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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

What is it?  Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a breakthrough treatment that allows damaged tissue to regenerate and heal quicker than traditional treatments. It is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment method based on a set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation, break up scar tissue and calcifications, and accelerate …

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If I ask you what it means to be an athlete? What would you say?

Will you say: “Athletes are just for those in high school, college, or professionally.  Now I’m just a retired athlete who is just a ‘stay-active person’.” Hi my fellow retired athletes! I know exactly how you feel, I remember going from an All-American diver in college, with my name holding all the records, to a …

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Blissful thoughts on winter by an APU Ski-coach, Non-profit Cofounder and Athlete Ambassador that only true Alaskans will understand.  

It’s freezing outside, but who cares when ski season has returned!  Did anyone else miss the feeling of gliding on snow? Feeling fresh snow under your skis is by far my most favorite feeling in the world. Whether that’s a freshly groomed corduroy cross country ski trail or a knee-deep powder day in the backcountry, …

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Why Workout?

“Athletes are always talking about strength training. Why are they doing it? Should I jump on the exercise bandwagon?” Hey, fellow weight-lifters! Whether you lift dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, sandbags, boxes, books, or your children! You are lifting weights every day! It’s not a part of an active lifestyle, but everyday life across all ages.  Let …

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How to Increase Mileage Safely While Running

Every runner wants to increase their overall mileage. Unfortunately, many beginner runners let their enthusiasm override their body’s needs. As a result, they may develop running injuries that cut their miles per week down to zero. Building mileage takes time, consistency, and workouts to improve your stamina. You don’t have to wait months to see …

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Exercise During Pregnancy: Safe or Unsafe?

If you’re currently expecting, you probably feel tired and achy from carrying the extra weight of your baby. As a result, you’re probably not thinking about exercise during pregnancy. In reality, staying active can benefit your pregnancy in numerous ways. Our experienced staff of physical therapists at Runners’ Edge Alaska created this guide to help …

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“I feel something moving in my shoulders when I do my Bench or OverHead Presses… Should I Be Concerned?”

Hey, fellow gym-goers! It’s getting colder and darker, I’m seeing more and more people at the Alaska Rock Gym and Alaska Club locations.  While I love to climb, lift weights, and go running outside, I also love helping others learn HOW to lift weights RIGHT and optimally for their joints.   Sometimes I look at other …

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Climbers, do you have shoulder pain? Do you know how to fix it?

Natalie Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCSBoard-Certified Orthopaedic Clinician SpecialistCertified Strength and Conditioning SpecialistShoulders Specialist & Female Athlete Specialist Hi climbers! I hear many climbers having pin-point shoulder pain and feeling “unstable”, feeling “sharp”, and they would often jump back down and give up on the problem because they’re afraid that it’ll make their shoulder worse.  …

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Upper Body Strength – Part 2: Male vs. Female

Natalie Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCSBoard-Certified Orthopaedic Clinician SpecialistCertified Strength and Conditioning SpecialistShoulders Specialist & Female Athlete Specialist August 10, 2021 Hi ladies!             Have you heard someone telling you, or heard stories of, how women should do any pull-ups, have greater upper-body strength-to-weight ratio, or to be able to bench press heavy weights, or …

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Upper Body Strength – Part 1: Strength-to-Body Weight Ratio

Natalie Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCSBoard-Certified Orthopaedic Clinician SpecialistCertified Strength and Conditioning SpecialistShoulders Specialist & Female Athlete Specialist August 10, 2021 Hey lovely people! Did you read in the previous blog post about the common weakest links of the climbers’ shoulders?  Are you not a climber but was always able to do a pull-up but …

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