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Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 | 0 comments

The Difference Between Stability & Mobility


Today we are talking about stability and mobility. There’s a couple of things that your body wants to do and is extremely good at. Your brain is going to want your body to remain stable because your brain knows that if your joints aren’t stable, they’re going to get injured. So your body, or your brain is going to try to create stability when you move or are doing any activities, because that’s what protects you. The problem that can become of that is that if you’re not using good mechanics, it’s going to try to stabilize you in positions that aren’t optimal for the joints or the muscles. So consequently, you would get joint pain and/or muscle pain. 

So that’s why it’s very important that you train the body in good mechanics. Train it so that your brain is stabilizing you in positions that are safe, so you’re not wearing joints or your muscles out. I always tell people, consider it like your car. If you’re driving your car around with the tires misaligned, they’re going to wear out. You drive half a mile a day, it may take you a couple of years. You drive 100 miles a day, it’s going to be faster. But unless you’re the exception to the rule, at some point in time, you’re going to be dealing with this. Then one day you wake up and say, “I didn’t do anything different, but I moved this way and my back went out,” or, “my knee started hurting.” It wasn’t that particular movement. At that point in time, it’s just that their body had had enough.

So your body’s always going to try to seek stability. To seek stability, you need to start from the ground up, because your feet are the only two things in contact with the ground. If they’re not stable, there’s nothing above you that can be stable. Therefore, your joints are at risk.

The second thing your body/brain does, is it tries to conserve energy. Why? Because your brain uses 25% of your energy and it’s going to spare energy to make sure your brain gets its food. With that in mind, every motion that you do, your brain tries to figure out the easiest way to do it. The problem is, if your mechanics aren’t good, your brain is trying to conserve energy with poor mechanics.

So, this month we’re going to talk about stabilizing the feet with different, easy things you can do at home to work on stabilizing yourself while you move. We’re going to address that in three different videos. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of them, and contact us at Fitness4Life Physical Therapy if you have any questions.

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Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 | 0 comments

The Importance Of Exercising At Home During COVID-19

Hi. Mark and Ringo here at Fyzical. Ringo’s practicing good health here during this time.  So, one thing I’ve been hearing from patients is we are going to come out of this with either having to go to Weight Watchers or Alcoholics Anonymous. The facts are if you don’t want to be the one having to go to Weight Watchers, you need to be doing exercises. Just because gyms are closed and where you might be exercising in the past you can’t get into now doesn’t give you a free pass. You’ve got all kinds of options you can do at home. You have to keep moving. This is not an excuse just to sit down and park yourself.

What I am very big on, and if you followed anything that I’ve talked about, are lower body exercises, specifically glutes. Why? Because you have to get from point A to point B. If you can curl up to 2,000 pounds but you can’t walk across the floor, it’s not going to help you. You need to be doing lower body exercises. You could do them very easily at home and you no excuses for not doing them. I’m going to show you what you can do.

First thing, though, is if you’re spending more time sitting and being at computers, it’s important that you stand every 30 minutes, even if you only take five or 10 seconds, but get out of that seated position. It is important to refresh everything, stretch everything out, then sit back down. Too many people are finding themselves sitting there for hours and they look up at the clock and they realize it’s afternoon already and they haven’t moved. Try to make yourself get up every 30 minutes.

Follow my YouTube channel. I am going to give you some exercises you can do from home. You will not need equipment. Very good for total body work.  If you have further questions, contact us today!

Follow my YouTube channel where we are going to be demonstrating some lower body exercises you can do from home!

 

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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 Aug 6, 2019 | 0 comments

How Do I Begin Working With Kettlebells?

When setting up a home gym with kettlebells, the common questions we get are “where can I get kettlebells and what size should I start with?”  You don’t have to go out and buy a whole gym full of kettlebells. Typically, 18 lbs. for the average female and 35 lbs. for the average male are what is recommended.

However, this may be too light or too heavy for some people. There are ways to use the kettlebells to accommodate your needs and adjust the weight accordingly depending on what moves you are using them for. Mark explains more in the video below.

We have assembled three more kettlebell exercises, and Mark will show you how to do them properly.

Make sure to keep following our videos on our YouTube channel to learn these exercises and so much more!

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

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 | 0 comments

Why You Should Use Kettlebells When Exercising

One of the exercise tools we use a lot at our clinic are kettlebells. They are a great exercise, but the must be done using the correct technique. If not done correctly, you can injure yourself.

The kettlebell is basically a weighted canon ball. The benefits of the kettlebell is that they are more comfortable to hold on, and some of the exercises the weight is offset so it allows you to stabilize your joints better. It is also easier to do the exercises with the kettlebell as opposed to a dumb bell.

Learn more from Mark here about kettlebells and why they are so good for you!

We have assembled three different kettlebell exercises, and Mark will show you how to do them properly.

Make sure to keep following our videos on our YouTube channel to learn these exercises and so much more!

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

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