Category Archive: Physical Therapy

Athletico Physical Therapy, For Kids!

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Many people see or hear Athletico Physical Therapy and relate our name to the treatment of athletes or joint replacement rehabilitation. However, Athletico offers a variety of quality care options, including Pediatric Physical Therapy!

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Stretch of the Week: Seated Piriformis Stretch

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Happy summer! It’s the third week of June and we are continuing our theme of chair stretches.

I hope you have been allowing yourself some time each day to take a break from sitting and stretch!

This week we will learn a seated piriformis stretch. This will target not only the piriformis, but also the gluteal and outer hip muscles, which can become tight when we sit for long periods of time. You will need a chair for this stretch, preferably one without wheels. If your chair has wheels, make sure they are locked in place.

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Stretch of the Week: Chair Forward Fold

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Week 2 of June brings us to the Chair Forward Fold

Those of you who sit for long periods of time can end up with a tight lower back, hip, and thigh muscles. This week’s stretch will target all those areas!

If you have a history of low back conditions such as pain, bulging/herniated discs, hip problems or hamstring strains or tears, this may not be the right exercise for you. As with beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.

You will need a chair, preferably one without wheels. If your chair has wheels, make sure they are locked in place.

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Stretch of the Week: Chair Chest Stretch

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For the month of June we are exploring chair stretches for the weekly stretch!

This month is dedicated to all the sitting a majority of us do on a daily basis. These stretches will focus on opening up the chest, hips, low back, and hamstrings; areas where we all need a little more flexibility.

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Stretch of the Week: Reclined Cobblers Stretch

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Our 5th and final restorative stretch is called Reclined Cobblers Stretch.

It is one of my absolute favorites, and feels so relaxing and wonderful. I hope you give it a try! You will need a bolster and a folded blanket to perform this stretch.

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Stretch of the Week: Supported Prone Twist

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Week 4 of our restorative stretch journey takes us to the Supported Prone Twist.

You will need a bolster or several folded blankets for this stretch.

If you have a history of knee pain or injuries, conditions hindering you from twisting, or if you have trouble getting up and down from the floor, please do not perform this stretch. As with beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.

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Stretch of the Week: Supported Hugging Knees

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Our third restorative stretch for May is a gentle low back stretch. I call this one Supported Hugging Knees.

You will need your yoga bolster or three folded blankets.

If you have a history of low back injury, hip or sacral injury/pain, or if you have trouble getting up and down from the floor please do not perform this stretch. As with beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.

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Total Hip Replacement: What to Expect Before and After

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You have been having hip pain for years and you have decided to have your hip replaced.  Prior to surgery, your doctor sends you to a physical therapist for “pre-hab.”  If you are unfamiliar with physical therapy, you may be wondering why is “pre-hab” necessary? What is “pre-hab” and what are the benefits?

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Keeping our Nurses Healthy: Preventing Back Sprains and Strains

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Nursing is a tough, physically demanding job and the data proves it. There were over 33,000 soft tissue injuries sustained by nursing professionals in 2013. The average number of days lost was 8. For those counting, that’s a total of 264,000 days of lost time, valuable time, spent inactive and unable to perform.

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Stop Dancing Around The Truth About “Turn Out”

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What is “turn out”?

“Turn out” is the amount of outward rotation that can be achieved from the legs.

For a ballet dancer, the ideal amount of turn out is 90° from each leg.1 If that motion is not possible from the hip joints, the motion must come from other parts of the body.2 While the ideal amount of hip external rotation of each leg is 90°, no need to toss your pointe shoes in the trash if you don’t have that much hip mobility. Even elite professional ballerinas rely on compensations to produce the desired level of turn out.3

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