Category Archives: Fitness, Health & Wellness


The Gut-Brain Connection

Many people suffer from digestive issues such as IBS, heartburn, constipation, and gas. Studies have shown there is a strong link between the mind and the gut and how they can affect each other. Ever experience “butterflies in the stomach” when you were excited or a “pit in the stomach” when you were nervous? Those

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Two Easy Clinical Tests for Runners

In honor of the 11th Annual Lake Como 5k this Saturday, I thought it would be appropriate  to discuss a few quick movement based tests that we use at Advanced PMR that relate to running.  As mentioned previously, running requires a balance of multi-planar mobility and stability especially in the lower quarter.  In other words,

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COPD and Common Complications

You’re probably familiar with COPD’s classic symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness. But you might not be aware of the potential complications of COPD and the medicines used to treat it. Although the list may seem long, your doctor can help you manage both your COPD symptoms and any complications that arise.

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Garden with care

When you think of strenuous activities, gardening may not come to mind. Yet all of that digging, raking, planting and weeding can strain or stress muscles and joints—especially if you’re usually sedentary. Your shoulders, back, neck and knees are especially vulnerable to injury. Here are some simple ways to protect yourself: • Warm up first.

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3 ways to ease back into exercise

During the winter, it’s easy to become a couch potato. The short, cold days and snow and ice keep many of us away from the gym for months. Now that summer is just around the corner, you may be ready to hit the treadmill or stationery bike again. Unfortunately, many people get injured when they’re

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“I’m so much stronger now”

When Wendy first saw Dr. James Coomber at Advanced Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, she’d given up on feeling like herself again. “An orthopedic surgeon told me that he couldn’t do anything for me, and I’d have to live with my pain,” says Wendy, 42, who suffers from a genetic condition that causes chronic muscle spasms

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10 ways to spring clean safely

Now that the weather is warming up, you might be tempted to break out the broom, reposition your furniture and freshen up your garden. But all that potentially back-breaking work can lead to injury. There are more than 10 million unintentional home injuries in the U.S. every year that result in visits to hospital emergency

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Top 7 ways to protect your joints

You might take your joints for granted, but it’s important to avoid overstressing them. Over time, that can lead to osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis. With this condition, the cartilage that covers the bones in a joint thins and, in some cases, wears away entirely. That can lead to pain and swelling and

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