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Therapy Thursday-Pain with overhead press

The Overhead Press requires a lot to perform safely and without injury. You need shoulder mobility and stability. You need thoracic mobility and lat flexibility. You need low back stability. Finally you also need mobility in your neck. If you not have all these prerequisites, you can end up with neck pain, shoulder pain, or back pain.

Therapy Thursday-Overhead Press

Many patients and athletes report difficulty with overhead pressing. Neck pain and shoulder pain are common, but even low back pain is frequently reported with this challenging exercise. Especially if done in standing with a barbell.

Common faults

Anterior bar path
muted hips
hyperextension of spine
forward torso

The anterior bar path is seen when the neck can not be retracted, the Thoracic spine is limited or the lats are tight.

Therapy Thursday-Squatting Part 2

In last week's post we discussed "Butt Wink". This week we cover the second most common question I get about squattig: "How do I position my feet?"
 
Do you squat with toes straight, or toes out?

 

First Things First

If you squat with "toes forward or straight", you still should have a slight angle to your feet.

Therapy Thursday-Squatting Part 1

Today we will talk about 2 common questions we get about squatting: "Is butt wink bad?" and "Do I need to keep my toes straight?". This post cover the butt wink and the next post will discuss the "toes straight"-topic some more.
 
1. Is The Butt Wink Bad For Your Back?

The Butt Wink can be seen at the bottom of a squat when the low back moves into flexion and starts to round.

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What is Glute Amnesia

A study in 2013 showed that hip pain can reduce peak force in the glute max during activities like a bridge or hip extension.
Some people have been trying to blame the hip flexors and too much sitting for this, but there is no good research to support the claim that tight, overactive hip flexors inhibit the glutes.

Does Core Stabilization Work?

Core stability (CS) exercises have been popular since the 90’s to battle lower back pain (LBP), based on study by Hodges and Richardson(1996 & 1998). Recent Research (1) has shown specific core stabilization exercises are not better than Yoga or Pilates or any other general exercises program.

Disc Herniations Heal Without Surgery

Herniated Disc and Conservative Treatment

Disc Herniations Are Common
One of the most common issues I treat is lower back pain, especially disc herniations. Lumbar herniated discs commonly occur in patients 20-40 years of age, and result in acute symptoms of shooting and intractable pain in the low back and/or lower extremities.

Why People Need To Deadlift Differently

Not everyone can deadlift conventionally with the barbell, so stop force feeding it. Here’s the real reason why people need to deadlift differently:

Not everyone is built the same, has the same past injury history, the same skill level and movement competence or has the same goals.

Why Do You Need Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy can help you improve overall physical performance. We start with a detailed Evaluation of your history and use a movement assessment to establish a baseline so we can set goals together on what you want to achieve.

If you have pain, stiffness, or weakness and don’t want surgery: studies have shown that solid Rehab can be equally effective.