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Baseball Players Can Effectively Prevent Shoulder Injuries.

Physical Therapy For Baseball Athletes

If you desire a long and successful career in baseball, at any level, read further to see how Physical Therapy can help you achieve your goals.

In the last two decades, top level managers have focused less on speed and more on injury prevention for success in the sport of baseball.

My Shoulder Already Hurts, What Do I Do?Even if you’re currently experiencing shoulder pain, it’s not too late!  Many injuries can be successfully treated with a well-structured and carefully implemented non-operative rehabilitation program by a Physical Therapist.

The overhead throwing motion is an extremely skillful and intricate movement that is very stressful on the shoulder joint complex. The overhead athlete places extraordinary demands on this complex. The thrower’s shoulder must be loose enough to allow extreme motion, but be stable at the same time. This requires a delicate balance. Experts refer to this balance as the “thrower’s paradox.”  Scientific studies show that changes occur in the shoulder from the repetitive microtrauma that occurs during overhead throwing.

The Types of Injuries That Occur Are:

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Struggling with Muscle Pain? Try Dry Needling.

Levator Scapulae Trigger Point Pain Patter

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a procedure in which a needle, often an acupuncture needle, is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.

How Does Dry Needling Improve Function?

Dry Needling of muscular trigger points causes a reflexive relaxation of the involved muscle.Tiny injuries created by the needle insertion cause a local healing response in the dysfunctional, painful tissue, which restores normal function through the natural healing process.Dry Needling stimulates nerve pathways which block pain by disrupting pain messages being sent to the brain.Dry Needling causes a local chemical response through the release of substances which block the transmission of pain messages.

What Conditions May Benefit From Dry Needling?Dry Needling in combination with other physical therapy procedures has been shown to be of benefit with the following types of injuries:

Acute and chronic tendonitisAthletic and sports-related overuse injuriesPost-surgical painPost-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuriesChronic pain conditionsHeadaches and whiplashLower back pain

Dry Needling can be a powerful adjunctive treatment.  However, it is important to remember that Dry Needling is only one part of the treatment component at Belmar Physical Therapy. We also address biomechanical muscle imbalances, postural dysfunctions, muscular flexibility limitation, strength deficits, and swollen or stiff joints. Physical therapy treatment may include: joint mobilization, a carefully designed therapeutic exercise plan, and advanced hands-on therapy techniques. These will restore a patient’s optimal physical function. A multidimensional treatment approach is paramount for a successful recovery.

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More Evidence Supporting Thoracic Manipulation for Neck Pain

In a previous post we discussed the benefits of thoracic manipulation for neck pain.  In this post we listed 5 studies that showed good results when this form of treatment was used.  Well, we can now add a 6th study to the list.  A research study published last month in Manual Therapy assessed the effectiveness of thoracic manipulation for patients with chronic neck pain.  The study showed that thoracic manipulation was effective in reducing pain, increasing range of motion and improving function.  The researchers followed up with the patients 6 months after treatment and found the same results.

The results of these studies clearly point to the fact that thoracic manipulation should be considered as part of the overall treatment regimen for neck pain.  When choosing a physical therapist for the treatment of neck pain we strongly encourage you to ask the therapist if they use this type of treatment.  If you live in the Lakewood, CO area and would like to try thoracic manipulation along with education, specific exercise and other manual therapy techniques contact Belmar Physical Therapy at (303) 274-2404.


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