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Posted by on Nov 14, 2022 | 0 comments

What Is A Functional Movement Screening?

What I want to talk to you about this month is something new we are offering here at the clinic. It is called a Functional Movement Screening. This is a test consisting of seven different movement patterns that are based on primitive patterns, meaning primitive patterns are how we all learned to get up from the ground as an infant. These weren’t taught to us. So an infant, when you pay attention to them, you’ll notice that they start on their back, then they eventually go to their stomach, then they go to where they’re leaning up, then they will go to half kneeling, sitting, eventually standing.

So there’s a bunch of movement patterns that we all have that we are born with. It’s not taught to us, but it’s how we go from the ground to standing. So these seven tests are a way of measuring how people move now, because a lot of times there can be deficiencies in movement or asymmetries. So one side doesn’t move the same way that another side does. So this is a screening, and all that means is it’s going to give us a chance to look at how you move, that looks at seven different patterns. With these patterns we will see what motions or movements need to be worked on. So is there a mobility problem, meaning that you have a lack of motion somewhere in a joint which can lend itself towards an injury? Is there a lack of stability where you can’t stabilize your body well which could be a precursor to an injury? We will find out!

Also with this functional movement screening, you’re going to get a printout of an exercise program to be doing at home that does not require any equipment. It will also explain the movement patterns, the importance of them and what you might need work on. What this does not do is tell you that if you don’t score well on this test, you’re going to get injured. It’s just, like I said, a screening. We’re starting to do it  on our athletes, and the general population because it gives them a chance to see, “Okay, what can I work on to help me possibly not get injured, or at least to be able to move better so I don’t start getting aches and pains.” We are now offering this service in our clinic here. If you are interested in this, contact us at fitness4lifept.com.

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2022 | 0 comments

Why The Deadlift Exercise Is So Important


What we’re going to talk about today is a prime movement that everybody should be able to do because whether they realize it or not, and they do it in everyday life. That movement is called a deadlift.

What people don’t realize, as soon as you say deadlift, they think of going in their gym, lifting a big, heavy weight, and they get scared. A deadlift is picking a bag of groceries up off the ground, picking a child up. or picking a pet up. I’ve known people that have thrown their back out from picking up a pen before.

You’re always going to do deadlift. When did you first learn a deadlift? As an infant. It’s how you got up off the ground and went to standing. So you actually learned that without being taught that. Unfortunately, as you age,  people get away from that, or they start changing the mechanics. So, it’s a movement that you need to do.

We’re going to show you how to start progressing into being able to do it at home safely and correctly. You don’t have to go to a gym, you don’t have to lift big, heavy weights. 

Subscribe and follow along to our YouTube channel where we will show you some how to properly – and correctly – do a deadlift so you do not get hurt.

For further questions, visit us at our website.

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2022 | 0 comments

Why Strengthening Your Gluteal Muscles Is So Important

This month what we’re going to talk about is glute exercises, or the backside. When we look at the glute area, that mid portion by the pelvis, kind of the center of the body, everything from the ground up goes through that area. Everything from the top down goes through that area. So it’s kind of like Grand Central Station of your body, if you will.

So, what we’re looking at, people sit a lot of times, or do so much sitting, a lot of times they get weak glutes from that. Dr. Stuart McGill calls this gluteal amnesia, which just means that the muscles kind of went on break, and they almost forget how to fire, because people aren’t using them. It is a very important muscle. It’s the largest muscle in the body, and probably the strongest, and you need it for everything that you do, basically.

Brian and I just read a study where they reviewed a bunch of different studies that were done out there, on which are the best glute exercises to do. So because of that, what we’re going to do is go over some different types of glute exercises that you can do at home on your own. These are rated the best exercises for strengthening and training your glutes.

Subscribe and follow along to our YouTube channel where we will show you some exercises you can do at home to strengthen your glute muscles.

For further questions, visit us at our website.

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2022 | 0 comments

Do You Have Dysfunctional Breathing?



Today, we’re going to talk about breathing. We all know that we need to be breathing, but what a lot of people don’t know is most of us have dysfunctional breathing. Dysfunctional breathing can cause problems with spinal support, with motor patterns, with pain in the body such as shoulder pain, neck pain, incontinence, and pelvic pain. Breathing is very important, and what we want to go over today is a couple quick ways on how to assess your breathing, to give you an idea if you might be having a dysfunctional breathing pattern or not.

The first thing that we’re going to address is what’s called chest breathing, because a lot of people, without even realizing it, breathe into the top of their chest, not down to their diaphragm where they should be.

Because of this, neck muscles in the front can get over tightened, the muscles on the side of the neck that attach to the ribs can get overworked, so this could cause you headaches and be very detrimental to your day.


