Moving up through the kinetic chain, we meet the knees. Knee injuries are primarily from either direct contact blows, or by the twisting and or bending forces applied to it. Preventative measures are important and easy to incorporate in your daily life!
Having recently visited my favorite local Physical Therapist, Jason with Vital 6 Pain Solutions and Physical Therapy, I wanted to share a few gems from our conversations. I spend hours obsessing over the correlation between physical and psychological. So, naturally, with another professional that’s exactly what we discuss. Specifically, we began digging into the effects of choosing athletic sports or even workout styles that tend to aggravate pre existing imbalances or put the person at greater risk of injury.
To highlight this, some studies have been conducted to show correlations between things like core stability and a variety of movements. It concluded, “There appears to be a link between a core stability test and athletic performance tests. Ideally, specific performance tests will be able to better define and to examine relationships to core stability. Future studies should also seek to determine if there are specific sub-categories of core stability which are most important to allow for optimal training and performance for individual sports.”
So, as we discussed the variety of needs for different athletes, the idea arose that screening an individual while young to determine some specific sports which would be optimal for their individual physical makeup could potentially allow people to intelligently make decisions for themselves or for their children. What would be some assessments included for this screening?
Signs of hypermobility or hypomobility
Tonicity of tissue
Pre Existing conditions
Personality or emotional demeanor
Exposure to specific sports and movement patterns
Of course, this can be expanded upon, but imagine creating a way to start athletic activities at any age with the confidence that you are doing activities that are optimal for your body and decreasing risks of injury at the same time. If you want to begin that process, we recommend Jason highly! Of course, we will be here along the way, as well, ready to help with recovery and maintenance.
Ever gone shoe shopping and been asked if you are a pronator or supinator? Have you been told you walk like a duck or are pigeon toed? What does all of this mean and can it be helped, or is it genetics?
The positioning of your foot as you stand, walk, and run is dependent on how balanced your lower leg muscles are.
We’ve all been told, “Teamwork makes the dream work!” However, how does that apply to your wellness and healthcare?
Sometimes, as professionals we get so focused on our own success and impact in our community. However, rather than vying for business or clientele, what would happen if we each communicated with other outstanding healthcare professionals to work towards common goals? How many more people could be positively affected if, as collaboration researcher Thomas Stallkamp noted, “(we) gang up on the problem, rather than each other.”?
How often have you heard how great foam rolling is for you? And after trying it, I’m sure you found yourself wondering why.
First, what exactly is foam rolling? It’s a form of self myofascial release, or SMR for short.
Recently, one of the biggest and most interesting subjects of research in the fitness industry is fascia and it’s purpose. Fascia is under your skin and it’s a connective tissue that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and internal organs.
We often discuss imbalances within posture and structure with our clientele, and then usually we give you information for one of our trusted partners. As clients experience pain relief, they will ask, “So, how do I stop this from happening again?” As we are all unique with individual needs and complaints, there is no “one size fits all” answer. However, we do work very closely with other professionals who have helped us on our personal journeys to remain pain-free.