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Category Archives: Body Mechanics

11 Dec, 2018

Too much or too little movement in our joints?

By: Rachel Herrmann, DPT Joint mobility and joint stability are two parts of a patient’s musculoskeletal condition that physical therapists assess. Joint mobility is the amount of movement that occurs within a single joint. So this is not just how high you can raise your arm or how far you can bend your knee, but

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10 Dec, 2018

What our walking says about our muscles and joints

By: Mike Bills, MS PT When an expert assesses your walking they are looking at what referred to as your gait. This term “gait” takes into account what all of the joints in your legs and also your trunk are doing when you move one leg and stand on the other for support. Any change

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12 Nov, 2018

How the body needs to work to walk properly

By: Mike Bills, MS PT Walking is something that we all do everyday whether that be to simply get from one point to another or for exercise or for relaxation. Because walking is such a necessary part of daily life, it’s important to understand what should and should not be happening when we walk is

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7 Nov, 2018

What’s the difference between a strain and a sprain?

By Alyssa Burke, PTA I’m sure you’ve heard someone say they sprained or strained something. Maybe you’ve even experienced these injuries yourself. Sprains and strains are common injuries that affect the soft tissues of your body. You don’t have to be an athlete to experience one of these injuries. People of all ages and activity levels are

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8 Oct, 2018

Want to get rid of that nagging muscle tightness?

The benefits of routine stretching reach far beyond rehabilitation. Whether you’re an athlete, sedentary, a weekend warrior, young or old, active or inactive, you will reap the value of a regular stretching routine. In general, stretching is the elongation of a muscle and is used to help prevent injury and discomfort. However, there are different

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4 Oct, 2018

What are the core muscles and what do they do?

By: Rachel Herrmann, DPT, PT When most people think of the core, they think of the abdominals and doing sit-ups and generally know that one needs to have good core strength. Beyond that, most people don’t know much else about the core. So what are the core muscles and what do they really do? The

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2 Oct, 2018

What is bursitis and how do I know if I have it?

By: C. Ashley Border, DPT Bursitis is an inflammation of a structure called a “bursa” and most commonly occurs in knees, hips, shoulders and elbows. Pain is the number one symptom of bursitis. This pain can be deep and hard to pinpoint. It is often described as “dull and achey,” and can radiate to the surrounding areas. Bursitis

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29 Aug, 2018

How to bounce back from a muscle strain

By Alyssa Burke, PTA Lower back problems are one of the most common complaints we encounter in physical therapy. The majority of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. The back pain they experience may only last a short time or it could linger for months. Back pain affects men and

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15 Aug, 2018

What does the body’s core include?

By Alyssa Burke, LPTA Many people will experience some form of lower back pain in the course of their life. There are many factors that can contribute to lower back pain. Some of the most common sources include: Muscle Strains Overuse Injuries Disc and Skeletal Issues Poor Posture When treating lower back pain, it is

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30 Jul, 2018

Have a lack of flexibility or poor body mechanics?

By Alyssa Burke, LPTA Hip problems are a common complaint we treat Loudoun Sports Therapy Center and it can affect all ages and activity levels. Many hip problems are often the result of an overuse injury and can interfere with your daily activities making walking, standing or even sitting painful or challenging. Three common hip

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