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Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 | 0 comments

Trigger Points In Lower Muscle Groups

Hi, Mark at Fitness4Life PT. We have been talking about trigger points. Previously, we did upper body. I’d like to continue that discussion because now that people are starting to get out more and starting to do more, such as running and biking, we are seeing the common issues that coincide with this. People are getting calf pain and/or tightness, cramping in the middle of the night in their calves and so on. A lot of people deal with plantar fasciitis or pain on the bottom of their feet. Very common issues, especially when somebody goes back and start running again, and they haven’t been used to doing it.

We’ve all been locked up for awhile and then when you get back out doing what you did before, your body starts reacting to that, not always in the best way. You get pain. You get tightness. You have issues. If you try to just keep running through that, or working through that, chances are you will make yourself worse and then will get shut down simply because of the pain in your body.

So what I would like to remind you of what a trigger point is. It’s a tight muscle band in a group of muscles. It is typically around the size of a pea. You can’t always see it, but you’d notice it there because of the tenderness. What defines it as a true trigger point is when you press on it, it can send pain to another area. So treating the area where you felt the pain at doesn’t get you better. You have to treat where it came from. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to go over three different muscles that work the back of the leg, and can also cause pain on the bottom of the foot.

Check out our YouTube page where I will demonstrate three different trigger points that are typically active when you have pain in the lower half of your body or feet,  and I will show you how to treat these yourselves. If you have further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.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 Jan 9, 2018 | 0 comments

Range Of Motion Exercises 12 Weeks Post Op Rotator Cuff Surgery

Range of motion exercises are an important part of recovery from rotator cuff surgery. In this video, Mark explains simple exercises that you can do in a standard doorway, or whatever is comfortable. Watch as he does gentle stretching starting with raising his arm over head while rotating his pelvis, then keeping his arm at chest height while rotating his pelvis, then finally reaching behind.

Important to note: Do NOT force anything. Do NOT increase your pain level, and definitely do NOT do these moves unless your doctor has given approval.

Another thing to note: don’t forget to work your lower half. In this case, Mark is doing body weight squats. There is a carry over affect that will help with your upper body strength as well as get your heart rate going. Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel so you can see him demonstrate different types of body weight squats.

Got questions about range of motion exercises or rotator cuff surgery recovery? Just ask Mark by contacting our office!

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 | 0 comments

What Is Astym Therapy?

astym therapyAstym therapy or Astym treatment is a regenerative physical/occupational therapy that resolves many frustrating musculoskeletal cases, including tendinopathies and post-op or post-injury scarring. Astym treatment is one of the most researched and effective therapy interventions available, and it is unmatched in its ability to resolve a wide range of soft tissue dysfunctions.

The Astym process includes the non-invasive stimulation of regenerative mechanisms of the body, and a customized program of stretching and exercise, which positively influences the alignment of new collagen. More benefits include:

  • Solves chronic issues
  • Quickly decreases pain and increases range of motion
  • Short treatment course: Typically 4-5 weeks
  • Targets the source of the problem, not just the symptoms
  • Stimulates regeneration of damaged soft tissues and the resorption of scar tissue
  • Patients continue to be active during therapy

Until now, the option for treating tendon pain and soft tissue problems were limited and not very effective. Often, people could suffer for months, even years, with pain and movement restrictions due to soft tissue dysfunction. Finally, Astym Therapy is now available and is highly effective AND clinically proven. Mark Slaughter has undergone the intensive training and study to become certified in Astym therapy. It is important that you see a certified provider if you are interested in this treatment. Only certified Astym clinicians are trained in this specific protocol.  Mark will follow specific treatment parameters to initiate a regenerative process in the affected soft tissues, including applying mild to moderate topical pressures, and provide a customized program of stretching and exercise.

Some general conditions Astym therapy is highly effective for include:

  • Chronic tendinopathy
  • Joint and muscle stiffness
  • Sprains and strains
  • Conditions resulting from dysfunctional scar tissue or fibrosis (post -traumatic, post-surgical, etc.)

Some specific conditions Astym therapy is beneficial for include:

  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Ankle Pain and Stiffness
  • Chronic Wrist Pain and Stiffness
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Hamstring Strain
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Jumper’s Knee
  • Low Back Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Mastectomy Scarring
  • Post-Surgical Scarring
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
  • Scar Tissue
  • Tennis Elbow

Again, Astym therapy rebuilds and heals the soft tissues of the body, eliminates pain and restores movement. It does not involve injections or surgery. Astym therapy has helped countless people by resotring their movement, getting ride of their pain, and giving them back their lives. To find out if Astym treatments are right for you, call the office or contact us here so we can schedule and appointment and get started today!

 

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