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How to have a Proper Bowl Movement

By Judelkiss Todd, DPT

Chances are defecation is not a taught skill, BUT it should be, says Dr. Judelkiss Todd, physical therapist at PSSM Bordentown location. A deep squat should be the position assumed during a bowel movement rather than sitting. Literally placing your feet on a stool while sitting on the toilet mimics an optimal squat position. Studies show that in sitting the puborectalis muscle “chokes” the rectum, blocking the passage of stool while squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle and straightens the rectum […]

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Futuristic Therapy Comes Down to Earth

By PSSM Staff,

Vibration therapy, founded to help astronauts maintain muscle mass in space, has down-to-earth benefits that can help patients. Dr. Jim Tholany said that whole body vibration (WBV) therapy is offered at the Bordentown office where he works as a physical therapist and rehabilitation manager. WBV treatments are a few minutes in length, and used in conjunction with other therapies. WBV works by a stretch-reflex contraction of the muscles when they are activated through vibration. “When contractions occur, good things happen,” […]

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Getting Back in the Groove After Baby

By PSSM Staff,

The body changes after a baby, said Dr. Beth Bossart of PSSM Wellness. The time to think about post-baby fitness is before delivery. “Mothers can start to think about getting back into shape before their baby is even born. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is extremely important both for mother and baby, and that does include exercise,” said Bossart. Though she is quick to say anybody considering a fitness routine during pregnancy needs to clear it with an OBGYN, […]

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Muscle Memory is Behind Every Move

By PSSM Staff,

From infancy bodies begin to make connections in the muscles that set a road map for the future of movement, according to Christopher Lybarger, physical therapist at Performance Spine & Sports Medicine in Lawrenceville, NJ. Muscle memory begins the moment we start learning how to move. “The aspects of our life effected by motor movements are in every motor task or movement from walking and running to grasping and drinking from a cup or brushing our teeth,” said Lybarger. It’s […]

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Gluten or Gluten-Free?

By PSSM Staff,

Today gluten-free foods are everywhere and considered as an overall health-promoting type of food. But why is this? While gluten is a protein found it wheat, barley and rye, think of it more like glue as it helps dough stick together. Since our bodies are designed to be able to digest a wide variety of gluten based products, but our modern diet is mostly composed of a single form of gluten-containing grains. Our digestive systemis not equipped to handle such […]

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Centuries old benefits of coconut oil come into vogue

By PSSM Staff,

Coconut oil is being touted as a new cure-all, but Our staff said it’s no fad, the benefits of coconut oil have been known in other cultures for centuries. One of the most debated claims of coconut oils is that oil pulling, a practice where one swishes a tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth for 20 minutes, can help reduce bacteria in the mouth. our staff said some people think there is only pseudo-science behind the practice, but it’s […]

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PSSM Aug posture

Get Clued in to Bad Posture

By PSSM Staff,

It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to solve the case of a “C” shaped back, when the curve of the spine moves away from its intended “S” shape, posture is almost always the culprit. Dr. Chris Cush of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine in Newtown said that bad posture from desk jobs is extremely common today. “We live in the perfect environment for bad posture,” said Cush. “People are glued to their computers, we are always on our cellphones looking down. […]

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Golf: A Game for Life

By Jason Green, D.C.

Hockey, basketball and football all have an expiration date, but golf can last a lifetime. Dr. Jason Green of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine of Newtown was an avid hockey player but as he aged he knew his hockey days were coming to a close. He sought a new sport, something he could play anywhere, anytime. He turned to golf and found that it suited him well. He was good enough to be an assistant golf pro at top tier […]

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