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.
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.
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.
The foot and ankle are very closely interconnected, and require proper placement and orientation in order to function optimally and transmit force of a sudden impact up the chain instead of sustaining an injury. If the ankle and foot are already in a poorly placed position in static posture and dynamic movements, you will be more likely to sustain an injury over time due to the constant wear on certain structures that are important for maintaining joint position and stability.
Piriformis Syndrome can interrupt many of our daily activities such as, increased pain while sitting or standing for prolong periods, walking up stairs or inclines, and reducing range of motion in the hip.
Shoulder impingement can be caused by repetitive movements, overhead lifting, sports such as CrossFit, swimming, baseball, football, and tennis. Poor posture can also be a factor in shoulder impingement. The impingement occurs when the rotator cuff tendons and ligaments under the acromion become pinched or compressed.
Medical knee pain is a common injury that may occur when running, doing CrossFit, skiing/snowboarding, playing sports, or even jumping. When impact occurs on the knee, the surrounding muscles engage to decrease tension on the ligaments and meniscus cartilage. If the muscles are weak or not firing correctly, injury can happen.
they feel a sharp pain in their low back that radiates down their legs. There is a good chance that they are experiencing sciatica. Sciatic pain occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated or under abnormal pressure. This pressure can come about from everyday activities or habits that have never caused any problems in the past. Little everyday habits can weaken the lower back, eventually putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Tension headaches make up about 90% of the overall headache complaints. They tend to be bilateral and are usually a cause of stress and increased muscle tension, injury to external structures and muscles, and trigger points. Tension headaches respond very well to massage. Common questions your therapist will ask include identifying specific locations of the headache to help determine which muscle houses the trigger points and tension creating the symptoms: Top / Back / Side / Front/ Eye and Eyebrow area / Back-of-neck / Cheek and Jaw.
A Knee injuries are a common occurrence amongst athletes. The knee, begin a hinge joint, has less mobility than many other joints. It is designed to move forward and backward with a limited amount of side–to–side or twisting motion. Due to the already limited mobility, the configuration of the ligaments that hold it steady, and the amount of body weight that legs are required to support, Knee sprains are among the most complicated and difficult injuries to rehabilitate.
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Your risk of developing frozen shoulder increases if you're recovering from a medical condition or procedure that prevents you from moving your arm.
Low back pain can be either acute or chronic and a very disabling condition. Low back pain is often caused because of an exaggerated curve in the lumbar spine also known as Lordosis. (This is most often where Scoliosis begins as well.) This is caused due to the tension of low back muscles such as the Iliopsoas group, Quadratus Lumborum and Erector Spinae.
Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the thick band of fascial tissue connecting our heels to our toes becomes inflamed and irritated. Symptoms most commonly appear with the first steps taken in the morning. Pain may decrease as you get up and move around however, symptoms return after long periods of standing or sitting.
Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck resulting in symptoms such as neck pain, stiffness, headaches and more.
Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition where the blood vessels, nerves and fascia between the neck and upper chest become compressed or impinged.