Your Wellness Program is finally here!!

After you complete your physical therapy, you have a lot of options to maintain your health and wellness.

We want to provide you with an affordable option to make the OrthoWell Wellness Program your FIRST choice.

You trust us with your health and you trust our ability to medically manage a team approach to your wellness…and a team approach is what we are offering.

Your Wellness team would include your physical therapist as well as our in-house massage therapists and personal trainers. Click HERE to meet our team.

You no longer have to worry whether your massage therapist or your personal trainer know what’s wrong with you or what things to avoid so they will not hurt you. 

Our commitment is to KEEP you healthy and pain-free.

Click HERE to read more about the Wellness Program.

Can Exercise Totally Cure Low Back Pain?

More than 80% of us experience low back pain at some point in our lives. In most cases, the pain goes away on it’s own or with a little “help” from the internet, yet recurrence rates of low back pain range between 24% and 80% within the first year.

A literature review by Steffens and colleagues summarizes the benefits of exercise and education for low back pain. The types of interventions included in the studies were patient education, core stabilization exercises emphasizing exercises for the back and abdominal muscles, stretching and spinal range of motion exercises as well as general aerobic conditioning exercises.

The reduction in recurrence rates of low back pain was impressive at 25% to 40% in the short-term.

The effects in the long term were more uncertain. Several studies showed no decline in recurrence rates after one year.

So what does this mean?

More than likely, the participants felt better and they stopped doing their exercises. Sound familiar?

In order to prevent recurrence of pain or injury in the future, it is crucial to continue with an exercise program that includes core stabilization training, flexibility and spinal range of motion exercises and general aerobic conditioning.

Don’t delay. Get a refresher from us ASAP or refer a friend or family member who is in pain.

Check out the link below or send it to a friend.

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Do You Have Snapping Hip Syndrome?

 

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Do you ever experience a snapping sensation when you bend or rotate your hip?

The most common reason for the snapping is stiffness in the iliotibial band or in the iliopsoas muscle.

As you bend or rotate your hip, the stiffness of the iliotibial band will cause a snapping sensation on the outside of your hip. This is caused by the iliotibial tendon snapping against the greater trochanter of your femur. By the same token, stiffness in the iliopsoas muscle will cause a snapping sensation on the inside of your hip. This is caused by the iliopsoas tendon snapping against the lesser trochanter of the femur.

You can read more by clicking HERE.

So what do you do about it? Come on in for a free screening and we will take a look. We need to get you on a stretching, strengthening and self-mobilization program in order to alleviate the imbalances that are causing the snapping.

 

Total Motion Release : Patients are Raving About It!

Are you still in pain?

Has your previous physical therapy NOT resolved your pain?

Does your pain keep coming back?

Well…Total Motion Release may be the answer you’re looking for.

We are now offering a completely unique approach to the treatment of pain and restrictions. It is called TOTAL MOTION RELEASE or TMR. We have been convinced through our own clinical trials that it is pretty amazing stuff…and our patients love it!

You can read a description of TMR as well as a video demonstration and an incredible video testimonial by clicking HERE.

 

Do You Really Need To Stretch Your Hamstrings?

Fall has arrived. Amazing colors once again. Should you stretch your hamstrings before hiking thru the fall colors? Read on to see if you should…or if you shouldn’t….

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I want to share with you what my staff and I have learned to maximize your health and wellness and to keep you up-to-date on the happenings at OrthoWell. So read on and let’s keep you on track.

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Do you really need to stretch your hamstrings??

So what if I told you that there is actually very little research that substantiates any long lasting effects of stretching? What if I also told you that you may not even have to stretch your hamstrings to get a release of the stiffness? Would that make you stop stretching or does stretching actually make you FEEL good?

I have been practicing PT for 26 years and I can honestly say that my patients have had some pretty amazing results with the soft tissue work that we do in combination with stretching exercises. Just look at our Success Story page. If you are reading this right now, you may actually be one on them. There are some things that get our patients better that may not have a lot of research-substantiated evidence.

In a 2010 article by Wepppler and Magnusson, they point out that there is only a transient mechanical increase in length of tissue after stretching. In other words, the muscle stretch recoils after the stretch is removed. How long the stretch lasts depends on the magnitude and the duration of the stretch. So then, how hard should you stretch and why do we only hold our stretches for 30-60 seconds?

We have used the evidence gathered from the study of tissue deformation or biorheology to determine that the optimum amount of time to acquire the most dramatic “viscoelastic” elongation of tissue is between 30-60 seconds. Yes, there is a much more gradual elongation after that time but who has the time to wait…right? There was a study in 2004 by Guissard and Duchateau that showed partial maintenance of tissue elaongaton 30 days after the program when patents were performing 20 minutes of stretching 5 days per week. So yes, you reap what you sow when it comes to the time spent stretching.

