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Meditation's effects on cortisol, pain, and more

By Dr. Payton Busker, PT, DPT 

Ah, meditation. We all know we “should” do it, but I would venture to say that many of us don’t know how to easily incorporate it into our routines. At least that’s the boat I was in just 5 years ago!! 

Picture me in physical therapy school: I was learning an incredible amount of information in a relatively short amount of time (3 years flies by when you’re cramming information in your brain!!). I bopped around to different fitness studios with my best friends/classmates, incorporating Yoga about once a week. 

Although there was so much good happening, I felt lost. 

This came to a head during my final 12-week clinical just before graduating. I found myself back in Austin, Texas (my college town). I almost immediately took myself to my favorite Yoga studio here that I called home in college. More than the physical practice of Yoga, this is when and where my consistent meditation practice truly...

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How to Workout When You're Stressed

Today I want to give you some ideas of how to exercise when you’re stressed. We know that exercise can be stress-reducing, but it can also contribute to stress, spiraling the issue. I think a lot of people also avoid moving altogether when they’re stressed because they think they need to have an intense session or why bother. 

However, I’m a firm believer that the better you are at dipping and diving through the obstacles of your life instead of staying rigid, the better your life will be. And, dare I say, the better your health will be. Inevitably, we’re going to go through stressful times. It’s about recognizing when you’re in one and adapting accordingly. 

Today I’ll talk about: 

  1. Why you’re more likely to get injured when you’re stressed 
  2. Neuroendocrine responses to stress 
  3. How to recognize when you’re stressed 
  4. My suggestion for how to exercise when you’re experiencing a mentally...
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How to Keep Your Joints Healthy During Quarantine

COVID-19 has caused us to hit the pause button on life, and it has become important to create a new idea of “normal.” This standstill has slowed down a once never-ending flow of activities and has dramatically shifted routines. It's essential to take care of your body in safe ways at this time.

The majority of daily activities are performed forward and backward (sagittal plane) without moving your joints in each direction they were designed to move. These repetitive movement patterns can cause overuse injuries, compensation, muscle imbalances, and even structural changes (ex. poor posture can develop from constantly being hunched over). Smart and intentional movement is crucial during this time. 

The most powerful tool I recommend to my clients is “Motion is Lotion.” However, not all motion is created equal. Check out my 10-minute mobility video that will guide you through safe movement.

  1. Move Your Body During Breaks and...
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