Pilates: Touch Your Toes

Let’s answer a pressing question which a new patient recently emailed in asking: (And lets see if we can get YOU more flexible and feeling healthier in the process) “Kim, what exercises can I do to loosen up and improve flexibility in my lower back? It would also be good to tone up too!” –…

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What is a Holistic Physical Therapist?

I got asked a few great questions recently that I wanted to share with you. The first question was “What is a Holistic Physical Therapist?” followed by “How do you use Gyrotonic in your Physical Therapy practice?” I define Holistic Physical Therapist as a practitioner who works on the whole body, not just the area…

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Why Ab Exercises To Lose Weight Can Hurt Your Back – And What To Do Instead

Summer holidays are coming up, and beach weather is upon us. And one of the most common things we hear clients talking about is this: The topic of getting ‘beach body ready’ and losing stomach fat! But let me say one thing, you can go to the beach no matter what your body type is,…

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Secrets to keeping fit with a bad back

  This question came to me at the clinic, and I wanted to share it with you: “Kim, I’m desperate to get back into shape after suffering with a bad back for a long time. Can you continue to stay fit and active when long-standing back pain still gets in the way? Physical therapy is…

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Back Pain: 6 Different Ways To Fix Your Low BACK PAIN (Without Surgery Or Taking Pills)

My name is Kim Gladfelter – a low back pain Expert in the South Bay area. In this article, I’d like to show you 6 “different” ways of finding relief from low back pain that I give out to patients of my clinic. I say different, because they are ways that don’t include the standard…

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Is It Safe To Exercise With A Bad Back?

Lets talk about exercise and back pain… Last week I had a question asked by one of our patients, Jackie, 57, from Mountain View… And it’s one that we get asked often (especially since New Year fitness rush!): “Is it ok to exercise when my back is hurting? I’ve just got into a good routine…

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Get In the Swim for Back Pain

Back pain can carry a double whammy. Painful back muscles may prevent you from exercising comfortably. But a lack of exercise may inhibit your back from healing and may actually make the condition worse. Swimming can be an excellent solution to your problem. Fortunately, swimming provides a great full body workout. • Water counteracts the…

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Getting to the “Core” of Back Problems

According to recent studies, 70–80% of Americans will experience back pain at some time in their lives. For most people, back pain will resolve with conservative treatment. One of the treatment options available is increasing strength and flexibility in what are referred to as your “core” muscles. Lower core muscles are the muscles surrounding your…

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Help! My Back Hurts Whenever I Travel

People who travel have discovered through painful experience that the spine was not designed for long hours of sitting. Too often, the hours spent in a plane or car can result in an aching back the next day. But there are steps you can take before, during and after travel to reduce back pain. First,…

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Core Training To Relieve Lower Back Pain

After the common cold, lower back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor. Although lower back pain is easy to recognize, its causes are many, varied and often unclear. Thus, one of the greatest challenges facing physical therapists is to match the suspected cause of the pain with the best…

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