Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ask a PT: What is cervical myelopathy?

Cervical myelopathy is a condition that is present in 90% of individuals over the age of sixty, and is recognized as the most common spinal cord dysfunction in individuals over the age of fifty-five.1 It is characterized by hyperactive reflexes, … Continue reading

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Pain Links

Below are some interesting links that may be helpful in learning about pain and how to treat it. The 1st is a 5 minute video explaining pain.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4b8oB757DKc This is a 15 minute video by Lorimar Moseley, a pain researcher … Continue reading

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Exercise of the Week: Prone hip internal rotation stretch

Internal rotation is the amount that your femur (thigh bone) can rotate inwards with respect to your pelvis. To determine whether or not you have adequate internal rotation, have someone measure your hip angle in a seated position when you … Continue reading

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Acute and Chronic Pain

When reading about pain you have probably heard it described in 2 broad categories, acute and chronic.  What does this mean?  Is it just a difference in how long the pain has been there? Or is something else happening that … Continue reading

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Exercise of the week: Half-kneel hip flexor stretch

This hip flexor stretch uses the same half-kneeling position that last week’s exercise described (used http://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/exercise-of-the-week-half-kneel-dorsiflexion-stretch/). Get into this position, with your hips and knees at 90 degree angles. Tuck your tailbone under by engaging your abs. You should feel … Continue reading

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Understanding Pain Video

In keeping with our series on pain, here is a 5 minute video that many people find helpful in learning about pain. This is a good introduction to how pain works and some things we can do to start addressing … Continue reading

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Ask a Pt: How do I know the difference between bad pain and good soreness?

An increase in physical activity is often accompanied with muscle soreness, which is a natural part of adaptation to new stresses and becoming stronger. Often referred to as “delayed-onset muscle soreness,” or “DOMS,” soreness is a result of microscopic tears … Continue reading

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What is Pain?

                         Last week we introduced our new pain program in this post http://wp.me/s3PbeT-pain.  Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on pain in our blog.  What it is, Why we have it, What to do about it when … Continue reading

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Exercise of the week: half-kneel dorsiflexion stretch

Dorsiflexion is the movement between your shin bone (tibia) and the top of your foot (talus), where the shin hinges forwards on the foot with the foot fixed on the ground, or the foot hinges on the shin with the … Continue reading

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Exercise of the Week: Prone hip extension stretch

Adequate hip extension is critical to normal function as well as most athletic activities. Hip extension means the movement of the upper leg relative to the pelvis in a posterior (backwards) direction. Normal hip extension is ~10 degrees from parallel … Continue reading

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