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Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 | 0 comments

Proper Technique when Getting Up & Down From Sitting

Today what we want to talk about is how to get up and down from a chair, or, more specifically, a sitting position. It could be a chair, a bleacher, a toilet because that’s one motion and movement that everybody has to do. If you lose that ability, you won’t be walking anymore. And that’s, unfortunately, one of the things that a lot of older people have trouble with. They quit moving, then pretty soon they can’t get up and down from sitting and then they find themselves parked all day long.

Lisa and I see a lot of back pain patients, and that’s typically from poor back mechanics. Usually we don’t see them because of traumatic injury. It’s because their back has been breaking down from incorrect postures from how they move, sitting too much, getting up and down from sitting, and using poor techniques and postures. This was putting the stress all on their back.

So, we feel showing you how to get up and down properly is a very important move. It’s something that everybody needs to maintain throughout their life, just because they are going to sit and have to get back up from it. That’s a movement that we can’t get away from. All sit to stand is, or getting up and down from sitting, is a squat. People panic when they hear the word “squat”, but the bottom line is that’s a squat. It’s a body weight squat, and it doesn’t matter whether you call it a gym squat or getting up and down for sitting, the technique needs to be the same. What we’d like to do is show you a few different progressions to build yourself up to getting up and down from sitting.

Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel where we will show you three ways to properly get up and down from a seated position.

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 | 0 comments

Posture & Corrective Exercises

Posture and corrective types of exercise are very important. It’s no secret to anybody that we live in a basically seated society anymore, for a lot of people anyway. They have desk jobs, they work at computers, they sit slouched all day. Very rarely do they get out of their seat because they get so engrossed in their work, they look up at the clock and two or three hours have passed and they realize they haven’t moved. These postures, a lot of times, can lend itself to other problems because joints aren’t in good positions, muscles aren’t in good positions, some muscles get over stretched and weak, some muscles get tight, some muscles don’t work at all, and so on. One way of helping to correct this is by doing posture specific exercises that can lend itself towards helping to take care of these problems.

As with any exercise program, exercises are important, but the exercise itself only becomes important and good if it’s done correctly. What people have to realize is that it’s not good enough just to walk into a gym or follow a videotape or exercise unless you’ve got your mechanics correct and your exercise techniques are perfect. Otherwise, you’re just working into more types of dysfunction and also working muscles and joints in positions that they aren’t supposed to be in or aren’t going to work well for you. A lot of times people start an exercise program, they haven’t corrected their techniques or their postures and how they move, and then they wonder why they’re getting worse instead of better. The first place you always have to start is correct movement patterns.

Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel where we will show you  three exercises that are very good for posture, especially for people that sit.

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 | 0 comments

Meet The Staff At Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers of Edwardsville

Patient care and attention is of utmost importance to our patients. Mark would like to formally introduce some of the other faces that help with your care while you are in our clinic.

Sharon Stassi, who is a Physical Therapy Assistant, has been with us for a while, and Lisa Tolle, who is also a physical therapist, joins us from Louisville, Kentucky.

Help us give them a warm welcome!

Make sure to keep following our videos on our YouTube channel to learn our new series on knee pain exercises and so much more!

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 | 0 comments

What is Connective Tissue Or Fascia?

Connective tissue, or fascia, covers your whole body. It should always move nice and smooth, but that is sometimes affected by injury or other reasons.

Mark talks about what to do when this happens, and how to deal with it during injury.

We have assembled three stretching 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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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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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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