Are you going stir crazy at home during this COVID-19 pandemic? We recommend these tips and measures to keep you going strong, and to prepare your body for other, more strenuous physical activities. Consult with your physical therapist or physician prior to beginning any new training program. Use common sense and do not exercise if you are feeling ill or experiencing pain.
Carla: “Seven years ago, I was kickboxing and I jumped, landed, and felt this shooting pain. It turns out I had blown one of my discs. Six months later it happened again. Slowly but surely I started cutting out the things l loved. Little things started to creep up — getting a dish out of the dishwasher, picking up a paper off the floor — and I began to think, what can I do, what can I do anymore? The person who I thought I was, was gone.”
Dr. Ed Foresman: “Initially Carla came in — and in her past she had been a very active individual, very fit and she wanted to continue this throughout her life. She had been told she would never be able to achieve that again. So I went through her history, examined her, and then I said, 'That's not true at all. In fact, if you give me two months of your time, I will have you running again.' Actually it didn't take that long, it took six weeks!”
Before starting a performance training program, it’s always best to go through the proper evaluations and preparations with a qualified movement expert, such as a physical therapist.
Whether you plan to lift weights, run on a treadmill, or play a sport, you should make sure your body is capable of properly performing these movements. You should also know when and how much to increase the resistance, intensity, repetitions and frequency of the desired physical activity.
In a previous post, we discussed how kettlebells allow you to replicate many of the basic movements you make in everyday life. This type of strength training helps you re-establish natural movement patterns, learn how to handle unstable loads without thinking about it, and reduce the risk of injury.
In today's post, we'll look into four kettlebell exercises that can be applied to all walks of life, whether you’re a world-class athlete or you struggle to pick up a bag of groceries.
You are hurting and you’ve heard that physical therapy can help. A doctor, chiropractor, friend, or co-worker may have recommended that you see one. Okay, now it’s time to choose. So who should you see? How do you find the one most qualified and best suited for your particular needs?
Let’s face it, there are literally thousands of physical therapists out there offering their services. However, only a small percentage of them specialize in an area of practice, such as pelvic health, men's health, vestibular rehab, and TMJ disorders. And, out of those, only a fraction are lucky enough to work in a quality, personalized setting where you aren’t treated like a number. That probably leaves just a handful of actual physical therapy "specialists" in your local community.
Kettlebell training involves basic, fundamental movements that mimic many of the movements you make in everyday life, such as carrying uneven loads, bending over, squatting and getting up off the ground. Some kettlebell exercises are explosive movements (ballistic), while others are slow and deliberate (grinds).
The beauty of kettlebells is that they support all fitness goals or activities and conflict with none. They make your body stronger and more resilient while reducing the risk of injury.
As co-pays for physical therapy visits approach $50, it’s only natural to start questioning if you’re really getting your money’s worth.Was my physical therapist prepared, ready, and on time for my session? Did I feel like I was the center of attention, or just a number? Did my physical therapist really listen to me and address my needs? Did I get pushed off to a technician or aide? Could I have just done those exercises at home? Did I get any closer to reaching my goals?
These are some of the questions you should ask yourself after each session in order to help determine the value of your physical therapy. You shouldn’t leave an appointment wondering if it was worth your time. After all, you have enough to worry about. Instead, you should feel totally confident that you made the right choice when it comes to your health.
Michelle Cesan, former Princeton University Field Hockey Player and member of the USA National Field Hockey Team, had been dealing with back issues for over a year. She reported, “Though I was able to get temporary relief through heat, massage and chiropractic means, nothing lasted more than a day.” Her coaches, trainers and doctors were unsure of the root cause of her symptoms, since both the MRI and bone scan were negative. Michelle was beginning to think she would have to live with the pain. That was until an Athletic Trainer from Princeton University recommended Activcore.
The War on Pain has begun! But in order to defeat this enemy, we first have to understand it.Many people simply mask pain by avoiding activity and taking increasing amounts of medication like opioids. However, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests having increased knowledge of pain can help the recovery process.
At Activcore, we want to share some of our thoughts on pain management. We hope that, with this new arsenal of information, you can conquer your pain and return to whatever it is that you love to do.