Do you wish you could squat like that? Proper ankle mobility is important for most of our functional and higher level movements. Specifically, decreased dorsiflexion, or bending of the ankle (the foot getting closer to your shin), will likely add undue stress on joints up the chain including knees, hips, and the spine. If you… Continue reading Access Your Ankles – Reduce Pain and Enhance Performance
Viscera – relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral manipulation (VM) is a gentle form of manual therapy that aids your body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. VM does not focus solely on the site of pain or dysfunction,… Continue reading What is Visceral Manipulation?
We strengthen, stretch and massage our muscles. Dry skin is moisturized. We load our bones and feed our organs. Nerves are extremely important structures in our body. What do we do for them? Not much… at least not intentionally. Nerves require clear paths to and from our brain and spinal cord to their many destinations… Continue reading Mobilizing Nerves: How Does That Work?
Stretching is the most common and touted way to increase flexibility and it may be the least effective. Immediate gains made during stretching are a result of stimulating nerves that are also on stretch. Your nervous system will reach a point of over-stimulation and begin to relax. Once relaxed, your muscles are calmed down and… Continue reading Mobilization Over Stretching
In an industry where it is normal to only expect results after a month or two of seemingly mindless stretching and exercising, at Move Physio, we’re quite different. We love instant gratification. When someone comes to see me for the first time, at the consultation, it usually becomes pretty clear to them how very different… Continue reading Instant Gratification – Pick Your Test!
What are you stretching? I have written previously about short versus tight muscles, using an example of short or tight hamstrings limiting the ability to bend and touch your toes. Think about the stretch feeling you get in the back of your thighs when attempting to bend and reach for your toes. That stretch feeling… Continue reading All wound up?
Those in pain want an easy fix. Who can blame them? But relying only on pills or magical passive techniques typically won’t do if longstanding pain relief is the goal. To a fault, many healthcare practitioners tend to over-rely on passive techniques. Physical therapists are no exception. A passive treatment is one that is done… Continue reading The ‘Magic Wand’ of Therapy