Tom Christ, PT

 

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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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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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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