Consider all 30 muscle groups when training the core

Often times we hear “core” used interchangeably with “abs”. Although the abdominals are a large contributor to the core, there are many more muscles that compose the core— nearly 30 depending how you define the core. Think of the core as a cylinder of muscles around your spine. All these muscles have a role to protect, stabilize, or move your …

Bryce Taylor

PT, S&C Coach, SFMA

The Appendix may be more important than we thought.

To be or not to be? When it comes to the appendix, that seems to be the question. The appendix has been called a vestigial organ, but that interpretation may be changing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appendix_(anatomy) We were taught in school that the appendix seemed to have no apparent purpose and should absolutely be removed if inflamed. This still seems to be the …

John Pecora

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

How you can help Wounded Veterans in your area?

Operation Surf Huntington Beach 2019 If you’d like to learn more about the event or how you can help local veterans, please check out our previous post: http://news.meyerpt.com/physical-therapists/helping-support-wounded-veteransone-wave-time/ Our time spent in and out of the water with participants, volunteers, and supporters leaves everlasting memories with us all. Thanks again to all the Doctors and volunteers who helped make this …

Dr. Tim Brown

Dr. Tim Brown

Co-Medical Director for the World Surf League (formerly the ASP)

Breathing Techniques to Access Your Performance Potential

Accessing your 100 percent performance potential requires you to have a good breathing practice. We typically only become conscious of our breathing when we are breathing hard or can’t breathe at all. But adding in a breath practice before, during and after competition and training can help performance and recovery. It can also make you a healthier, more conscious athlete, …

Brian Mackenzie

Founder & Creative Director at Power Speed Endurance, Co-Founder of SportsFuel, Co-Founder XPT Life

5 Billing & Coding Strategies to Improve Reimbursement

Question:  Dr. Kotlar, “I am seeing more patients this year compared to last year, but I’m not collecting more money. I’ve been documenting the same way for the last 8 years, and I think my recordkeeping, coding, and collection systems are outdated. Can you share some tips to help me improve?” Answer:  Yes, here are 5 ways to improve coding, …

DNS Exercise 1 – Surf Movement Training

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Exercise/Sport Course Part 1 DNS Exercise 1 – Surf Movement Training August 2–4, 2019 Southern California Course Objectives: Introduction to the basic principles and concepts of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and Surf Movement training Developmental Kinesiology Sequence – Integrated Stabilizing System of the Spine – Demonstration/participation – Ipsilateral and Contralateral patterns – Centration – DNS Flow Learn …

Part 2: Understanding The Impact of Power on Photobiomodulation (PBM)

In Part 1 of this laser forum, we discussed the basic terms related to the physics of laser therapy. Here we will cover the significant role irradiance (power density) and dosage (energy density) plays in 3 concepts pertinent to photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy. Higher irradiance allows more photons to be applied at depth for a given wavelength. Please refer to the image below …

Mark Callanen

Mark Callanen

PT, DPT, OCS

Zombie Cells – That Just Won’t Die

Immortality might not be as much fun as it sounds – especially when it comes to your cells. Zombie cells (or senescent cells, as they’re more properly called) are cells that have ceased to divide. Normally, a healthy cell has a limit to how many times it can divide and replicate itself; this cellular crossroads is often referred to as …

Matt Kraft

Matt Kraft

Nutritional Consultation Specialist for MeyerPT

STOP Treating Medicare Patients If…

The Patient Got My Insurance Check. Now What? It hurts when an insurance company doesn’t pay your bills. It hurts even more when a patient “suddenly disappears” because they got the insurance check and kept your money. Get proactive to ensure you get paid what you deserve. On the initial visit, make sure the patient is made aware that insurance …

Treatments for Low Back Pain—Time for a Change

Insurer Coverage of Nonpharmacological Treatments for Low Back Pain—Time for a Change Christine M. Goertz, DC, PhD; Steven Z. George, PT, PhD JAMA Network Open. 2018;1(6):e183037. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.3037 Low back pain is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical care and is highly correlated with opioid use.1Both factors have contributed to a major public health crisis resulting from opioid overuse and …

Dr. Christine Goertz

D.C., Ph.D., COO Spine IQ