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Strength Training Critical for Active, Independent Aging

To the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, putting them at high risk of osteoporosis, McFarland physical therapist Brian Doolan has an important: exercise is good medicine. But not just any exercise – weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening exercise.  “As people get older, bone density certainly becomes an issue for many people, which can lead to unexpected falls, broken […]

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Back pain? Studies say get PT first,

During a time when people are growing more skeptical and concerned about the use of prescription pain medications, a recent study gives hope to the 80 percent of Americans who will experience back pain at some point in their lives, says McFarland physical therapist Brian Doolan.  The study, published by Health Services Research in May of 2018, found that those who […]

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Mind your Back(pack) during Back-to-School

From homework and tests to extra-curricular activities, students already shoulder plenty of weight during back-to-school time. Their backpacks should be the least of their worries, says McFarland physical therapist Brian Doolan.  “Backpacks are so practical, but they’re also so easy to misuse,” said Doolan, physical therapist of Back in Motion Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in McFarland. “If they’re too heavy or just worn incorrectly, backpacks […]

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Muscle balance, not just strength, critical for athletic performance & health

While working to build a solid and stable foundation is certainly a critical component to personal health and athletic performance, McFarland physical therapist Brian Doolan warns that focusing only on muscle strength can, over time, make a person more susceptible to injury.  “Achieving optimal muscle balance, not just strength, is critical both for improving athletic performance as well as preventing injury over the […]

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Don’t confuse soreness with pain

There’s soreness, and then there’s pain. It’s important to not confuse the two, says McFarland physical therapist Brian Doolan, owner of Back in Motion Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine. To active people in general and athletes at all levels, the inability to recognize the differences between muscle soreness and pain can mean pushing your body […]

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