Osteoporosis, Age, Parkinson’s decrease dynamic balance and increase fall risk

Motor abilities influence an individual’s success in the performance of certain motor skills (Magill & Anderson, 2013). A motor ability of interest is dynamic balance, or the ability to maintain stability while one is in motion, as there is a strong correlation between poor balance and falls (although it is not the only factor), which […]

A Case For Crawling…In Your Workout!

When was the last time you crawled? On your hands and knees or hands and toes? Forward, backward, sideways, clockwise, counterclockwise? Many haven’t crawled since they learned to walk as babies. Go crawl right now. On your hands and toes, down and back in the nearest hallway. I DARE YOU! I bet it’s harder than you […]

The Often Overlooked Warm up

Arrive at gym. Check-in at the front desk.  Walk to treadmill. Start running. Arrive at gym. Check-in at the front desk. Walk to bench press. Perform working sets of exercise. What’s missing here? The warm up! And by “warmup” I don’t mean 3 arm circles before benching or a 5 second quad stretch and toe-touch […]

Shoulder Rehab: Take #2

Shoulder injuries are common, and I encountered many patients with them while working as a physical therapy aid. Frozen shoulders, impingements, labrum tears, dislocations, separations, and rotator cuff tears are few that come to mind. Individuals embark on fitness quests to lose weight, get strong, try a new activity, without giving a thought to shoulder health, when just a […]

Weekly Rehab: Neck Tension

Injury prevention and rehabilitation are major interests of mine  (hence my quest to become a physical therapist) so I’ve decided to have a weekly series addressing common pains and injuries that come with active lifestyles (because what active person wants to be stuck on the couch due to an injury from being active– the thing thats […]