Motion Monday is here! Today we show some dynamic stretches to do prior to your workout. Remember, never stretch or exercise cold muscles. Always do a brief warm-up, and then move into your stretching routine. Dynamic stretches are slow-controlled movements, as opposed to static stretches where you hold the position. Dynamic stretching at beginning of your workout will help preserve your power and reduce the chance for injury. Save the static stretches for after your routine to help lengthen muscles and increase flexibility. (Click photo for video.)
Several factors can play a role in what causes our joints to become achy and painful. Being an athlete at any level can eventually trigger joint problems, working a desk job is definitely a culprit and certain issues can be the result of being male or female. The good news is once we can identify the cause of the pain, there are steps that can be taken to relieve the pain and strengthen the surrounding muscles to reduce the chance of further or long-term injury. Click the photo below for more information and tips.
As an avid sports participant, I have unfortunately spent many months in physical therapy over the past 40 years and have had the opportunity to work with many physical therapists. In addition to their technical skills, which they all seemed to have, most of them showed some interest in treating me, I emphasize the word some. Desirae is the pleasant exception to the word “some”. She seems to have eyes in the back of her head.
This therapy session is the result of a quad muscle strain/tear. My previous physical therapist sold his practice and Dr. McShane recommended your company. During my first visit to Excel, Desirae did her assessment and based on my previous experiences, I decided to continue with her. What a pleasant surprise. Desirae is genuinely concerned with the patients’ well-being and getting them back to normal or even beyond. She knows when to increase the intensity of the therapy and always seems to find a way to make the exercise just a bit more difficult as my condition improves so I do not get complacent. She has done such an excellent job in rehabilitating my right leg that my left one, which was not injured, has to catch up so I now work both legs. I never thought I would enjoy participating in my own “torture”.
Desirae is a talented physical therapist and certainly a huge asset to your organization. Hopefully I will not need her services much longer but history tends to repeat itself and I would not hesitate to use her services in the future or to recommend her to others.
Please feel free to share this with Desirae if you wish.
The Dead Lift is a great physical therapy exercise used to help strengthen the hamstrings, hips and core; and can even help improve your squat and help prevent ACL injuries. See here how to perform this properly as a functional exercise. (Click photo)
This is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the nice-brisk air for a good run. Several races are scheduled for the upcoming months and participants are well within their training programs. But, whether you are new to running or a three time marathoner it’s important to pay attention to your body and know the difference between that “feel-good” kind of pain you get from exercise or if you have or are the verge of an injury that needs further attention.
Click the photo below for more information on what to look for and who to see. Remember, many injuries can be rehabilitated through proper care and physical therapy, without surgery, when taken care of in a timely manner.
“How to Identify a Running Injury”
Weight lifting as a means of entertainment began toward the end of the 19th century. Beginning in Europe, the emergence of a new sport was in formation through the work of Eugene Sandow, who has been referred to as the father of modern bodybuilding.
Bodybuilding has grown into a massive competitive sport, with categories for all different body types and ages. Bodybuilders have a sense of commitment and dedication unlike any other participants in the world of physical fitness. However, with that devotion comes a higher risk for injury. Whether you’re an experienced-competitive bodybuilder or new to lifting weights, it’s important to follow certain guidelines and be aware of your body to reduce the threat of injury. Click the photo below for the top causes of bodybuilding injuries and how you can avoid them. Be safe and stay strong.
10 Most Common Causes of Bodybuilding