• Shoulder Impingement and Rotator Cuff Injuries

    Joseph Mathews, DPT, CSCS

    “He who treats the site of the pain is lost.”- Carel Lewitt, M.D.

    This is very true especially of the shoulder. Most people complain of pain in front and tip of the shoulder. However this pain might be arising due to faulty mechanics of the shoulder blade, muscle imbalances, and/or tightness of the shoulder capsule (joint). This is further complicated by the fact that the “ball and socket” joint of the shoulder is more of a “golf ball on a tee”. Maintaining the head of the humerus (ball) in the center of the glenoid (socket) requires flexibility and muscle balance between opposing muscles of the shoulder. In addition to this decreased upper thoracic (back) mobility, weakness of the hips and trunk can add to shoulder problems. Consider the following

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  • Joint Protection for Patient with Arthritis

    Marisol Monasterio, OTR, CHT

    Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints of your body. Deformity will occur if stress is placed on these joints, especially over a prolonged period of time. Therefore, it is very important to understand that damage can be done to your joints when the disease is in its active and inactive phase. You can prevent unnecessary joint damage and minimize pain due to unnecessary stress by assessing your daily activities and modifying your habits, as well as following a number of exercises that will help you increase joint motion and flexibility.

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  • Growing Pains – Pregnancy and Low back Pain

    Women who are pregnant experience many changes in their body. Many women experience mild to severe low back pain associated with pregnancy. As a matter of fact over 60% of pregnant women experience low back pain during their first or second trimester. The physiologic changes, which occur throughout pregnancy, can dramatically affect the stability of the spine and increase risk of spinal injury.

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  • Did You Make a New Year’s Resolution to Exercise?

    A comprehensive exercise program should include cardiovascular, flexibility, strength, and balance components to insure overall health and wellness. At least 20 minutes each day should be devoted to cardiovascular exercise. Bicycling, fast walking, elliptical rider, and swimming are common ways of increasing heart rate. Stretching exercises, especially for the hamstrings, chest, low back, and neck will insure the appropriate muscle length – tension relationship and decrease joint stress.

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