Yoga for Pain Relief from Arthritis

For people with arthritis, physical activity is essential for optimal disease management and preserving mobility.

Exercise helps maintain range of motion, joint stability, and muscle mass, while reducing pain and fatigue.

Yoga may be well-suited for arthritis by combining physical activity with potent stress management techniques including breathing, relaxation, and mindfulness.

Yoga is associated with substantial improvements in physical and general health perceptions, physical roles, walking, pain, energy, and mood.

Even more importantly for you all wondering if exercise will make symptoms worse, a 2015 Randomized Control Trial Found:

Regular yoga practice was not associated with worsening joint symptoms or adverse events. 

Therefore, yoga is an acceptable to people with arthritis and does not aggravate joint disease.

At PhysioFit of North Carolina, our classes are designed by Doctors of Physical Therapy and instructors are specifically trained to be mindful and have close supervision on participants with medical conditions.

Our classes are only 14 participants or less and we do offer individual sessions with our Certified Yoga Instructors and Physical Therapists.

Contact us to learn more how we can help you with your arthritis and pain.

Yoga for Arthritis Pain Relief in Wake Forest, NC

Yoga is a psycho-physical exercise with slow movements associated with muscle strengthening to improve one's physical and mental conditions.

The effects of yoga could influence people's musculoskeletal system, immune system, nervous system and sympathetic activity.

Specifically, yoga exercise increases flexibility and muscle strength, physical balancing, improves fitness, and pain relieving.

A yoga practice can have comprehensive effect on patients with knee arthritis by pain reduction, improvement of joint function and life quality.

How does Yoga improve pain?

Firstly, yoga provides the local structure strengthening to reduce physical pain by increasing joint stability. Knee muscle power reinforcement is one of the primary goals of OA practice since muscular weakness is the leading cause of OA pain and disability.

Secondly, right way of body position gives rest and reduction of stress in specific area during yoga practicing. And this stress reducing effect also seems to be an effective mechanism in pain management in knee arthritis patients.

Then, systematic effect like lowered heart rate and increased respiratory volume and other body responses on to stress may work synergistically to alleviate pain by regulating sympathetic and parasympathetic tone. As a result, patients knee function can be improved by reduction of pain, gain of knee joint stability and flexibility. 

Why choose PhysioFit of North Carolina for my Yoga studio?

Our yoga classes are designed with medical conditions in mind with particular attention focused on improving your mobility and strength, while minimizing any pain and “picking at” a condition. This is part of the Feel it to Heal it Physio Approach to maximize benefits of exercise and get the most out of therapeutic exercise.

If you’re looking for a small studio (holds at most 14 participants) with attention to your condition, contact us to see how we can help you!

Arthritis Relief in Wake Forest, NC

Three major modalities of treatment applying for management of arthritic patients are drugs, nonpharmacological interventions, and surgical interventions.

The nonpharmacological treatments including exercise, weight loss, education, and physical therapy are found to be effective for arthritic patients with less side effect and economic burden

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arthritis Foundation recommends exercise programs for OA should include flexibility, strengthening, endurance, and balance components.

At PhysioFit of North Carolina, we address knee arthritis (knee OA) with exercise, manual therapy, education on supplementation and nutrition.

Our exercises can be paired 1:1 with our specialized Physical Therapists or used in our group classes.

If you are suffering from knee osteoarthritis and looking for relief in Wake Forest, NC, please contact us to see how we can help you!

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Plantar Fasciitis Relief using Dry Needling in Wake Forest, NC

👊🏻For those of you struggling with plantar fasciitis, a 2018 article published brings to light some promising results.

🤙🏻Individuals who were treated with dry needling, manual therapy, ultrasound and exercise experienced significantly greater improvements in first-step morning pain, resting foot pain, pain during activity and were more likely to have stopped taking medication to deal with their issue compared to those treated with the same protocol without dry needling.

🤙🏻If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, contact us to see about incorporating dry needling into your treatment plan! We are your only therapists in the local area with Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

🤙🏻Of course we tailor this approach to you alongside taping and our Feel It To Heal It Physio Exercises so you get the most out of your sessions and time!

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TMJ Relief and Neck Pain Relief in Wake Forest, NC

Temporomandibular disorders or TMJ Pain are often associated with headache and neck pain. 

In research studies, cervical posture is related to different factors of the body such as craniofacial morphology and temporomandibular dysfunction (TMJ pain).

This means the posture of your neck can be affecting your jaw and vice-versa!

The choice to deal also with TMD is because the relationship between temporomandibular joint “status” and head-neck posture should be investigated, within the craniocervical mandibular unit. 

Some studies, but not all, find correlation between the presence of symptoms of craniocervical dysfunction and temporomandibular disorders. Clinically, we can assess both areas of the body and determine how related they are, or how unrelated they are, in order to provide you treatments that are best suited to you.

Basically, this means we do not have a cookie cutter approach but tailor all treatments to your presentation!

If you are having headaches, neck pain, TMJ pain and even dizziness, contact us to determine if we can help you.

The Physical Therapists at PhysioFit address ALL of these symptoms within our “Physio Blend” - meaning, you can get treatments to your neck pain, headaches, TMJ and dizziness ALL in one place!

