Zach Walston’s Health and Medical Research Stories
There is No Such Thing as ‘Best Exercises for Low Back Pain’
The same goes for ‘avoid these exercises’ nonsense
There is No Magical Muscle-Building Rep Zone
The traditional bodybuilding program isn’t always best for getting big
How to Increase Your Flexibility By Lifting Weights
You don’t need to stretch to improve your mobility
How a Single Exercise Can Prevent Knee Surgery
This recent study challenged my bias about exercise
New Research, Same Story. MRIs Don’t Explain Pain
MRIs are valuable but they have limitations
Fear and Anxiety are Drivers of Pain. Can Massage Help?
Massage has been shown to reduce pain but that doesn't mean it encourages people to move.
Stop the Kinesio Tape Madness
Kinesio tape is not the answer to reducing pain and improving athletic performance
Our Body Image Can Influence Our Relationship with Pain
Comparing how athletes and nonathletes tackle pain and body image
Why Surgery is Often Not the Answer for Treating Pain
If you are using surgery to treat pain, you are likely missing the true issues
The Message of Avoiding “Bad” Posture is More Harmful than the Posture
The intention may be good but the frequent focus on posture is driving unnecessary fear
Should Athletes Get Back Surgery? It Won’t Get Them on the Field Faster
Do disc herniations in the back matter?
How Do You Stay Strong If You are Injured and In a Cast or Sling?
Exercise one side of the body to strengthen the other
Exercise Builds Resilience. Can It Help Protect Against COVID?
New research shows yet another benefit of regular exercise
What is the Most Important Quality in a Running Shoe?
Hint: It is not controlling pronation
How Lack of Sleep May Be Impacting Your Health and Career
We need to stop treating lack of sleep as a badge of honor
Fitness or Thinness: Which is More Important?
Research suggests one is more important for our overall health
Rounding Your Low Back While Lifting is Not Dangerous
Research is clear you do not need to keep your back straight
Walking Can Be as Effective as Intense Exercise
New research shows walking is more than a gateway exercise
How The Elderly and Those with Osteosarcopena Can Build Muscle and Lose Fat
Research continues to show that almost everyone can get strong and fit
Stretching To Prevent and Recover From Injuries: Does It Work?
Using research to determine if stretching is worth the effort.
Even Coaches Struggle to Analyze Running Mechanics
Observation alone is not enough to determine running efficiency
What is Pain? Even Clinicians Struggle to Answer the Question
Addressing pain misconceptions and misinformation
You Do Not Have to Be Young to Build Muscle
A recent study shows very elderly adults (>75 years old) can increase their muscle strength and size by participating…
Is Walking Effective for Treating Low Back Pain?
According to recent research, walking is just as effective as other forms of exercise for treating low back pain. The…
The Biggest Myths About Exercise
A physical therapist addresses misconceptions around intensity, soreness, and pain
Age doesn’t prevent you from being physically fit
Recent research shows elderly and very elderly individuals can successfully build muscle with proper exercise
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