One of the keys to core stability, minimizing low back pain, and powerful walking is being able to maintain a neutral pelvis throughout the day. If you're dealing with tight and/or weak hamstrings though, it's impossible to get yourself into a neutral pelvis position.
Due to excessive time spent in chairs, most of us have developed BOTH tight and weak hamstrings. The hamstrings are a large muscle group that runs up the back of the thigh, attaching just below the knee and to the base of the pelvis. This tightness of the hamstrings pulls your pelvis into a tucked position, rendering your core useless and putting excessive compression on your low back. Not a happy situation for your back or pelvic floor!
Our favorite way to lengthen the hamstrings is to do a standing forward bend. This is a stretch we've all seen before, but also has a lot of potential for some compensations we want to avoid. Most mistakenly believe the goal of this stretch is to touch the toes... However, as we...
One of the first exercises we teach our new clients is the calf stretch. And for good reason!
We've written blog posts in the past about the importance of taking care of the health of your feet (which you can find here, here, and here). But long story short, your feet are your foundation. Improving your foot mobility is a great first step (pun intended) toward better health.
Watch the video above to learn how to do the calf stretch.
To set up: In this exercise, we use a half foam roll. But if you don't have a half foam roll a rolled up towel will work great!
Take your shoes off, this exercise is best performed barefoot. Stand in front of your half foam roll (or towel) with your feet spaced pelvis width apart. Make sure your feet are aligned straight, like the cars on a tire. Look down and if they are angled outward take a minute to straighten them. Focus on maintaining this alignment throughout the exercise.
If you aren't sure about your balance, position...
Ever tried to start a new habit that you just couldn't stick to?
We've all been there.
It's likely you tried to set the habit up in a way that works well for someone else, but not for you!
Learn about different habit styles using the four tendencies framework so you don't fall into the same trap again.
By knowing yourself, you can set your habits up in a way that works for you! It is possible to make your habits effortless by learning more about yourself.
Let us know what you learn!
Have you been to a physical or occupational therapist and not had the results you were hoping for?
Or were you satisfied with the therapy you received at the time only to have the same problem you went there for in the first place return?
The reason we started ABC was to address these very problems!
When we first started our careers as therapists in a big facility, we were quickly disenchanted by the heavy emphasis on diagnosis codes, insurance reimbursement, and the lack of personalized care.
So... fast forward a few years and here we are.
Don't mind us as we go off on a bit of a tangent today on what you might want to consider avoiding when you are going to a physical or occupational therapist. Making sure you find a therapist and clinic that are the right fit for you is something we are so very passionate about!
At ABC, we emphasize you and your story above all else. You have your therapists undivided attention for the whole time you are here. If we are not...
We wish the answer to the question, "Is it normal to decline with age?" was more obvious.
One of the most common themes we hear from our clients is that the decline they are experiencing was inevitable because of their age...
We are here to tell you this absolutely does NOT have to be normal!
In this video, we dispel some of the most common MYTHS we hear, including:
If the above sound like anything you have ever found yourself thinking or have ever heard, this video is for you!
Let us know what other aging myths you believe or have heard and reach out to us! We would love to provide you the resources you need to age gracefully.
One of the most common topics we discuss with our clients is knee osteoarthritis (OA). Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation, even from trusted medical professionals, on the treatment options for knee OA!
No matter what the severity of knee OA is, anyone with OA can benefit from strengthening and mobility training. For everyone with arthritis, we assess skills like squatting, getting out of a chair, getting on and off the floor, and walking to start to detect muscle imbalances or irregular movement patterns. The treatment approach is simple- we treat what we find! For some people that might be treating muscle weakness with a strengthening program, focus on flexibility to improve mobility, or even changing footwear!
Watch the video above for more information on knee OA and reach out to us at [email protected] with any further questions!
One of the first skills we address with new patients is getting on and off the floor. In the event of a fall, this can be a life-saving skill! But there are also many benefits of getting on and off the floor for anyone of any age.
The first step we take is to make sure someone can get on and off the floor as safely as possible. This reduces fear of falling and ending up on the floor and gives someone the confidence to know what to do in the event this happened. Then we bring more fun and creativity into the mix.
Getting on and off the floor takes your knees and hips through a larger joint range of motion than sitting in a chair, keeping you strong and healthy! Sitting on the floor also has core strengthening benefits.
If you are not feeling confident about your ability to get on and off the floor or are afraid to try this on your own, stop by the clinic any Friday between 11am and 1pm for a floor transfer screening.