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Lukas Tvedt Named Arizona Bowl Volunteer of the Year

March 31, 2021

Our very own Lukas Tvedt, PT, DPT, OCS, ITPT, clinic director of the Fort Lowell & Tanque Verde clinics in Tucson, AZ, was named "Volunteer of the Year" by the Arizona Bowl Committee after dedicating his knowledge and experience to make the 2020 game-day a success.

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Movement for Life's Story

March 16, 2021


It is far greater than any four walls, a thousand bricks and any swash of mortar. More than a treatment table here and a therapist and a flashy logo there. It is heart, passion, compassion and drive. It is Movement For Life Physical Therapy. It is a young man, who to earn money in college, found rusted, tireless bicycles;  put time, care and a hefty share of labor into bringing each one back from the dead. His reward was as much the finished product than any profit it produced.

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"Grandmas Can't Do Squats or Deadlifts"

October 21, 2020

"Sean, I'm your grandmother.  Grandmothers don't do squats or those deadlift things.  Do you remember how old I am?"  My grandmother is 86 years old and recently had some health issues that resulted in her being severely deconditioned and weak.  My amazing parents swooped in and started providing round the clock care for her.  My grandmother (and I'm sure my parents) were eager for her to get better and back to her own home living independently.  With that in mind, she started physical therapy with her loving grandson (me)...

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Exercising While "Bone on Bone"

September 18, 2020

Many people who are diagnosed with “bone on bone” changes ignore exercise treatment due to the belief it will damage their joints further, which is NOT TRUE.  Patients should not live with years of knee pain managing only with medication use while waiting to get their joint replaced.  They need help to manage it with movement, mobility, and strength...

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Ask a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

August 27, 2020

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy (PT)  is a non-surgical approach to the rehabilitation of dysfunctions in the pelvis that contribute to bowel, bladder, sexual health, and pelvic pain complaints. Zoe Martin, PT, DPT in the Candler clinic answers the most commonly asked questions about the pelvic floor and physical therapy. 

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The First Point of Contact in Low Back Pain

July 30, 2020

Low Back Pain (LBP) is the most common type of pain experienced by people in the United States. It contributes significantly towards growing health care costs and overutilization of the medical system through invasive surgeries and prescription pain medication. Patients with chronic and acute low back pain are routinely referred for extensive diagnostic tests or given opioids as the first line of action. So what is the right first move?

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Zero to 5K: Beginner’s Running Program

June 29, 2020

With more people running, walking, and moving right now, we wanted to share a resource for those of you ramping up activity and looking for a new challenge. Welcome to our Zero to 5k program! Whether you are new to running or returning from injury or time off, a 5k can be a fun way to increase motivation and keep you excited to achieve a goal. Click here to read more...

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Do You Need an MRI?

May 28, 2020

If I were to show you a picture of a cell phone, could you tell me if the phone was ringing just by looking at the picture? Of course not! Identifying back pain with an MRI is very similar. We can’t identify the cause of low back pain by looking solely at an imaging image such as an MRI or X-Ray. A recent study studied a patient with chronic low back pain by watching the person get ten MRIs in ten different facilities throughout a three week period. The study found that throughout all ten reports, there was no single finding. So how do you know if an MRI is right for you?

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5 Exercises for Golf Mobility & Stability

May 14, 2020

The principle of being in balance is one of the most important aspects of life. Whether it be between your work and home life, homeostasis in the body, or in regards to a good balance in your diet. This principle of being in balance is just as important in your golf swing. Here are five exercises for increased mobility and stability in your golf swing...

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The Importance of Multisport Youth Athletes

April 29, 2020

Over the last couple of decades, there has been more and more push on getting youth athletes to play multiple sports. While it is true that if you practice one skill continuously, then you will eventually master it, but for a youth athlete, is this the best for their development? Here is some helpful information on the importance of multisport youth athletes >>

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Do You Suffer From TMJ or Jaw Pain?

April 23, 2020

During my clinical rotation in San Francisco, I enjoyed munching on carrots during the day. Then a nagging pain on the right side of my jaw began when I ate any hard foods. I thought it would go away. I ate on the other side of my jaw, chopped up the carrots but nothing helped the nagging jaw pain. As a physical therapy student in my last year of my doctorate program, I began my research...

