Even with ligamentous and muscular support in place, the hip is a common area that is susceptible to pain and irritation. While there is no singular explanation for hip pain aside from direct trauma, we can point to a myriad of different causes associated with pain, such as faulty movement patterns, imbalances within the body due to underlying muscle weaknesses, or abnormal joint motion within the hip or neighboring areas of the body, such as the low back.
Habitual postures can also lead to muscle imbalances. A person may be sitting at their desk all day slouching forwards, which can lead to tight hip flexors and lengthened/weak glute muscles. Tight hip flexors can lead to a lack of hip extension range of motion, thus driving an issue at the back. Because the body likes to find ways around restrictions, this person might compensate with excessive mobility at the low back joints to make up for that lack of hip mobility. Over time, changes in these tissues structures can ultimately become a source of pain.
Many of us find ourselves at home in efforts to flatten the curve and save lives. Instead of diving head first into the next binge-worthy streaming show, there are tons of amazing books waiting to be discovered. Here are a few of our favorite reads that you may find enjoyable as you stay at home.
If you’ve been following along with our Instagram, you may have noticed that Thrive has had a few in-services with the amazingly smart and talented Giulia Pline. Giulia introduced our entire staff to the Threes Physioyoga Method, which merges physical therapy principles with yoga. What more could we ask for? We were so impressed that we wanted to know more, so we decided to host, and have our staff participate, in their Intro Course for Physical Therapists which will take place right here at Thrive on February 23rd and 24th. We can’t wait to bring all of this new knowledge to our patients! About Threes Physiyoga Method for Physical Therapists This introductory weekend consists of foundational knowledge regarding the teaching of yoga as a mind-body-spirit wellness modality and how this modality can be integrated into traditional physical therapy for the benefit of the patient and the clinician. Yoga is a multi-limbed practice that unites movement with breath. Having an understanding of the influence and benefits of this practice on the body is a powerful, efficient tool for physiotherapists. Physiotherapists will be introduced to the Threes Physiyoga Method of assessing suboptimal and dysfunctional movement. They will understand the mechanics of breath, […]
When the winter Olympics showcases Curling there’s always an uptick of interest in the sport. Being married to a US Senior National Curling Champion, I’m always intrigued, and have considered trying it, but I don’t want to (literally) hit the ice. Although Curing can appear sort of silly, with all that sweeping of the ice, it’s actually QUITE physically and mentally challenging. It’s literally a game of “chess on ice,” both brawn and brain are required for a successful outcome! On top of strategy and teamwork, you need strength, cardiovascular endurance, balance and flexibility to successfully compete. First, a little about the game: There are 2 teams of 4 players or in the newer mixed doubles game, 2 players, that “deliver” or slide a 42lb granite stone across a sheet of ice toward a circular target of concentric circles dubbed “the house.” Points are scored for getting these rocks closest to the house’s center with both teams throwing stones in “ends” which are similar to baseball innings. Each game consists of 8-10 ends. Each team throws their stones trying to get as many rocks into the center while knocking their opponents rocks out, similar to shuffleboard. But why do they […]
Winter is here and we have finally had our first real snow! With more snow on the horizon in the next few months, more and more people will be hitting the slopes and snowboarding. While it’s great to head out there and have fun, it’s equally as important to do some activities that prepare you for the challenges associated with snowboarding to limit your risk of injury. Whether you’ve been snowboarding forever or this is your first time, a good routine will help keep you on the slopes enjoying winter longer. In this post, New York City based Physical Therapist Philippe Corbanese, PT, DPT, will go over a warm-up routine that will target the most commonly used muscles in the sport. When snowboarding, the most commonly engaged muscles are your core, quads, calves and shins. You need to be able to get up from low surfaces, rock back and forth, rotate from your core, and get up from a forward and a backward position. The following is a list of the exercises Philippe would recommend as a warm-up routine to be performed prior to heading out. These exercises do not need to be performed in the order listed. And, as […]
The appeal of having your child specialize in a specific sport has been ever increasing in recent years. Some of this has been spurned by Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers which states that in order to be an expert at an activity one must log at least 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. Many parents encourage their children to specialize early on without the knowledge of the risks that are involved. For some, success in a sport is seen as a channel through which they can advance and potentially earn a scholarship to attend college. Before choosing a specific sport for your child it is imperative to familiarize yourself with the positives and negatives of doing so. Although the majority of parents know that children should have a balanced exercise and recreational activity regime they frequently set that aside in fear that their child with “fall behind” those that are specializing. As a parent, I completely understand that fear but with the facts shared in this blog I hope to change your mind set. When making the decision for your child to specialize one must take into account the physical, emotional and social costs to children who play a specific sport. SOME […]
Summer’s here and tennis is literally in full swing! Tennis athletes should train in a specific manner to both improve their performance and reduce their risk for injury. Tennis has become more physically demanding game than in the past, so proper and specific conditioning is required to generate the power to hit the ball harder and at faster pace. Players need to move quicker and more explosively than ever before. Advancements in racquet technology have enabled players to hit serves at over 150 on the Men’s tour and if you are Serena Williams you consistently hit at 125 mph. Tennis players are now playing more of an aggressive baseline game taking balls earlier to reduce their opponent’s time between strokes and and utilizing an open stance that allows for harder more aggressive strokes. As a result there has been a recent increase in tennis related injuries. Tennis injuries can occur in players of all skill levels, from the pros to the recreational player. One of the main causes of injuries is the inability of a body part to withstand the demands placed on it, which often results from either a lack of training or the converse, over training. Tennis injuries […]