Heart Rate

You check your heart rate after an activity.  What does heart rate really indicate? Remember, Your heart is a pump.  It pumps blood to all parts of your body. The heart contracts with each beat so the number of times your heart beats in a minute is your heart rate. When you increase physical activity […]

Healthy Knee

Although the knee is a large joint and made up mainly of two large bones, it is an area of the body that is involved in a good deal of pain and injury. General guidelines to maintaining a healthy knee include: Good muscle balance and strength.  This includes the muscles on the inside part and […]

Happiness

Abe Lincoln once said “Most people are as happy as they make their mind up to be”  Why be happy? The Field of Psychology finds that happiness is linked with health outcomes.  Happiness correlates with well-being and successful stress management.  Bad stress takes its toll on our bodies.  Chronic stress has been found to be related […]

Chomdromalacia Patella

Running injuries occur with over training, improper warm-up or stretching, poor running mechanics, or from a previous injury which causes muscle weakness.  Most of these injuries can be avoided.  For instance, Chomdromalacia Patella is a condition affecting the cartilage of the underside of the kneecap.  It can be caused from a microtrauma from repeated bending […]

Cervical Disc Disease

One who is younger with acute (recent) onset of neck pain which is usually in a specific area on one side of the neck and in the area between the shoulder blades may be experiencing Degenerative Disc Disease.  Symptoms may be spontaneous or may be caused by an accident.  Moving your head can increase the […]

Ankle Function

Most think the main movement of the ankle is rocking up and down,  actually there is a twisting component involved.  As the foot reaches mid-stance, it becomes stable on the ground in a normal foot.  The Tibia, which is the leg bone, will rotate because of the bone orientation between the tibia and femur at […]

Flexibility

Good flexibility can reduce the risk of injury not only in sports, but also on an everyday basis.  A short muscle is more likely to become injured. A short muscle can also lead to an altered posture and create stress to your joints and your back and your neck.   What influences the amount of mobility […]

Curves of the Back

Some curves of the back are good.  Some are not. It depends on the direction of the curve in relation to the spinal column.  When the spine curves to the side this is abnormal and is sometimes referred to as Scoliosis.  When the curves relate to the spine curving front to back this the natural […]

Falls

A fall is defined as unintentionally coming to rest on the ground, floor or other lower level from a standing, sitting or horizontal position.  Sometimes, it is difficult getting someone to admit to a fall because they may feel they will lose control or it will be a sign of getting old.  Falls are the […]

Falling, Balance and Physical Therapy

Falling is a common problem amongst the elderly, and it can result in serious injury. It is estimated that one in every three adults aged 65 and older suffers from a fall every year. Fall related injuries range from hip fractures to head trauma. After a fall, patients experience a significant loss of confidence and […]