• Winter Olympics highlight importance of balance, flexibility

    Winter Olympics highlight importance of balance, flexibility

    As millions marvel at the world’s top competitors performing athletic feats on cold, wet and slippery surfaces during this month’s 2018 Winter Olympics, Bend physical therapist Rob Hollander sees an ideal educational opportunity for local athletes and fitness-minded people.  While we watch Alpine skiers speed through difficult downhill courses and figure skaters bound balletically across the ice, Hollander sees performances that vividly highlight

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  • Combat osteoporosis through exercise

    Combat osteoporosis through exercise

    To the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, putting them at high risk of osteoporosis, Bend physical therapist Rob Hollander, has an important message: 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

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  • Spine and Trunk Strengthening: The Core

    Our trunk is a complex system of both both passive (spine, discs, ligaments) and active (muscular) elements that allow for optimal function and activity. Of these, most people are familiar with the active systems as relates to “core” strengthening, but what exactly is the core? The trunk or core consists of both an outer core

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  • Tennis elbow more common away from the courts

    Tennis elbow more common away from the courts

    While tennis elbow and its sister ailment, golfer’s elbow, sound like the unfortunate results of overly active country club memberships, these repetitive use conditions affect more than just those who regularly hit the links or swing a racquet. In fact, tennis plays a factor in fewer than 5 percent of all tennis elbow diagnoses. But

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  • Get ready for paddle board season with these quick exercises!

    Get ready for paddle board season with these quick exercises!

    Stand up Paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the great recreational activities that we have available to us here in Central Oregon. There’s nothing like getting out on the lake for an early morning sunrise paddle or a post work run down the Deschutes before the day ends.  Our summer has finally arrived, time to

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