Stretching: When To Do It, How To Do It

When and How You Should Be Stretching

I don’t stretch as much as I should – that’s what I caught myself telling a friend over dinner the other night. He had asked me what my thoughts were about stretching – when to stretch, how often, for how long, etc. As I was informing him of my knowledge on the subject, I felt a certain sense of guilt in regards to my own stretching regiment because, in all honesty, I don’t really stretch that often.

But I’m a Physical Therapist! I’m supposed to embody total health all day, every day! Shouldn’t I be stretching morning, noon, and night?

Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you feel like you should be stretching more. Or maybe you feel like it’s unclear why you’re stretching in the first place and what kind of benefit it will have.

Well, I’ve got some good news for us both: how you stretch and when you stretch is more important than spending more time stretching…

The 5 Weakest Areas of Your Body and How To Strengthen Them

Strengthen Weak Muscles

Weakness is a relative term. We tend to think of weakness in comparison to other people. For instance, I am weaker than ‘The Rock’ (first person who came to my mind). But what about weakness of certain muscles in your own body relative to others? There are several important groups of muscles that tend to be weak in many people.

Maybe you’ve been neglecting to strengthen some of the weakest areas of your body without even knowing it…

Blood Flow Restriction Training In Physical Therapy

With Drew Morcos of MOTUS Specialists

All the buzz right now in the world of Physical Therapy seems to be about Blood Flow Restriction Training. I’m not usually one to be all about the buzz, believe me. When a new technique, product, or idea enters the stage, I’m typically very skeptical. With so much hype out of the gate, few of these ideas survive the test of time and slowly become a thing of the past. This is usually due to scholarly research refuting evidence of the benefits compared to the consequences. When Blood Flow Restriction training came onto the scene a few years ago, initially I was suspicious. Why would you want less blood flow to muscles to strengthen them? However, the more traction Blood Flow Restriction Training has gained and the more research that’s been conducted, the more I’ve come to understand the benefits.

Here’s what I’ve learned…

Does Cold Weather Really Increase Your Pain?

The Research, My Opinion, and 3 Suggestions

Cold Weather Causes Pain

It’s been cold lately. I know it’s that time of year, so it’s supposed to be cold, but this year seems to be more frigid than usual. I live in Southern California, so when I say cold, I’m talking 48 degrees when I get in my car in the morning. Of course by the afternoon it’s back up to 67, but still, the struggle is real. Even more real is the struggle my Physical Therapy patients are going through with the weather change. Not a day goes by that I don’t hear about how the cold weather is making their pain worse – and they want to know why?

Maybe you’ve wondered the same thing – why does cold weather seem to make pain worse?

Well, I’ll do my best to provide a logical answer here…