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OK, so you decided it was time to work on your ab's. Maybe it was some nagging back pain or a moment of inspiration from a TV commercial, comment from a spouse or an indentation from your waist band, but you decided you wanted to work on your ab's and sit ups were the "go to" exercise. You go "old school", hit the floor and start doing sit ups right? WRONG. Or at least I hope to convince you this is wrong. read more
The baseball playoffs have begun, pumpkins are for sale in front of the local grocery store and the leaves are starting to fall. Mother nature is whispering her annual reminder. "Get ready to ski." The freezing levels have been as low as 6000 ft. recently the snow is on it's way. You'll probably get the skis' waxed right? You may have even checked airfare or hotel rates for your favorite ski destination. Finally found that comfortable pair of boots? OK all that stuff is ready but what about the thing that makes the skis go? No not gravity. It's you and your muscles, joints and psyche. Our bodies are the most important piece of ski equipment we have. Unfortunately we can't go out and buy a new one when it ceases to perform the way we'd like. We have to go build the body we have into the body we want. A study was done a few years ago which reviewed emergency room cases involving skiers. From this research they concluded that skiing on consecutive days and skiing at the end of the day progressively increased the risk of injury. Specifically they said to avoid skiing after 5 pm on the 5th day because injury was almost certainty. They equated the increased injury risk with fatigue. Another way of saying that is the better conditioned you are the less risk of injury you will have. If you are well prepared you'll feel it. You'll have more fun and feel great maybe even have the confidence you need to try a few runs you have avoided in the past. read more
Spring is in the air, and with this comes the crack of bats, and the sound of baseballs slapping into gloves. As many of your sons or daughters begin the 2015 baseball season, Dan Swinscoe, a Sports Physical Therapist in Issaquah, and I would like to share some words of wisdom to help make this season a successful one. read more
My apologies to the foodies who saw the title and thought there might be a great new recipe. This purpose of this brief article is to help people who have been injured from becoming injured again. read more
Just about every day we have patients on the ground in the middle of the room to see if they can segmentally roll. Many people wonder why we care about rolling so much. The reason is simple. Segmental rolling is a fundamental movement. "Fundamental" means that if you cannot perform this correctly, other more advanced movements will require your body to compensate in order to perform them. It is these compensations that lead to injury. read more