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8 Exercises for Healthy Shoulders

Shoulder pain often results from a combination of faulty forward shoulder posture combined with weak rotator cuff muscles. It is one of the most common complaints we get in the office.

These exercises are a good starting point to stimulate the rotator cuff muscles and improve the posture. These exercises can be combined with some stretching activities to improve pectoral (chest) muscle flexibility and ultimately restore shoulder stability.

What does that mean to you?….your shoulders feel better, degenerate slower and last longer. Who doesn’t want that??!!

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5 Muscle Groups to Stretch Daily & How to Stretch Them


One of the most common questions we get in the office here at Peak Performance Spine & Sports Medicine is, “what should I be doing daily for my body as far as stretches?” It’s a great question.

There are 5 muscle groups that should be stretched daily which influences posture and ultimately how our bodies age.

These muscle groups to stretch daily are: The low back muscles, the pec’s (chest), the hamstrings, the hip flexors and the gluteals. In this video, Dr. Robert Barton identifies these muscles and offers a couple different stretch options for each.

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Hip Pain Case Study: How to Improve for $6

Dr. Robert Barton with Peak Performance Spine & Sports Medicine in Pasadena, TX discusses a case study where the cause of a patient’s hip pain was due to a congenital long leg on the affected side.

This causes additional biomechanical stress on the long leg side and after millions of steps throughout the patient’s lifetime, this stress is likely contributed to the early wear and tear of his right hip. The initial treatment in this case was a $6.00 heal lift to correct the leg length discrepancy.

He was also prescribed a stretching routine for his muscles around the hips. If you have chronic or acute pain in your back or some other joint system and are interested in knowing the cause of this pain, come see us at Peak Performance. We are the experts in discovering and treating the cause of a person’s pain.


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How to Fix Forward Head Posture at Home



Forward head posture is a common cause of neck pain for all ages. Especially with the prevalence of mobile technology devices we often focus our attention to things down and in front of our bodies. This promotes forward head posture over time and this puts stress on the cervical spine. That additional stress increases the aging of your discs and joints.

It is imperative to have ways to stretch the head and neck back into the proper position and its best to be able to promote restoration of the cervical curve (lordosis).

In this video, Dr. Robert Barton with Peak Performance Spine & Sports Medicine in Pasadena, Texas shows 3 ways to improve head posture at home. Just click the video below to watch, and don’t forget to subscribe!