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Dynamic & Static Running Stretches

April 15, 2020

With more time at home and wanting to get out and exercise, many of us want to start up old exercise routines but are nervous about injuring yourself.  With starting any exercise routine, you need to gradually build yourself up to build up strength and tolerance. These dynamic and static stretches will help you get back to running and prevent injuries >>

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Staying Healthy during the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 7, 2020

We hope you will continue to support local businesses at this time - including your physical therapists. We also want our patients to remember to care for themselves, and not discontinue that care in light of current circumstances. Here are some ways you can do both. 

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How to Deadlift Without Causing Back Pain

February 28, 2020

Recent editorial publications have suggested that performing a deadlift can be risky and lead to increases in back pain and injury. However, no scientific publications have shown a direct correlation between this. As with any athletic movement, if you perform the movement improperly, you will have an increased likelihood of injury. When performing a deadlift, should you feel pain in your back? 

Click to learn more about how to avoid back pain when performing a deadlift...

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Tips for Getting Fit from Our Personal Trainer

January 30, 2020

As the new Personal Trainer here at Specialized Physical Therapy in South Asheville, I thought I should introduce myself by addressing some of the most common questions I get from my clients. What is the best way to exercise? What should my clients focus on when looking to start a new exercise program?...

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Season's Greetings from Our New Clinic!

December 26, 2019

Introducing our new Hendersonville clinic and its Clinic Director Andrew Grissom! As we begin this new year, we hope to see you in our clinic and connect with you in our community...

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Blood Flow Restriction Therapy: Cutting-Edge Treatment to Accelerate Post-Operative Rehab

November 25, 2019

Using BFR (Blood Flow Restriction) in therapy after an injury or post-operative surgery can speed up recovery time while decreasing muscle loss. Learn hoe Blood Flow Restriction Therapy works and how to do it correctly. 

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Staying Happy and Healthy During Thanksgiving

November 25, 2019

No matter what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, remember to be thankful for yourself! So this holiday season, remember to take care of yourself by eating and exercising right. Here are some tips to stay happy and healthy over the holidays...

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Thank You for an Amazing 5K!

October 8, 2019

This weekend we hosted our 2nd Annual Knock Out Parkinson’s 5k run/walk! We are incredibly grateful for the support from our community members and sponsors who showed up to make this event possible. 

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Six Facts About Annual Physicals with a PT

October 1, 2019

You schedule an annual check-up with your dentist and primary care physician. Why not with your physical therapist, too? Here are six things you might not know about getting an annual physical exam with a Physical Therapist.

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5 Exercises to Reduce Pain During Pregnancy

August 6, 2019

Learn these 5 exercises to relieve pain most common with pregnancy. After watching his wife go through the aches and pains of pregnancy, Dr. Andrew Grissom put together these five exercises to help reduce pain in the lower back, hips, and pelvis. Each exercise includes a picture demonstration, description of the proper form, and extra tips. 

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Decreasing Overuse Injuries While Making You A Faster Cyclist

May 29, 2019

Mike Myracle shares four videos that will help decrease your chance of an overuse injury, all while making you a faster cyclist.

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Knock Out Parkinson's Workshop

May 7, 2019

Thank you all so much for supporting us not only for this past Parkinson's Awareness Month, but for the past 3 years. We were excited to host another Parkinson's Workshop in the clinic and look forward to many more. See the full talk from neurosurgeon, Dr. Gary Simonds, below.

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Parkinson's Disease & Your Comfort Zone

April 17, 2019

Today we wanted to speak to a different concept that we see on a daily basis.  It is the idea of someone’s comfort zone.  Parkinson’s Disease dramatically effects it and we want to share some ways for you to expand your comfort zone.

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5 Exercises to Help Relieve Pain from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

March 11, 2019

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a term used to describe a group of disorders that occur when there is compression, injury, or irritation of the nerves and/or blood vessels (arteries and veins) in the lower neck and upper chest area.

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Ways to Conquer COPD

February 15, 2019

Suffering from COPD? Let us help.

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5 Ways to a Happier & Healthier 2019

January 11, 2019

We are almost half way through January! How are your resolutions coming along? Didn't set any? That's fine too! Whether you are the type to set resolutions, or not, we want you to have your happiest, healthiest year yet. Try these any or all of these 5 tips to get started!

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Knock Out Parkinson's 5K

November 6, 2018

We would like to take a moment and say thank you to everyone that was involved in our inaugural Knock Out Parkinson's Walk/Run. We were overwhelmed by the amount of support and enthusiasm from our wonderful community.

