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Posted by on May 16, 2022 | 0 comments

Why You Should Pay Attention To Shoulder Health And Posture

 

Today we are talking all about shoulder health and posture. This area is going to include your neck as well as the shoulders themselves. It’s also going to include your upper back and your lower back. What we are seeing a lot of, since so many people now are sitting at computers all day long or staring at their phones for long periods, are forward rounded postures. They’ve got rounded shoulders, their shoulders come forward, their head protrudes forward, and their shoulder posture is very poor. Then they come in and tell us they’ve got shoulder pain, or they’ve got neck pain, or back pain.

We ask them, “How often do you get up from sitting?” Some of them say they haven’t got up all day.
They may be sitting there five, six, seven hours in that same position. So things are breaking down. Postures are breaking down. The bottom line is most of us in today’s world spend so much time in a forward rounded position, even walking, being on your phone, reading, your computer work, that neck, that our necks, shoulders and backs are breaking down.

With that in mind, we’re going to show you some shoulder exercises you can do to help prevent pain, as well as strengthen the muscles to help with your posture. 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. 

If you have you further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.com.

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2020 | 0 comments

How Breathing Affects Your Thoracic Spine

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Hi, Mark at Fitness 4 Life coming to you live on tape. What I want to talk about this month is the importance of breathing when it comes to the thoracic spine rib cage area. Your thoracic spine is basically the middle back starting approximately here, coming down to approximately here. The thoracic spine is what the ribs are attached to, so it’s protective. The ribs help to protect the internal organs, but what a lot of people don’t realize, your thoracic spine is designed to move also. A lot of people lose mobility in the thoracic spine, which lends itself to all kinds of problem for the neck, to shoulder problem, to breathing problems, to postural problems where you got the hump in the back, or your head is forward.

Some of the causes of this are shallow breathing because you’ve got muscles that are attached at the neck and then attach to your first and second rib. If you’re shallow breathing, and you’re constantly working these muscles, and you’re just getting the upper chest to move up and down, then these muscles get overworked. This results in pain, tightness in the neck, and that’s simply because you not breathing correctly. These muscles start getting tight, then they can start pulling your head forward. They can start increasing the curve in your upper back, so then you start standing like this. I wish I would’ve known this 78 year ago, but I’m still working on it now.

You have to have mobility in the thoracic spine. You have to learn to breathe through your nose, inhaling and exhaling because you want to take air all the way down into your diaphragm. You want to see all of your chest cavity slightly expand and contract like a balloon. If you’re breathing incorrectly, you can put your hand on your chest and as you’re breathing, you may notice you are taking much more shallow breaths. Your hand is going to rise and fall slightly. When you’re breathing correctly, air goes into the nose, and out through the nose. It’s what it’s designed for. You should breathe light. You should breathe deep and make sure that you pull enough air in that you feel it moving down here, enough air that when you exhale that it’s like deflating a balloon here. That can help mobilize and work the spine because your ribs actually move also. They’re like bucket handles. When you take air in, they rise and fall slightly. If you’re not working that correctly, like we’ve said, other areas take a hit.

Two take home messages today: One is start learning as much as possible to breathe in and out through your nose, light breaths but all the way down into your lower abdomen. Part two is you want to maintain and work on thoracic mobility. When you’re sitting, your thoracic spine bends back approximately 25 degrees. It bends forward approximately 30 degrees. It bends to the side about 25 degrees, but it rotates about 50 degrees. A lot of the rotation is what we lose, so in our next series of videos we’re going to show you three different ways to help to mobilize and get some mobility back in your thoracic spine. If you have further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.com.

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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 Dec 9, 2019 | 0 comments

Proper Technique when Getting Up & Down From Sitting

Today what we want to talk about is how to get up and down from a chair, or, more specifically, a sitting position. It could be a chair, a bleacher, a toilet because that’s one motion and movement that everybody has to do. If you lose that ability, you won’t be walking anymore. And that’s, unfortunately, one of the things that a lot of older people have trouble with. They quit moving, then pretty soon they can’t get up and down from sitting and then they find themselves parked all day long.

Lisa and I see a lot of back pain patients, and that’s typically from poor back mechanics. Usually we don’t see them because of traumatic injury. It’s because their back has been breaking down from incorrect postures from how they move, sitting too much, getting up and down from sitting, and using poor techniques and postures. This was putting the stress all on their back.

So, we feel showing you how to get up and down properly is a very important move. It’s something that everybody needs to maintain throughout their life, just because they are going to sit and have to get back up from it. That’s a movement that we can’t get away from. All sit to stand is, or getting up and down from sitting, is a squat. People panic when they hear the word “squat”, but the bottom line is that’s a squat. It’s a body weight squat, and it doesn’t matter whether you call it a gym squat or getting up and down for sitting, the technique needs to be the same. What we’d like to do is show you a few different progressions to build yourself up to getting up and down from sitting.

Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel where we will show you three ways to properly get up and down from a seated position.

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

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