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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. 

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

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2020 | 0 comments

The Importance Of Feet Stability

Hi, Mark and Ringo coming to you from Fitness4Life. What we’re going to talk about today is what I’ve been spending a lot of time focusing on lately – and that is feet. The reason being is because that’s the only contact a person has with the ground. So if your feet aren’t in a good position, if your feet aren’t stable, it can cause a lot of problems. So you’ve got to have a good foot-to-ground contact with any activity. Otherwise, any other area in your body can be prone to break down, because your body’s always trying to be stable.

Your body is going to try to find a way to keep you protected by trying to stabilize things. If you don’t have a good foot-to-ground contact, and your feet aren’t providing a good stable base to start from, nothing above your body is going to be able to find a very good stability point either. So we see a lot of people breaking down simply because of what their feet are doing.

Sometimes, unfortunately, this can mean they have pain or problems elsewhere. You cannot only look at where they’re having pain.  Knee pain, for instance, is not necessarily a knee issue.  A lot of times you have to look at the foot and/or the hip because the knee is just taking the brunt of it. It’s not because of the knee having the problem itself. It’s just where the symptoms are. So with that being said, when I’m looking at it with any patient for almost everything that they come in with is looking at their feet first; seeing how they’re walking, seeing how they’re standing, see if they’ve got mobility, see if they’ve got stability.

Check out our YouTube page where I will demonstrate three different exercises/stretches you can do at home to help stabilize your feet.  If you have further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.com.

 

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Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 | 0 comments

Pre-habing For ACL Or MCL Surgery

Today we actually have a real live patient to go over some techniques with. She was kind enough to tear her ACL and her MCL in a skiing accident. Now according to HIPAA, we’re not supposed to reveal this person, but we don’t like rules anyway, so we have April!

So, she has been coming in here every day working on pre-habing her knee prior to getting surgery. We’re not sure how soon they’re going to do surgery. A lot of times they don’t want to do surgery immediately because there’s still swelling in there, and we’re trying to get the range of motion back. So, April has a full ACL tear, she’s got a torn MCL, medial collateral ligament, so a ligament on the inside of the knee that is side to side stability. Both of these are torn. So they’re going to go in, they’re going to repair that, and then she’s going to have a long rehab road ahead of her, but she’s going to come out good.

So what we’re going to do is talk about some of the strategies we’ve been using for her prior to getting this surgery. She’s actually training for this surgery just like you would an athletic event. She wants to go in there with her range of motion max and she wants to go in there with her muscles stronger. Research has shown you come through these surgeries a lot better when you have trained for them. So if you’re out there with an ACL injury, you may want to consider some of the things we’re going to go over prior to having your surgery. If you have further questions, contact us today!

Follow my YouTube channel where we are going to be demonstrating some exercises designed to help strengthen muscles and prepare a person who is about to have ACL surgery.

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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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