40 to 70% of the world’s population is vitamin D deficient.1  More than 1 billion people worldwide are affected at a tremendous cost to society.  You may be aware that low vitamin D causes rickets or osteomalacia but that was eradicated after the 1930’s when much of ou...

Checkout this gentle stretching video with Marybell Padilla, DPT to get your day off to a great start or end it with a gentle way to wind down.  

Is yoga a good exercise? Should I be doing Yoga to stretch more? Can I do yoga?

These are some of the questions I get from patients that have heard about yoga and its benefits. And, just like in many other instances the answer might not be a clear yes or no, but an “it...

            As much as we all expect that our physical therapy visit will include some type of exercise, it is also important that your ADL’s or “Activities of Daily Living” are addressed.  You can be the most consisten...


Well, obviously, we all need to keep breathing…but why is this an important part of physical therapy treatment?  From a physiological standpoint, we all require the intake of air to fully fill our lungs with oxygen, to expand our diaphragm (the big domed...

What is “Mindfulness” in Physical Therapy?   

     How does the concept of “mindfulness” factor into physical therapy?  I use the concept to help patients focus on becoming conscious of changes in their posture or function and help them to better integrate movement...

May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month.  What is pelvic pain you ask?  Pelvic pain is pain in the pelvis, anterior abdominal wall, low back, buttocks or pelvic floor of at least 6 months duration that is serious enough to cause disability or lead to medical care.  Both men...

Recently I was playing beach volleyball, I set my partner for the perfect spike but before he could take off, he snapped his patellar ligament completely in two. Shortly after, many bystanders jump to the scene to help! Inevitably, ice became the hot topic. Haven’t you...

Everyone knows that when you have aches and pains, you should not let it fester but see a good physical therapist (PT) right away! ‘Well don’t I have to see a Physician first’? Nope, Florida is one of 28 states that allow direct patient access to PT.[1]  However; you n...

Summer is the season for family vacations, and nothing says aches and pains like carrying luggage, sitting in cars or planes, and sleeping in hotel beds.  The last thing you want on a vacation you have been planning for months, to make memories with your family, is an...

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