Can stretching my hamstrings get rid of my low back pain?

  Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT There are cases when stretching your hamstrings can be good for your back and other cases when it can make it worse. It can be good to stretch your hamstrings when they are tight due to poor mechanics and posture. Many times people use their hamstrings too much to move and stand. Your hips and butt muscles, as well as your ankle/foot joints and muscles should be the primary areas that provide stability and movement. If they don’t work correctly or fatigue easily, then your hamstrings will, by default, have to be used to get you through the day. Your hamstrings attach to the bottom of your pelvis that connects with your back….

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Correlations and Interactions Between the Viscera & Musculoskeletal Systems.

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has named the 2012-2013 years as the Global Year Against Visceral Pain. Your viscera, or essentially your internal organ system can be a source of pain, but also referred pain to your musculoskeletal system. There are times when people present with low back or mid back pain that may be referred from an internal organ or visceral source. In chronic pain situations, there are many times that correlations and interactions between the viscera and musculoskeletal systems occur that require Physical Therapists to assess and treat both systems as well as collaborate with other health practitioners. Here is a link to a quick Fact Sheets about the…

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What are natural treatments for nerve pain?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT In Physical Therapy, nerve pain can be treated naturally through techniques called ‘neurodynamics’. According to Michael Shacklock in Australia, a worldwide leader in nerve pain and rehabilitation, there are three major areas to address. This includes the mechanical sites that can compress a nerve, the nerve itself, and the tissue the nerve innervates. First, nerve pain can be caused by a tissue that pinches on it. This could be a herniated disc, a muscle spasm, or arthritic changes in the spine. Such treatments as mechanical traction or soft tissue massage around the pinched area of the nerve can alleviate the nerve pain.Second, the nerve itself can become injured. Physical Therapists use manual therapy techniques…

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What is Tennis Elbow?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Tennis elbow is pain that occurs on the outside aspect of your elbow is traditionally due to repetitive overuse of the forearm musculature. Tennis elbow is common with people performing repetitive tasks with their hand and arms. This can include manual labor jobs, repetitive typing, or sporting activities. Tennis elbow pain can also be caused by elbow joint degeneration, a bursitis or nerve compression from the neck that causes referred pain to the elbow. Trigger points of muscles around the elbow can also cause referred pain in the elbow.     _________________________ Medical Disclaimer: Motion Stability has created and compiled the content on its websites for your information and use. This information is not…

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Can Back Pain Be Prevented?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Prevention of back pain is a difficult thing to do because there are so many reasons why it can happen. The prevalence of low back in the general public is astronomical. Lets face it the majority of us will experience back pain sometime in our lives. We should instead focus on how we can reduce the amount, intensity, or duration of recurrent episodes of back pain that affect our quality of life. This can be achieved by seeing the appropriate health practitioners to reduce their pain. From there, proper exercise prescription, education on ergonomic or functional movement, and learning how to take care of your back properly is vital for your long term success….

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Can Strengthening your neck muscles prevent headaches?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT There are different types of headaches. One common type is called a cerivcogenic headaches or neck-related headaches. There is lot of research coming out of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia that has discovered how proper stabilization of the neck muscles can reduce neck pain, whiplash injuries, and cervicogenic headaches. Proper stability of the neck muscles comes first from the smaller muscles closest to the spine. This includes a wafer thin muscle on the front of the cervical spine called the longus colli. A skilled Physical Therapist can instruct a patient how to contract this muscle in isolation and train its endurance. As the longus colli function improves it is important to incorporate…

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Why is back pain such a medical mystery?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Many patients are fixed solely on what medical imaging says structurally about their spine and how it causes their back pain. This includes disc herniations, joint degeneration, or stenosis. Patients should understand that other factors can cause back pain as well. This can include poor muscle control and movement patterns, nerve pain, referred pain from muscle trigger points, and even the fascia around the back can cause pain. Food allergies or internal organ dysfunction can also cause referred pain in your back.Even pain itself is a mystery. Over the last decade there has been growing research on what pain is and how it presents itself, what the medical community calls Pain Sciences. Although we…

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Runners Clinic at Weststride (October 20th)

On October 20th (11am – 2pm), Beth Collier and Maggie Gebhardt, physical therapists from our team at Motion Stability, will be teaching and participating in a runners’ clinic at Weststride Running Store – 3517 Northside Parkway #11, Atlanta, GA 30327. This clinic will be co-hosted by Brooks Running Shoes. Maggie and Beth will be teaching two foam rolling clinics at 11:30am and 12:30pm and will be on hand to give out pointers throughout the day. Brooks will also be present for gait analysis and shoe fitting. Contact the store to reserve your spot! 404-467-1010 or visit www.weststride.com   _________________________ Medical Disclaimer: Motion Stability has created and compiled the content on its websites for your information and use. This information is not…

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How is a Pinched Nerve Treated?

Post by Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT When treating a pinched nerve it is important to take pressure off the nerve so the nerve can conduct properly. In Physical Therapy, we can use mechanical traction or hands-on techniques to reduce the nerve compression. With these techniques we look for a reduction of pain and intensity. Typically, the further the symptoms go down the arm or leg, the worse the nerve symptoms are. Therefore, any treatment that the patient feels their symptoms are lessening further down the leg or arm means that the nerve is being pinched less. The nerve itself should also be treated. When the nerve is pinched it can become inflamed and irritated. We use techniques called nerve…

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Have Pain in the Arch or Heel of Your Foot?

Post by Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Pain in the arch or heel of your foot is commonly diagnosed as ‘plantar fascitis’. However, there are several reasons that can cause pain at the bottom of the foot. Accurate diagnosis of the source of symptoms is needed to direct the proper course of action. This includes: Plantar Fascitis: Usually due to an over-stretched arch from a flat or high arch. Treatment by taping, manual therapy, orthotics, and use of night splints can provide relief. Long term prognosis is based not only treating the plantar fascitis itself, but also restoring proper mechanics of the entire leg. Nerve Pain: The tibial nerve, which is a branch of the sciatic nerve originating from…

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