Concussion Management with Physical Therapy
Physical therapists (as part of a whole healthcare team) can be some of the best medical professions to treat concussions because of our knowledge, frequency and time we get to spend with our patients. Also, many factors that are important to consider when working with concussion symptoms are ones that we already use to inform […]
Strength Training For Runners
As a physical therapist, I’ve noticed that elite runners look very different today than in the 80’s when I ran competitively. They have more muscles and more efficient strides. Strength training is now recognized as essential for injury prevention, muscle recruitment, and running economy. Strength Training’s Role Injury Prevention: A strong core and improved muscle […]
Monitoring Running Workload to Prevent Injury
“How far should I run?” “How often?” “How will I know that my training is too much?” “Not enough?” If you are a runner, chances are that you’ve thought about these questions when planning to train for a race or objective. While many programs exist online to guide us in mileage selection for success in […]
Timing is Everything!
Timing of Physical Therapy Intervention is Important in Terms of Healthcare Costs and Time Spent in Pain A research study was published on November 26th, 2018, that shows – like low back pain – early physical therapy intervention for neck pain significantly reduces the overall cost of an episode of injury (namely from reducing the […]
Why is hip mobility important?
Hip mobility is important because…… It allows muscles to function optimally. If the muscles can’t move a joint through a normal range, they’re missing out on opportunities to be stronger and more efficient. Limited joint range of motion also predisposes muscles to get abnormally shortened, which limits their ability to be strong. It encourages optimal […]
Squat Like A Tot!
Generally speaking, toddlers have a lot to learn. But they may do one thing better than most adults! Squat to full range of motion (ROM)! Next time you have the chance to watch a toddler squat I want you to take note of their knee positioning. What you’ll find is that in order for them […]
How to Stay Independent, Safe in the Home and Mobile in the Community as you Age.
How to stay Independent, Safe in the Home and Mobile in the Community as you Age. As a person ages, physical changes can make it difficult to get around and do things you enjoy or need to do – like driving, shopping or household chores. Having a plan to stay mobile can help reduce the […]
Exercise with a Purpose
I would like to dedicate this blog to a topic that can be a contributing factor to your fitness success; adding purpose and intention to your exercise by considering what muscle you would like to do the most work. They say that motion is lotion! I would agree that exercise for the sake of exercise […]
Move. Recover. FUEL. Endure. Connect.
It’s mid-February already. Stereotypically, January is the time when a lot of people decide they need to make some healthy changes – whether or not they call them resolutions. Eating healthier is usually one of them. If you decided this, how have you done so far? Still at it? Everyone knows it’s important to eat […]
How I Saved My Vacation and What You Should Know About Relieving Acute Knee Pain Without Surgery.
January in the Caribbean on a cruise ship. I was sitting in a chair, watching the turquoise blue ocean, then I stood up and experienced, out of nowhere, acute sudden left knee pain. I tried to “walk it off” or at least move across the room without limping, but it was impossible. There was […]
Tight Hamstrings? The Solution May Not Be What You Think.
Too much sitting! Sitting too long can shorten the hamstring muscles. As the hamstrings attach at the sit bones and insert below the knee, having the knees bent puts the muscle in a shortened position. Sitting can also make the glutes inactive which further perpetuates the problem. Weakness and poor contraction of the glutes can […]
To your Health!
That works as a nice toast, but what does it mean. Does it mean something different if you are 20, versus 60, versus 90 years old? Our expectations may change as we age but we should certainly have a desire to be healthy. Webster’s Dictionary defines healthy as “to be free of disease or pain” […]