We are able to do this through orthopedic manual therapy to your stiff joints, tight muscles (soft tissues and fascial structures), exercise to strengthen your shoulders and neck and manuevers to fix your dizziness!

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Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Healthcare can be notorious to express fear to patients to avoid exercise and movement. To an extent, there is some truth, but we know Movement is Medicine!

This is especially true if you are looking for exercises and pain relief for back pain, neck pain, and sciatica.

This post talks about how we help you overcome fear of movement through our Feel it to Heal it Physio Approach so you don't aggravate your symptoms while you improve confidence, movements and strength!

Learn more at

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Have you tried everything for your pain?!

Have you tried everything for your pain but just not getting better?!  😫

👉Majority of our patients have had chiropractic care, prior physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, gym exercises, etc but just can't shake their back or neck pain!

👉👉The best way to improve pain is to calm the area down and one of the best ways to do this is to find what "picks" at your back, then improve it!  This can be the way you sit, walk, bend, or simply move.

👉👉👉We break down your movement patterns, improve what "picks" at it and provide exercises by our Feel it to Heal it Physio Approach.  

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Yoga for Anxiety in Wake Forest, NC

Anxiety takes a toll on your body, mind and spirit. A growing amount of research has found yoga is beneficial to the treatment of anxiety and depression. 

At PhysioFit of NC in Wake Forest, NC; we specialize in providing the research and treatment for medical conditions with Yoga, which is unlike any other Yoga practice in the area! Our classes are taught by certified Yoga instructors with the assistance and development by Doctors of Physical Therapy. A unique approach to modernize healthcare!

💫Join us this Saturday to learn more and practice in our comfortable and calm space. In the mean time, please read a bit about this here

 👉 Click here to learn more!

Click here to register!

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Do you sit at computer all day? This is why your neck hurts!

We know repetitive motion and activities lead to injuries! We say that with baseball pitchers and runners, but don't mention it during our work day!

If you sit at computer all day, aren't you doing the same, repetitive, rinse & repeat activity all day?! Yes!

Stand up desks work better for back and hip pain but typically don't help neck, shoulder and hand/elbow pain.

Contact us to learn more about our reverse posturing program so you can feel better. Why suffer everyday when you can get relief AND tools to help you during the day.

With our "Feel it to Heal it Physio" Approach, you know EXACTLY where you SHOULD feel a stretch and more importantly, where you should NOT feel a stretch so you get the most benefit!

Call us at 919-728-0335 to learn more at:

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Pain Relieving Exercises

In our video, we discuss how the Physical Therapists specialize in providing you the best pain relieving exercises and approaches to get you the ultimate in relief. We do this through our “Feel it to Heal it Physio” approach —- which gives us the information necessary to know when you move, you should feel it where you SHOULD, but most importantly, where you SHOULD NOT!

This is the foundation of our physical therapy approach in Wake Forest, NC. This is how we prescribe exercise, perform manual therapy and make sure when you leave the treatment, we are confident what we did helped!

Our approach to physical therapy is NOT to just send you out with a technician or an aide to “do” your exercises as you were prescribed to do at home! We don’t want to waste your time or ours.

If you are looking for pain relief in Wake Forest for your back, shoulder, neck or even hips; give us a call and see if we are a right fit for you.

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Feel it to Heal it Physio to get best pain relief!

Want to know what makes us DIFFERENT? PhysioFit of NC is your "Feel it to Heal it Physio" --- like how catchy that is?! We do too!

But its NOT just catchy, its the BEST of the BEST in regards to optimizing your movements to minimize pain, maximize athletic output and get the best results in the shortest period of time.

What do we mean?

Watch the video to learn more about how we are your Wake Forest specialists in Pain & Movement -- your Physical Therapists to help you through the ups and downs.

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Neck Stretch for Pain Relief

Where do you feel the stretch?!

This could be the reason why you are having neck pain, shoulder pain, cervical radiculopathy and even shoulder and upper back pain!

If you're looking down for a stretch at home, but not feeling symmetrical stretch in your neck area, but having asymmetrical "hot spots" or down in your back, then you aren't getting the most out of your stretches and may be reason why you aren't getting better!

Try this at home and see WHERE you feel it and help yourself get the most out of your stretches, gym exercises and strength training to get most out of pain relief and athletic enhancement.

Feel it to Heal it Physio shows you WHERE you should your neck stretch when looking down, but more importantly, where you should NOT feel it!

If you FEEL this in your neck, good job! If you don't and having issues as shown in video, you aren't moving the way you should OR could. 
We are your specialists in movement and pain.

Learn more at

Harrison Vaughan
Neck and Back Pain Relief while Nursing

Nursing moms, this exercise is for you!

We spend on average 5 hours a day nursing a newborn baby, and majority of that time is spent looking at your beautiful new creation! 🤱

This exercise is designed to reverse that posture. This can help with neck and back pain, along with headaches or feeling stiff.
👉Roll up a towel and place around your mid back

👉Place hands behind your head to support your neck

👉Lean backwards, using the towel as your lever

👉Hold for 3-5 seconds 10 reps throughout the day is recommended, but adjust as needed Need specalized care during or after pregnancy?

