Muscle Tightness

Written by Stephanie Lievense Cohn PT, DPT, OCS Why am I ALWAYS so tight?  I’ve been stretching and it’s not working….what gives? I keep trying to stretch, but my body just doesn’t move that way! Welcome to a small portion of a day in the life of a physical therapist. The above quotes come from those who firmly believe that their muscles are forever inflexible, and they wonder why stretching is not helping. I have bad news: stretching is not always the answer, and can actually be counterproductive.  Before I get into the weeds, let’s clarify the definition of “tight.” To my patients, it means that they feel restricted, stiff, or even achy in their muscles, especially after tough training…

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Tennis Elbow

Written by Dhara Shah, PT, DPT, OCS Lateral elbow tendinopathy (previously termed tendonitis) or Tennis Elbow is a common overuse injury of the elbow and can affect daily and recreational activities. Typically, we see this type of injury in someone who is performing repetitive gripping and wrist movements. Activities such as typing, using a computer mouse, and grasping can overload the tendons on the outer part of your elbow. Notice that these activities are not just related to tennis! People who have never even picked up a racket can still get “tennis elbow”. Tendon injuries can sometimes be pesky, and we want to make sure that you know the stages that go into the recovery process.    Stop doing activities…

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Knots of Pain

Written by Katie O’Neill, SPT and Dhara Shah, PT, DPT, OCS Trigger points are knots or “nodules” in your muscles that are tender when applying pressure to them. These trigger points are thought to form when you have a sort of energy crisis where that small portion of your muscle is not receiving enough oxygen to support the activity you are asking it to do. This energy crisis could occur, for example, when you are lifting something very heavy, but it could also occur when you are holding something light but for a prolonged period of time. Perhaps you tend to “hold your stress” in your jaw or shoulders–even stress or position is making those muscles work overtime and can…

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Understanding Why Pain Persists

Here is a great whiteboard video that explains why pain can persist. It provides a visual that demonstrates that not all pain is the same and that pain is very much a perception of how we ourselves view pain in our own lives. We invite you to watch this 5 minute video. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments on how this might relate to the pain or injuries you might be experiencing.

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TMJ Series: How Specialized Physical Therapy Can Help With the Treatment of Patients With TMJ

Written by Tom Christ PT, DPT In dental and oral health care, referring patients to physical therapy services may not often be a common practice.  Physical therapists can be a vital part in the treatment and management of patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. In fact, minimum competence of entry-level trained physical therapists includes knowledge and practice of the TMJ anatomy, function, biomechanics, and pathology, as well as clinical examination and treatment.  Advanced trained physical therapists are well equipped to collaborate with oral health care practitioners to help treat TMJ and other biomechanical related dental pain and dysfunction. Below are some key areas that our advanced trained physical therapists at Motion Stability are able to help with.     Relationship between…

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Managing Pain After a Total Knee Replacement

Written by Dhara Shah PT, DPT, OCS  The decision to get a total knee replacement can be a process.  Initially, you notice knee pain, but it does not change your daily routine. Then, you notice it affecting the things you enjoy doing – playing golf, going for long walks, or  difficulty getting off the floor after playing with your grandkids. You go to the orthopedic surgeon, and he says “you’re eventually going to have to get a total knee placement”.  You consult with your physical therapist, try conservative treatment to improve your quality of life or even “prehab” before surgery, and then you finally decide it’s time.  You undergo surgery, and you “get it fixed” – VOILÁ! It’s almost like…

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Motion Stability was recently featured on the Wall Street Journal discussing how small businesses, like ourselves, have continued during these pandemic times. We hope this video article serves as an encouragement to other small businesses to fight the good fight to find creative ways serve your clientele. We would like to thank our patients who have trusted us to take care of you during this time. We would also like to thank each of our staff members for working cohesively together as we continue to operate. We hope you enjoy this video!

Motion Stability Featured on The Wall Street Journal

 Motion Stability was recently featured on the Wall Street Journal discussing how small businesses, like ourselves, have continued during these pandemic times. We hope this video article serves as an encouragement to other small businesses to fight the good fight to find creative ways serve your clientele. We would like to thank our patients who have trusted us to take care of you during this time. We would also like to thank each of our staff members for working cohesively together as we continue to operate. We hope you enjoy this video!

TMJ Series: How Working from Home Can Affect Your Jaw Pain

Written by Stephanie Lievense Cohn PT, DPT, OCS Since the global pandemic of COVID-19 took off in March, many people have been working from home to slow the spread of the virus and avoid exposure. From the looks of things, this may be the case for quite awhile, if not permanently for some. I am treating many patients in the clinic who are still working from home and will be until at least the end of the year. I have noticed that many of them have experienced worsening symptoms not only due to absence from physical therapy during the shelter in place order, but because many changes to your body and mind come with working from home. Let’s get more…

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FUNCTIONAL FRIDAY: SINGLE LEG SERIES

Written by Tom Christ PT, DPT Single Leg Series  As first mentioned in the first Functional Friday blog, physical therapists will often ask their patients to perform a number of whole body movements that may seem irrelevant to the patient’s condition. Previously we discussed why PT’s will watch patients perform a squat motion, today we will discuss two other common functional movements, the single leg stance, and the single leg squat.  Single Leg Stance: While this seems like a simple task, the ability (or lack thereof) and the quality of performing a single leg stance provides PT’s a lot of information. This is a functional skill required for basic level daily activities. Think about walking for example, when walking we…

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Functional Friday: Body Weight Squat

Written by Tom Christ PT, DPT Body Weight Squat  You may have noticed that your physical therapist often asks you to perform a number of different movements such as walking, squatting, standing on one leg, and bending in different directions during the initial evaluation, or perhaps even during every visit.  Sometimes these motions seem completely irrelevant to the condition you are being treated for.  For example, why does my therapist need to watch me walk and squat if I have shoulder pain? Assuming you don’t walk on your hands, that is a completely rational thought.  Motion Stability’s new functional movement blog and Instagram series can help explain.  Let’s stick with the squat example.  Regardless of what injury or ailments you…

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