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Posted by on Feb 17, 2020 | 0 comments

What Happens After An Arthritis Diagnosis

There is a diagnosis that I get a lot in our clinic from people, and I wanted to explain my take on it and what I think is going on, and that diagnosis is arthritis.

Many times I get people in here that wake up one day and all of a sudden they’ve got shoulder pain, or hip pain, or ankle pain, and they go to their doctor, they get x-rays, they get tests done, but their doctor can’t find anything, so then they’re given a diagnosis of arthritis. My thought on that is they didn’t just develop arthritis that day, they’ve had it for months or years. However,  they must have done something to irritate it, because they’d been living that way for a long time without any problems. Typically what I have been finding in here is that the mechanics have broken down or they aren’t moving enough, and when they do move  – their mechanics aren’t good, which causes the arthritis to get flared up.

A diagnosis of arthritis is not a death sentence. Most everybody has some form of arthritis as we age. Now it’s a matter of learning how to manage the pain, and how to move correctly so you don’t keep things irritated all the time. This will go a long way. This is what I tell people that are told they’ve got a degenerated joint. Let’s say you have 20% degeneration in that joint, what you’re working on now is the other 80%. You may not be able to reverse that degeneration, but we will look at what you can do to at least not progress any further, move comfortably, and be able to do everything you want without pain.

Don’t let just being told you have arthritis stop you from doing things, think that it’s a death sentence, or there’s nothing you can do for it. Follow my YouTube channel where we are going to be demonstrate some ways of movement to get range of motion and  stability through the body that can help with some of these problems. If you get further questions, contact us a FyzicalofEdwardsville.com.

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 | 0 comments

Testing Your Shoulder For Shoulder Impingement

A common problem that people have is shoulder pain, with the possible cause being shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement is a name that gets thrown around a lot, but is basically a pinching type of pain. Because this is so common, we would like to show you three different ways you can screen yourself at home to see if you potentially have it, or if it is something that is not far away.

There are lot structures at play when you are moving your shoulder, and they can get pinched and cause pain if your mechanics are incorrect, if you have tightness somewhere, if your posture is not good, or simply if your shoulder blade is not moving like it should.

Watch our video below to see how you can administer three different tests to determine if you have a possible sign of impingement. If so, give us a call so we can work out a plan to get you on the mend.

Stay tuned to see various exercises you can do to increase your shoulder mobility safely. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 | 0 comments

Why You Should Use Exercise Bands

Are you having trouble getting to the gym? Do you need a good workout routine you can do at home or on the go if you travel a lot?

Exercise bands are perfect for this. They come in different colors that correspond to the tension, so they are good for beginners or seasoned pros. They are inexpensive, versatile, and you can do lots of different motions. You can order them online and do your workout from the comfort of your own home.

You can use these bands for lower body, upper body and your core. Take a listen to Mark as he describes what we are going to show you to do with exercise bands.

Stay tuned to our series to find out various exercises that you can do every day utilizing these bands. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

 

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 | 0 comments

All About Shoulder Blades and Shoulder Joints

Your shoulder blades and shoulder joints are designed to have an extreme amount of mobility. As your arm is elevated, your shoulder blades ideally move with it, so you do not get pinched or have pain. A lot of people get pinching sensations or pain when they start raising their arm because the shoulder blade is either in a poor position or not moving like it is supposed to. This can be remedied with various exercises that are designed to loosen the area of the joint and the blade so you can work those muscles.

Keep in mind, these issues typically come from overuse of the area (think athletes, like pitchers), injuries of any kind, but most often poor posture – especially for people that sit at a desk for long periods of time.

Learn more below on how the shoulder blade and joint works and stay tuned to our series to find out various exercises that you can do every day to help avoid the problems that come from shoulder issues. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

 

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 | 0 comments

What Poor Posture Does To Your Body

Poor posture is something that everyone is guilty of. Desk workers, people looking down at their phones extended periods of time, and video gamers are just some of the culprits. Everyone is guilty. The problem is this results in neck pain, upper back pain and headaches. This is caused from maintaining poor posture too long.

For example, if you have a forward head posture, for every inch forward, add ten pounds of weight. Your upper spine and muscles have to maintain this and fight gravity. If you maintain this for too long, eventually your body will break down.

Learn more from Mark on how to avoid pain from poor posture here.

Stay tuned to our series to find out various exercises that you can do every day to help avoid the problems that come from poor posture. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

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