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What's the Difference Between Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage?

January 18, 2024
How to Decide What Kind of Massage Is Best for You Whether you are a professional athlete or are recovering from a work-related accident, massage can be beneficial. Knowing what kind of massage you need, however, can be challenging. You have likely heard terms like deep tissue massage and sports massage but may be unsure […]
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How Physical Therapy Can Help Relieve Lower Back Pain

November 1, 2023
Effective Treatment for Those Suffering from Back Pain Those who suffer from lower back pain know just how much it can impact so many aspects of life. It can keep you from participating in the activities you enjoy, and can even prevent you from keeping up with everyday tasks. If you are dealing with this […]
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Do I Need Physical Therapy After an ACL Injury?

October 10, 2023
How Physical Therapy Can Help You Recover from an ACL Injury ACL tears are painful injuries most commonly sustained by athletes or those participating in sports or other strenuous activities. Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament won’t heal on their own, and while some people attempt to live with the injury, most elect to undergo […]
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Does Insurance Cover Physical Therapy? 

August 25, 2023
Physical therapy is a highly effective treatment that eases pain and discomfort while restoring movement and function. Therapists help their patients improve their quality of life using hands-on care, prescribed exercise, and patient education. Although physical therapy offers patients an effective means of pain relief and improved function, those thinking of treatment often worry about […]
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How to Prevent CrossFit Injuries

August 16, 2023
Crossfit is a journey worth embarking on. It offers a dynamic and empowering way to achieve and maintain peak physical condition. It also makes you feel great mentally and physically. But, like everything paired with this amount of physical intensity, it comes with its chance of risk of injury.  Well, you're in luck - because […]
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Do I Need Physical Therapy for Tennis Elbow?

June 28, 2023
Lateral Epicondylitis Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, occurs when the tendons in the elbow are strained. The injury is normally caused by overuse or repetitive motion. It can cause pain in the elbow, forearm, and wrist. There are several treatments for tennis elbow, including physical therapy. Physical therapy has proven effective […]
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What Is Joint Mobilization and Manipulation?

June 14, 2023
Relieve Pain and Increase Motion with Joint Mobilization and Manipulation Do you suffer from pain when you walk or move? Are you struggling with a limited range of motion in your back, neck, or legs? You might benefit from joint mobilization and manipulation. As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, joint mobilization and manipulation can […]
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Do I Need Physical Therapy After Trigger Finger Surgery?

May 22, 2023
Trigger Finger Surgery & Rehabilitation Trigger finger is a nuisance injury, sometimes caused by repetitive actions, that can affect one or more fingers in a hand. If left untreated, it can cause affected fingers to curl permanently, making some tasks difficult. Patients with a more severe form of the disorder need minor surgery to correct […]
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Do I Have Carpal Tunnel?

April 3, 2023
What are the Causes of This Painful Condition? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common disorder caused by pressure on the median nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand via a passageway in the wrist. This passageway called the carpal tunnel, provides sensation to the palm side of the thumb and fingers and nerve […]
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Quit These 5 Habits for Better Back Health

March 14, 2023
Get Rid of Back Pain By Avoiding These Common Mistakes Back pain is one of the most common complaints among adults in the United States. The pain can be caused by a number of things including injury, illness, or age-related conditions. What few people realize is they can help alleviate back pain and discomfort by […]
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How Staying Positive Can Improve Your Health

March 7, 2023
Reduce Stress and Increase Immunity with Positivity If you have a goal of getting healthier this year, one of the best places to start is with how you think. It may be surprising but studies have shown that staying positive can have several benefits. In addition to reducing stress and anxiety, it can also increase […]
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How Can Physical Therapy Treat Repetitive Strain Injuries?

