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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Postpartum Back Pain: The straw that broke the mama’s back

Written by Deanna Camilo PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT When I was pregnant, I wanted to do everything possible to prepare for the arrival of my little one.  I read the popular pregnancy and baby books, combined that information with my background in physical therapy, and thought that I was ready for anything that parenthood could throw at me.  The seasoned parents are likely laughing out loud right now.   No amount of reading can prepare you for the joys, surprises, and stresses of becoming a parent!  That being said, as a physical therapist, I believe the literature could have done a MUCH better job of warning me about the aches and pains related to caring for an infant.  In this first…

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COMMON REASONS WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE MORE PAIN DURING THESE PANDEMIC TIMES

Written by Brian Yee PT, DPT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT   “Why is my back and neck more sore when I am doing less while I stay at home and social distance?”  “I have never worked so hard in my life trying to make my business survive, take care of my kids as they are doing virtual homeschool, and just adjust to the every daily changing things that seem to happen! So why do I feel like my back pain is so much worse than before this pandemic started?” “Life is so much easier now as I am home more. I am in my kitchen a lot now making things like homemade bread or taking care of things I did not…

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Take a minute to breathe

Written by Tom Christ PT, DPT The start of this decade has been a challenge for everyone.  The Covid-19 pandemic has been unpredictable and has changed the way all of us approach each day.  With the overall uncertainty of when our lives can get back to normal, these past few months have been some of the most stressful times our world has endured.  Now more than ever, it is important to find strategies to manage stress and anxiety in a productive healthy manner.  Now more than ever, it is important to remember to take a break from your daily stressors and just breathe.   While that sounds simple there is quite a bit of science behind the importance of proper breathing…

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Recovery is a Rollercoaster

Written by Stephanie Lievense, PT, DPT, OCS I have been a competitive athlete for twenty years – much longer than I’ve been a physical therapist! Growing up, I participated in softball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf, dance, and gymnastics. I did some swimming, biking, and running if I had any sort of off season but was never serious about it. When I started college and no longer had team sports to keep me in shape, I regularly started swimming, biking, running, lifting weights, and doing yoga and Pilates. By the time I graduated college, I started playing with the idea of triathlons. Right before I started my first year of physical therapy school, I competed in my first triathlon – The…

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TeleHealth: The New (Temporary) Norm

Written by Stephanie Lievense, PT, DPT, OCS In this day and age, it is not uncommon to work virtually. With today’s technology, we can work from just about anywhere. When I say “we,” though, I don’t include myself or most physical therapists. Some physical therapists have moved into more administrative roles, which means that they are involved in little to no direct patient care. However, most of us depend on treating our patients in person. As doctors of physical therapy, we rely quite heavily on our hands to give us the information that we need when treating a patient. Yes, the subjective information and observations are crucial, but our hands can give us important clues such as a joint restriction…

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More Isn’t Always Better

Written by Stephanie Lievense, PT, DPT, OCS Today is my third day working from home since the spread of Coronavirus. As a physical therapist, my hands are my business, therefore you can imagine how tough it is to actually get some quality work done at home! As a result, I have been all over FaceBook and Instagram to both get and give ideas. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: EVERYONE is offering online workouts, cooking classes, crafts, virtual social events, and more! There is SO much to do on the internet! I think it’s great that we are all banding together and trying to fulfill that need for human connection. However, I’ve really been thinking about all of the exercise…

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