5 Things I Wish My Back and Scoliosis Patients Knew

Woman with low back pain holding her back

As a spine specialist I tend to see a lot of complicated cases involving scoliosis or back pain.  Lately, I have seen quite a few interesting cases that are more complex or have been going on for a long time.  What is interesting to me is how similar the complex cases are to the simple…

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HOW IS PHYSICAL THERAPY SUPPOSED TO HELP MY CHRONIC PAIN?

diagram of pain pathways

My name is Bryan Smith, and I’m currently a physical therapy student at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, UT. I’ve had the opportunity to receive part of my education at Align Therapy in Lehi, UT, and let me tell you that this is a great place! You will not find more dedicated…

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Soreness Rules: No Pain, No Gain?

diagram of shoulder pain

I hear so many sayings in Physical Therapy related to pain.  See how many of these you have heard.  Do you know which ones are correct? “No Pain, No Gain!” “Pain is just weakness leaving the body!” “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!” (I know its from a song!) “What is the difference between…

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Surface Topography Imaging for Scoliosis and Posture

Side and back image from a diers formetric topography

In 2014, I was in Wisconsin being trained in the Schroth Method for scoliosis.  As we were going through the course, my instructor demonstrated a different way of imaging scoliosis.  It took measurements automatically of posture and gave a 3D picture of the spine.  At that time, I hadn’t started Align Therapy yet, but I…

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Why is Back Pain SOOO Common?

Over the course of my 11 years as a Physical Therapist, I have seen hundreds of back pain patients.  Recently, I wrote a FREE Report “Busting 6 Myths About Back Pain!”, (which you can download by clicking HERE).  One question that stuck in my mind while writing it was, why do so many people have back pain?  My job…

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5 things you didn’t know about the spine!

The spine is truly amazing!  It is the foundation for movement and strength in our bodies.  As I have specialized in spine treatment over the past few years, I have come to see the spine as even more amazing.  Taking care of it and making sure it is functioning the best possible are some of…

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Are you in the 7 percent of backs?

Recently, I read something very concerning in the news.  There are many concerning things in the news these days, but this was about Back Pain.  It was a study looking at how many of those with back pain are referred to Physical Therapy when they visit their Primary Care Physician. When I read the title…

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