We are looking to hire a Full Time Physical Therapist to join our staff here at Empower Physical Therapy! We are interested in an Orthopedic and Pelvic Health Physical Therapist to be part of our team in Exton, PA.
We are willing to do additional training with very motivated applicants!
Interested candidate please contact Rachel Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do we offer?
A strong mentorship program to further expand your skills in orthopedics and pelvic health.
A generous continuing education package that renews yea...
You have tried doing the breathing exercise I recommended
Number One: Too big of a breath causes increased lower back pain. Yes, that can occur. Only due the breath that you can do without pain, this is not a contest. As your diaphragm gets stronger you will automatically feel that your breath increases without this pain.
Number Two: Abdominal scarring. This is one of my favorite reasons for your restrictions because this is where we come in. If this scar tissue is not directly mobilized, your breathing may never completely be r...
Many of us hold our breath everyday…when we get out of bed, when we stand up, when we exercise and when we lift. How many of you just realized you were also holding your breath as you were reading this?
Did any of you know our diaphragm (one of our primary breathing muscles) is one of our core muscles? Many people mistakenly think that only their abdominals are their core, but we actually have a core cylinder.
Think of it like a soda can, our diaphragm is on top, pelvic floor is on the bottom and then we have our deep abdominal...
In a short word… yes! When our alignment is stacked appropriately, then we will find our core engagement happens automatically. However, many people are stuck in gripping patterns that can actually be making us weaker. Yes, that’s right! That military posture your parent’s always taught you was good posture is actually giving you pain.
You may say that makes no sense, but here is why. I want you to stand up in that military posture and tell me where do you feel tightness in your body. Is it your abdominals, back, glutes or neck?...
I would like to see everyone postpartum, but since I don’t practice in France, we know that is not going to happen. So I will give you a brief qualification on who may and may not benefit from a visit to a board certified women’s health specialist (or pelvic floor specialist for short).
Every woman will have a 1-2 cm DR during the late stage of pregnancy. This should resolve within 8 weeks and definitely shouldn’t last more than a year (get sta...
What do most people think of when they think of Pilates? Abs, Abs and more Abs. However, in actuality there are a lot more muscles that have to work in Pilates. You have a Core Cylinder that is your abdominals, diaphragm, multifidi (deep back muscles) and your pelvic floor. This cylinder has to be working symmetrically for us to prevent pain from occurring in our body. One of the most important muscles is your diaphragm, your breathing muscle. If you are not breathing, then your core is not working efficiently.
During this winter season, everyone will pick up a shovel at some point. A foot of snow can weight 7 pounds when it first starts to pile up. However, If that snow sits longer and gets wet or compacted, now it can weigh 20 pounds. Moving up to 20 lbs with every shovel full is going to make you tired… really quick. This is why it is so important to watch those body mechanics!
Here a few quick tips to maintain your spine health during snow shoveling:
Pick the right shovel! Some shovels have ergonomic handles that can decrease t...
Last weekend, Andrea completed her Cranial Sacral Therapy I (CST) course from the Upledger Institute. Currently both Rachel and Andrea are treating patients utilizing CST techniques along with manual therapy and therapeutic exercises.
Some of the therapeutic indications for CST include:
* Spinal issues including neck and back pain
* Headaches and Migraines
* TMJ and other dysfunctions of the jaw including popping or pain with chewing
* Generalized issues such as fibromyalgia and chronic...
We're excited to welcome back Gina Cunningham after the birth of her daughter, Adriana Rose. She will be treating patients starting Monday, January 15. We look forward to having her back with the team!