ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio Blog

November 5, 2020


Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It is also referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease. Don’t get scared by the fancy name, though. Degenerative just means a decline, while dis-ease just implies a lack of ease. This arthritis occurs when the flexible tissue (cartilage) starts to wear down at the end of the bones in a joint.


Pain, joint damage, limited mobility. It usually occurs in the hands or the weight-bearing joints such as the knees resulting in inflammation. And is caused sometimes by injury, but can also be genetic predisposition. It is exacerbated by lack of exercise or overstress by improper body mechanics/movement and weight.

October 5, 2020

Happy Days!

March 20th is designated "International Day of Happiness." What better excuse to talk about the effects of exercise on mental health!

Did you know that your emotions and your body are closely connected and that you can achieve a sense of happiness from your body movements? We aren't talking about looking at your body in the mirror and feeling happy with the reflection you see; we are talking about a physiological change that occurs in the body that affects the brain or vise versa.

October 5, 2020

Anxiety and it’s creepy effects on our bodies.

We all know what anxiety can feel like. Many of us experience it at some point in our lives, but a lot of us experience it daily (especially in light of current circumstances in the world and our country). Whether you are someone who experiences anxiety infrequently or frequently, it's important to understand the affect it has on the body and understand the way to manage it from a physical standpoint.

What does Anxiety look like?

Anxiety can range from symptoms of restlessness, muscle tension, and difficulty sleeping to difficulty breathing, spasm, and panic attacks. Some people may experience it as occasional feeling of stress while other experience it as anxiety "disorder" - a chronic disordering of the natural state of being, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

September 10, 2020

Psoas, so what?: What is the deal with the psoas and why is it important?

You may be saying, “What is the psoas anyway?”

For many of us, psoas (pronounced “so-as”) a completely foreign term to our ears or eyes. For some of us, we know this word better as “hip-flexor.” Without getting too complicated, the psoas is a muscle which helps to bring the leg toward the torso (hip flexion) or vice versa. It also plays a roll in some side bending of the spine (lateral flexion). To be a little more complicated, the psoas is composed of the psoas major and minor (fun fact: the psoas minor only exists in a certain percentage of people). Major attaches from the lower lumbar (low back) spine through the pelvis, to the inner portion of the leg bones. It is the deepest muscle in the core and the only muscle that attaches the spine or torso to the legs directly.

Functionally, the psoas plays a major role in the position of the body in seated, walking, and even in standing.

October 20, 2021

Managing Holiday Stress with Pilates

Autumn is my favorite season.  Beautiful leaves, comforting food, and the anticipation of holiday traditions are around the corner.  As the days speed up to Thanksgiving, […]
October 13, 2021

Client Testimony – Stacy Martin

How and when do you begin Pilates at ProHealth? I became interested in Pilates when an out-of-town family friend stayed with us.  She came to take […]
October 7, 2021

Circuit Pilates – Who should take it and why?

Circuit Pilates classes at ProHealth are fun and invigorating. No matter where you are in your Pilates journey, there’s a spot for you in a Circuit […]
September 29, 2021

Pregnancy Pilates – How It Helps with Labour

Bringing a child into the world takes preparation. Books to read, the nursery to prepare, stocking up on diapers, bottles and binky’s. But are you prepared […]
September 17, 2021

What makes a good Pilates studio?

A good Pilates studio has all the major pieces of Pilates equipment. There should be a Trapeze table, also called the Cadillac; Reformer; Pilates Chair, also […]
September 15, 2021

Can Pilates Increase Bone Density?

Osteopenia or osteoporosis diagnosis does not have to equal a life of broken bones.  There’s hope, and hope looks like Pilates.   Bones, like our muscles and […]
August 17, 2021

Can Physical Therapy Help with Arthritis?

The short answer is Yes, physical therapy can make a profound difference for those suffering with arthritis. To get to the meat of why that’s true […]
July 1, 2021

PT Versus Chiropractic

An Interview with Dr. Karyn Staples, PT PhD, the lead physical therapist and owner of ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio What is the difference between […]
May 28, 2021

PT and Pilates Changed Danny’s Life

Dr. Karyn Staples changed Danny Caldwell’s life for the better first with Physical Therapy and then with Pilates. Because of their work together, Danny recovered from […]