Do YOU have Chronically Tight Muscles?

If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me “I’ve just got really tight muscles” I’d be pretty rich by now. Many people also believe, wrongly (no offense, but it’s true), that tight muscles are either 1) something that is genetic or, rather, just how their body is, 2) tight muscles don’tContinue reading “Do YOU have Chronically Tight Muscles?”

5 Things You Should Do If You Have A Desk Job

If you have a desk job, you know that it can be a pain … literally. Sitting all day can make you feel stiff/tight/sore etc… all over! Therefore, sitting must be BAD, right? WRONG! Any posture sustained for a prolonged period of time will create stiffness/tightness/soreness etc… That’s why when those with desk jobs switchContinue reading “5 Things You Should Do If You Have A Desk Job”

5 Principles To Better Treatment

We interrupt our regularly scheduled topic series (I promise Part 3: Interventions for tight hamstrings will be posted soon!) to bring you this article on principles for better treatment. This post is geared towards both new grads and veteran PTs alike, as I feel that even those of us who have been treating for aContinue reading “5 Principles To Better Treatment”

Do you think you have tight hamstrings? Part 2: Low back and Hip pain

Almost everyone, nowadays, you meet will say “I have tight hamstrings” and when you ask them to bend forward and touch their toes they’ll say “I’ve never been able to do that”. Many of these people will concurrently experience some form of low back pain – it may not be severely debilitating, but if it’sContinue reading “Do you think you have tight hamstrings? Part 2: Low back and Hip pain”

Do you think you have tight hamstrings?, Part 1: Understanding Anatomy

This topic series is meant to be applied holistically to any group of “tight” muscles. In this topic series we will be exploring why a muscle may develop tightness, using the hamstrings as an example. Has a client told you that they have tight hamstrings before? Are your clients unable to bend forward and touchContinue reading “Do you think you have tight hamstrings?, Part 1: Understanding Anatomy”

Femoroacetabular Impingment (FAI) series, Part 3: Mobility Drills

The first two posts dealt mostly with understanding FAI as a pathology as well as assessing/differentially diagnosing the dysfunction. This post will serve to discuss mobility drills and interventions that can be implemented day one for the athlete with the limitations listed previously. This is not an all-inclusive list, just a few drills I like toContinue reading “Femoroacetabular Impingment (FAI) series, Part 3: Mobility Drills”

Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) series, Part 2: Differential Diagnosis and Assessment

In this post, I will be covering some differential diagnosis and key aspects of the assessment when treating athletes with anterior groin pain that may be FAI. As mentioned in the previous post, there are a number of things that can cause “anterior groin pain” including athletic pubalgia (sports hernia) and trigger point referral patterns.Continue reading “Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) series, Part 2: Differential Diagnosis and Assessment”