As a healthcare provider that has worked and helped Bell's palsy patients for the past 18 years, I can't say I am surprised anymore when a patient or prospective patient mentions they feel lost, alone... Feel like they have not been given much guidance besides, and even not always, been prescribed steroids and antivirals....
They mention how they don't know what they should be doing to work on improving their condition. Should they take vitamin? Should they have massage? Should they use electrical stimulation? Should they continue exercise? Can they continue jogging? Should they just rest, and lie down for the next months crossing their fingers their face will start moving again?
I would like to talk to you about the saphenous nerve. Why am I talking about that today? The saphenous nerve could be the source of pain in your knee or anywhere down your leg, all the way down to your foot for various reason.
This nerve is a continuation of your femoral nerve. Your femoral nerve comes from your lower back... from your spinal cord, into your lower back and around your thigh. It gives into several branches. One of these branch is the saphenous nerve.
One thing to understand is that the saphenous nerve is a sensory nerve and it does not innervate any muscles.
If you sustained an injury to this nerve, you will not see really any particular weakness from that injury. Even without weakness, that could be the source of quite a bit of pain that could arise anywhere along the distribution of that nerve.
WHY WEARING MINIMALIST SHOES COULD HELP YOU MOVE BETTER AND RELIEVE FOOT, ANKLE, KNEE, HIP AND BACK PAIN
You might have heard of them... Or seen more and more people wearing them...Or maybe had a glimpse at them at your favorite shoe retailer. Shoes that look quite different than what you’d consider traditional…they look wider, look shorter, with a very small sole that looks like the manufacturers saved on using material…
Could these really be comfortable and how would it feel to walk in them?
You might be skeptical has you have had foot problems all your life, been told to wear extra insoles with an increased arch, or have seen countless foot doctors that recommended you do so…
In this post I would like to discuss what has been dubbed minimalist shoes, how they could allow a more natural way to move , and how they could help you with aches and pain.
So just a few days ago we looked at how to descend stairs when you have new pain/when going down steps reproduces the pain.
Today, I would like to show you how to properly go up a step, what you can do, how to place your feet and how to optimize the right muscle use to prevent strain on your knee and prevent pain.
What is important to remember with climbing stairs is that most of us are actually climbing stairs the wrong way, or at least not the most optimal way.
So today I would like to start a serie on knee pain. I will approach several common reasons for having knee pain with common movements and tasks. I will also demonstrate what you can do about it and what you can change with specific exercises that will help you correct what you are doing wrong.
We have many patients that come to see us with complaints of knee pain stating that they have had increasing difficulty with knee pain when they ascend or descend stairs, going over curbs or stepping off a high platform, and even walking or hiking on hills.
Using stairs is a required and normal part of life to participate in society but it is far from easy for many.
A lot of people that have knee pain think or have the conception that the problem is coming from inside the knee joint, that a structure is likely injured or not doing what it is supposed to do. I am here to tell you that it is rarely the case. I think that the knee joint generally deteriorates only from direct trauma, or much more often from problem occurring at the hip and ankle joints instead.
So today I would like to talk to you about a question that I often see on forums online or I have been ask by patients is...
Is physical therapy or physiotherapy appropriate after a car accident?
My answer today's is 100%, Yes!
Bell's Palsy is considered a rare condition but it still affects over 40,000 Americans between the age of 16 and 60.
A lot of the research and best course action to treat it remain a source of debate and disagreement.
It is a neuromuskuloskeletal condition since it affects both the facial nerve and muscles of the face it innervates.
I may be be biased, but as a physical therapist (physio for anyone living outside of the USA), and as a fully recovered Bell's palsy patient myself, I believe it is my duty to educate the population with what physical therapy can do when suffering from this rapid, debilitating, physically and socially, condition.
It's February... We are right in the thick of winter. If you exercises outdoor, winter might not be a time you particularly relish. You might even have switch all of your workouts indoor by now. Or worse... You might have stopped exercising altogether because you have been less than motivated and feeling lethargic from the weather...
Curling up under a blanket by a fireplace likely sounds more appealing.
But know that winter tends to bring a weight gain of 5 to 10 pounds on average. Can you only blame the weather?
Winter is of course a great time for outdoor activities and cardiovascular activities.
Today, my only goal is to do a review of the risks, but mostly the benefits of exercising in cold weather.
You might have to take extra precautions and measures but will learn that winter brings on special benefits when it comes to exercising.
Hello followers. So today I would like to discuss a tip for aneck pain. This is also a self test to see if you would benefit from this motion. This particular motion I will demonstrate is called retraction, as well as retraction in combination with side bending. And very often, and I see this with most of my patients and most people that have neck pain is, that motion is being lost over the years. And there's a good reason for that and that is because we really don't do any activities with that particular position of our head and neck. And so I won't, take too much of your time. I will just demonstrate. So the motion I'm talking about is retraction. Retraction is this motion. So not this.... but bringing your chin straight back, just kind of like a turtle.
