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Get The Most From Your Physical Therapy Treatment

Get The Most From Your Physical Therapy Treatment Top Tips See the Same Physical Therapist at Every Session. First and foremost, you need to see the physical therapist--not the physical therapy assistant, not the athletic trainer, and not a massage person. Shrinking physical therapy insurance payments have created innovative methods of providing “physical therapy” with less expensive employees. A consistent set of well-trained eyes and talented hands is one of the best ways to assure that every session of your physical therapy treatment is beneficial. Communication between co-treating physical therapists is often poor. I know it should be recorded in the clinic notes, but today’s documentation is written to optimize billing and not patient care. You will get the best…

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Start At The End

Start At The End Invert Conventional Care This is how most neck and head pain patients travel through the medical system in a search for relief. They begin with medications—non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, non-opiate pain meds, muscle relaxers, and central nervous system modulating drugs.  This can go on for weeks, months, and even years. Progression of pain or just no improvement in symptoms leads to imaging- an x ray, CT scan, and / or the ever popular MRI.  Despite the fact that nearly everyone has something wrong on their cervical imaging, care is now directed at the faulty anatomy.  There is your problem--you need a specialist.  Next patient. The persistent pain must be caused by this anatomical alteration so site-specific injections and…

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Combating Cumulative Compression

Combating Cumulative Compression Look At Your Life and Make Some Changes Ron had back and hip pain that was created after he lifted a ladder out of his truck.  Further questioning revealed that Ron had been Olympic lifting twice a week, using a rowing machine once a week, and worked as carpenter five days a week.  Ron sat in a truck seat for at least ten hours a week.  Ron placed his lumbar spine under a compressive load nearly everyday of the week.  Lifting the ladder was simply the activity that created the final stressor that pushed his spine into pain. Megan had leg and hip pain.  She had an MRI that displayed a bulged lumbar disc, and prior treatment…

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Get Up and Get Going

Get Up and Get Going Many physical therapy patients are unable to get up off the floor without the assist of a piece of furniture or a caregiver.   Not being able to transfer efficiently from the ground to standing upright makes us more likely to be injured and less likely to live independently.   Transferring from the floor to standing is an essential movement skill that responds very favorably to training.  For the last year, I have been using a simple three movement training routine with physical therapy and fitness clients.  Watch the video and give this routine a place in your training schedule. This three exercise routine requires some open space and a lot of concentration.  Perform the routine in…

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Half Kneeling Leverbell Chop

Half Kneeling Leverbell Chop The hip joints and lumbar spine work as teammates to create pain free and efficient movement.  When we run, jump, swing, and throw, the hip must move and the lumbar spine stays stable.  Most of us need more hip mobility and greater lumbar spine stability.  An activity that delivers both of these traits is the half kneeling leverbell chop. Leverbell is the new, and better name, for a mace.  It is a metal bar with a heavy ball on one end.  The offset load of the leverbell produces a dynamic resistance that makes it an effective tool for stabilization training.  Read this article and watch the video. Set up in a genuflexion position with the right…

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Robo Squat

Robo Squat Much like the collision avoidance computer systems built into automobiles, our brains run neural software that prevents us from overloading and damaging the spine.  Our neural software inhibits us from loading the extremities in positions that have the potential to produce a spinal injury.  Many people have the mobility necessary to perform a full depth squat, what they lack is spinal stability.  Improve spinal stability and the protective neural software will permit more graceful and efficient movement.  An exercise that will enhance spinal stability during an essential movement pattern is the leverbell squat. Leverbell Squat Hold a leverbell with a vertical alignment and the heavy end upward.  Use a stacked grip, push the chest up, and pull the…

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