Poor posture exercises continued

Ok, so we’ve discussed how today’s world of computers, desk work, commutes, and a more sedentary lifestyle are contrary to how our bodies were designed.  So, getting up and moving to reverse the forward slumped position was suggested last post.  This post is meant just to tack on a few additional (and hopefully helpful) exercises to aid in actually maintaining that improved alignment.  Stretching and reversal of poor static (sitting or standing) postures…

Poor posture…what you can do

From driving around in our cars to sitting at a desk or typing on a computer, we spend WAY too much time slumped forward.  Everything about modern technology has made our lives less physically demanding.  Overall, this is a good thing; however, we were made to be active.  As a general rule, you should never stand still for more than 10 minutes and sit no longer than 15-20 minutes. When…

Arch and Plantar Fascia Pain

Have you ever been on your feet all day and noticed that the heel or arch of your foot aches?  Have you ever gotten up first thing in the morning or after sitting down for a while and the first couple of steps you take are very painful?  Is this pain localized in your heel, arch, or just behind the heel area?  You may be suffering from a condition called…

Core Stability & Back Pain

This post I would like to address the fundamental rationale for core stability training, as it relates to back pain.  Also, I intend to explain how muscular imbalances contribute to low back pain, specifically.  As a PT, my objective is always to give individuals exercise prescription that relates to his/her intended functional demands – walk, sit, stand, lift/carry, household demands, or athletic endeavors (to name a few) without pain or compensation. …

How to strengthen a hurting knee

So, we’ve tried to regain mobility by stretching the muscles around the knee joint – calf, quad, hamstring, and IT Band – and we’ve addressed a great way to mobilize the restricted areas around the knee complex…all in an effort to minimize knee pain.  Both of these approaches should have at least lessened your pain intensity, but now we need to try to keep the pain away.   As I stated in…