Movement: A Priority for the Older Adult

While it is important for people to be physically active at all ages, movement of our bodies on  a regular basis becomes even more critical as we age. Regular physical activity can prevent, slow, or even reverse many of the disease processes common among older adults. It is also important to remember that while some changes in our tissues are normal with age, we can most effectively keep muscles, bones, and joints healthy by using them; in other words, movement and exercise are the closest things we have to a fountain of youth. When it comes to making choices about staying active for you or an older adult member of your family, consider these facts:   Regular physical activity is…

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Welcome From Movement Sports

Welcome To Movement Sports Physical Therapy! We would like to welcome you to the start of Movement Sports Physical Therapy. We are excited to open this clinic to provide a unique patient experience for your orthopedic rehabilitation needs. We excel in treating your pain and orthopedic injuries, whether it be back pain, sports injuries, or post-surgical care, through a blend of hands-on manual therapy techniques, recommendations on specific exercises that are needed for you condition, and simply great customer service and patient care. One thing that defines us as an industry leader in Physical Therapy is our ability to understand and analyze the unique way you move, whether it be simply walking or playing your sport. Many times injuries and…

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The Mystery of Chronic Pain

Post by Beth Collier PT, DPT, OCS At Motion Stability we understand that many people experience pain despite allowing time for body tissues to heal, taking medications or even having surgery. Other times, there may be no direct mechanism of injury, but a person may notice that the weight of clothing or air blowing on their skin may become painful. In these cases, a person’s complaints cannot be treated the same as a typical injury. It is important to seek out healthcare providers who understand the science behind the many pain mechanisms. In this TED Talk, Elliot Krane explains how such pain complaints can occur in the body. Please contact the therapists at Motion Stability if any of these symptoms…

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What Does Unresolved Pain Mean to You?

Post by Maggie Gebhardt PT, DPT, OCS When people hear the words unresolved pain, they often mistakenly think “chronic pain.” While chronic pain has a more negative connotation regarding pain that is unrelenting and persistent in nature, unresolved pain can mean a variety of things… For example, how many of you have had 1-2 episodes of back pain for the last 5-10 years? We hear all the time, “Yeah I throw my back out a couple of times a year.” That is unresolved pain. Those episodes are not separate incidents, but a continuation of an unresolved back injury from years ago. How about, “I roll my ankles all the time. It’s no big deal.” Well, it is a big deal and…

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Do You Have Unresolved Pain?

We would like to welcome you to the new and refined mission of Motion Stability. Since opening in 2006, Motion Stability has gained a reputation for treating patients with ongoing or complex injuries and pain. As we have matured as a clinical group, we have asked ourselves – what is the one thing that we are passionate about when treating patients? Where some highly respected practitioners we know may have a focus on sports medicine, or women’s health, or back pain, we as a collective at Motion Stability are passionate about helping people with unresolved pain. Unresolved pain is the pain or injury that continues to persist and begins to truly affect a patient’s daily life or sports performance. Patients…

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Exercises To Prevent Lower Back Pain

What Exercises for My Core Can Help Prevent Lower Back Pain? Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT First – generally there are different roles of muscles in your trunk. Typically the smaller ones closest to your spine are considered ‘local’ muscles. Such muscles as the transversus abdominis, diaphragm, pelvic floor, and lumbar multifidus provide segmental control of your lumbar vertebra. Real-time ultrasound imaging can be used to visualize the proper contraction of these muscles as we cannot see these muscles from the superficial skin. So first step in core stability is to ensure that the smaller muscles are engaging properly. Then you have ‘global’ muscles which are the larger muscles – such as rectus abdominis, obliques, paraspinal muscles. These muscles…

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What Can I Do to Prevent an ACL Injury?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT An ACL injury is usually due to the knee going into excessive valgus (knee turning inwards) and/or some type of rotary /pivot force. Many people focus on training the musculature around the knee such as the quad and hamstrings. This does help, but one must also consider the stability of the joints above and below – which would be the hips and ankle/foot complex.The knee can be viewed as a junction between two different stilts. If the hip is not stable or has excessive mobility, or the foot / ankle is not supportive such as excessive flat feet or stiff ankles from an old ankle sprain – it can place excessive valgus force at…

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What Can I Do For Plantar Fasciitis?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Pain in the arch or heel of your foot is commonly diagnosed as ‘plantar fasciitis’. However, there are several reasons that can cause pain at the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis: Usually due to an over-stretched arch. Treatment by taping, manual therapy, orthotics, and use of night splints can provide short-term relief. Long term prognosis is based not only treating the plantar fasciitis itself, but also restoring proper mechanics of the entire leg. Nerve Pain: The tibial nerve, which is a branch of the sciatic nerve can cause symptoms in the bottom of the foot. The key to treatment in nerve injuries is to determine why and where the injury occurred and treat…

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Play Golf? Avoid Lower Back Pain With These Stretches.

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT There are numerous studies that have come out recently that show the loss of lead leg internal rotation of the hip in the golf swing has a high prevelance of low back pain in golfers. This is due to the lead leg in the golf swing acting as your swivel / finishing point in the swing. With limitations in the hip, the back has to work harder to finsh the swing.  You should work on the foam roll to loosen the lead leg hip musculature, knee to chest and pirformis stretches can also help. Standard back stretches can help alleviate your back after golf, but consider the causitive reasons why your back is hurting…

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