We treat pain, incontinence, diastasis recti, and guidance for women of all ages! Schedule your appointment today with our women's health specialist today!

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TMJ Pain Relief in Wake Forest, NC
 TMJ Pain Relief in Wake Forest, NC

TMJ Pain Relief in Wake Forest, NC

Most people do not know that we treat TMJ disorders at PhysioFit of NC! Our specialty trained physical therapists treat the jaw locally, but also look at the influence of your upper neck, anxiety conditions and eating habits to establish a well-rounded plan of care.

We want our community to feel better and move better!

If you are seeking out exercises and pain relief for TMJ pain or jaw pain, we offer expertise care in a small setting. Our goal is to “teach you to treat yourself” by providing exercises, education and changes in lifestyle between visits to maximize your outcomes and aid in full recovery. Feel free to call us at 919-728-0335 to learn more about TMJ pain relief in Wake Forest, NC.

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Yoga on Saturday mornings in Wake Forest, NC
 Yoga in Wake Forest, NC

Yoga in Wake Forest, NC

Yoga in Wake Forest, NC on Saturday mornings Good Morning from PhysioFitNC ☀️🌎🌍🌏☀️

Starting the day with an open heart and strong legs in our 8am power class!!

Beginners Yoga at 9am and PT clients getting their bodies right before the weekend 🔥🔥🔥

We offer small group classes for several types of Yoga classes in Wake Forest from beginner’s to more advanced classes. Feel free to reach out to us by calling 919-728-0335 if you would like anymore information on our Yoga Classes.

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Vertigo and Dizziness Relief in Wake Forest, NC
 Cervicogenic Dizziness Course

We have officially wrapped up our #cervicogenicdizziness course, Hawaiian style!

We had the best time collaborating, teaching, and meeting a variety of therapists all with the same goals- let’s get people better and have a good time doing it! Is the dizziness coming from the neck, the inner ear, or both?

Aloha our friends, until next time! 🤙🏻👊🏾🙌

#physiofitnc #dizziness #vertigo #physicaltherapy #manualtherapy #sensorimotor #vestibular #physiotherapy #physiotherapist #physio

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Plantar Fasciitis Relief in Wake Forest, NC
 Plantar Fasciitis Relief in Wake Forest, NC - PhysioFit of NC

Do you have plantar fasciitis⁉️ 😫⠀

If you have been diagnosed with it but not getting relief, then you may NOT have plantar fasciitis, but instead, could have peripheral entrapment of the saphenous nerve. As you can see from the picture, the pain distribution is similar. 👀⠀

If your stretches and night splints aren't doing the trick, we can provide solutions so you can enjoy life again!

Harrison Vaughan
Physical Therapy Services in Wake Forest, NC
 Physical Therapy Wake Forest, NC

😳Do you find these in your #physicaltherapy or even #medical services ⁉️

I found this list from a colleague who wrote down reasons for bad reviews on Yelp in his area. Good thing our business model avoids many of these pitfalls! 🤙🏻

If you are looking for the 1:1 attention with specialized care and no cookie cutter approaches, I hope we can help you!

Learn more about our services and pricing model below:

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Cupping for Neck Pain Relief in Wake Forest, NC

Do you sit at the computer all day?! Wouldn't this feel good to your tight neck muscles?! This is a great approach for fast relief and help pain if you're having shoulder and neck pain!

We like how cupping can get to the hard to reach areas such as the base of the neck! Try this to feel limber, looser, and less achey – fast. We supplement manual therapy to the back to loosen your muscles and joints with corrective exercises to improve strength, flexibility and core stability to get you feeling better, faster!

We couple this treatment with other flexibility exercises and strengthening exercises in our realm of “Feel it to Heal it Physio” to maximize your relief and avoid exercises that aggravate symptoms as not only do we teach you WHERE on your body to feel exercises, but more importantly, where NOT to feel certain exercises!

This way you don’t come out of treatment sore and irritable, which can be a negative reaction to typical exercise routines!

 #cuppingtherapy #cupping #physiotherapy #physicaltherapy #manualtherapy #yoga

Harrison Vaughan
Cupping for Shoulder Pain Relief in Wake Forest, NC

Have shoulder pain? Rotator Cuff Tendonitis/Bursitis and Shoulder Impingement typically doesn't improve on its own and can linger to disuse! Cupping can be a great way to get blood flow to the area and allow for movement in pain-free ranges!

Perfect addition to your yoga and lifting routine or even just to help you sit with more comfort at computer all day !

We couple this treatment with other flexibility exercises and strengthening exercises in our realm of “Feel it to Heal it Physio” to maximize your relief and avoid exercises that aggravate symptoms as not only do we teach you WHERE on your body to feel exercises, but more importantly, where NOT to feel certain exercises!

This way you don’t come out of treatment sore and irritable, which can be a negative reaction to typical exercise routines!

 #cuppingtherapy #cupping #physiotherapy #physicaltherapy #manualtherapy #yoga

Harrison Vaughan