Blog Archive

Who Is Your Physical Therapist Feb 5th, 2019

As the New Year is upon us, a common reflection is on the state of one’s health and well-being.  We are usually good at taking care of others including children, our spouse and maybe even our parents, but we do not look at ourselves.  Most people regularly attend their annual...

Pilates An Overview Feb 5th, 2019

What is Pilates? Pilates is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve overall health. Exercises are performed on a mat and on specially designed equipment. The Pilates system includes exercises for every part of the body and applications for every kind of activity....

The Benefits of Massage Therapy Jun 15th, 2018

The Benefits of Massage TherapyOriginally posted on June 15, 2018Therapeutic Massage involves holding, causing movement of the soft tissue, and/or applying pressure to the body. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) defines it as the application of manual techniques with the intention of positively affecting the health and well being...

Yoga May Be the Answer Jun 15th, 2018

Yoga May Be the AnswerOriginally Posted on June 15, 2018The earliest Yogic texts and mantras are thought to date back anywhere from 2,500-5,000 years ago. With the translation of “to yolk,” meaning “to link” or “to connect.” Yoga offers guidance for how individuals can interact with themselves, others, and their...

Alice’s Return to Tae Kwon Do May 4th, 2018

Alice’s Return to Tae Kwon DoOriginally Posted on May 4, 2018“About 7 years ago I started experiencing knee pain, but instead of treating it, I changed my workouts. Throughout the years my knees would get irritated on and off. Finally, I irritated my knee so much that I could not get...

Safely Skiing the Slopes Mar 29th, 2018

Safely Skiing the SlopesOriginally Posted on March 29, 2018Now that California ski season is finally making an appearance, physical therapists are anticipating the usual increase in orthopedic injuries that come along with it. Patients come in with knee injuries, ankle pain, and sometimes even head and neck problems after a long...

Mindfulness as a Method of Increasing Well-being Mar 16th, 2018

Mindfulness as a Method of Increasing WellbeingOriginally Posted on March 16, 2018In this demanding world of ours, the mind is constantly pulled from past to future, scattering our thoughts and emotions and leaving us feeling stressed. If you are a busy bee like me, it is probably hard to find time...

Text Neck – 21st Century Syndrome Mar 2nd, 2018

Text Neck – 21st Century SyndromeMarch 2, 2018Look around. It’s likely you will see at least one individual staring down at their phone. You know the position: slumped shoulder, head flexed, phone low in hands. In fact, it may even be you! Chances are you are reading this from some...

Success Story: Nicole’s Sciatica Jan 19th, 2018

Nicole’s SciaticaOriginally posted on January 19, 2018“This is the second time I have come to Lafayette Physical Therapy and therapist Abel Romero. This first time was after a complete knee replacement; after therapy, I have had no discomfort in my knee. This time I came for severe sciatica pain in my...

Managing Headaches without the Pharmacy Jan 15th, 2018

Managing Headaches without the PharmacyOriginally Posted on January 15, 2018Most people have experienced a headache at some point in their life, and for some it can be a daily experience. It might feel like pressure, throbbing, stabbing, or piercing. It might be in your temples, may be behind your eye or...

What’s Up Down There? The role Physical Therapy in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Jan 15th, 2018

What’s Up Down There? The role Physical Therapy in Pelvic Floor DysfunctionOriginally Posted on January 15, 2018Incontinence…Pelvic Pain….Pain with Intercourse? All taboo topics for much of our society but actually not uncommon to be treated in Physical Therapy.  Many people who experience any of the above are too afraid/ashamed/(fill in...

Our Spines Can’t Define Us, No Matter What Degree! Jan 9th, 2018

Our Spines Can’t Define Us, No Matter What Degree!Originally Posted on January 9, 2018What is scoliosis?  Do I need to be concerned about it? What’s the worst that could happen if I did nothing about it? Will it get worse over time?  Can I do anything to make it better? ...

Success Story: Daniel Konstantino on his torn ligaments. Dec 29th, 2017

Daniel Konstantino on his torn ligamentsOriginally Published on December 29, 2017“I initially tore two ligaments in my ankle when our opponent fell on it during a high school soccer match. I know that torn ligaments are very slow to heal and I worried I would miss my soccer and track...

