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Front Neck Pain: Causes & Treatment

Front Neck Pain: Causes & Treatment

Front neck pain is a prevalent issue that can stem from various factors, including problems with the spinal cord or soft tissues. By comprehending and addressing these factors, you can effectively alleviate and manage the discomfort associated with it. In this article, we will explore the common causes of pain in the front of the neck, effective treatment options available, and measures you can take to prevent and maintain a healthier, pain-free neck.

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Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) During Pregnancy

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) During Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings about significant changes in a woman’s body, leading to various physical and emotional transformations. It is estimated that up to 1 in 5 pregnant women experience pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) to some extent. Among these changes, Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), which refers to discomfort in the pelvic area, is a common and challenging pregnancy pain affecting up to 20% of pregnant women. Effectively managing pubic pain is crucial for a more comfortable pregnancy experience as it can significantly impact daily activities and overall quality of life. Therefore, it’s important to understand the causes, symptoms, and options for treatment.

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7 Effective Diastasis Recti Exercises for Core Healing

7 Effective Diastasis Recti Exercises for Core Healing

Diastasis recti, a condition in which the abdominal muscles separate, can be challenging, especially for postpartum individuals. However, incorporating specific exercises into your routine can significantly aid in healing and strengthening your core. In this blog post, we will explore the most effective exercises for managing diastasis recti, their benefits, and additional tips for recovery.

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TMJ Neck Pain: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

TMJ Neck Pain: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Experiencing neck and shoulder pain can be a common but frustrating issue, especially when temporomandibular disorders affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ disorders can cause various common symptoms, such as jaw pain, left-sided neck and shoulder pain, and discomfort in the cervical muscles. Up to 70% of people diagnosed with TMD experience these symptoms, which can significantly impact daily life. Therefore, it is important to understand the causes, treatment options, and prevention strategies for TMJ-related neck pain.

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Reason for Neck and Shoulder Pain on the Left Side and Relief

Reason for Neck and Shoulder Pain on the Left Side and Relief

Left-sided neck and shoulder pain is a common medical condition affecting numerous individuals due to various causes. Exploring additional exercises and gentle neck exercises can help alleviate symptoms. According to a study, OCS, muscle strains, and cervical disc bulges are among the frequent culprits, with muscle strains often resulting from repetitive movements or maintaining static postures. Cervical disc bulges, which affect the outer layer of the soft discs separating the vertebrae in the neck, can lead to considerable pain and even numbness or weakness in the shoulder and arm areas due to pressure on the spinal nerves. Both conditions highlight the complex interplay of nerves and muscles between the neck and shoulder regions.

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Best Exercises for Diastasis Recti Recovery (Heal Your Core)

Best Exercises for Diastasis Recti Recovery (Heal Your Core)

Diastasis recti is a common condition where the rectus abdominis muscles (the “six-pack” muscles) separate along the midline of the abdomen. This separation, known as abdominal separation, can occur due to pregnancy, obesity, or incorrect exercise practices. It can lead to a protruding belly, lower back pain, urinary incontinence, and core weakness. Proper exercise plays a crucial role in the recovery process, helping to strengthen and restore the core muscles effectively. Engaging in the best exercises for diastasis recti and physical therapy can significantly improve your quality of life.

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Tips to Relieve Back Pain from Driving

Tips to Relieve Back Pain from Driving

An ankle sprain is a common injury affecting 20% to 50% of athletes and active people. It occurs when the ligaments connecting the bones in the ankle joint are stretched or torn. While a sprained ankle can be painful and debilitating, with proper care and rehabilitation, you can get back on your feet quickly. This blog post will guide you through effective ankle sprain exercises for a speedy recovery.

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Unveiling the Myths and Truths About Back Pain

Unveiling the Myths and Truths About Back Pain

An ankle sprain is a common injury affecting 20% to 50% of athletes and active people. It occurs when the ligaments connecting the bones in the ankle joint are stretched or torn. While a sprained ankle can be painful and debilitating, with proper care and rehabilitation, you can get back on your feet quickly. This blog post will guide you through effective ankle sprain exercises for a speedy recovery.

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Alleviate Knee Pain While Running: Mid-Foot Strike Solutions

Knee Pain While Running: The Impact of Mid-Foot Strike

An ankle sprain is a common injury affecting 20% to 50% of athletes and active people. It occurs when the ligaments connecting the bones in the ankle joint are stretched or torn. While a sprained ankle can be painful and debilitating, with proper care and rehabilitation, you can get back on your feet quickly. This blog post will guide you through effective ankle sprain exercises for a speedy recovery.

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Dr. Peyton Oules, PT, DPT Cert. DN

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Dr. Peyton Oules, physical therapist, is a Brewster, Washington native who grew up as a small-town athlete. During her high school sports career, she suffered from two ACL injuries which led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. 

She began her studies by earning her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Pre-PT at Eastern Washington University.  During her undergraduate studies, she spent much of her time playing volleyball and coaching at the high school level.  Dr. Oules continued her education to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, Arizona.While in school, Dr. Oules became Certified in both Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping.

Part of her clinical training included international travel to Sydney, Australia where she expanded her orthopedic skill set and had the opportunity to provide treatment for the athletes from the 2023 World Underwater Hockey Championships.

