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MedX Lumbar Extension

By Alpine Spinal Rehab | May 4, 2018

The Lumbar Extension machine was created to treat chronic lower back pain. It targets your lower back function to decrease pain levels, restore spinal function, and improve your quality of life. This machine is designed to isolate and exercise the paraspinal erector spinae muscle groups of the lumbar spine. While there are other lower back…

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Muscle Asymmetries

By Alpine Spinal Rehab | Apr 30, 2018

In general, most people do not have perfectly symmetrical features. One eye is more squinty than the other, our thumbs are different sizes, our smiles are crooked, etc. But have you noticed that your muscles are also imbalanced? What is Muscle Imbalance? A muscle imbalance happens when the size or strength of a muscle on…

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MedX Equipment

By Alpine Spinal Rehab | Apr 20, 2018

What exactly is MedX? MedX is a brand of advanced rehabilitation equipment designed specifically for the isolation and treatment of chronic back pain and dysfunction. It is considered the “Gold Standard” for treating and reducing back pain. MedX treats and reduces chronic back pain and dysfunction through specific spinal strengthening exercises using the MedX™ Lumbar…

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Thoracic Extension/Rounded Shoulders

By Alpine Spinal Rehab | Apr 14, 2018

Causes: Any activity that causes the body to look down and forward for long periods of time can contribute to slumped shoulders. These positions disrupt how the muscles in the neck, back, and shoulders normally function. It is these muscles that control the way the body maintains its posture throughout the day. Daily tasks that…

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Anterior Pelvic Tilt

By Alpine Spinal Rehab | Apr 14, 2018

An anterior pelvic tilt is when your pelvis is rotated forward, which forces your spine to curve. It’s often caused by excessive sitting without enough exercise and stretching to counteract the effects of sitting all day. If you have an anterior pelvic tilt you may notice that the muscles in the front of your pelvis…

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Illustration of a woman experiencing pain in her shoulder.

Shoulder Impingement

By Alpine Spinal Rehab | Mar 31, 2018

Shoulder Impingement What it is: Shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition that develops when the rotator-cuff tendons in the shoulder are overused or injured, causing pain and movement impairments. Shoulder impingement syndrome may also be referred to as “subacromial” impingement syndrome because the tendons, ligaments, and bursa under the “acromion” can become pinched or compressed.…

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Neck Pain and Stretches

By Alpine Spinal Rehab | Mar 29, 2018

Causes of a stiff neck: – Poor posture – Repeatedly turning the head from side to side – Sports injuries Excessive Stress – Sleeping with the neck in an awkward position – Muscle sprain or strain – Holding the neck in an abnormal position for a long period – Infection – Cervical spine disorders  …

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Diaphragmatic Breathing

By Alpine Spinal Rehab | Mar 16, 2018

What it is: Diaphragmatic breathing uses a muscle called the diaphragm to fill and empty your lungs. The diaphragm is the most important muscle when it comes to breathing. This dome-shaped muscle sits in the lower rib cage, between the abdominal cavity (where your digestive tract sits) and the thoracic cavity (where your lungs and heart sit).…

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TMJ with Dr.Ryan

By Alpine Spinal Rehab | Mar 9, 2018

What is TMJ? TMJ refers to Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction (TMD) a.k.a. clicking or locking of the jaw. Sound familiar? Up to 25% of the population have or are currently experiencing this problem! The TMJ joint acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your…

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