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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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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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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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