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3 Simple ACL Prevention Exercises

November 1, 2018

Unlucky or freak collisions are NOT the cause of most ACL injuries. Rather, the injuries have more to do with the condition of the athlete’s strength, balance, and control than the stress the athlete puts upon it. The good news is that much of this can be helped with specific directed therapy and training. Prevention programs have been shown to reduce the injury incidence by 50% or more in some studies. These are three simple exercises you can do to help prevent ACL injuries.

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Torn ACL Q&A

August 14, 2018

The ACL, short for “Anterior Cruciate Ligament,” is a ligament in the center of your knee that helps add to the stability of your knee.  It keeps your tibia (shin bone) from sliding forward on your femur (thigh bone), and also provides stability from the two bones “twisting” on one another.

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Interested in Orthopedic Stem Cell Treatments?

August 8, 2018

Stem cell treatments provide an alternative to opioids and surgery for those suffering from osteoarthritis, meniscus tears, tendon tears, and other wear and tear problems.

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Getting Back to the Course: Preventing Low Back Pain in Golf

July 17, 2018

Low back pain is the most common injury in golf and has been shown to account for up to 54 percent of all golf injuries. It also affects over 70 percent of golfers at some point in their sporting career. So why is low back pain so common in golf and what can we do to prevent it?

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Using the Core in Active Plank

July 10, 2018

Did you know that our core is the foundation for all movement? We literally couldn’t even stand without some activation of these muscles.

So what is “the core”? It’s your body’s powerhouse and it consists of many muscle groups besides just your abdominals. The core is essentially the trunk area from the upper to lower back, stomach, pelvic region, and even your bottom. Each area of the core works together to provide our foundation for movement.

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5 Tips for the Best Kettlebell Swing

July 5, 2018

The Kettlebell Swing is one of the best yet arguably one of the most poorly performed exercises. When it is done properly, it should feel like a challenge to the gluts, core, and cardiovascular system. You should not feel this exercise in your low back. You should also not feel as if you are using your arms to raise the kettlebell. Below are 5 tips to help you perform this exercise properly and reap the benefits!

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What happens with chronic back pain?

June 27, 2018

Have you ever had an injury that causes pain for a short period of time, then goes away? What about an injury that seems to linger for months or years such as neck or back pain? Why is it that some injuries tend to cause pain for longer than others? The answer lies in the biology of how we as humans perceive pain.

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How Do Our Back Muscles Work?

June 20, 2018

Our body is comprised of over 600 hundred muscles that all have to work in a coordinated fashion to ensure we are able to move well without pain. Very commonly these muscles don’t work as well after injury and our bodies never learn how to use those muscles properly until they are re-trained. This situation occurs after a low back injury and can lead to continual problems in the future. 

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MRI Imaging and Back Pain

June 13, 2018

80-90% of Americans experience some aspect of low back pain at some point in their lives. For anyone that has experienced this, myself included, it can be an extremely disabling and scary. But the good news is that our bodies are incredibly resilient and have the capability of healing themselves even with debilitating issues. 

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What is that popping sound in my joints?

June 6, 2018

As a physical therapist that treats musculoskeletal conditions, it is not uncommon to have patients on a weekly basis concerned about popping or cracking they hear in their joints. For some, this popping and cracking may have been present for many years, for others it may have started occurring after an injury. If not accompanied by pain, it is typically perfectly normal as most of us have this sensation when we move different joints in our body.

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5 Tips for Trail Running

May 23, 2018

Are you a runner that is sick of avoiding traffic, tired of the same boring route?  Perhaps you just enjoy being out in the woods and want to spend more time taking advantage of the beautiful scenery we are surrounded by? Whatever your reason may be, trail running is a great way to break the monotony of running on pavement as well as soak in the local landscape. Follow these five tips to get you on your way!

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5 Tips for People New to Running

May 9, 2018

Getting started with a running routine can be tough.  Running drums up feelings of pain, exhaustion, and boredom for many people, yet the trails in our Blue Ridge Mountains are full of seemingly happy people running along.  How can this be?  For many people, starting is the worst part.  Here’s how to get started.

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What qualities should you look for in a Physical Therapist?

May 8, 2018

In the second installment of my blog topics revolving around patient communication and building a good patient-therapist alliance, I wanted to discuss attributes you should be looking for when deciding what physical therapist you work with.

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Achilles Tendon Injuries

May 2, 2018

The Achilles tendon travels from your calf muscle to your heel.  It can commonly be injured during athletic activities (running, jumping, etc), from overuse, or lack of strength in most cases.

