people are afraid to return to running for fear of re-injury or exacerbation of symptoms. Let me share a quick story with you. Georgia was […]

Exercises To Unlock Your Posture

The typical way you are told to fix your posture is to stand up straight, lift your head, and throw your shoulders back. Maintaining this position is very fatiguing. Another common way you are told to improve posture is to strengthen your back muscles and stretch your anterior chest and shoulder muscles. These approaches do not […]

How to plank with confidence and without back pain

I wish I could tell you the number of women who confide in me that they have completely stopped a specific exercise because of pain or fear of injury. Planks rank high among those exacerbating exercises. Do planks hurt your back? Has someone told you to avoid as specific exercise in order to avoid symptoms? […]