Navigating Pregnancy & Excercise Dec 8th, 2017

Navigating Pregnancy & ExcerciseOriginally Posted on December 8, 2017Are you newly pregnant or pre-planning for a healthy pregnancy and recovery? This is such an exciting but unknown time in your life.  So many questions. So many resources for answers. It’s often a little scary when you’re trying to sift through...

Success Story: Devin Taylor on his knee Nov 17th, 2017

Devin Taylor on his kneeOriginally Published on November 17, 2017“I was referred to Lafayette Physical Therapy after knee surgery for a torn ACL. I was disappointed I was injured and wanted to get back to playing soccer as soon as possible. My therapist, Lauren Masi, was very knowledgeable and helped get...

Mindfulness in Physical Therapy Nov 8th, 2017

Mindfulness in Physical TherapyOriginally Published on November 8, 2017Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to the present moment or being present in this moment, on what you are doing right now, not ruminating on the past and not worrying about the future, but having a calm, deep awareness of right now....

Success Story: Stephanie Hayes, an Aide’s Perspective. Sep 22nd, 2017

Stephanie Hayes, an Aide’s PerspectiveOriginally Published on September 22, 2017We received a glowing letter from a former staff member and she allowed us to share it with you.Hey Lauren [Clinical Services Director at LPT],I hope all is well with you and LPT/BAPT. I just wanted to reach out and say thank...

Get down and Sit me 20! Sep 19th, 2017

Get down and Sit me 20!Originally Posted on September 19, 2017The other day I sat back in a cushioned reclining chair, envious, as I watched my 10 month-old daughter sitting on the floor with one foot up to her ear as if it were a telephone.  I was reminded of...

Should I book a Swedish or Therapeutic Massage? Aug 18th, 2017

Should I book a Swedish or Therapeutic Massage?Originally Posted on August 18, 2017Many clients ask about the difference between a Swedish and Therapeutic Massage because they are unsure of which will meet their needs.  Here are a few differences between the two services to help you decide which the best...

Change your posture, Change your mood. Aug 14th, 2017

Change your posture, Change your mood.Originally Posted on August 14, 2017One more reason your mother was right when she told you not to slouch. Changing your slumped posture can boost your mood and increase your energy.  Research conducted on college students has shown that altering your body posture from a...

Steve L.’s Joint Pain Aug 10th, 2017

Steve L.’s Joint PainOriginally Posted on August 10, 2017“ I was unable to run more than one day each week without hip and knee pain when I started my therapy. The exercises and stretches have helped me regain a much higher level of comfort when I am running and I...

Success Story: Jacque G’s Knee Pain Jul 26th, 2017

Success Story: Jacque G’s Knee PainOriginally Published on July 26, 2017Patients Treating Provider(s): Gary Corso / Kathryn Cook“Both therapists knew the workout plan and it was a smooth transition between the two. The level of difficulty totally depended on how my knee felt, pain, stiffness, flexibility. Each session was tailored...

What’s Causing my Hip Pain? Jul 25th, 2017

What’s Causing My Hip Pain?Originally Published on July 25, 2017 The hip joint is a large ball and socket joint designed to withstand significant stresses such as supporting our body weight when running and jumping, in addition to the normal wear and tear of daily activities such as walking and stair...

The Rhythm of Your Step Matters Jul 5th, 2017

The Rhythm of Your Step MattersOrigianlly Posted on July 5, 2017 If you are a runner you have heard many popular terms over the years on how to help your form. Some of these could be heel striker, minimalist shoes or maybe barefoot running. It is hard to distinguish what we...

Dialing in your Bike Fit May 11th, 2017

Dialing in your Bike FitOrigianlly Published on May 11, 2017With the sun finally making an appearance this spring, it may be time to drag out your bicycle from storage and take a spin around the neighborhood. But before you do that, there may be a few things to consider before...

Arthritis and Me May 8th, 2017

Arthritis and MeOriginally Posted on May 8, 2017The CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates that just over 20% of Americans-about 54.4 million people-were diagnosed by physicians as having arthritis between 2013-2015.  The good news is that that number has not increased much since 2002 however the number of Americans reporting...

