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The Healing Process

The healing process plays a very important role during your time in physical therapy and often determines the trajectory of your care.  In order to ensure the best healing, we coincide our treatment with these phases to make your tissue stronger and healthier.  Here’s a brief overview of the phases of healing:   ACUTE PHASE:  [...]

By | September 30th, 2017|

What is the Human Balance System?

Balance is the body’s ability to maintain the line of gravity within the base of support.  With balance, you can make automatic postural adjustments to maintain posture and stability throughout everyday life.  There are three key players in maintaining your balance:  Vision, Vestibular, and Proprioception. Vision: Your vision tells you where you are relative to [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|

Mystery Muscles

  Throughout the human body there are certain muscles that have lost their presumable original function or have developed minor new ones.  We call this human vestigiality.  Many of these human features have appeared to become physiologically useless throughout evolution.  Let’s take a look at a few known vestigial muscles and uncover the mystery of [...]

By | July 6th, 2017|

What are Muscle Knots?

A muscle knot is often called a myofascial trigger point in the medical world.  What causes a myofascial trigger point is unclear, like many things in science!  The general consensus is overused muscles, overload, or direct trauma.  Muscles can become overused from sustained or repetitive low-level muscle contractions, like poor posture!  Regardless, trigger points are [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|

What are Eccentrics?

Before we start, it’s important to know that there are three types of muscle contractions: Eccentric: we’ll talk about today! Concentric: Shortening of a muscle, like a bicep curl Isometric: No change in length of the muscle, like a plank So what are eccentrics? Eccentric activity is when a muscle contracts while lengthening under a [...]

By | April 10th, 2017|

Why Hold a Stretch for 30 Seconds?

Why do you hold a stretch for 30 seconds?  Good Question!     First, what is stretching for? Stretching is meant to improve muscle elasticity which in turn improves flexibility and joint range of motion.  Stretching helps elongate muscle fibers to make them stronger as well as realign disorganized collagen fibers in the direction of [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|