A Total Approach to Health That Always Keeps You Going

Your body, your mind, your emotions. These are all important aspects of your well-being, and they deserve equal attention if you’re going to feel your best and chase your goals with energy. That’s easier said than done, though—especially if you’re pressed for time...
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That’s The Knot Is Now The Institute For Advanced Medicine!

I'm so excited to share with all of you that That's The Knot has partnered up with Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Maline at The Agility Center to expand into The Institute For Advanced Medicine! We'll still be providing you with the best Physical Therapy care you've come to...
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Muscle Cramps or Muscle Spasms?

Now that the dust has settled from the Bentonville Half Marathon, I wanted to take just a quick moment of your time to plug physical therapy and, of course, dry needling. Leading up to and immediately after the Bentonville Half Marathon, I saw quite a few people with...
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Mid Back Tightness – The Genesis for Neck and Low Back Dysfunction and Pain

Many times when someone with either neck or low back pain comes into my clinic, they are shocked to discover that there is another place on their body that hurts.  Usually this place is in their mid back where their ribs connect to their spine.  What many people don't...
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Dry Needling: A Holistic Way To Treat Knee Osteoarthritis

At this time of year, we all turn our focus to the holidays - lots of food, presents and getting together with loved ones.  For a small niche of people, I'm talking about physical therapists specifically, this time of year means a bump up in the number of patients you...
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A Runner’s Dream: Getting Rid of Patellar Tendonitis

This blog post is somewhat of a continuation from the last.  Although it doesn't have anything to do with the foot, it still involves tendons.  In this case specifically, the Patellar Tendon.  Patellar Tendonitis can be a plague to people, especially those who love to...
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Where Does Hip Pain Come From?

Most of my blog posts to-date have been about relatively straight forward cases I have encountered along the way in my career.  These posts for the most part cover the lion's share of what comes through the door on any given day and will answer most people's questions...

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Muscle Cramps or Muscle Spasms?

Now that the dust has settled from the Bentonville Half Marathon, I wanted to take just a quick moment of your time to plug physical therapy and, of course, dry needling. Leading up to and immediately after the Bentonville Half Marathon, I saw quite a few people with...

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A Runner’s Dream: Getting Rid of Patellar Tendonitis

This blog post is somewhat of a continuation from the last.  Although it doesn't have anything to do with the foot, it still involves tendons.  In this case specifically, the Patellar Tendon.  Patellar Tendonitis can be a plague to people, especially those who love to...

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Goodbye Achilles Tendonitis!

A Brief History A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a 47-year-old man with a chronic case of right Achilles Tendonitis.  The heel pain came about insidiously with no known trauma or injury.  However, what was very apparent was the huge "bump" right in the...

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A Dramatic Change in Sciatica Pain

Up to this point in time, I have been writing lengthy blog posts about different topics from neck pain to foot pain.  These were topics that would help you, the reader, figure out how to diagnose yourself and how to self treat.  Over the course of the next few blog...

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Did I Tear A Muscle?

Muscle tears, also referred to as strains, are typically labeled as a grade 1, 2 or 3.  Grade 1 is mild and requires a few weeks of rest.  Grade 2 is moderate and can require 3-6 weeks of rest and recovery.  Grade 3 is full rupture which requires surgical...

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How Do I Treat My Piriformis Pain?

If there is one muscle that seems to cause a lot of people pain and misery, it is the Piriformis muscle.  This small hip rotator spans from the base of the Sacrum to the top of the Femur and can become tight and painful from excessive sitting OR excessive activity...

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Tennis Elbow – Not Just An Athlete’s Problem

No one realizes how much they use their elbow until it stops working the way it should.  This is often what is relayed to me when I treat someone with Tennis Elbow, formally known as Lateral Epicondylalgia.  If you feel sharp pain that prevents you from picking up...

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Do You Need a Steroid Injection?

As a physical therapist, my patients regularly ask me if I think they should get a steroid injection.  This is a great question because even though the shot promises relief to a flared up joint or tissue, it can also have some negative side effects on someone...

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Are You Afraid of Real Risk or Imagined Risk?

Running with bulls in Pamplona is risky, eating with chopsticks in not.   Right now I work in a sushi restaurant at nights as a side hustle while I try to get my physical therapy practice off the ground.  Over the course of the last few months, I have observed...

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This Is Why You Have Knee Pain When You Squat

Knee pain does not discriminate when it comes to who it attacks.  I've seen children as young as 14 with knee pain up to ages 65 and beyond.  Of course, when it comes to knee pain we typically think of more mature adults but the reality is people of all ages get it....

