Are you moving in the right direction toward optimal health and happiness? Or are you stuck in traffic?

What’s standing in the way of your achieving your ideal health, happiness, and quality of life? I was teaching a course at a conference yesterday, and on the drive home, I had a few hours just to sit, think, and reflect.  I was steadily moving along and then suddenly… I hit a traffic jam.  As … Read moreAre you moving in the right direction toward optimal health and happiness? Or are you stuck in traffic?

Celebrating 1 year of helping St. Louis overcome pain and restore health!

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and so it is true in business as well.  Movement 4 Life Physical Therapy is officially 1 year old, and its hard to believe time has gone so fast!  As the company passes this milestone, I want to take a moment to thank you, my valuable patients … Read moreCelebrating 1 year of helping St. Louis overcome pain and restore health!

Looking to lose a few pounds of winter fluff? Now is the time to get outside and get moving!

Winter is a time when many people pack on a few pounds.  Between holiday parties, cold weather making it harder to get outside and exercise, boredom eating, and a lowered metabolic rate, it’s easy to see why winter weight gain is common.  But now that the weather is (FINALLY!) to get warmer, it’s time to … Read moreLooking to lose a few pounds of winter fluff? Now is the time to get outside and get moving!

60% off running evaluations for the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Half Marathon

4 weeks to go until the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Half Marathon!   Are you ready? Distance running can be an hazardous sport. You wouldn’t think it would be, but our bodies were not designed to run 13.1 to 26.2 miles at one time, let alone train at high mileage for weeks or months on … Read more60% off running evaluations for the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Half Marathon

Things you need to know BEFORE having a total knee replacement

Are you considering a total knee replacement? If so, make sure to read this article first. We now have enough information to reasonably predict which patients are at higher risk for having a poor outcome following total knee replacement. Overall, total knee replacement is an incredibly successful surgery, but about 10% of patients are dissatisfied … Read moreThings you need to know BEFORE having a total knee replacement

5 mindfulness strategies you can use to improve pain, health, and happiness

We live in a busy world.  Stress is everywhere and between taking care of yourself, your home, your job, and possibly a spouse, children, and/or parents, it’s easy to get caught up in rushing from one responsibility to then next and lose track of the moments.  However, doing so releases your body’s natural stress hormone, … Read more5 mindfulness strategies you can use to improve pain, health, and happiness

Low Back Pain by the Numbers

Low back pain is incredibly common, affecting upto 80% of Americans in their lifetime.  This has created a 100-billion dollar per year industry focused on treating it.  Yet despite advanced imaging technology, surgical techniques, and vast numbers of new drugs targeted at treating pain, inflammation, nerve irritability and more, the prevalence of low back pain has continued to rise.  Below is an infographic summarizing some mind-blowing statistics about the cost, both financially and in terms of lives lost caused from back pain.   

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Fortunately, a recent study has shown that physical therapy is equally effective and less risky than surgery for treating lumbar spinal stenosis, a common diagnosis for which people may choose to have back surgery.  Additionally, the risks of using opioids include high misuse or abuse potential, negative side effects, and risk of death from overdose.  Thus the American Physical Therapy Association has started a campaign to #ChoosePT, a safer, less expensive, and equally effective option to treating low back pain and other chronic pain.  

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7 facts about low back pain every patient needs to know

Low back pain is can be incredibly painful, and often scary.  If something hurts really bad, we assume that it must be a sign that something is really wrong.  However, in most cases, low back pain is nothing serious…it just hurts like the dickens.  Last post we looked at research showing that just knowing more … Read more7 facts about low back pain every patient needs to know

Lower back pain: knowledge is power

If you read my previous post, you now know that no one type of exercise is better than any other type for recovering from lower back pain.  However, adding pain education to an exercise program can further improve results versus just exercise alone.  Two recent studies have demonstrated this.  In the first one, “De-educate to … Read moreLower back pain: knowledge is power

Best exercise for chronic low back pain?….Just move!

A recent research study on chronic low back pain sought to find if walking was more effective than other types of exercise for improving pain, disability, quality of life, and beliefs in patients with chronic low back pain.  To do this they searched for results from previous randomized controlled trials, which are considered to be … Read moreBest exercise for chronic low back pain?….Just move!