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Tight Hamstrings? How to Stretch Your Hamstrings Effectively.

Hamstring Stretch - WRONG
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The Wrong Way to Stretch Your Hamstrings

I was in the stretching area of the gym the other day and I saw a lot of people stretching their hamstrings. Some properly and many improperly. The number of people stretching their hamstrings improperly prompted me to write this blog.

 

 

WRONG:  As this picture shows, the biggest mistake people make when stretching their hamstrings is rounding out the back.  This results in stretching the back much more than the hamstring muscles.  I have actually had patients who have injured their back stretching this way.

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Physical Therapists Are An Essential Resource For Aging Athletes.

Tibialis Posterio Muscle Pain Relief

I was recently reminded of what I do as a physical therapist during an encounter with a friend last week.  My friend is an avid runner and as he has gotten older he has found that he has various aches and pains when running.  Last week he came to me complaining of calf pain and asking if I had any stretches for him.  Luckily I had a little time and I  performed an evaluation.

I asked Tom several questions about his pain, analyzed his gait, looked at his feet while standing, performed range of motion tests of his ankle and knee, performed strength tests of his lower leg muscles.  After this evaluation I found that Tom actually had a strain of his Tibialis Posterior muscle.  I explained to Tom that this muscle is underneath the calf muscle and runs to the bottom of the foot to support the arch.  Tom’s arch was collapsing when he put weight on his foot and the Tibialis Posterior muscle was having a hard time controlling this resulting of a strain of the muscle.

I recommended that Tom start using an over the counter orthotic with a firm arch support as well as icing the affected muscle.  Tom called me this morning to tell me that he was no longer having the pain.  Tom then asked me how I knew what the problem was.  

I said to Tom:“That’s what I do.  I am a Physical therapist.”

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Six Keys to Finding a Quality Physical Therapist.

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Don’t Go to a Physical Therapy Mill!Over the years, the declining reimbursement for Physical Therapy services has resulted in some clinics instituting approaches designed to increase revenue. Unfortunately, one of these approaches is to see more patients in less time which can result in poor quality of care. Here are a few things to look for when choosing a physical therapist or physical therapy clinic:

Six Keys to Finding a High Quality Physical TherapistA Patient Centered Approach is one of the most important qualities of a successful physical therapist. With this type of approach the physical therapist educates the  patient about their condition, encourages questions and collaboration, and involves the patient in treatment decisions.Licensed Physical Therapists. Choose a clinic in which the care is provided by a licensed physical therapist.Custom Exercise Prescription. The physical therapist should provide exercises that are specific to your needs and not use a “one size fits” all approach to exercise prescription.Individual Attention. Choose a clinic with physical therapists that see one patient at a time.  Some clinics require their therapists to “double book” or even “triple book” patients  in order to increase revenue.Integrated Treatment. Look for a physical therapist who utilizes a combination of manual therapy, individualized exercise programs and advice regarding self management when treating patients.Long Term Results. Be wary of clinics that over-utilize treatments such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, laser, hot packs and cold packs.  These treatments may offer short-term comfort, however, they offer very little in regards to long term results.

Remember: You have a choice regarding your physical therapy treatment location.  Interview the physical therapist and make sure they are the right fit for you.  If you would like to interview any of our physical therapists you can call Belmar Physical Therapy at (303) 274-2404, stop by our location in Lakewood, CO or visit our Contact Us page.

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