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Knock Out Parkinson's - Part 5

April 23, 2018

Thank you for tuning in to the 5th part of our Parkinson's Disease blog series.  Today we wanted to share some boxing basics with you.  Check out the four videos below by our very own Bob Conrad, PTA.

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Knock Out Parkinson's - Part 4

April 11, 2018

What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease is a disorder that slowly robs a person of their ability to get around, perform tasks, and interact with the outside world. Although the disease can result in depression, other psychological disturbances, and dementia (loss of thinking and memory abilities), it is best known for its effects on a person’s “motor” abilities – that is, the ability to move smoothly and efficiently.

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Selecting Words to Empower Our Patients

April 9, 2018

I wanted to first officially introduce myself as the new Director of Specialized Physical Therapy in Candler. Being a Physical Therapist for 10 years and having been in WNC for the past 7, I have worked with patients of all ages who are looking to get back to activities after an injury. I have learned over the years that communication is vital in developing a therapeutic alliance with patients, helping people understand their diagnosis, and provide positive encouragement to help with recovery. I felt as though it would be appropriate for my first few blog topics to center around communication and the importance of building rapport with your therapist.

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Knock Out Parkinson's - Part 3

April 4, 2018

Meet Mike

We wanted to take a few minutes and introduce you to Mike.  He has been boxing with us for a couple years now and has been an active participant in the community.   Take a few minutes to listen to Mike talk about the program in his own words.

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Knock Out Parkinson's - Part 2

March 28, 2018

How Does Exercise Change The Brain?

High intensity exercise appears to play a protective role for our brain and effects important areas of the brain related to dopamine production.  For these reasons (and many others we will talk about later) we can see decreases in the symptoms associated with Parkinson's Disease.  Although we cannot reverse the disease, these studies are giving hope that we can reduce the impact of Parkinson's Disease on people’s lives.

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Knock Out Parkinson's - Part 1

March 21, 2018

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive neurological disease affecting human movement. Parkinson’s affects neurons primarily in the substantia nigra. These cells produce dopamine that is largely responsible for relaying information to various parts of the brain about movement.

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Welcome Jim Gregory, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS

January 8, 2018

Jim Gregory, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS has joined the Specialized Physical Therapy team.  Dr. Gregory has lived in the Asheville area for the past 7 years, with his amazing wife Ashley, after relocating from Washington State.  While at Clemson University, Jim completed a BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and was a collegiate rugby player, which began his exposure to physical therapy.  In 2008, he received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL, specializing in manual therapy and highlighted by a clinical rotation with the Utah Jazz of the NBA

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How to HIIT Your Health Goals During the Holidays

December 21, 2017

In the midst of the holiday season, it’s easy to fall prey to all of the festivities while losing track of the fitness you’ve worked so hard for all year. Maybe you gave up on your New Years’ resolution a long time ago, cancelled your gym membership, or continually tell yourself that you will start again next year, as you eat one too many Christmas desserts.


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Blainesworld Radio Show on 93.7 FM

November 7, 2017

Low back pain can be debilitating.  Growing up I saw my father complain of back pain daily.  As I grew older I did what I could to have a healthy spine.  However, shortly after having emergency surgery to remove my appendix, I bent over to tie my shoe and suffered from excruciating back pain.  It wasn’t until I met Dr. Simonds at Specialized Physical Therapy that I felt like I was back on the path to my normal self.

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October Fundraiser Supporting Girls on the Run

October 13, 2017

Specialized Physical Therapy is excited to announce that we are raising money for Girls on the Run of WNC this October. Our goal is to raise $3,000 by the end of October and to that end we have gotten things started with a donation of $500! You can donate any number of different ways!

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Platelet Rich Plasma

June 1, 2017

During the past several years, much has been written about a preparation called Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and its potential effectiveness in the treatment of pain and injuries.  Recent research has shown increasing evidence for the use of PRP for arthritis and knee pain in addition to soft tissue injuries.

Many famous athletes — Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and several others — have received PRP for various problems, and many have credited PRP with their being able to return more quickly to competition.

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Stretches for Heel Pain and What To Do About The Pain

May 9, 2017

The sun is out, the temperature is up, and if you are like most Ashevillians, you are gearing up to start hiking and running around our beautiful mountains.  Inevitably, we see more people in our clinic complaining of heel pain during the warmer months.  Whether it is due to overuse or some other injury, here are some quick and easy stretches for heel pain you can take at home to potentially resolve the issue.

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