Movement Pattern 1: The Neck

Today, we are going to cover Movement Pattern 1: The Neck…it all starts here.  Think about watching an infant move.  The very first thing they learn(after eye movement) is head and neck control.  The reason is simple – Our bodies follow where our heads go.  That is why wrestlers grab around the head/neck, basketball players use head fakes and driver’s education instructors tell students to not turn the wheel when they…

Movement Patterns

Last post I talked about making a change…interrupting the pain…move better.  Today, I will introduce some basic movement patterns that we should all be able to perform.  Before I go into all of them, I want you to be critcial of yourself.  Don’t start by saying, “I’ve never had good balance” or “I’ve never been very flexible” or whatever.  These are all foundational movements that we could once perform (even if…

Interrupt the Pain Cycle

Our bodies can do amazing things; however, your body doesn’t know you “need to” sit in a meeting mow the lawn stand at a workstation/counter finish a project at the computer train for a marathon, play your sport, etc.  As a physical therapist a big part of my job is educating patients on interrupting the pain cycle.  So often I hear people say they don’t have time to take a…

Running Form – Do you have imbalances?

This post on running form is going to focus on the common injuries and biomechanical faults I see clinically.  There are multiple soft tissue and muscular-related damages that result anytime you push your body – we are speaking with running specifically in this instance, but it is by no means exclusive to that activity.  I’d like to start with arguably the most commonly injured muscle group, the hamstrings.  It can…

Does Running Form Matter?

This very question seems to be a hot button among runners.  If there is one group of athletes who are passionate about their trade, it is runners.  Running can be a grueling task that pushes the limits of human physical abilities as well as mental capacity to overcome stress, fatigue, weather, or even pain.  Often, runners run through pain to a fault, but we can discuss that in another post!  …