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November 21, 2019

Thanksgiving is officially one week away!! If you are like me, that means launching into a spectacular season of parties with family and friends, making and eating plenty of delicious food, hauling out trees and boxes of decoration…and…an overall totally lack of routine from Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year. And that is totally cool.  ‘Tis the season, after all, and who would want to miss out on this merriment?  Perhaps we weren’t even meant to be in the same routine for 12 months, anyway…

Each January, I get an influx of people signing up for appointments.  I want to say it is...

I am frequently asked, “What is the best whole body exercise?”  Hmmm…something that will target most muscles in the body.  Planks? Definitely a favorite of mine.  Burpees? Though I am not sure what the current obsession is in the fitness community with burpees, if done correctly, I do like a good burpee. Downward dog? Certainly one of my go-tos for a good stretch of many muscles. But my hands-down favorite whole body exercise is (drum roll please): Single leg balance.

Go ahead. Balance on one leg, and think about what you are feeling.  If you don’t feel much, maybe a little wobbly at...

I, Kristen, am undergoing running form re-training. (Insert collective moan from my running population out there.)  No one, and I mean no one, wants to undo what they have naturally done for over half of their life, so between sleep and running form, I have in the past rarely liked to mess with what “works” for a patient unless the situation is dire.  As a runner/physical therapist myself, I had not once before this year overhauled anyone’s running, but around February, I started to feel a bit convicted about my own form.  I had planned to run another Flying Pig Marathon with my brother, but h...

Are you a “headache” person?  If so, then you are not alone.  47% of the global population reports a regular occurrence of severe headaches.  Even if you aren’t among that statistic, we have all experienced a headache before, right?

But what really is a headache?  Oftentimes, people group all severe headaches into the “migraine” category, but that is not entirely accurate.  True migraines are thought to be a result of a blood flow issue to the brain and are often felt as a throbbing pain in one or both sides of the head and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, light or sound sensit...

February 25, 2019

It is cold and windy outside, which can only mean one thing: Track season is around the corner for area high school athletes.  For so many track athletes, the only thing more synonymous with track season than wind and cold is the “S word”…shin splints.

They creep up slow then all of a sudden fast, threatening the season of track stars of all events. When I have in the past moonlighted as “Coach Schulte”, the shin splints started rearing their ugly heads in week 3 of the season.

“Coach! Do you know anything I can do for my shin splints?” As any other coach or trainer had ever told them, I had to...

I can’t say I’m much of a self-promoter online. In fact, every time I post something personal on the business page, I gulp, close my eyes, click “post”, then promptly close out of the app.  (I decided to plunge into the deep end by including here a picture of me drinking wine on my honeymoon; it doesn't get much more vulnerable than that. Speaking of wine, I am going to need a glass after posting this.) But the past month has included one of my biggest life events to date (marriage!) that essentially required mixing business and personal life. Why? I didn’t seek the congratulations. I needed t...

(And I am talking about more than that chair massager you bought off the infomercial.)

I don’t think I am alone when I say that I love giving gifts.  Actually, the only reason I am okay with receiving gifts is because I know that other people like giving gifts just as much as I do.  I meet monthly with my 4th grade Lunch Buddy, and at our last lunch, I listened as she told me all about the crafts that she was making each of her family members.  It was November, and she felt like she hadn’t started making her gifts soon enough due to the detail she wanted to put into each gift.  It was as i...

That title was not meant to be a riddle. Strap on those seatbelts, folks, because I am about to venture into a territory I don’t normally go: weight lifting.  I gave up thinking about Olympic weights shortly after my collegiate career ended, though I would like to take a moment to thank my college lifting coach for making this distance runner rather competent on deadlifts, cleans, good mornings, etc.  (as well as to apologize for never actually achieving an unassisted pullup).  However, I have had a rash of serious lifters in my clinic over the last couple of weeks, so I think it is time to sp...

Do you smell what I smell in the air?  That’s Winter, friends, and though we can all lament southwest Ohio’s overall lack of Fall 2018, we must face the fact that my car read 29 degrees outside this morning.  I love winter, and if it could snow until March, I would be thrilled. You also may know by now that I love running.  I can’t say that I love running in the winter.  In fact, unless it is 90 degrees outside, I am most assuredly feeling cold, so when it is 30 degrees, I hit the ground sprinting the first mile just to warm up as fast as possible.  A good PT brain would tell me that that is a...

September 20, 2018

Last fall, I volunteered my PT services at a weekly running group.  I showed up early, ran with the group, and stayed late in hopes of doing injury screens and answering questions about running aches and pains. Runners are my people: I’ve been a competitive runner and have now graduated to recreational runner, and I was excited to help my people.

The result?  I was totally shunned by my people.

All the while whispering to their friends about their low back pain, IT Band syndrome, runner’s knee, SI joint dysfunction, and even the neck pain/headaches they get at work, the runners would walk up to...

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