Stretching

5 Mobility Exercises for the Hip

5 Mobility Exercises for the Hip

Limited range of motion in the hip can be problematic for many different reasons. The restricted hip mobility can contribute to lower back pain or knee pain. Or the hip stiffness maybe interfering with your ability to deep squat. This blog post will discuss five mobility exercise for the hip joint. 

Assessing Overhead Shoulder Mobility (Part 1)

Assessing Overhead Shoulder Mobility (Part 1)

Can’t lift your arms up overhead? Must be a mobility issue, right? 

Not necessarily. Sometimes a stability issue can limit your shoulder mobility. After all, your brain doesn’t want you to move in positions that it cannot control. 

This article will cover how to assess overhead shoulder mobility to determine whether it is a stability or mobility issue limiting the movement. Part 2 of this article will cover some examples of exercises to improve overhead mobility. 

Everything You Wanted to Know About Foam Rolling

Everything You Wanted to Know About Foam Rolling

Foam rolling has become a popular treatment option for many muscle aches and pains. The foam roller targets muscles and fascia to decrease pain and improve flexibility. This article will discuss what foam rolling can help with and which body areas you should focus on (and which to avoid). 

Is stretching making your tendon pain worse?

Is stretching making your tendon pain worse?

One of the most frequently recommended treatments for tendon pain is stretching. The thought is that tight muscles place tension on the tendons leading to pain, therefore, stretching will help decrease muscle tone and tendon pain. However, could stretching actually make tendon pain worse? This post will discuss tendons and whether stretching is beneficial. 

Is it possible to increase flexibility without stretching?

Is it possible to increase flexibility without stretching?

Are all tight tissues a flexibility problem? It would make sense that if we feel tightness in a tissue that we should stretch it. The hamstrings and the low back are two common areas where people feel the need to stretch. The problem is that the tightness usually returns shortly after stretching. What gives? In this blog post we will discuss why the solution to all flexibility problems isn’t stretching and what can be done about those tight tissues. 

The Scar Tissue Myth & Manual Therapy

The Scar Tissue Myth & Manual Therapy

Scar tissue has been demonized in the sports medicine world as the cause of many myofascial pain syndromes. Shoulder and knee pain, among others, are often attributed to scar tissue formed after a previous injury with treatments geared towards the breakup of said tissue. Is scar tissue really the cause of these pain syndromes and can it be broken down by manual therapy? Or is there another way manual therapy works? This blog post will discuss the scar tissue myth and also explain how manual therapy works.