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How Do I Get Rid Of Knots

As a physical therapist, I treat people with pain all day long.  While the locations may vary for many of my patients one of the constants they all have are knots.  “Knots”, known in the physical therapy world as trigger points, are painful, ropy muscles that are...

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5 Reasons Why You Might Need A New Mattress

One of the questions I get asked ALL THE TIME is, “Do you think a new mattress would help my insomnia/neck pain/back pain/energy levels?”  If you have wondered this question at some point in your life, you will want to read on.  Before I started writing this blog...

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A Too Often Told Story About Neck Pain

This is my new favorite story about neck pain not because it involves me or a particular modality that I happen to love using but because it reinforces just how powerful and underutilized physical therapy is for treating musculoskeletal dysfunction.  Let me begin… For...

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How Do I Treat My Shin Splints?

Now that the weather here in beautiful Bentonville, Arkansas is giving way to warmer, sunnier days, I am beginning to see more and more people outside running.  Thousands, if not millions of steps are ruthlessly slapping the pavement as die-hards and weekend warriors...

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How Do I Get Rid Of My Headaches?

This is a question that many people want answered and I am going to do my best today to help you figure out how to go about doing so.  First we need to be clear on what we will be talking about today, which is HEADACHES and not Migraines.  For many people it is...

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Kegels – The Broken Promise

Pelvic health these days is as common as going to the dentist.  There are constantly new advances in fertility treatments, birth control and even STD prevention.  And yet, we get the same, tired advice that we’ve been receiving for over 60 years about what to do when...

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How Do I Treat My Sciatica Pain (Part 6 of 6)

Welcome to the last installment of my six part series on Sciatica.  Over the course of the last five blog posts we have talked about symptoms for: herniated disks, lumbar stenosis, adverse neural tension, Piriformis syndrome and now trigger points in a small hip...

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How Do I Treat My Sciatica Pain (Part 5 of 6)

Welcome back to the fifth installment of this six part series on Sciatica.  If you have read the previous four blog posts, it should be pretty apparent by now that Sciatica is this murky diagnosis that can come from the spine, but not always.  There are lots of other...

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What Will My Pelvic Floor Rehab Look Like?

Going to the doctor for a cold can be intimidating - going to the doctor for your reproductive health can be down right nerve racking.  There are several questions that arise when I tell people that I do Pelvic Floor rehab like, "Why would someone do that when they...

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How Do I Treat My Sciatica Pain (Part 4 of 6)

Welcome back to part four of my six part series on how to diagnose and treat your Sciatica.  This blog post is concerned with Sciatica symptoms that are caused by “Neural Tension.”  I put Neural Tension in quotations because this may not really be the case and I will...

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How Do I Treat My Sciatica Pain (Part 3 of 6)

Welcome back to my six part series on sciatica.  Today we are going to talk about yet another culprit who may be responsible for your leg pain, Spinal Stenosis. Let’s quickly cover some of the facts surrounding Spinal Stenosis before we get into the part we are all...

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How Do I Treat My Sciatica Pain? (Part 2 of 6)

In my last blog post, I discussed on a very basic level what sciatica is (leg pain) and where it can come from (almost anywhere!).  In this blog post, we will look specifically at one of the possible causes.  I say possible and not probable on purpose here and let me...

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How Do I Treat My Sciatica Pain?

Sciatica – the very name sounds menacing and intimidating.  And for anyone who has had sciatica at one point in their lives, they will confirm that statement to be true.  Could you imagine if your neighbor had a Pitbull named, Sciatica?  I sure wouldn’t try to pet it....

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How Do I Know if My Back Pain is Serious?

Let’s face it – low back pain hurts.  And when it really hurts to the point where we can’t move without wincing or crying it can become scary.  It doesn’t take long for a bout of low back pain to go on before we start to worry if it will affect our personal and...

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How Does Trigger Point Dry Needling Work?

Usually at the end of an evaluation or after a patient experiences trigger point dry needling for the first time and gets immediate relief I get the same question, “How can a needle with no medication make me feel better so quickly?” Before I answer that question, it...

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A Too Often Told Story About Neck Pain

This is my new favorite story about neck pain not because it involves me or a particular modality that I happen to love using but because it reinforces just how powerful and underutilized physical therapy is for treating musculoskeletal dysfunction.  Let me begin… For...

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How Do I Get Rid of Knots?

As a physical therapist, I treat people with pain all day long.  While the locations may vary for many of my patients one of the constants they all have are knots.  “Knots”, known in the physical therapy world as trigger points, are painful, ropy muscles that are...

read more

Why Do I Have Knots?

If you are anything like the millions of Americans that deal with pain, then you probably have experienced a trigger point at some point in your life.  More commonly known as “knots”, trigger points are one or more irritable spots found within a taut band of muscle or...

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