Let me start right off by saying that I’m not one to call attention to myself, or to toot my own horn. In fact, I've been known to not even tell my co-workers that it’s my birthday. This should give you an idea of how difficult it is for me to write about one of the best kept secrets in professional sports. But I simply cannot hold back this information any longer. It's not about boasting; rather it's about educating and helping others. After all, that's why I became a physical therapist in the first place.
Many new clients come in shifted... their squat looks crooked... or they've got a longer stride on one side when running.
So how did they get these imbalances? Oftentimes the logical explanation is that they're simply over-exposing themselves to certain environments such as:
- Spending too much time doing one thing
- Sitting at a desk with the mouse in one's right hand
- Having an untreated injury
- Playing one-sided sports like golf, sweep rowing, archery or pitching baseballs
When activities are biased towards one side, you may be disrupting the "balanced asymmetry" of the body. Yes, that's correct — we are all naturally asymmetrical.
So you’ve gone to your first beginner yoga class. Or maybe you just got a Peloton and did their 30-minute Vinyasa flow. Or perhaps you’ve been practicing Ashtanga for years but something changed recently. I hear from yogis at all levels that something about their chaturanga is painful. Although many people begin yoga in hopes of improving their flexibility, there is also a lot of strength required in yoga practice. Chaturanga is a particularly challenging pose requiring significant muscular support to perform it correctly. Yet, it is one of the first moves you learn in many yoga practices.
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!”
The health and wellness industry has been receiving the attention and value it deserves over the last few decades. Whether we're talking about the hottest new workout, latest self-care trend, or coolest fitness gadget to add to our gym bag, the topic of health and wellness is on the forefront of everyone's minds. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that, as a physical therapist, I support an active lifestyle for myself and for my clients.
With the start of a new calendar year, many people set new year resolutions or goals. I have chosen to set a physical performance goal for myself. This year I want to successfully do a strict “muscle up” by June. The reason for this goal has to do with my enrollment in a MovNat level 2 certification course coming up in July. MovNat (short for Move Naturally) applies primal movement patterns, such as crawling, squatting, jumping and climbing, to explore our body’s full range of motion and agility potential — so that we can rebuild how we move from the ground up.
Exercising with pelvic floor dysfunction can be scary, whether you are a mom who just had a baby, a dad who is recovering from prostate cancer surgery, or a CrossFitter who began leaking urine during certain lifting exercises. Regardless, you want to lead a healthy, active and strong lifestyle, but instead you are fearful of making things worse. I’ve been there and I’ve treated many clients who have been there too. So let’s talk about how to approach an exercise feeling knowledgeable and empowered rather than unsure and uneasy.
I’ve heard so many clients of mine, Princeton locals, and physicians call this place Redcord. We’ve even had people call and insist they weren’t sure if they should come here because they were afraid of all the red ropes.
Well, I’m here to set the record straight. Our clinic name is Activcore. We are highly credentialed physical therapists and we do more than Redcord. As a doctor of physical therapy, I attended 4 years of college and 3 years of PT school to become licensed for what I do every day. I take continuing education courses to further my education and to maintain my license. And yes, while many of those courses taught me how to use the red ropes hanging from our ceiling, all of the other courses have nothing to do with Redcord.
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.
The squat as a foundational movement pattern and exercise is becoming more of a staple movement in physical rehabilitation, fitness and sports performance training. As this type of exercise gains in popularity, we should take a look at not only its benefits, but also its safety.
In my two previous blog posts about squatting, I presented the case that squats are safe and highly effective for building functional strength, and that your knees are allowed to travel past your toes as long as it's not to initiate the squatting movement. So, are deep squats bad for your knees?