The Unstretchables

There are some muscles you simply can’t stretch no matter how hard you try, just don’t tell that to elastigirl! Truth is we have 3 different “types” of muscles in our body, and not all of the types can be intentionally stretched. (Unless you have super powers)         Here’s a list of unstretchable…

Pelvic Health and Yoga. What’s the Connection?

Yoga has many benefits including helping to relieve muscle stiffness and soreness with stretching, improving range of motion and aiding in relaxation.  Yoga can also aide in the treatment of pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions such as pelvic pain (painful sex, post-surgical pain) voiding dysfunctions (urinary or bowel leakage, retention and constipation) and complications following child…

What is Pain?

Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pain has both physical and emotional components. The physical part of pain results from nerve stimulation. Have anyone ever told you, “Your pain is all in your head.”?  That can be a frustrating statement to hear, but is there any truth to it? …

Reduce Your Pain Without Medication

In our last blog we explained that pain, defined as “physical suffering or discomfort caused by an illness or injury”, is simply a built in alarm system to warn us of possible danger.  In chronic pain situations this alarm system (otherwise known as our nervous system) gets stuck in bad loop. We’ve all experienced the blue…

Is Your Phone Becoming a Pain in the Neck?

The average human head weighs anywhere between 10-12 pounds. The neck was designed to hold that weight (and much more) when aligned properly on your spine. When you look down at your cell phone, laptop, or tablet you exponentially increase the amount of weight placed on your neck. A good rule of thumb is that…

Physical Therapy Help for “Texting Thumb”

A new Nielsen Company audience report reveals that adults in the United States devoted about 10 hours and 39 minutes each day to consuming media during the first quarter of this year.  That is A LOT of texting, clicking and typing.  Over half of the average American’s day is spent staring at a screen.  The…

Assess Your “Movement Health” to Lower Your Risk of Back Pain

Americans spend more than $87 billion each year on low back and neck pain treatment, according to a study in the Journal of American Medical Association. To prevent that figure from rising further, we must find ways to prevent the high rate of back pain incidences from occurring in the first place. And that means…

The Plantar Fasciitis Fix

Plantar Fasciitis can be a pain.  Physical therapy can help give your plantar fascia pain the boot.  Here are five simple and easy tips used by the pros to help kick your plantar fasciitis to the curb. 1.) Stretch Use moist heat on the affected area for up to 5 mins prior to stretching.  Hold…

The Shoulder Pain Break Down

Let’s start with a little 101:  MyVMC.com defines shoulder pain as: Shoulder Pain – The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint formed by the head of the humerus (the arm bone) and the glenoid labrum (the name for the socket of the shoulder joint in the scapula). The shoulder joint is very mobile – allowing great…

Be in the Know, and Slow the Woe of Vertigo

The most common type of dizziness or spinning sensation, according to WebMD, is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or  BPPV (for short).  It effects over 200,000 people in the US every year.  BPPV is caused when small crystal like particles in your ear are out of their normal location. This type of vertigo is triggered…

Does Knee Pain Have You Going Down the Stairs Sideways?

It’s common to have knee pain when going up or down stairs or inclines.  This doesn’t mean that anything major is wrong with your knee.  Your knee-joint is composed of 3 main types of structures:  muscles/tendons, ligaments/cartilage, and bone. It’s much more likely that your pain is being caused by some common soft tissue (muscle/tendon/ligament/cartilage)…

Simple Movement Tests Can Predict Health

The American Heart Association encourages people to “know theirnumbers” referring to blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and weight. However, research is now showing that moving properly is also important for health.Walking speed has been called the “sixth vital sign” in medical literature recently. Like blood pressure or heart rate, it is quick and easy…