During her doctorate level studies, Dr. Oules learned the importance in making movement a lifestyle. She has a passion for sharing this knowledge with the community and getting her clients back to the activities they love.

Outside of the clinic Dr. Oules enjoys CrossFit®, hiking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Rue. Some of her favorite adventures to date include hiking parts of the Grand Canyon and running across the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the Sydney 10k!

Dr. Peyton Oules’ Credentials:
•           Physical Therapist (PT)
•           Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
•           Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)

Dr. Khristian McGinley, PT, DPT Cert. DN

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Dr. Khristian McGinley, physical therapist, grew up here in Phoenix, as a competitive softball player with a longtime passion for health and wellness. After sustaining an elbow injury in high school and attending PT herself, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career helping people recover from injuries and getting back to doing what they love. She eventually received her B.S in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2013, then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2017.

Dr. McGinley began her career with a passion in pediatrics and orthopedics, undergoing coursework to treat diagnoses such as torticollis, developmental delay, and toe walking. She also became certified in Dry Needling in 2017, and since then has been additionally trained in Dry Needling for Pelvic Rehabilitation. After the challenging birth of her first child, she developed a passion for treating the pregnant and postpartum population. She became specialty training in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation in 2021 and since then has focused her practice on helping moms achieve pain free pregnancy, peaceful childbirth, and complete postpartum recovery. She specializes in diagnoses such as urinary incontinence, diastases recti, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. McGinley enjoys hiking, running, camping, weight lifting, and playing slow pitch softball. She loves spending as much time as she can outside with her husband and two children.

Dr. Khristian McGinley’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Specialty-trained in Pelvic Floor Therapy

Dr. Meredith Wall, PT, DPT FAFS, Cert. DN

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Dr. Meredith Wall, physical therapist, grew up as a competitive athlete in basketball, gymnastics, soccer and volleyball. After sustaining an ankle injury and going to rehab as a young athlete, she instantly fell in love with learning about sports injuries and rehabilitation. This led her to major in Exercises Science at Grand Valley State University. After she graduated in 2010, she immediately pursued physical therapy to ultimately achieve her lifelong goals of becoming a physical therapist. She earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2013, graduating as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society recognizing individuals with outstanding GPA in a college graduate program.

Dr. Wall continued her educational pathway through the Gray Institute receiving a fellowship in Applied Functional Science (FAFS). A FAFS is only obtained by a select number of practitioners, who deliver optimal care through the diagnosis and treatment of functional human movement. She also became Certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN) in 2017, is trained in the McKenzie Method to treat spinal pain, and most recently has become specialized in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. This specialty area allows her to treat women across the lifespan dealing with incontinence, diastasis recti, pelvic pain, and pain during or after pregnancy.

Dr. Wall’s special interests include diagnosing and treating active patients across the lifespan to help them return to optimal function. In her spare time, she enjoys Crossfit®, running, coaching youth sports, and traveling with her husband and three sons.

Dr. Meredith Wall’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Specialty-trained in Pelvic Floor Therapy

Dr. Cameron Moore, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, CSCS, Dip. Osteopractic

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Dr. Cameron Moore, physical therapist and co-owner, has always been very active with sports and activities starting with competitive motocross racing up to a semi-professional level and being a scholarship athlete in track and field competing at the division 1 level in college at Eastern Washington University in the triple jump. Cameron became interested in the profession of physical therapy after having knee surgery in high school and seeing the inter-workings of the profession. He pursued his bachelors degree in Exercise Science before moving to Phoenix to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Franklin Pierce University.

He then began specialization courses for spinal manipulation (Spinal Manipulation Institute) and dry needling (Dry Needling Institute). This lead Cameron in to becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT) through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT) and earned a Diploma of Osteopractic®, a distinction and training that only a small percentage of physical therapist have completed.

Dr. Moore continues to be very involved with motocross riding, Crossfit®, Olympic weight lifting, running and an overall active lifestyle with his Wife (Michelle) and their Vizsla (Parker).

Dr. Cameron Moore’s Credentials

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Certified in Dry Needling (Cert DN)
  • Certified in Spinal Manipulation (Cert SMT)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Diploma in Osteopractic® (Dip Osteopractic)
  • Fellow Of The American Academy Of Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT)
  • American Academy of Manipulative Therapy Fellow (AAMT)
  • Crossfit® Level 1 Certified (CF-L1)
  • Crossfit® Mobility Certified
  • USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach

Dr. Michelle Moore, PT, DPT FAAOMPT, Dip. Osteopractic

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Dr. Michelle Moore, physical therapist and co-owner, grew up as a competitive gymnast and developed a passion for healthy living from a young age. Her collegiate studies in Health Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and athletic background influenced her to combine her passions and pursue a career in physical therapy. She earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2013.

Dr. Moore continued her educational pathway through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy where she earned her Diploma Osteopractic® (Dip. Osteopractic) and became Certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN), and Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT). From 2016-2017 Dr. Moore completed the rigorous coursework to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT), a distinction held by only a fraction of the profession.

Dr. Moore’s special interests include treating active individuals and returning them to the activities that they love. In her spare time she enjoys Crossfit®, Olympic Weightlifting, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling with her husband, Cameron, and dog, Parker.

Dr. Michelle Moore’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
  • Diploma in Osteopractic® (Dip. Osteopractic)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Certified Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT)
  • Crossfit® Mobility Certified