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Suffering from chronic ankle sprains? Don’t forget to look at this factor

May 14, 2018

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When most sprain their ankle, it happens in what’s called an inversion sprain. Also known as a lateral ankle sprain, In someone with chronic ankle sprains it’s common to, Tie the shoes tighter Wear higher topped shoes Try an ankle brace Play with ankle taping (if available) The above tends to happen in that order. […]

3 common tight muscles

May 11, 2018

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After writing up this post on massage techniques I had a few people ask, “How do I know if a muscle is tight or long?” While there are norms for neutral body alignment, taking out your goniometer or protractor to measure every angle of every joint is a royal pain in the ass. However, knowing […]

Ankle Mobility: Mobilizing the talus

April 6, 2018

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When talking about ankle mobility, the main aspect is always increasing dorsiflexion. And this is for good reason. Dorsiflexion is one of those movements a lot of people could use more of. Wearing heels or shoes with heel lifts (nearly every shoe people wear) can cause a lack of dorsiflexion. Watch how the achilles tendon […]

Technique, technique, technique

April 6, 2018

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Every exercise – or movement for that matter – you do is a chance to work on the pain you may be suffering from. Quick way to illustrate this point: Below is a video of a client doing a plank. This client has had on and off foot pain for the past year. Ok, so […]

Flexibility- when more is less

March 26, 2018

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When it comes to dealing with chronic issues flexibility is almost reflexively gone to as a solution. Knee pain, shoulder ailment, annoying hip, aching foot, irritated back. “Stretch!” But we never think this when it comes to acute issues…. Let’s work our way up the body with some of the most common acute injuries.   […]

My visit to the Washington University in St. Louis Physical Therapy Program

March 16, 2018

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This turned into a behemoth of a post. I started writing this on the plane ride home and well, the cute girl next to me could only distract me so much. Next thing I know I had 15 pages. (Remember in college how you had trouble writing 10 pages, double spaced? Weird.) There is a […]

Emptying out the mailbag & clearing the history #23

February 23, 2018

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Other mailbags can be found here. Keep in mind a lot of this is email conversations, comment replies, or some random interesting things I’ve found. By their nature they are not as thorough or complete as a post on one topic. Here’s what’s covered in this installment:   Falcon Heavy Thought I was watching a movie: Speaking of rockets, […]

Issues with ankle bracing and taping (how we created the high ankle sprain)

October 30, 2017

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The most common way an ankle is injured is this: We call that an inversion ankle sprain. By taping or bracing the ankle, or maybe by wearing higher topped shoes, we lessen the mobility of the ankle. We lessen the ability of the ankle to invert or evert. That is, to sprain. One way or another, […]