This can also cause poor posture problems, overdeveloped muscles in the front, pain in the neck, and you’re not using your lungs to the full capacity. A quick, easy test for this is you put a hand on your chest, put one on your lower abdomen and just take normal, easy breaths. Watch how you breathe. What moves first? If you see the first movement coming from your upper hand or more movement here then coming from your lower hand, you’re probably a chest breather. You want to see more movement at the hand down at your abdomen. There’s a pattern called paradoxical breathing, all that means is a lot of people when they breathe in, they suck their stomach in. That is incorrect because they don’t want to look like their stomach’s protruding.


Normal, good breathing means that your abdomen comes out. It’s like filling a balloon with air. When you breathe, you breathe all the way down into your abdomen. You come out and come back in, checking to see where are you breathing into – into your chest more or in your abdomen? That’s test number one. You can test that in standing and sitting positions. Getting in a couple different postures, and even to see if those postures change how you breathe. Because sometimes when you’re making more demands on the body, you may change your breathing pattern also.


The next one is functional residual capacity. All that means is how much air is left in the lungs after a breath. A test for that is you take a normal breath in and just a normal breath out. Then you hold your breath, pinch your nose, and you see how long that you can hold that before muscles start moving because you’re trying to get air in or you have to release your nose. So you would time that. That’s a test for the air that’s left in your lungs.


Now, a gauge to tell how you’re doing is if you can’t hold your breath in that position for less than 25 seconds. If you can’t, you may have a dysfunctional breathing pattern. Ideally, a good breathing pattern for that would be if you could hold it greater than 35 seconds.

The next test is total lung capacity. This is how much air you can hold. To test his, you’re going to take a breath in, a breath out, and then take another breath in, a deep breath this time. Pinch your nose, see how long you can hold your breath. This is for maximum time here, so even if you muscles start spasming or moving, trying to get air in, you don’t stop the timer until you actually have to breathe again. If you cannot hold it 35 seconds, you may have dysfunctional breathing.

Those are some quick tests to see how you are breathing. Subscribe and follow along to our YouTube channel where we will show you some exercises you can do to work on your breathing. For further questions, visit us at our website.

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2022 | 0 comments

Why Is It Important To Keep Your Thoracic Spine Mobile?


Okay, so what I want to talk about this month, is the thoracic spine. The thoracic spine, is from the base of the neck down to where the lumbar starts, so where your ribs are, all 12 ribs, so the thoracic spine ends where the bottom rib ends. So you’ve got the ribs attached to the thoracic spine. Your thoracic spine is designed to be mobile. Why this is important is because if you don’t have a mobile thoracic spine, that can be a cause in and of itself of shoulder problems, lower back problems or hip problems. If the thoracic spine doesn’t move like it’s supposed to, that can limit shoulder motions, it can limit your lower back, and it can limit your hip. So what we have found here, and through all our studies and all that with the gurus out there, is that you need to address the thoracic spine first and a lot of times, if you’re lacking in mobility of your thoracic spine, correcting that helps take care of other problems that you may not have even then have to work with.

Quick example: if Brian stands here and he’s got good motion through his thoracic spine and he raises that arm, he can raise that arm all the way up no problem, but if he rounds that thoracic spine forward, now raise your arm up. He can’t go all the way, because this is not worked out now, because that’s not allowing it. So that looks like a shoulder problem, but it’s the thoracic spine that is limiting that. So, do that again, Brian, please. Now just straighten your thoracic spine, and then the motion comes back. So my point is that sometimes we look at the wrong place and try to treat it, regaining the, or trying to fix the problem when we haven’t really determined, where is the actual problem coming from.

So that’s why the exercises this week, we’re going to be addressing how to regain and focus on the mobility of these thoracic spine. You will not need any equipment, these are easily done at home. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing.

If you have any questions about this or any other type of pain, contact us today.

If you have further questions, contact Brian at wherever we’re at, Fitness4LifePT.com.

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2022 | 0 comments

Why Functional Testing Is Important

This month, what we want to talk about are some functional tests that are applicable to everybody. This is a way of testing and seeing how ready are you for movements and how secure are you with movements. We are also looking for how confident you are with basic movements. In our next series of videos, we’re going to show you some easy ways just to test yourself, which will help highlight any areas that you may need to find that you have to work on.

This is called Functional Testing. It’s going to be testing your balance. It’s going to be testing your mobility. It’s going to be testing your ability to stay in good control because the motions you’re going to be doing are things you have to be aware of and do in everyday life. So, we want to give you some tips on that and show you what you could do. It’s also a way of pointing out what areas you may be weak in or may need to work on for injury prevention, and for continued mobility as we go through the aging system.

Without further ado, we’re going to show you some of these tests.

You will not need any equipment, these are easily done at home. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing.

If you have any questions about this or any other type of pain, contact us today.

 

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