Tag Archives: Physical Therapy

Exercise of the Week: Towel ankle dorsiflexion stretch

This is a more gentle way to stretch your calf and your achilles if a standing stretch is too painful, or you are non-weightbearing. To determine if a calf stretch may be appropriate for you, refer to this post https://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/exercise-of-the-week-half-kneel-dorsiflexion-stretch/. … 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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Question of the Week: Why is exercise good for patients with arthritis?

Research shows that some form of regular exercise is beneficial for people with arthritis, whether in the form of cardiovascular or strength training or both.1,2,3  These benefits include overall pain reduction, improved self-efficacy (a belief in being able to achieve … Continue reading

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Exercise of the Week: Standing Quad Stretch

Your quadriceps are a group of 4 muscles (rectus femoris, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius, and vastus lateralis) that together work to straighten the knee, when activated.   If you do not have full knee flexion (a minimum of 120, but … Continue reading

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Pain Mechanics

Over the past few weeks we have been talking about pain and some misconceptions about it.  Today we are going to talk about some of the mechanics of how pain works.  One misconception people frequently have is that the body … Continue reading

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Exercise of the week: Sitting adductor stretch (butterfly position)

This week’s exercise is a hip stretch for the internal rotators and adductors of the hip. To determine if you have adequate internal rotation, see this post from a few weeks ago https://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/exercise-of-the-week-prone-hip-internal-rotation-stretch/. For the sitting adductor stretch, sit with … Continue reading

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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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