March 2018

Exercise Lessens The Negative Effects of Chronic Stress on The Brain

Exercise Lessens The Negative Effects of Chronic Stress on The Brain Chronic stress can negatively affect your brain’s capacity for learning and memory. A recent study by lead author Jeff Edwards,  associate professor of physiology and developmental biology at Brigham Young University, found that running can effectively mitigate the impact [...]

September 2017

Pain Relief Now: Client Review

Pongo Power’s Medical Exercise Program Pain Relief Now helps clients identify and understand their pain, while supplying a positive way to interact with the body’s messages. We teach clients how to exercise safely and effectively. After the program is completed, clients can feel confident in the choices they make for [...]

Exercise After Physical Therapy

Exercise can play an important role in controlling chronic pain. Your doctor may have suggested that you continue to exercise after the completion of your prescribed physical therapy sessions.It is important that you consult with your doctor and get their clearance to exercise, and to get an idea of what [...]

Anticipation of Pain: Worse Than The Pain Itself?

Pain is both personal and subjective. Psychological factors like expectation of pain, play an important role in pain perception. When pain is anticipated, people often report it feels more intense than those who did not anticipate the same stimulus. The Fear of Pain Those who suffer from chronic conditions often [...]

What is Chronic Pain?

Imagine stubbing your big toe. The pain signal starts at tips of nerve cells, travels to, and then up the spinal cord, and into a specific part of your brain. Your brain further disseminates the signal to the portions of the brain controlling touch, emotion, physical reaction, and memory. We [...]

May 2017

How Pain Relief Now! Differs From Pongo Power Personal Training

If you have lately looked at Pongo Power's program offerings, you have come across Pain Relief Now! You may have asked yourself, how does this program differ from conventional one-on-one personal training? During which, the results of my initial fitness assessment and my body's unique (hi)story are put into context, [...]

April 2017

The Importance of Getting a Diagnosis, by Medical Exercise Specialist Karin Meessen

Familiar words. If you've ever experienced pain while exercising with correct form, you may have asked your trainer why something hurts. At Pongo Power, we guide you safely through exercises and teach our clients proper technique from the start. If, despite this, something continues to hurt, or you fear you are [...]

January 2017

4 Tips for the Next March!

Several Pongo Power personal trainers attended the Women's March on Washington last weekend. It required hours of transport, followed by hours of standing: Not the kindest conditions for one's body! Most of our friends and family, who are not trainers, had the same physical complaints, both during and after the march. [...]

Five Simple Steps to Pain Relief Now!

If you are currently experiencing an acute and/or debilitating episode of back pain, your doctor will likely prescribe a form of passive pain relief in form of medication and/or manual therapy. Your doctor may initially prescribe you a pain relief opioid such as Codeine 60mg before starting a manual therapy [...]

December 2016

4 Handy Tips & 8 Simple Stretches to Help You Feel Holiday-Ready!

As this past Thanksgiving neared, many clients asked how to handle, and hopefully prevent, the pain and tension associated with the demands of holiday prep. This simple guide is packed with quick and easy exercises that will change your holiday experience! Long periods of standing due to cooking, gift wrapping, shopping, and [...]