Are you recovering from an injury? Working hard to reach the next level of your training regime? In order for your body to heal, you have to provide it with the right nutrients. This article titled "KitchenRx" has basic and valuable information for you.
To get more wellness and nutrition information that you can use right away, attend Wellthy Wednesday at Evovle Physical Therapy + Advanced Wellness on Wednesday November 7th, 2012 Pharmacist Chris Givant and nutritionist Coreen Reinhart will be discussing men's and women's hormones, nutrition for healthy aging, injury rehabilitation and meal plans to help you survive the holidays. The program starts at 6pm and will end at 7pm. Both Chris and Coreen will stay after to answer individual questions that you many have regarding your health and nutrition. To learn more about Chris and Coreeen click on their names which will direct you to their bio's and website
Yesterday (Sunday, October 28, 2012) it was 80 degrees and beautiful in San Diego. I am awed everytime I hear that the weather in other places isn't the same. The newspapers and air waves are heaped with news of the ominous hurricane that is pressing down on the entire east coast. Possibly the worst storm to ever be experienced in the United States. Thoughts of people preparing their homes and their lives for what is soon to ascend upon them with unstoppable power and might tumble around in my mind. All the while, I am enjoying the most breathtaking day free from the rush to shore up as much as possible before the storm hits.
All of us at Evolve Physical Therapy + Advanced Wellness send our thoughts and prayers to the hundreds of thousands of beautiful souls who have battened down the hatches and who are courageously sittling out the storm. May you be safe and in the company of loved ones knowing that we are cheering you on
Posture has long been considered a predisposing factor in causing musculoskeletal injuries and a source of chronic pain. It is your physical therapist responsibility to come to the aid of you, the patient, and offer possible solutions. Normal postural alignment allows for ease of movement, quick reactions in poor environmental conditions, full range of motion of joints and the ability for muscles to maximally contract and expand. With no abnormal forces on the musculoskeletal system, there will be less compensatory changes and substitution patterns and less stress on the joints. The penalties for poor posture include; increased joint wear and tear, decreased efficiency, disuse atrophy of muscles, fewer muscles recruited and abnormal muscle patterns resulting in substitution. Jacqueline Perry, MD describes normal posture in the following way, “the organism recognizes a forthcoming threat from the environment, and reacts to it quickly enough with efficient use of muscle work to prevent injury.”
Prevention of injuries begins with good vertical alignment resulting in normal load bearing throughout the joints. Every movement, especially in sports, begins from a posture and ends in a posture. In normal alignment, postural changes and adjustments can be rapid and automatic. The body cannot operate in malalignment efficiently. The result is poor performance, musculoskeletal injuries and pain. Changing postural relationships requires focusing on alignment, a thorough evaluation and an effective treatment plan and program. Frequent reevaluations are required to analyze the changes in alignment and adjust the treatment program accordingly.
In order for your physical therapist to be complete and maximally effective in treating your injuries, they must evaluate and realign your posture. There is static and dynamic posture. Static posture is the skeletal system and the positions of the various joints and body segments using tonic muscle control. Dynamic posture refers to active muscle contraction, muscle coordination and control over the body. With the body in malalignment, dynamic muscle groups become weaker and static postural muscle groups become shorter. Following the evaluation, a specific sequencing of exercises is dictated to change the postural faults.
After a muscle has been caused to shorten, there is no appreciable spontaneous lengthening of the muscle during relaxation. Muscles are caused to lengthen by the pull of the antagonistic muscle, and by the action of gravity. In this program, the lengthening of a shortened muscle is a passive, not an active process. Which is different than contract relax or functional lengthening programs.
Postural realignment is accomplished through a progression of exercises that target the intrinsic postural muscle groups and retrains the neuromuscular system. All of these exercises can be preformed as a home exercise program. As a patient, it is your responsibility to do the exercise progam given to you in order to experience the ultimate outcome. To learn more about receiving an individualized posture program that address your specific needs, contact us at Evolve Physical Therapy, San Diego, CA 92122, 858-457-3545. We can help!
What are shin splints?
Pain located along the front of your shin is often termed “shin splints”. The condition, medically known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, is often seen in runners or athletes who do a lot of quick start and stop motions.
What causes shin splints?
Shin splints result from the application of too much stress to the tissues (muscles, tendons) that attach to your shin bone (Tibia). This tissue overload can be due to several factors such as poor body mechanics, tight calf muscles, improper shoes, running on uneven surfaces, over training, and increasing your training regimen too quickly.
How do you treat shin splints?
Acutely, your best options are to ice and rest the leg to allow the inflammation to calm down. This process can be accelerated with anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy modalities, stretching, and soft tissue work.
Before restarting your fitness training or sport, it is important to see a professional at Evolve Physical Therapy + Advanced Wellness who can evaluate your body mechanics, footwear, and muscle balance. They will also be able to advise you on how to properly design your training program to reach your goals while avoiding re-injury.
We have all been there, wanting and needing to go to sleep and it just isn't happening. Counting sheep isn't going to get you there and the harder you work at it the more sleep eludes you.
Poor sleep habits and the resulting fatigue is one of the most common challenges in our society. We want to offer you some simple yet often ignored tips on getting the sleep you need.
With Fall upon us, it is nice to have some hearty, healthy and easy recipes to please the palate. This Thai-Style Chicken Pizza will hit the spot!
1. Preheat oven to 450 degree F. Place pita bread rounds on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp, turning once.
2. Meanwhile, lightly coat an unheated large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, pea pods, and carrot to hot skillet; cook about 3 minutes or just until tender. Stir in chicken breast and green onions. Remove from heat.
3. Carefully spread each hot pita bread round with 1 tablespoon of the peanut sauce. Top with hot vegetable mixture; sprinkle with peanuts. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts (Thai-Style Chicken Pizza)
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