We all want to train to perform at our best, but may unknowingly be training for a level of minimal competency. Knowing how hard to push and when to stop in exercise and training is a critical variable
The recent NY Times article “For Runners, Soft Surfaces Can Be Just as Hard on the Body”, brings up three interesting points for me.
A common question we’re asked at the clinic is: “I’m looking for a little advice about how to manage a driving trip this weekend. I’ll be in the car (driving) for 4-5 hours, depending on traffic. Any suggestions?” This question was from a person recovering from lumbar disc surgery, but the answer is applicable to […]
It is far too easy to get sucked into long periods of seated computer work. Sustained seated compressive load is unhealthy for the spine and joints. Here’s an app that can be used as a reminder.
Features for an Ergonomic Seated Office Task chair: Adjustable seat height Adjustable seat pan depth, seat pan with a waterfall front edge Adjustable back support, either adjustable via the entire seat back or adjustable lumbar support within the existing seat back Arm rests adjustable in height and width. Seat pan should have forward and backward […]
Q: Core stability for running comes from strong abdominal muscles, right? A: With each footfall during running, the chain reaction between our body, the ground and gravity begins from the ground up. This means that core stability starts at the foot and moves up through the knee, hip, pelvis and then the spine. If there […]
Most people think physical therapy is only relevant when you’re healing from pain or injury. Check out this article on the value of using physical therapy as preventative health care! “A proactive visit to a physical therapist can reveal the muscle imbalances and inefficient movement patterns that cause injury. The therapist can provide a regime that corrects […]
Anyone who has experienced plantar fascitis or Achilles tendonitis can attest that the above title is true. In more severe cases, either of these problems or any other tendonitis problem can bring your activity participation to a full halt. In the more common cases, one can continue to be active, but have your performance limited […]
An old yoga adage states: “You are only as young as your spine is flexible”. There is a good amount of wisdom in this statement, but to have a healthy spine through your life, there is more to the equation than just flexibility. For injury prevention, recent research has shown that balance of muscular endurance […]
As a parent and a Physical Therapist working with Sports Medicine for the last 16 years, I have had the opportunity to develop some strong opinions related to youth and exercise. In today’s society, we seem to be battling inactivity in our children. We worry about them sitting in front of the television, playing video […]