Low Back Pain – Muscle Strain?

This is the third consecutive post on Low Back Pain, and I will have a follow-up to this one in a couple of days.  Likely, more will be posted in the future too.  The reason for all of the attention is that back pain is by far one of the most common reasons people visit a medical professional. To name all of the underlying causes and possibilities of low back…

Low Back Pain – Disc Problem?

Low back pain can be caused by many things, as I have discussed before.  The focus of this blog post though is on the dreaded disc bulge.  This information is also valuable for anyone in pain who is lacking motion into extension.  Extension is the position of standing up straight and leaning backwards.  The first thing that needs to be understood is the function of something called the lumbar lordosis.  The lordosis is simply…

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…

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…

Foam roller to treat knee pain

Today, I wanted to address soft tissue restrictions and self-treatment options, that can help improve mobility when stretching just isn’t enough.  When you have tried to regain mobility by stretching the muscles around the knee joint – calf, quad, hamstring, and IT Band – the next step to improve motion & address your general knee pain is with soft tissue mobilization.  The best way that I have found to do…