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Combat holiday stress with exercise

When a demanding holiday season leaves you twisted in knots from the stresses of commitments, crowds, shopping and entertaining, Lacey physical therapist Chris Dickerson has a suggestion: sweat away that stress by making exercise a part of your holiday routine. ...

Don’t confuse soreness with pain

There’s soreness, and then there’s pain. It’s important to not confuse the two, says physical therapist Chris Dickerson, owner of Puget Sound Physical Therapy in Lacey.  To active people in general and athletes at all levels, the inability to recognize the differences...

Back pain? Studies say see a PT first

During a time when people are growing more skeptical and concerned about the use of prescription pain medications, a recent study gives hope to the 80 percent of Americans who will experience back pain at some point in their lives, says Lacey physical therapist Chris...

Cycling Tip: Fit Your Bike with Your Body

While cycling offers an incredible alternative to high-compression exercises such as running, an improper bike fit can lead cyclists down a path toward a whole host of different muscular and joint issues, says Lacey physical therapist Chris Dickerson. “Bike fitting is...

Exercise May Improve Your Memory & Mood

Orthopedic professionals such as physicians and physical therapists often refer to the human body’s kinetic chain – the notion that all bones, joints and “links” are connected, and that movement in one area can affect function in all areas. While not officially part...

Be SMART when setting health goals

While annual statistics are bleak when it comes to the success rates of adhering to New Year’s resolutions, goal-setting is hardly a fruitless endeavor, says physical therapist Chris Dickerson, DPT. Simply resolve to set smarter goals. This time of year, goals often...