January 25, 2023
Seeking Thorough Treatment for RSIs Repetitive strain injuries, also known as overuse injuries, are a common problem for many people, especially those who spend a lot of time at a computer or engage in repetitive motions at work or leisure activities. These injuries can be incredibly debilitating and cause great pain and discomfort, making it […]
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Keep Your Spine Healthy While Working from Home

January 11, 2023
Tips for Preventing Neck and Back Pain at Your Home Workstation While many of us were thrust into working from home during the pandemic, for some it has become a permanent state. Setting up your home workstation to be both efficient and ergonomic can be challenging, but it is possible. Purchasing the right equipment and […]
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How to Handle Knee Pain

December 21, 2022
Non-Invasive Ways to Alleviate Knee Pain Millions of people suffer from knee pain in the United States. Unfortunately few people take the necessary steps to alleviate the pain. Whether caused by an injury, arthritis, or another condition, there are several ways that you can successfully handle knee pain with the help of a trained physical […]
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How to Avoid Foot & Ankle Injuries While Hiking

December 9, 2022
Consider These 6 Tips Before You Hit Your Next Trail Living in Southern California means having access to incredible hiking trails and nearly perfect year-round weather. Just in Santa Clarita, outdoor enthusiasts are able to enjoy a number of breathtaking trails including Whitney Canyon, Bouquet Falls, and Vasquez Rocks. While stunning, these hikes can also […]
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Diagnosing & Treating SI Joint Dysfunction

July 29, 2022
What To Do If You Are Suffering from Sacroiliac Joint Pain Pain in the lower back is one of the most common health problems in the United States. Inflammation of one or both of the sacroiliac joints is a leading cause of this form of pain. It is important to seek medical treatment for any […]
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The Benefits of Weightlifting & Staying Healthy

June 29, 2022
Why You Should Be Adding Strength Training to Your Workout Routine Over the years, weightlifting has gotten a bad rap, with images of bulky, heavily oiled men prancing around a stage in tiny underwear. Today, however, people realize that weightlifting isn’t about building bulk but rather building strength. Strength training is an integral part of […]
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The Great 8: Tips for Pain-Free Living

January 31, 2022
Being in pain is... well, PAINFUL!  Here, we discuss our top 8 tips for pain-free living.  Your Quick List: Posture UP! Watch Your Mouth Reduce Stress Stay Calm Work Out So You Don’t Rust Out Limit The Sit Dress For The Occasion Sleep On It Let's dive deeper - shall we? POSTURE UP! Little kids […]
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The COVID Precautions We're Taking

January 28, 2022
How We Are Keeping You Safe During Your Appointment The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on our mental and physical health. Now more than ever, it is critical to focus on your well-being. Whether you are struggling with an injury or want to improve your overall fitness, now is the time to take […]
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The Best Gifts you DIDN’T Get

January 5, 2022
Ho! Ho! Holy cow!  Who needs another fleece blanket, crockpot, or inspirational sign?  Now, I am all for being grateful for the gifts we receive and the time with family and friends, but if you are looking to spend your holiday return money or have a gift card burning a hole in your pocket - […]
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How Soon Should You Start Physical Therapy After Surgery?

December 29, 2021
Why the Success of Your Surgery Often Depends on What You Do Next Surgery is never easy. It is a stressful and sometimes painful process. However, there is one key thing that you can do after surgery to prevent pain and help speed up your recovery, physical therapy (PT).  Today, many surgeons recommend starting PT […]
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Tips and Tricks to Feeling Your Best This Holiday Season

December 21, 2021
How to Stay Healthy and Active Into the New Year The holiday season is fast approaching, and along with the many festivities come feelings of anxiety and stress. It is important to take time to focus on your mental and physical health throughout this overwhelming time.  From the entire  Next Level Physical Therapy & Athletic […]
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HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS

December 15, 2021
The Holidays are HERE!  And the holiday season means travel to spend time with our loved ones!  But the best-laid travel plans can be ruined by an aching lower back, painful knees, irritated shoulders. In celebration of the 12 days of Christmas, here are our 12 must-read tips for pain-free travel this summer. Pack light. […]
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The Top 3 Causes of Knee Pain

November 30, 2021
Knee Pain Almost every activity we do with our legs involves the knee joint.  The knee joint is constantly working to allow us to walk, sit, stand, go up and downstairs, not to mention higher-level activities like running, jumping, and pivoting.  It is no wonder that knee pain is one of the most common injuries […]
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Food to The Rescue!

