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Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 | 0 comments

Why Should I Test My Functional Movement?

Functional Movement is the ability to move the body with proper muscle and joint function for effortless, pain-free movement.  It is important to keep an eye on your functional movement as you age, or as you settle into habits that may be detrimental to your functional movement.

People need some gauges to see how their body is performing. One of the first signs of fitness is how well you can get into functional movement positions. It is not just about how much you can lift, you need to be able to move and be able to move in different movement patterns.

In this series, we would like to show you three different screenings you can do at home to see how you measure up, and then show you how to correct it if necessary.

Stay tuned to our series to find out three screening movements to test your functional movement, as well as moves to incorporate to make any necessary corrections to your form. 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 Dec 18, 2018 | 0 comments

Why You Should Use Exercise Bands

Are you having trouble getting to the gym? Do you need a good workout routine you can do at home or on the go if you travel a lot?

Exercise bands are perfect for this. They come in different colors that correspond to the tension, so they are good for beginners or seasoned pros. They are inexpensive, versatile, and you can do lots of different motions. You can order them online and do your workout from the comfort of your own home.

You can use these bands for lower body, upper body and your core. Take a listen to Mark as he describes what we are going to show you to do with exercise bands.

Stay tuned to our series to find out various exercises that you can do every day utilizing these bands. 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 Nov 16, 2018 | 0 comments

What Direction Are Your Feet Pointed When You Walk – And Why Does It Matter?

Ever wonder why some people can walk long distances without fatigue or pain in their feet and legs and some people can’t? Would you believe it can be as simple as what direction your feet are pointed?

Mark has done the research behind studying the way people walked all the way back to the early settlers of America to discover why the direction your feet are pointed when you are walking is so important.

Stay tuned to our series to find out various exercises that you can do every day to help avoid the problems that come from your feet pointing the wrong way when you walk. 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 Oct 3, 2018 | 0 comments

All About Shoulder Blades and Shoulder Joints

Your shoulder blades and shoulder joints are designed to have an extreme amount of mobility. As your arm is elevated, your shoulder blades ideally move with it, so you do not get pinched or have pain. A lot of people get pinching sensations or pain when they start raising their arm because the shoulder blade is either in a poor position or not moving like it is supposed to. This can be remedied with various exercises that are designed to loosen the area of the joint and the blade so you can work those muscles.

Keep in mind, these issues typically come from overuse of the area (think athletes, like pitchers), injuries of any kind, but most often poor posture – especially for people that sit at a desk for long periods of time.

Learn more below on how the shoulder blade and joint works and stay tuned to our series to find out various exercises that you can do every day to help avoid the problems that come from shoulder issues. 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 Sep 5, 2018 | 0 comments

Why Inner Thigh Muscles Are So Important

Your inner thigh muscles are typically very neglected. They should not be since they provide a lot of stability for the glute muscles, especially the ones on the side. The two together help keep your pelvis stable, which helps your balance. Strengthening these muscles is also necessary to prevent groin pain – which is important for people who weight train – as well as simply climbing the stairs.

Learn more in our video below about why the inner thigh muscles are so important, and how neglecting them can lead to multiple problems.

Stay tuned to our series to find out various exercises that you can do every day to help avoid the problems that come from neglected thigh muscles. 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 Aug 13, 2018 | 0 comments

How is the Astym Treatment Done?

astym treatmentAstym® treatment is a therapy that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym®treatment is highly effective and even works when other approaches routinely fail. One of the main reasons Astym® treatment is so much more effective than other treatments is that it was scientifically developed to resolve the underlying cause of soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to temporarily relieve symptoms. It is one of the most researched and effective therapy treatments available.

Generally, chronic soft tissue problems are due to scarring or degeneration. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons and ligaments. Both scarring and degeneration are common and can result in pain and limitations in movement.

The body’s soft tissues degenerate when inadequate healing occurs, and over time the tissues degrade. Degenerated tissues are weak and prone to injury. Degeneration can be caused by many factors, including age, intense use, improper movement, weakened muscles putting extra stress on other tissues, disease, etc.

So how does this process work?

First we stimulate: An Astym®-certified therapist follows specific treatment parameters to initiate the healing process. She or he will run instruments firmly along your skin, following the direction of the muscle, tendon or ligament. You will feel bumps as the instrument moves along your skin. These bumps are the defective soft tissue. The first couple of treatments may range from being only slightly noticeable to mildly uncomfortable — but stick with it. As your body heals, those bumps will decrease and the area around your old injury will smooth out nicely, indicating healing. There also may be some mild bruising in the area being treated, but don’t worry! That is one indication that the body is hard at work, absorbing the old tissue and laying down healthy new tissue.

Then you stretch and strengthen: It’s up to you to guide how your body heals. Your therapist will give you a customized stretching and strengthening program designed to encourage your body to heal correctly. Stretching tells the new fibers to line up properly, in nice parallel lines. Strengthening makes the fibers stronger, allowing your symptoms of pain and discomfort to go away.

And stay active: We’ve found that if you continue to work, play sports or do your favorite activities while you are enrolled in Astym® therapy, the tissue remodeling will occur in a way that supports these activities. The great news is that the Astym® treatment allows you to participate in these activities without the pain you previously felt. By remaining active during the Astym® process, your old injured area will become stronger.

We are proud to be certified providers of this therapy. For more information or if you have specific questions, please contact us here.

 

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