The Sensory Theory of stretching means that we achieve an increase in length while stretching due to a “stretch analgesia” effect in which “it doesn’t hurt as much” so you FEEL as though you can stretch further into the range. So what is wrong with that? If you stand all day and your hamstrings are working overtime to keep you upright and stable, what happens to the tissue? It becomes “stiffer”. This may be due to scar tissue, waste products, and trigger points that form due to this constant state of contraction. Intuitively, it makes sense to perform massage and stretching to counteract these effects. However, is this the cure for the stiffness? Gary Cook, a world renowned PT, who has revolutionized the way that we that we think of functional training would say unequivocally NO!

Gary Cook claims that the “stiffness” we feel is reflexive. It is due to the stabilizing effect that our muscles need to perform on a daily basis in order to control faulty movement patterns and faulty postures. Some parts of our bodies are stabile and other parts are very mobile. For example, your lumbar spine tends to be mobile or “sloppy” as Gray Cook would say. Many people are unaware of how to engage their core or how to perform proper body mechanics to prevent stress to the lumbar spine. Our hamstrings can be the first line of defense when it comes to stabilizing the spine.

If you are unaware of how you stand, you could be placing your pelvis in an anteriorly rotated position. When your pelvis rotates forward, it places a “pinch’ or a stress on your lumbar spine. Your hamstrings will consequently contract in order to correct your alignment and “pull” your pelvis posteriorly. What happens when you squat or roll out of bed? If you are not engaging the proper core and hip muscles then your hamstrings continue to fire in order to stabilize your spine. There you have it. The viscous cycle for constant hamstring stiffness.

So how do you become more stabile? First of all, you need to become reacquainted with your core. Just doing planks may not be enough. You need to be evaluated to determine any faulty movement patterns. If you don’t correct the faulty patterns, then you are reinforcing bad habits and putting yourself at risk for injury. Gray Cook has developed Functional Movement Screens to determine exactly where your deficiencies are. In addition to this, we have put together a version of the Selective Functional Movement Screen in our clinic. Based on the results of our screen, there are many types of corrective exercises that can be instructed to get you back on track.

In conclusion, you need to realize that “stiffness” anywhere in your body could be multifaceted.- especially with your hamstrings. Does this mean that you should never stretch or massage your hamstrings? NO. Stretching can certainly make you FEEL better but you need to realize that stretching alone may not be the cure. In the words of Gray Cook

“If the body doesn’t stabilize correctly, it will figure out another way to get stability: it’s called stiffness.”

So what you THINK is causing your stiffness may NOT be the reason. We all need to think outside the box. You are guaranteed that when you come to see us at OrthoWell PT

All the Best!

Chris

 

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Drinking the Cross Fit Kool-Aid!

Harry feels better now than ever before…

I enjoy CrossFit because it consistently gives me a good workout.  The workout ideology of CrossFit prides itself on never falling into a routine.  This means every workout is something new that will not only work you out in a new way, but also help you to identify some new skill that you could improve upon. When working out with good form and responsible weight/volume, the benefits of Crossfit also translate to your functional daily activities.  After a year of Crossfit I can truly say I have witnessed these benefits during my day to day activities.

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MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPION..

Matt Veiga

 As many of you have heard in the clinic I do a lot of mountain racing. This past weekend I had the luck to have a repeat win at one of the hardest races in the circuit. Check out my interview on levelrenner.com to get a little glimpse into the head of the Female winner Leslie and myself about how the race went down and up in this case.

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 Prevent Your Pain from EVER coming back

 Click the link to read about

this new option at OrthoWell 

Wellness Membership Program

 Our wellness maintenance program is for those of you who want  consistency of care after being discharged from physical therapy in order to prevent any reccurence of pain. We have three different plans the we offer that you can read about by clicking the link above.

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 SUCCESS STARTS HERE!

Marc Smor

5/31/16

 “I would like to thank Chris, Katie and crew for the outstanding care I received after my Achilles surgery.  Their knowledge, experience and attention to detail allowed me to expedite my recovery.  Thank you.”

                                                               – Marc S.

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FREE INJURY SCREENING

Dont forget to take advantage of our Try Before You Buy program.

 We offer a FREE, no obligation injury screening for YOU, a FAMILY MEMER or a FRIEND. Just  click the link below or send it to someone who may need our help. 

 CLICK HERE