Over the years, we've all heard many recommendations on how to injury-proof lower backs in both sports and industry. Warehouse workers wearing "lifting belts," football teams doing yoga for flexibility, and multiple versions of "core strengthening" exercises. Physical therapists look at the information to analyze the best way to interpret it, individualize it, and apply the information for specific sports and clients. With spine injuries we know the discs are best able to cushion and provide shock absorption when the back is in "lumbar neutral."
Stretching is a natural reaction which allows an individual to lengthen muscle fibers. From the time we are born we stretch. Stretching provides increased blood flow to muscles and also helps improve range of motion of our joints. In today's busy and active lifestyles it is not uncommon to see someone stretching before activity. Studies have also shown that stretching may help decreased injury in active populations. People of all ages stretch but are we stretching correctly?
My athlete has pain in the front of his/her knee, that worsens with activity. What might that be, and how do we deal with it?
My family spends a great deal of time outdoors involved in various activities. Whether we are watching one of the kid's sporting events or going on a family hike, I am always concerned about bee and wasp stings. What is the best way to treat a sting?