It’s nearly impossible to exclude shoulder movement from a fitness routine, sports training or even activities of daily living. Given this, it is very important to maintain shoulder health and incorporate strength exercises and proper stretches to protect this joint area. Please click the photo below for 5 useful tips to maintain and build shoulder health.
Five Tips to Keep Your Shoulders Healthy for the Long Haul
By Eric Cressey
The changes a woman’s body goes through during and after pregnancy is unmatched by any other stressor our bodies encounter. Even with an “easy” pregnancy, there are physical repercussions the body will experience, and some may not present themselves until later in life. Muscles can be torn or weakened and bones may become misaligned. There are many factors that will affect the severity of problems; including age, the number of pregnancies, multiple births, delivery type and the overall fitness level of the new mom. In addition, women are having children later in life and more pregnancies closer together, not allowing for full recovery of the body.
They may seem like “normal” annoyances as the result of gestation, however, if not addressed these sometimes simple conditions can become quite bothersome and create bigger problems in the future. Physical Therapy can help to resolve post-pregnancy issues such as weak core muscles, incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders. It’s never too late!
Please click the photo below for more details and contact our office to find a clinic near you offering Women’s Health treatment programs. (866-883-9235)
Bigger Postpartum Challenges Than Just Baby Weight
By Sarah Nassauer
Motion Monday is here! Today we’re showing you a nice back stretch to help improve mobility and reduce pain.
Dan joined Apex Physical Therapy and Fitness in March 2013 as a staff physical therapist at Apex’s Blue Bell location.
Dan graduated magna cum laude from Bloomsburg University of PA in 2009 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. While at Bloomsburg, he became particularly interested in the rehabilitation of sports related injuries and decided to further his education to pursue a career in physical therapy. In 2013, he graduated with distinction from Arcadia University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While at Arcadia, Dan worked as a graduate assistant, teaching assistant and performed research on the effectiveness of electrical stimulation as a treatment for chronic tendon pain conditions.
Dan’s initial interest in physical therapy began with his lifelong involvement in athletics. Although his initial interest was targeted toward treating younger athletes, his various clinical experiences have led him to become passionate about treating patients of all ages. He believes in a hands-on approach to rehabilitation, with personalized care for each patient to maximize outcomes. Dan looks forward to learning the most current manual techniques at future continuing education courses, with the eventual goal of becoming a Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
Dan also has a specialized interest in vestibular rehabilitation and became vestibular trained in March 2013. He has enjoyed working with patients that suffer from vertigo and post-concussive syndrome to decrease their dizziness and restore their balance.
He is passionate about physical therapy and loves the reward of helping people achieve their goals and return to activities that are important to them.
In his spare time, Dan enjoys spending time with family and friends, running and playing sports, and exploring new areas in the greater Philadelphia area.
It’s Motion Monday! Whether you’re an avid runner, just starting out or the occasional jogger, stretching is always important to help prevent injuries. Here is a nice one for your calf. What is you favorite post-run stretch? Click for video.
Tendonitis is a pretty well-known ailment and hundreds of people are treated each year for this condition. But, is it an accurate assessment of what is really going on? Many physicians feel it is a misuse of terminology. Although there will be occurrences of true Tendonitis, which indicates an acute inflammation of a tendon, these are rare. Most cases of tendon issues resulting in pain are due to chronic overuse and lack of proper healing of the tendon.
First, let’s understand the function of a tendon. Tendon is connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone. They help create joint movement when muscles contract and absorb tension as the muscles work. As we move our muscles, this puts stress on the tendon. When we repeatedly do an activity, there is potential for overuse. Overuse occurs when there is not enough time for the body to heal itself. The result is Tendinosis.
Where Tendonitis refers to inflammation, there is no inflammation occurring with Tendinosis. That is part of the reason why anti-inflammatory drugs don’t work very well to reduce the pain. Tendinosis is developed over time, during repetitive activities, such as in sports, everyday activities, hobbies and even being a musician. You will frequently hear of a person saying they have “tennis elbow” (tendinosis of the wrist extensor muscles on the outside of the elbow) when they don’t even play tennis!
Physical therapy will help to address the improper healing in the tendon with manual techniques like Transverse Friction Massage, A.R.T. or the Graston Technique. This, coupled with isometric and eccentric exercises can promote proper alignment of the tendon structure. This allows the tendon to better handle the stress leading to less pain and disability. As a general rule though, the longer you have been bothered by pain and disability from tendinosis, the longer it will take for the pain to lessen and go away.