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20 More Reasons to See a PT

Yesterday to help commemorate National PT month I listed 20 reasons to see a physical therapist. There are so many, I couldn’t fit them all in. So, here are 20 more. Your doctor told you should stop running because you … Continue reading

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Exercise of the Week: Standing hamstring stretch

Although people in general seem to overstretch their hamstrings, there are some people who truly do have tight hamstrings and can benefit from stretching. To determine if you have tight hamstrings, go through this movement checklist with a PT (if … 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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Exercise of the week: Supine hip flexion (knee to chest)

This is an easy range of motion activity to maintain your hip flexion.  Lie on your back, and maintaining a neutral spine, draw one knee into chest. You may feel a stretch behind the hip or under the leg. If … Continue reading

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Exercise of the week: Figure-4 hip stretch

The figure-4 stretch is a commonly used hip stretch that targets the internal rotators of the hip.  This includes the gluteus medius and minimis, quadratus femoris, obturator externus, and at 90 degrees of hip flexion (as in the stretch position), … Continue reading

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Exercise of the Week: Mobility Series- Cervical

We are now showing a series of ways to improve or maintain cervical mobility. To learn how to assess your own neck mobility, check out our post from last week: http://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/how-is-your-neck-moving/ If you are limited in rotation, one way to … Continue reading

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Exercise of the Week: Mobility Series- Lumbar

Another way to improve or maintain your lumbar mobility is the sidelying lumbar rotation stretch.  Lie on your back and bring one knee across your body so that your feel a gentle twist in your lower back and a slight … Continue reading

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Exercise of the Week: Mobility Series- Lumbar

The next body part in the mobility series that we will focus on is the lumbar spine.  More often it is thoracic mobility that people need, but lumbar mobility is important as well.  Often when you have a sensation of … Continue reading

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Exercise of the Week: Mobility Series- Thoracic

This week’s activity to increase thoracic mobility is using a foam roller.  You can use a foam roller in a couple different ways in order to stretch and mobilize your thoracic spine. The first is positioning it perpendicularly to your … Continue reading

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Exercise of the Week: Mobility Series- Thoracic

Over the previous several weeks we have focused on exercises to improve your overall stability. For this next series, we will focus on exercises to help you increase your mobility.  Mobility is a critical component of movement, and complements stability … Continue reading

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