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Pain Threshold and Sensitivity Improved with Exercise

At Omaha Physical Therapy Institute, our physical therapists apply exercise and pain neuroscience education in an attempt to empower YOU, the patient, to eventually take control over your symptoms and return to the activities you love most.  The beauty of exercise as a pain management tool is that once you understand what works, you can apply it yourself, and eventually…

The Benefits of Walking

The health benefits of walking have been well-established.   Getting regular aerobic exercise promotes cardiovascular benefits such as aerobic capacity as well as improved body composition and blood pressure.  In addition to these wonderful benefits to one’s physical health, improvements can also be seen with mood, pain management, and stress reduction. A research article (cited below) found online in the Journal…

Load vs. Capacity

Musculoskeletal injury, whether sudden or from repetitive use, often boils down to the imbalance between load and capacity.  Many factors play a role in an individual’s experience of pain, but when we think about musculoskeletal injury on the level of the tissue, we can just about always see that load/demand has exceeded the capacity of the injured tissue. Many patients…

Aerobic Fitness and Injury Risk

A great deal of research has emerged in the past decade that shows a correlation between aerobic fitness levels and injury risk.  This research has studied populations of elite athletes, firefighters, and Army trainees, and discovered that those with lower aerobic fitness levels are more prone to musculoskeletal injury in their given vocation or sport. Aerobic fitness has at times…

Balancing our Body

Our bodies do amazing work to keep countless variables in check without us even knowing.  There really is something to the yogic ideal of achieving balance in one’s life—scientifically speaking this attempt to achieve balance is seen across many different systems within the body allowing us to thrive in a state of homeostasis.   Homeostasis is the perfect balance that our…

7 Quick and Easy Stretches for Golfers

During these freezing cold and dreary days, it’s the perfect time to start daydreaming about sunshine and hitting the links!  Golf season is right around the corner and we want to makes sure you have the tools you need to shake off the winter rust and get right back into the “swing” of things!  We came up with a few…

Why Try the Pose Method for Your Running Injury?

The Pose Method of running is effective largely because much of its injury-prevention recommendations are consistent with those of academics who have conducted running gait research in laboratories.  Theoretically, it also promotes gait mechanics that respect the laws of nature and facilitate better management and use of the forces involved in running which can lead to reduced impact forces and…

Research on How to Stay Comfortable At Work

In a recent article titled, “It’s Time to Have a Rest: How Do Break Types Affect Muscular Activity and Perceived Discomfort During Prolonged Sitting at Work,” researchers used electromyographic (EMG) studies of the trapezius and lattisimus dorsi during 2 hours of sedentary work (EMG = assessing electrical activity in skeletal muscle). They divided the intervention groups into passive break (participants…

3 Exercises To Do After Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine (Or Any Shot!)

One of the most common side effects for the COVID-19 vaccine is pain or tenderness at the injection site. When we are experiencing pain or discomfort, our first instinct is to not move the body part that is hurting. However, we must move to improve! It is important to “teach” your body that it is okay to move by slowly…

3 Exercises That Can Keep Your Neck and Back Happy While at Work

Many people are sitting at their work station for hours on end while working from home or at the office. Prolonged sitting can create increased neck and back stiffness, particularly if you do not change positions frequently during the day. Here are 3 exercises that you can do to change positions and ease the strain of prolonged sitting at work….