Movement Dysfunction

 

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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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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Old Ankle Injuries & Your Back Pain

Many patients with ongoing back, hip, or knee pain often forget how much their old ankle sprains from high school can be a cause of their current symptoms. Patients disregard it, thinking “Oh – it swelled up pretty good back then, but it doesn’t bother me now.” Even if an old ankle sprain doesn’t bother you currently, did you know that the swelling you experienced in your ankles years ago have turned into scar tissue and therefore now makes the ankle joint more stiff? This is important because our ankles/feet are vital in most functional and sports activities. They hold your body weight and determine whether or not you have will have proper joint and muscle functionality. Whenever the ankle…

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Musicians With Too Much Flexibility

When first learning a musical instrument, it is often the flexibility of a person that gives them an advantage to playing with superior technique.  In the case of hand flexibility, the ability to easily span octaves or assume challenging fingerings make technically demanding pieces seem much more feasible.  However, in cases of extreme mobility, musicians will often revert to firm pressures  to better stabilize their instrument. When firm pressures are applied against a firm surface, often posistions of hyperextension are assumed. Such positions, especially frequently repeated or chronically maintained, put your joints at risk for injury. Contrastingly, many people with extreme joint flexibility will try to brace themselves by co-contracting multiple muscle groups to give a feel of stability. Often, in these…

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Are Your Shoes Really Helping You?

Are Your Shoes Really Helping You?

Athletic shoewear have recently gained a lot of attention for their role in assisting a person to acheive a variety of health and fitness related goals. Skechers, being on of the first in the industry, have now come to the forefront of our attention again as some of their claims have been refutted.

Oftentimes we see patients who are flirting with shoes to solve an underlying biomechanical issue. In actuality the shoes are a “band-aid” and not solving the true physical issue at hand. Once the physical issues are resolved, the shoes become a means to assist instead of a failed solution. If you have questions regarding your shoewear and what it may or may not be doing for your health, please get in touch with one of the Motion Stability therapists!

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