There are a few exercises common to strength athletes that require some caution, especially in the context of recovering from back injury. In today’s blog I want to briefly go over the following exercises so that you may better understand their use. Hip Extension “Reverse Hyper” Machine Back Extension Machine or Roman Chair Hip ExtensionContinue reading Reverse Hyper & Roman Chair Back Extensions?
Elbow injuries are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Many educated clinicians find that elbow injuries can be confusing and the treatment can be somewhat complicated. If you look at the research, elbow pain almost always ranks as one of the top injured joints amongst strength athletes like weightlifters and powerlifters.1 However, despite being soContinue reading The Lifter’s Guide To Elbow Pain
Welcome back to Squat University. Last month I started a blog series on the topic of Achilles tendinopathy. The first blog introduced a simple model to better understand why the injury process begins and how it progresses. This week I want to continue this conversation and change our focus to the treatment side of things.Continue reading Rehabbing Achilles Tendinopathy
Welcome back to Squat University. Last week I introduced a blog series on improving shoulder stability by addressing a weak serratus anterior muscle. This week we’re going to move on and discuss a few other important muscles: the rotator cuff, rhomboids and trapezius. Today I want to share with you a few exercises that willContinue reading Stabilizing the Shoulder Blade & Joint
Welcome back to Squat University. Today we’re going to discuss how to improve the strength and endurance of a very important muscle of your upper body, the serratus anterior. As you raise your arm overhead (whether your performing a push press, jerk or even reaching for something on a shelf) this muscle kicks on andContinue reading Strengthening The Serratus Anterior
Welcome back to Squat University. Last week I began writing on the topic of shoulder pain. Today I want to take our next step in the journey to fix those achy and painful shoulders by learning how to properly screen your body to uncover why your symptoms started. The way we’re going to go aboutContinue reading How To Screen Your Shoulder Pain
The shoulder joint is one of the most dynamic and intricate joints in the entire body. Every time you pick up a barbell from the ground or drive one overhead a complex network of muscles, ligaments, and bones must work perfectly in sync with each other to keep the joint safe. A healthy shoulder isContinue reading Why We Develop Shoulder Pain
I’ve heard it time and time again like a record on repeat from patients, “My doctor told me I need to stretch my hamstrings because they’re causing my low back pain.” The idea that low back pain is caused by tight hamstrings and stretching them is the solution to fixing the injury is one heldContinue reading Does Stretching The Hamstrings Fix Low Back Pain?
Hip injuries are very common in the sports of weightlifting, powerlifting and CrossFit. However, what most people don’t realize is that the cause of the pain was often there long before the symptoms started. A great exercise that I’ve been using recently during the rehab process of patients dealing with hip injuries is the “airplane”Continue reading The Hip Airplane
There is always a reason for back pain. It doesn’t just appear out of thin air and it’s not “all in your head.” In order to fix and remove the pain, we need to find out why it started in the first place. In my career as a physical therapist, I have spent countless hoursContinue reading How To Screen Your Low Back Pain