Jen Mitol PT

Jen Mitol PT

Evidence-based pain relief through movement, hands-on interventions, and education Evidence-based, highly-effective hands-on management of all kinds of injuries, no matter how stubborn

Operating as usual


Treating Our Chronic Pain-demic (w/Dr. Rachel Zoffness)

This is a MUST watch for folks with pain. 01/31/2020

The Case Against Stretching

Seriously. If you like to stretch, great! Stretch away...if you feel guilty because you don’t stretch...relax. It’s generally pointless. Scientists are increasingly skeptical of the benefits of flexibility, but the fitness world doesn’t want to hear it



That relief you feel when you let an explitive fly? It's real. It turns out swearing has health benefits.


National Geographic

The quest to understand the biology of pain and explore new ways to treat it has taken on fresh urgency. Neuroscientist Vitaly Napadow studies how the brain perceives pain.

Our January issue focuses on the future of medicine and other topics related to wellness. Subscribe to National Geographic this year for stories that matter to you.


The New York Times - Well - Health

Knee problems?


Institute of Clinical Excellence

Pain is just such a fascinating experience..... 02/16/2018

What happens to patients when we do not repair their cuff tears? Five-year rotator cuff quality-of-life index outcomes following nonoperative treat... - PubMed - NCBI J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Mar;27(3):444-448. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2017.10.009.


Outside Magazine

You've been warned. 09/14/2017

The Most Underrated Endurance Workout? Hiking

Good for the body, good for the brain, your mental health; it's literally the magic pill we've been looking for. #getoutside Have you ever met anyone who regretted taking a good, hard day hike? Me neither. 08/10/2017

Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering Pedal to the office and your risk of an early death drop by over 40%.


Runner's World

This has been making the rounds for a while now in the PT world, but my patients, hiking friends, and running mates still seem to believe that you need to correct what your foot does naturally. Just wear comfortable shoes! No, you likely don't need orthotics (sorry podiatrists...). But most importantly...get out and move!!

Are you more likely to get injured based on your foot type? 07/06/2017

Why Hiking Is the Perfect Mind-Body Workout

One of the best things I did to rehab my broken ankle a few years ago was my 221-mile John Muir Trail hike. It doesn't have to be that extreme, but hiking on uneven ground is an amazing workout!! Uneven terrain and the Great Outdoors are a winning combination for your health


Yeah, um, no you can't.

The SI-joint have minimal degrees of movement. Kibsgård et al. 2017 found that movement of the SI-joint during active straight leg test only produced 0,3-0,8 degrees of movement.

Can you really palpate movement that small? 05/30/2017

Your mind can be trained to control chronic pain. But it will cost you

It's time more and more people learn how complicated pain really is Eager to avoid opioids, doctors and patients are turning to a decades-old method of training the mind to control chronic pain through tools like meditation. 05/12/2017

Arthroscopic Surgery Doesn't Help With Arthritis Knee Pain

Get PT first! Sadly I've seen way too many patients who are no different after their meniscectomy. Just because there's "damage" doesn't automatically mean that's the source of your pain..... This is the latest study to find that arthroscopic surgery doesn't reduce pain for people with knee arthritis, and can cause other problems. The procedure remains popular in the U.S. 04/18/2017


Fascinating look at how complicated pain really is.... Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and culture at 04/15/2017

The Invisible Benefits of Exercise

Get moving!!!! Six surprising reasons to sweat that go far beyond vanity. 03/25/2017

Meet Julia Hawkins, the 101 Year-Old Who Has Recently Taken up Competitive Running

It's never too late!!!! She is training for the 50- and 100-meter dash at the upcoming Senior Olympics. 03/23/2017

Knee pain patients are spending millions on wasted treatments: study

Physical therapy is one of only three effective treatments for knee arthritis, yet only 10% of patients actually do it. Why??!!! Wasted treatments for knee pain have racked up millions of dollars in medical bills, researchers reported Tuesday. 03/11/2017

This Weird New Way to Treat Back Pain Might Actually Work

It's becoming one of my favorite techniques for some patients!! Find out if ‘dry needling’ is right for you 03/09/2017

Why kids should go barefoot more (and probably adults, too)

Many of my patients have heard me complain about the ubiquitous orthotic...please please please let your feet be feet! And start early!! My kids go barefoot a lot, and it's only natural.


Get Out of Here: Scientists Examine the Benefits of Forests, Birdsong and Running Water

Imagine if there were a drug you could take that would lower your blood pressure, decrease the stress hormone cortisol, and make you happy and healthy........ In “The Nature Fix,” Florence Williams looks at new research on how spending time in nature makes people happier and more creative. 02/22/2017

When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment.


Lower Back Ache? Be Active and Wait It Out, New Guidelines Say

Yes. Absolutely yes. Get moving!! We PTs have been trying o get the rest of the medical establishment on board with a his for years. A national physicians’ group says back pain is treated best by exercise, massage therapy or yoga and over-the-counter pain relievers, not medications like opioids.


We Are Wired To Be Outside

Get outside!!!!! Science is demonstrating what we intuitively know—nature makes us happy. 02/07/2017

Exercise Is ADHD Medication Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance. 01/17/2017

Macrophages are key players in pain and analgesia

Awesome find from my good friend and colleague Dr Mark Milligan.

We've always known regular activity and exercise helps control chronic pain; now we have some ideas about why...and why being sedentary can actually make us hurt more. Kathleen Sluka on the role that macrophages may play in the production of musculoskeletal pain and in analgesia produced by regular physical activity 01/09/2017

Complete Guide to Low Back Pain (2016)

An incredible resource!! Extremely detailed guide to back pain science, diagnosis, treatment options. What works? What’s bunk? Why?



This is one of my favorite demonstrations! It shows just how complicated sensations are...including pain. Please take a few minutes to won't regret it!!

The rubber hand illusion might be an inventive way to introduce the notion to someone in pain that what they feel is all about credible information, not just sensory input from the painful body part. Nociception is neither sufficient nor necessary for pain - ultimately, the brain is boss!

Can you use this concept to trick your brain with an itch? 12/02/2016

Can You Regain Muscle Mass After Age 60?

The main problem is that you don't do ENOUGH. Don't be shy - if you want to be stronger, lift heavy weights! Yes, even the older folks among us..... Men and women in their 60s and 70s can build muscles that are as strong as a 40-year-old’s, though the process of bulking up works differently in older people than in the young. 11/29/2016

Study: Late Starters Run Faster In Older Years |

It's never too late to start!! Is it really true that people who start running later in life are able to run faster when they’re older? 11/06/2016

Why painkillers sometimes make the pain worse

It seems counter-intuitive, but if you try to use pain killers to treat chronic pain you're actually making your pain worse. There ARE alternatives!!!! #getPTfirst. Do opioids make chronic users more sensitive to pain? 11/03/2016

Divided by a lack of common language? - a qualitative study exploring the use of language by health professionals treating back pain

Words matter, and they can harm just as much as they can heal. The importance of using a common language when communicating to others about back pain is acknowledged in the literature. There are broadly three areas where difficulties in communication about back pain arise. Firstly, patients seeking information from ...


Evidence In Motion (EIM)

A wonderful overview of the op**te epidemic in this country; #GetPTFirst

"You Have the Information. The People Who Need it Trust You." Don't miss Tim Flynn's must see video on the opioid epidemic: #ChoosePT #PainScience #TheMoreYouKnow 10/28/2016

Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It

A wonderful piece that describes the changing paradigm of back pain and how we treat it. There's evidence that many standard treatments for back pain — including surgery, spinal injections and painkillers — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.


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