Throwing – Baseball & Softball Stretches

Baseball and softball season are underway, and many athletes are now repeatedly stressing their arms, likely without regard to the condition of their shoulder.  I know I used to just get out there and start throwing once it was “baseball season” again.  The problem is that there are many things that should be considered when resuming any overhead activity after a period of inactivity.  For example: 1) If the athlete has pain 2) If…

Low Back Pain – Muscle Strain Part II

Welcome back to the follow-up post on muscle strain & low back pain.  As stated in my last post, muscles are primarily response organs.  They react to the stresses placed upon them.  If you use them poorly with bad mechanics, if you overwork them, if they are weak and other surrounding muscles/joints/connective tissue has to compensate, your body WILL break down.  You hope you are not too severely injured and…

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…

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…