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Posted by on Jun 14, 2022 | 0 comments

Why Functional Testing Is Important

This month, what we want to talk about are some functional tests that are applicable to everybody. This is a way of testing and seeing how ready are you for movements and how secure are you with movements. We are also looking for how confident you are with basic movements. In our next series of videos, we’re going to show you some easy ways just to test yourself, which will help highlight any areas that you may need to find that you have to work on.

This is called Functional Testing. It’s going to be testing your balance. It’s going to be testing your mobility. It’s going to be testing your ability to stay in good control because the motions you’re going to be doing are things you have to be aware of and do in everyday life. So, we want to give you some tips on that and show you what you could do. It’s also a way of pointing out what areas you may be weak in or may need to work on for injury prevention, and for continued mobility as we go through the aging system.

Without further ado, we’re going to show you some of these tests.

You will not need any equipment, these are easily done at home. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing.

If you have any questions about this or any other type of pain, contact us today.


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Posted by on Mar 14, 2022 | 0 comments

Lower Body Exercises For Pain Management & To Stay In Shape

This month we’re going to talk about a few more exercises that you can be doing at home. Great for runners, great for general knee pain, great just to help keep you in shape. As always, exercises are only good if you do them, so we like to come up with exercises that you can do at home. It doesn’t take a lot of time to do, but they can have a lot of benefits in the long run for you. A lot of times, people are going to be getting out running now. They’re biking, walking, etc. Some of the exercises we are going to go over this month will be excellent for that. We are going to focus on working the lower extremities.

I always believe, as does Brian,  is that if you don’t have good lower body, it doesn’t matter how big your arms are because you still can’t get from point A to point B. You need the lower body, so we put a lot of emphasis on lower body exercises. This month we’re going to focus on some more lower body exercises that you can do at home, and make them as easy or as difficult as needed depending on your skill level.  Like I said, you don’t have to be a runner. You don’t have to be an athlete. It’s good for just general health because you’re always going to have to be able to get up and down from a sitting position. You need those legs!

So in our next set of videos, we will show a series of exercises – all that you can do from home – that will help your lower body no matter your skill level. Stay tuned to our YouTube channel as we give you a few exercise suggestions that can help with it. We’ll go over them here in the next few videos. 

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2022 | 0 comments

What To Do Before Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Hey there, Mark and Brian here, somewhere in this realm of Fitness4LifePT. Today, we’re going to bring you some information about knee replacement.

There’s a lot of total knee replacements done every year. Here’s some advice we want to give you if you know that you’re going to be getting a total knee replacement. The best thing you can do before having a total knee replacement is to do prehab exercises. Train before you have your surgery, because if you train those muscles, that joint, before you have your surgery, you come through a lot better. Things that you need to think about and work on, number one is that whatever range of motion you typically have before your surgery is the motion you’re going to retain afterwards. So with that in mind, it becomes important that you try and increase your range of motion if you do have a deficit so that when you do have a total knee replacement, you’re going to come out with full range.

This is an important one because a lot of times, Brian and I will see when they come in to us after having a knee replaced, our patients can’t fully straighten their knee and for sure they can’t bend it. However,  we’re always more  concerned with the straightening first, because if you don’t get your knee straight, you’re always going to walk with a limp, your gait is going to be altered,  and it can start affecting other muscles. Range of motion is primary. We have had patients in here that prior to surgery could not bend their knee past 60 or 70 degrees. After surgery, because they were working out, worked on the range of motion, worked on some strengthening exercise to keep those muscles strong, they were a lot better after their surgery. So what’s recommended? Do some prehab!

To give you a couple ideas for a range of motion, range of motion means how far you can straighten and bend it. I want to give you a couple numbers. When you walk, you need 70 degrees of bend. So to walk normal, that’s the kind of range you need. To go downstairs, you need a hundred degrees. A hundred degrees range of motion is a good goal to have before you go into surgery, at least, because you need that for function.

Second thing is being able to bend your knee while you’re sitting, your knee isn’t hanging out like if you’re in a movie theater in the aisle. Something that you need to keep in mind, is to train for a surgery. That’s our opinion. There’s a lot of medical professionals out there now that will actually prescribe prehab before their surgery because they know that you will do better. 

So in our next set of videos, we will show a series of exercises to help you prepare for your total knee replacement surgery. If you have further questions, contact us at


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Posted by on Dec 13, 2021 | 0 comments

Why Strengthening Exercises Make You A Better Runner

A lot of people are out there running and, still, because, at least around here, the weather has been very nice.

So we want to talk a little bit about running. If you are running to become a better runner, you have got to run. But don’t rely on running to be your conditioning tool or your strengthening tool. To run and to have a better chance of avoiding injuries or problems, you want to do some strengthening exercises.  Especially focus on quad strength, lateral stability (which are the muscles on your hips/sides), and your glutes and hamstrings.

We’ve got some strengthening exercises over this next series that we want to show you, that are very good for runners and can help you when you’re out there doing your running. The idea behind it is you’re running to get in shape. It may be something you enjoy, maybe relaxing to you. But keep in mind that you ought to train your muscles to be a good runner, so when you go out and run, your muscles and joints are more ready for it.

Stay tuned to our YouTube channel as we give you a few exercise suggestions that can help with it. We’ll go over them here in the next few videos. If you’ve got any further questions, contact us at

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Posted by on Aug 2, 2021 | 0 comments

Mark And Minnesota Vikings Place Kicker, Riley Patterson

Hi, Mark and Brian here, still two wild and crazy therapists. And we have a special guest of honor today, Riley Patterson. He is the placekicker for the Minnesota Vikings, and he’s home on leave before he has to report back in training camp and he’s gracious enough to come to this clinic and work out to keep his training going. So we thought for all you fans out there of football, and you get a chance to hear from a real-life professional. So we’ll let Riley say a few words. So, take it away.

Hi, I’m Riley. I’m with the Vikings right now. I just finished four years at the University of Memphis. And previous to that, I was here at Edwardsville for four years. And during that time, I had the great opportunity of coming in here and fixing a back issue back in high school with Mark. And he fixed me right up. And I was able to go on and do a lot of good things after that. Things are going really well, getting stronger, just getting myself ready for this next season. And it’s been a really great time here. I had no choice but to go here. Everywhere else was completely full. So this was a last-choice situation, obviously.

Stay tuned as we get ready to show you some specialized exercises we have Riley doing to help him stay in shape and be prepared for the next season.

If you have further questions, or if you or a loved one are and athlete that needs training,  contact us at

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