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.
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:
Most Convenient Way For Physical Therapy: Butheau Physiotherapy Now Offering Virtual/ Telehealth Consultations From The Comfort Of Your Own Home
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.
Daily tips series: Easy Tips To Address Your Back Pain. Tip 3. It's Ok To Slouch But Change Position Often.
Yes, posture that prevent overstressing your back, injured or not, is important.
I might take a lot of heat from many people, including other physical therapists, for saying this but as humans, we are bound to slouch and have poor posture numerous times a day and it is not possible to maintain ideal posture 24 hours a day. I am saying that as a human.
Now, as a physiotherapist...
Greeting readers! For the next couple weeks, I will post one daily tip that might help you treat your acute or chronic back pain. My goal is to keep it short and to the point, with simple explanations.
People Living in Burien and Seattle, WA, Have A New Way Of Addressing Their Pain, Mobility And Movement Problems: Treatments by Butheau Physiotherapy
Hi, this is Pierre-Yves Butheau, owner and physical therapist at ButheauPhysiotherapy here in Seattle.
I would like to officially welcome you to my practice.
We specialize in helping people return to their full physical potential, the activities and the sports that they love. We help people b come more mobile and active, all without requiring pain medications, joint injections and often, unnecessary surgery.
We specialize in one-on-one, detailed, concierge style treatments. So who are our treatments for?
If you identify with following, you are the perfect candidate for care with Butheau Physiotherapy: Do you have aches and pains associated with low back pain, sciatica, arthritis, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, ankle or foot pain, hip pain, or headaches?
Have you been told?
• "You have the worst <spine, neck, posture, knee,...> I've ever seen!"
• "Your pain is just from getting old, arthritis. You will just have to live with it?
• "Your pain is all in your head?"
• "Your only option left is surgery?
Are you tired of not being able to perform basic movements without pain? Of living in pain and discomfort, unable to do the activities you love and enjoy, as a sport activity or with family and loved ones?
Are you frustrated by having to take pain medications that do not seem to really help? Are you tired of all these doctors visits that don’t seem to be resolving your problem?
Have you already tried PT and feeling discouraged as it did not seem to help as much as you’d wish? Have you been told you need to get an MRI or surgery for your pain and want a second opinion?
Have you noticed that aches and pains tend to stay around longer?
Do you have an old injury that keeps creeping up every now and then ans are serious of resolving?
Are you active and worry a new injury might put you on the sideline for months? Not being able to play with your team?
Are you not able to play golf or tennis, hike or ski or participate in your favorite sports due to pain or an old injury?
Do you have difficulty getting up in the morning because you are tired or hurting?
Do you suffer from regular fatigue or headaches on a frequent basis?
Are you worried about your child or teenage athlete returning to play after they tore their ACL?
Are you a male with pelvic issue that is looking for an empathic and available practitioner that places patient first?
I know this is a long list but know that at Butheau Physiotherapy, we are able to help with many conditions you might not have known was treatable with a thorough and patient focused movement and therapeutic approach. We do believe that movement is medicine.
We can help you or your family, friends, co-workers when you feel that your movement or activity performance is limited, and when you experience pain, tightness, numbness or tingling.
We strive to help you reach your goal and potential so you can enjoy life to its fullest.
Make sure you take advantage of our free online material that you can download below this video. Check our blog, Facebook and Instagram pages for even more free tips that could make a big difference in the way you feel.
I would like to conclude with the fact that we are not your typical PT clinic. We have developed a model that help us provide the best level of care for our patients.
We work for our patients. NOT Health Insurances!
Don’t hesitate to contact us by phone, email, text with any questions you might have and sign up below for a free phone consultation or any enquiring about our services.
Have an awesome day!
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Ah.....Headache. Probably the most common type of ache a human knows from early on in life. There are many reasons for having a headache and sources are so varied that regrouping the different type of headaches under one umbrella would be counterproductive.
Today, I want to discuss Cervicogenic Headaches, a common type of headaches and how to address them on your own...and maybe also with a little help from a specialist.