Joint Replacements and Recovery May 8th, 2017

Joint Replacements and RecoveryOriginally Posted on May 8, 2017More and more people are deciding to have joint replacements around the world to the point you probably have a family member or close friend who has gone through this surgery whether it was for a knee, hip, shoulder, ankle or even...

Fascia: The mystery tissue that holds you together Feb 10th, 2017

The mystery tissue that holds you togetherOriginally Posted on February 10, 2017What is fascia?Fascia is a type of connective tissue found within the body. It is mostly made up of collagen, making it somewhat pliable but also very good at resisting tensile (pulling) forces. The body’s fascial system is continuous...

Have you had your alignment checked lately? Feb 6th, 2017

Have you had your alignment checked lately?Originally Published on February 6, 2017Usually when you hear this question, the first thing that comes to mind is when the last time you had your car serviced.  More importantly is when you last took a look at yourself.  For most people, when they...

Balance needing improvement? Sep 2nd, 2016

Balance needing improvement?Originally Published on September 2, 2016Balance: not what it used to be?Have you noticed that your walking or balance is just a little different than it used to be? Gait is the manner in which a person walks and can tell us a lot about certain strengths, weaknesses, balance impairments,...

Managing TMJD Mar 30th, 2016

Managing TMJDOriginally Posted on March 30, 2016TMJD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, can be quite the mouthful! An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from TMJD due to hereditary and environmental contributing factors such as posture, hormones, occupation, and stress. Only 5 to 10 percent of those affected seek medical treatment, and...

Do Gratitude Activities Increase Mental Wellbeing in Healthy Adults? Feb 16th, 2016

Do Gratitude Activities Increase Mental Wellbeing in Healthy Adults?Originally Posted on February 16, 2016My family has a tradition that every year at Thanksgiving we go around the table and share what we are thankful for. My dad was grateful for his current passion for the guitar, my brother for the...

Get Your Year Started Right! Feb 12th, 2016

Get Your Year Started Right!  A lecture by Travis Moore, PT, DPTOriginally posted February 12, 2016Missed our lecture? Don’t worry! Catch up with us on our “In Case You Missed It” blog!We’ve all heard “new year, new you” and watched as our local gyms crowd with a surge of resolution-makers...

Mommy Mechanics Dec 23rd, 2015

The Mommy BodyOriginally posted December 23, 2015Mommies (and caregivers) are constantly bending over to pick up baby, toys on the floor, the dog bowl, the spilled peas and the arsenal of strollers, car seats and diaper bags. The constant and repetitive bending adds up to strain and unfortunately pain in our...

Tips for TMJD Nov 5th, 2015

Tips for TMJD (Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder, formerly TMJ)Originally postd on November 5, 2015Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD or formerly TMJ) can have a variety of symptoms including jaw clicking, muscle tightness, joint stiffness, locking, pain, tingling, numbness and others that can have an impact on a person’s quality of life....

Ice vs. Heat Oct 1st, 2015

To ice or to heat, that is the question.Originally posted on October 1, 2015Whether to heat or ice greatly depends on whether you are experiencing pain or stiffness and also if it is a new or chronic injury.Ice is great for new injuries, inflammation, and swelling as the tissue is usually strained...

Backpack Safety Aug 20th, 2015

Back to School: Backpack SafetyOriginally published on August 20, 2015Heading back to school doesn’t mean back to pain, strain or injury because there are easy alternatives to keep kids safe and healthy!Did you know?A backpack should weigh no more than 15% of a child’s total body weight. Meaning if a child weighs...

Vertigo and BPPV Aug 20th, 2015

Vertigo and BPPV: What Physical Therapy Can DoOriginally posted August 20, 2015 “I feel the earth move under my feet”–“I Feel the Earth Move” (King, 1971, track 1).Carole King could be describing a myriad of states: falling in love, twisting and turning at the amusement park or simply rolling out of bed. The...

What is Physical Therapy? Jul 2nd, 2015

What is Physical Therapy? And How It Can Benefit You!Originally published July 2, 2015Maybe a friend of yours has completed six weeks of it after surgery, a parent has received it after a fall, or your doctor has written you a prescription for it but you’re still left wondering, “What is physical therapy?”In essence, physical therapy is treatment...