So what I see is, with my patients... a lot of patients are positioned in this position for too long and they basically can't... they have very, limited emotion in this direction. So one thing that you can do to make this a little bit easier would be to kind of squeeze your shoulder blades a little bit and then bringing your chin back and make sure that you spend less and less amount of time during the day where you're in this position, which can really limit, your mobility over the years of being able to do this. These can create a lot of compression on joints and nerves in your neck and leads to a bunch of problems in the neck as well as the shoulder. So this motion that is called retraction. So if you have neck pain, my suggestion would be to do in case it's about 10 times an hour. So that won't take very long, but that is a good mobility.
The other one would be side bending in combination with retraction. So you would start in the same way... back like this, and then add this motion. So with a lot of my patient, I see a mobility that's just about this way. And then that's it. And that's all they have. And you really want to strive to.... to maintain that mobility as much as you can and both ways.
So that's it for today. Give that a try ..., leave me comments and let me know if that is helping your neck ...
I'll catch you later. Bye
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If you're watching these video is maybe because you have Tennis Elbow otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis... or maybe you know someone that suffers from it. It is fairly common and today I 'd like to show you some exercises and gentle mobilization I give my patients to work on at home in order to treat themself.
So the first thing involved with lateral epicondylitis is generally some tension in the radial nerve. I would like to show you is how to mobilize your radial nerve. In standing like this, the first thing I do is on the involved side, which let's say my right elbow is involved. Turning your arm in, lifting your pinky up and bringing your arm out in a little bit back and immediately returning. You're going to stay within the range of motion and where you feel the pull in your arm. Not trying to go too much into the pain if it's painful at the end of the range. And basically just oscillating like this for 30 seconds.
In this post, I’d like to offer a step-by-step guide to addressing your sciatica, no matter if it has been going on for 3 days or 3 years. My goal is to at least give you a proactive head start and empower you with at least a little knowledge on what you should be actively doing now, even if you are scheduled to work with a physical therapist or another health practitioner in the very near future.
The following tips and instructions should help with at least some of your symptoms, if not all.
I will not go into details as the possible cause and symptoms of why you might be experiencing. For this I will redirect you to a previous post I wrote in 2017, 3 Common Causes & Symptoms of Back Pain & Sciatica.
You can also check more on the definition of sciatica and things to consider in this free E-book on Sciatica:
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Let's chat about a topic that is often overlooked and has potential of affecting someone's life and could be resulting in life changing injuries.
Over my 17 years career, I have treated patients in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private homes, skilled nursing facilities and rehab centers and hundreds of them for injuries resulting after a fall. Fractures of the hip and pelvis are the most common but hands, wrist, forearm, ankle and feet fractures are not too far behind.
And today, I 'd like to offer some insight and topics regarding balance and falls with....
Hip joint pain, stiffness and/or discomfort is a common complaint from my patients. Many people suffer from hip pain for years before they start considering having that area looked at and treated. Unless you suffer from direct trauma, such as a fall, It generally starts as mild stiffness or tightness and progress to mobility restriction that can be painful or not.
I consider the hip joint a key joint as it is the link between our legs and the rest of our body. Keeping healthy hips is key not only in preventing hip pain, but also very often in preventing, addressing and fixing ankle, knee, pelvic and lower back pain. I consider hip mobility, or lack thereof, to be the main culprit in many ailments dealing with these areas...
2018 is coming to an end and we would like to offer you some free tips(who despite the theme, don't stink) during the Holiday Seasons that will help you live a healthier life and possibly fix some aches and pain you might be having.
Hope this help. We appreciate comments, anecdotes and stories you might have regarding a specific tip. Happy Holidays!
The Top & Most Simple Way To Prevent Crippling Chronic Injuries And Live A Pain Free Life: Movement Screening.
You've probably read or been taught about various ways to stay or become healthier before...
Some valid...like annual medical check -ups, colonoscopy after age 50, mammogram, routine dental cleaning and exams...
Some much less valid, confusing, and/or clearly misleading... Like TV news mentioning latest studies such as " drinking three cups of coffee a day could decrease your blood pressure and help you live longer"... Internet and social media advertisements on the latest gadget, vitamin or supplements that will prevent you to gain weight, make your back feel better, or prevent bunions....
But enough of that... Today, I am here to discuss an efficient and proven way that, if widely adopted, would save billions of dollars, countless hours of time wasted being treated in the healthcare system, and much less suffering...in Burien & Seattle, WA and throughout the world. And that is called a Movement Screen or Movement Screening.
Many people, after seeing my website or being treated, ask me what is the Mulligan Concept about and what a
Certified Mulligan Practitioner. Here is a quick overview from the official website