3 Tips for Training While Traveling

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DATE › April 26, 2017
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It is that time of year again. This blog is a little late for the spring breakers, but summer vacation season is coming. I’m going to be talking about getting that workout in while you’re on vacation.  Very rarely are you fortunate enough to find dumbbells that go over 25 lbs. on vacation let alone a squat rack. You may even be lucky to find the time to get to the gym . I am going to give you 3 essentials to still get a great workout in while you’re on vacation no matter the equipment you have.   Most

Sciatica… Wrong Diagnosis,Wrong Solution

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DATE › April 25, 2017
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Call Jason at IFAST Physical Therapy to request a FREE copy of The IFAST PT Sciatica Solution! In cases of true sciatica with the symptoms of leg pain extending below the knee and typically extending across the ankle, patients may experience some changes in sensation, mild movement impairment, or associated muscle weakness. The focus is on attempting to maintain normal activities as much as possible, achieved through a concept called graded exposure. Graded exposure is simply a measurable, often professionally-guided, and progressive program of movement and activity based on your current movement limitations and level of conditioning. Sciatica is often

4 Reasons and 1 Secret Why HitFit Beats Up (Pun Intended) Any Other Group Workout

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DATE › April 21, 2017
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We launched HitFit, our take on group boxing, last year and the response has been amazing! In order to celebrate our success, here are some important takeaways from our resident HitFitters:   1) It’s Not Just Your Arms, It is a TOTAL Body Workout "When I started HitFit I used my upper body exclusively, burning up my gas tank and tiring out my arms. Once Tony taught me more technique and how to relax my upper body, it shifted more of the load to my hips, legs, and core. This created a total body workout that helps me box at

IFAST Physical Therapy Sciatica Week Book Give-away!

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DATE › April 17, 2017
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You've probably heard the statistic that about 80% of people will experience back pain in their lifetime. I'm guessing that it's actually higher. Often times, lower back pain is accompanied by sciatica, or more simply, pain that extends down the back of the leg past the ankle. This is a common symptom that I see here at IFAST Physical Therapy in Indianapolis quite frequently. To help out as many people as possible, I wrote a small book to give you plenty of information about what sciatica is and how to you can manage it or even resolve it. The book

Stop Blowing Yourself Off!

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DATE › April 17, 2017
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You wake up Monday morning with your whole day planned out. Your meals are prepped and you grab what you need before heading out the door. You look at your schedule for the day and plan on hitting the gym after your late afternoon meeting. Then, the late afternoon is here and your meeting runs much later than you had planned. It might be too late to hit the gym and you plan to head on home. You feel a little guilty but it’s not like you blew off your co-workers or a serious meeting or anything, right?   This

What Paying Taxes Can Teach Us About Fat Loss

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DATE › April 17, 2017
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Taxes are due tomorrow, and you should know that the American tax system is by and large the most painful, inefficient, and confusing way to pay taxes in the industrialized world. Most everybody hates Tax Day in America, because paying taxes is time-consuming (and costs you money, if you pay a tax professional to help you). In Estonia, Japan, the UK, Spain, Denmark, and in many other countries, by comparison, paying taxes is a breeze, and might take as little as 3 minutes. If you lived in those countries, you might not even see a tax return, as the government

Yes, You Should Ice That Ankle Sprain!

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DATE › April 11, 2017
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You may have read somewhere on the internet that you shouldn't apply ice to an acute injury like an ankle sprain for fear of slowing down the natural healing processes and prolonging the duration of the injury. While the body is wise, it is also very careful. Your immune system is like an army designed to protect you from undesired invaders like viruses and bacteria that can make your sick. It is also responsible for the inflammatory response associated with a cut to your skin or acute injuries like an ankle sprain. The initial response to potential harm is to send a

Things You Should Know About Hip Pain due to Hip Impingement and Your X-ray Findings

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DATE › March 5, 2017
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Does this seem familiar? Perhaps you're one of the many who've experienced the onset of hip pain for some unknown reason.  It didn't start with an injury that you can remember. It started with some mild, occasional generalized aching in your groin area, but now it occurs more frequently. You may get pain in the crease of your hip when you sit in the car or at your desk.  You notice the groin pain when you squat or sit on the toilet. The pain may even radiate down the inside your thigh. Maybe you've asked Google what it is.  Google says it's

5 Quick Facts: What Indy Mini-Marathon Runners need to know about running shoes, marathon training, and running injuries

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DATE › January 29, 2017
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Your foot mechanics are like fingerprints.  Your foot mechanics are unique to you. (Stacoff 2007) No matter what type of running shoes your wear, your foot mechanics will not change. (Stacoff 2007, Dicharry 2009) Footwear tends to alter the firing pattern (sequence) of muscle activity in your legs and posture from the ground up into your body. (Nigg 1987, Ogon 2001) Fatigue alters the firing pattern of the muscles in your legs as you train.  Running injuries like knee pain, patellofemoral pain, IT band syndrome, and tibial stress syndrome or shin splints are linked to abnormal firing patterns of the

Is there really IT Band Friction Syndrome in Runners?

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DATE › January 23, 2017
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As I write this we are approaching the 100-day point before the running of one of the largest mini-marathons here in Indianapolis.  Thousands of runners are training and making their preparations to run 13.1 miles including as stretch around the famous Indianapolis 500 track. They’re also getting injured.  It’s a drawback of the inspiration and excitement of setting a goal and working toward it.  Many runners just aren’t prepared to make such drastic changes in their physical workload to tolerate such training.  Some tolerate it and finish the race.  Some don’t because of injury. One of the most common diagnoses