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…

Stretching to help knee pain

So, we have sub-classified knee pain, but how do you know which category your knee pain falls into?  Let’s start with the assumption, that you have no significant underlying damage to your knee joint.  I am talking about the articulation of your patella (knee cap) to the femur AND the area where your femur meets your tibia.  The next step should be to find out if you are moving properly.  Odds…

Where Does Knee Pain Come From?

At all levels of fitness, everyone has his/her own exercise capacity.  This is the point at which movement quality begins to falter and breakdown can occur. This is always true.  When you run or lifts weights or perform abdominal crunches, it is VERY apparent when you are tired and just can’t go any further.   Most of the time, however, where the movement quality begins to breakdown is subtle and not easily…