Exercises

We all know someone who has had knee surgery or a knee replacement, or who was forced to live a more sedentary lifestyle because of knee issues. This person might even be you. You are not alone. In fact, knee pain is the second most common type of chronic pain. A third of all Americans report experiencing knee pain at some time or another. And roughly 3 million women and 1.7 million men are living with total knee replacements. Perhaps more than...
Fibromyalgia has become one of the most widespread chronic pain conditions, affecting an estimated 10 million people in the United States and approximately 5 percent of people in the world. What’s more astounding is that 75 to 90 percent of people with this disorder are women. As the field of fascial research grows, scientists are finding the missing pieces to help people manage their pain by focusing on fascial intervention rather than...
It’s the topic of a hot debate: when to stretch, what to stretch, and even whether stretching is necessary. My runners are frequently anti-stretching because they have been told it will reduce performance. My yogis on the other hand feel like lengthening their muscles is a good thing. Yet both – as well as all humans, whether they’re competitive athletes or more sedentary folks –  have imbalances caused by their repetitive lifestyles that can...
Michael Sullivan, PT, MSPT is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center. Mr. Sullivan's lecture deals with one of the many issues that people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome struggle with--that movement is painful, to the point where individuals with CRPS don't feel they have the choice to be active. The lecture also talks about neuroplasticity, graded motor imagery, mirror box therapy, and virtual...
Dr. Peter Abaci Presenting at RSDSA Conference
Peter Abaci, MD is the co-founder and medical director of The Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, author of, "Take Control of Your Pain", and a frequent contributor to WebMD, Pain Pathways, and Huffington Post. His objective is to teach you how to have a great life with CRPS. This presentation is part of the broader discussion on integrated Solutions to CRPS, treating the whole person, and optimizing wellness.
Yoga pose for back pain
This short yoga for back pain sequence was designed for all of you with back and/or shoulder tension! Yoga is great for stretching, gaining flexibility, and releasing tension from sore backs, sciatica pain, and many other ailments that you might be experiencing. We often neglect to strengthen our lower and upper backs, and this video offers some very powerful stretches and back muscle building exercises, to give your back a nice break. Certified...
If you’ve been feeling like your doctor visits aren’t doing much to help your low back pain, there’s now some research to back you up. The health journal, The Lancet, recently published a series of articles looking at how we treat back pain, and the gist of their findings is that most of us who go to a doctor for an aching back are probably receiving inappropriate or unnecessary treatment. According to the researchers, the most common missteps...
Plantar fasciitis is perhaps the worst possible issue for an athlete or someone leading an active lifestyle. Ask me how I know – it’s the issue I had two decades ago that nearly destroyed my career. I recall waking up one morning thinking I must have stepped on a piece of glass or something. The odd sensation in my foot wasn’t like anything I’d ever experienced before. As an athlete, I’ve seen my pile of pains and injuries from broken bones to...
Yoga pose for neck pain
Neck and shoulders stretches - Cole's 15 minute seated neck pain and tension relieving deep stretches can be done by anyone, and anywhere! Neck pain and shoulder tension is something we all experience in our lives, from athletes to computer workers. The poses in this sequence were designed to open space in the neck and shoulder areas and provide much-needed relief for a creaky neck or waking up with neck pain, or a quick neck, shoulder and upper...
This beginners level yoga stretch session is great for anyone just beginning their yoga practice. What is really special about this 15-minute yoga sequence is that you get to stretch, and relieve back pain without standing at all! Certified yoga instructor, Cole Chance, guides you through this beginners level 15 minute FREE yoga class!

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