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The Anti-Gravity Treadmill Turns Back Time
A Very Misunderstood Muscle



Do's and Don'ts of Running


We are getting the first taste of spring and with that, I've seen some runners on the trails. Have you tried to run, but keep getting hurt? Or have you been too intimidated to even buy those running shoes? (Boulder can be an intimidating place for newbies to any sport). We have good news for you!  Erin Brooks, DPT, &  Scott Swann, MPT, OCS, two ALTA therapists, will share their experience with common running injuries. More details to come, but save the date: April 24th, 6-7 pm








You know how construction goes - delays happen. Most of it is our fault.  We've tweaked and re-tweaked the projects because we want everything to be perfect. The new treatment room will be ready at the end of May. 


The ramp construction will be completed this summer and features a covered ramp and stairs into the building. We are excited about these projects and again, appreciate your patience as we fine tune and fuss over the details. 





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                                                              March 2014

The Anti-Gravity Treadmill Turns Back Time


"You can't turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again." -Bonnie Prudden

When I was 21, I got serious about exercise. The aerobics craze was in full swing, and after all, I was headed for PT school; it was time to start walking the talk. To give you an idea of how old I am, I bought a pair of cheap sneakers from the "Five and Dime" and I hit the ground running. The shoes were lousy, and though they gave me blisters, nothing else really hurt. My muscles were th
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at good kind of sore and the
rest of my body was fine. Young joints are strong and resilient. Ahh, the good old days.  


Fast-forward almost 40 years and I feel like the Princess and the Pea. No more cheap sneakers; the shoes have to be just right, my running form has to be just right, and though I can still run, all the conditions have to be just right to allow me to run without pain.


A few weeks ago I ran on an anti-gravity treadmill. They call it the Alter G, but between you and me, I just ran in a Time Machine. It felt like I turned the clock back 40 years. How? 


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A Very Misunderstood Muscle


We have heard over and over again about the psoas muscle being tight. Your massage therapist may tell you, you may have heard it from your trainer, and even your PT may have it wrong. So many folks think they are struggling with a tight psoas and that pesky psoas is the source of many woes: lower back pain, sacro-iliac joint pain, hip pain, and thigh pain. 


You've tried stretching it - but to no avail. You've had it pummeled to death by your massage therapist and still, the psoas is the bane of your existence. 


The psoas may be the source of your pain, true. But stop blaming your poor psoas for feeling tight- it's not tight, it's weak. A tight psoas muscle has been implicated as a source of many problems, but definitive research has finally cleared it. (Comerford, Richardson)


This is not a muscle you can or should ignore. No, if you've had any back injuries, your psoas is probably not working the way it should. Instead of being tight, it has gone quiet. Your psoas became weak within minutes of your injury and at the exact level that the injury occurred.


Here's what happens then: Read more. 


Waking up your Psoas. You have strengthened your core, but you still hurt. Click on the video to see what you've missed.



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