November 4, 2021
Nutrition Hacks to Decrease Inflammation and Pain There is an old saying, “You are what you eat.” This is absolutely true. Food is fuel for your body. So what you eat can profoundly impact nearly all of your body’s systems. The food you eat can greatly impact your immune system, inflammatory system, musculoskeletal system and […]
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Looking For Next Great Warm Up? Try Dynamic Stretching!

October 5, 2021
Dynamic stretching is not your average type of stretch! It allows your joints and muscles to move through their full range of motion compared to static stretching where you’re lengthening the muscle in one position for a period of time, about 30 to 60 seconds. Dynamic stretching gets the blood flowing and oxygen pumping throughout […]
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The Battle of the (Disc) Bulge

July 2, 2021
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), 60-80% of us will experience lower back pain during our lifetimes. For many of us, the pain will be the result of a bulging or herniated lumbar disc. A herniated disc in the lumbar spine is one of the most common causes of low back pain […]
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Sacroiliac Joint Pain: Causes and Treatment

July 2, 2021
Where Are the Sacroiliac Joints? If you look at the word “sacroiliac“, you’ll see that it describes two areas in the body: The sacroiliac joints are where the sacrum of the spine and the ilium of the pelvis meet. These joints act primarily as shock-absorbing structures.  They are held together by a group of strong […]
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Diagnosis: Stenosis

July 2, 2021
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Big words for an unbelievably common problem. Stenosis means “narrowing.”  Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition affecting the lower back where the spinal canal or one or more of the vertebral foramina becomes narrowed.  There are several causes of spinal stenosis.  Each can result in pain, weakness, and numbness in the lower […]
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5 Workouts for Fighting the "Dad Bod"

June 18, 2021
A Dad’s Guide for Staying (or Getting) in Shape After Kids Most dads agree: finding time to work out after having kids is not easy. Whether you have a newborn that is up every few hours or teenagers that you stay up late worrying about, most fathers are in the same boat. Putting on the […]
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Exercise Yourself Out of Plantar Fascia Pain

May 5, 2021
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot and heel pain, affecting 2 million people each year.  The fascia is connective tissue that surrounds and penetrates every muscle, coats every bone, covers every organ, and envelops every nerve and blood vessel.  Symptoms of plantar fasciitis can range from mild to severe, making even simple […]
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3 Steps To Alleviate Plantar Fascia Pain

May 5, 2021
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot and heel pain. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2 million people each year are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. This number is staggering.  Symptoms can range from mild to severe, making even simple activities like walking and standing unbearable.  But what is plantar fasciitis, […]
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Heal Your Heel Pain

April 26, 2021
Physical Therapy for Pain in Your Heel Pain in your heel can make everyday tasks from walking to standing difficult.  The foot is the foundation of your body and, when not working properly, has the potential to cause a lot of problems.  Issues of the foot need to be addressed as quickly as possible.   Poor […]
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Shoulder Pain While You Sleep?

April 12, 2021
Shoulder Pain Relief Tips From Next Level Physical Therapy & Athletic Performance Sleep is so important for recovery, mental health, and physical vitality.  When sleep is interrupted by shoulder pain, it affects your ability to heal from injury, derails your ability to concentrate, lowers your productivity and is linked to weight gain and increased inflammation… […]
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3 Ways to Relieve Shoulder Pain

April 5, 2021
Suffering from shoulder pain?  Do you have difficulty or pain lifting your arms, sleeping or reaching?  Whether your pain is from an old injury, issues in the shoulder joint or just from repetitive stress from moving all day long, try these simple techniques to feel better and stronger. Why Your Shoulders Hurt Your shoulder joint […]
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Top Ten Reasons Physical Therapy is Beneficial

March 29, 2021
How Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Overall Health Many people assume that physical therapy is only for people who are recovering from an injury, but it has enormous benefits to people of every age and athletic ability. Not only does physical therapy help people recuperate faster, but it can also help to prevent age-related immobility. […]
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Meniscus Pain Got You Feeling Down?

February 9, 2021
What You Need to Know About a Torn Meniscus Have you ever heard people talk about torn knee cartilage? What they really mean is a torn meniscus. Anyone who’s ever had a meniscus tear knows how this condition can cause excruciating pain and affect productivity. This is probably one of the most common injuries our […]
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