Wellness & Mobility Resources
Welcome to our Wellness and Mobility resource section. Here you’ll find a library of content written by our staff to help you better understand conditions, treatments and learn how to improve your wellness and mobility at home.
Fascia is a dense irregular connective tissue that compartmentalizes muscles, nerves and organs. There are essentially 3 types of fascia found within the body. Superficial Fascia, which is mostly associated with the skin; Deep Fascia, which is the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels; and Visceral (or Subserous) Fascia, that is mostly associated with the internal organs.
Based off of the joint by joint approach, we know that certain areas of the body have a tendency to become stiff, locked up and in need of mobilization. These areas are typically the big toe, ankle, hip, thoracic spine, shoulders, upper cervical spine and wrists.
Scar Tissue and the Ways it Can Affect Your Body
Scar tissue is one of the most normal side effects of the human body healing itself, and yet there is quite a bit of misinformation about how it’s formed, what helps with the symptoms that occur once it has formed to a certain extent, and even what it is actually made of.
The joint by joint approach
The joint by joint approach is a theory presented by Physical Therapist Gray cook that gives us a framework to work from when talking about mobility vs stability and where to focus our attention.
The importance of foot health can not be overlooked when dealing with headaches, low back pain or foot pain. There is a high concentration of proprioceptors at the base of the skull, the sacrum and bottom of the foot that have a major impact on how we perform tasks as human beings.
Chronic Ankle Instability (CAI)
The ankle will give out on the lateral side of the ankle. Or the outer side of your ankle. Ankle injuries can be frustrating because every movement whether walking, trying to do an activity or by just simple standing. It stops you from doing things you want to do. Living in discomfort.
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a myofascial condition that affects the shoulder joint capsule. The bones, ligaments and tendons are all wrapped in dense connective tissue known as fascia.
Symptoms can vary from person to person. The most common symptom is a throbbing, non stop head pain. Not to be confused with a regular headaches that are short in comparison and more of an ache than actually pain. Migraines are constant and unrelenting. They can last anywhere from a few hours to days or even weeks at a time. This pain can bring on bouts of depression, anxiety and physical weakness. The effect a migraine has on the rest of the body can be overwhelming and debilitating.
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, also known as TMJ, is a condition of the jaw and surrounding muscular tissues that can cause pain and dysfunction to the mandibular joint when it is inflamed or injured. This will often lead to a multitude of symptoms that can vary in severity with the most common being headaches, stiff/tight/sore muscles of the jaw and neck, popping or clicking in the jaw, and pain that can be very similar to that of a toothache.
Exercise and Recovery
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a common condition that comes from starting a workout regimen, especially when starting from scratch. Most aspiring athletes start an exercise program without any preparation or warm up. Whether you are an experienced athlete or a newbie trying to lose a few pounds, we are all prone to muscle soreness.
Recovering from an ACL Injury
ACL injuries can be caused by a sudden twisting motion commonly during sports but can happen by even pivoting around to look behind you, stepping off a curb, or slipping on ice. The ligament that connects your femur to your tibia (thigh bone to shin bone) either separates or is severely stretched (that’s called a sprain). You’ll most likely experience instability in your knee, redness, pain, and swelling.
Managing an Osgood-Schlatter Disease Diagnosis
Osgood-Schlatter disease typically occurs in children (although can still happen with adults) during their “growth spurt” when the bones are growing at a rate faster than the soft tissue has time to catch up. Over time, the patellar (kneecap) tendon starts to tear away from the tibia (shin-bone)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
The median nerve, which controls sensations and movement in the thumb and first three fingers, runs through a passageway along with tendons to the fingers and thumb. When its pinched or compressed, the result is numbness tingling, weakness, or pain in the hand, called carpal tunnel syndrome.
Sitting is the new Smoking
“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” ~Dr. Levine.
Average person sits up to 6-8 hours per day. When you sit you aren't using any energy like you do when standing or in movement. Today we tend to sit all day based on our jobs, schooling, and when we are home relaxing or enjoying watching TV. We sit when we eat, not to mention we have to continue to sit while we drive from place to place. We are truly sitting ourselves to death.
Low Back Pain and/or Nerve Impingement
Low back pain is one of the most common injuries, whether chronic or acute, and can affect anyone, regardless of activity level. Symptoms can include nerve impingement, which can feel like an electric shock all the way down the leg or up into the back. Chronic low back pain means symptoms last at least a month, or it keeps coming back but seems to go away on its own, whereas acute back pain can be connected to a single event within the last week up to a month.
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