Category Archives: Exercise

Exercise is a Cure!

Exercise is prescribed to assist healing from surgeries, injuries and chronic pain. At every stage, exercise activities aid in your recovery. Here are some exercise benefits: · Improve strength and restore range of motion. · Stimulate soft tissue healing. · Reduce inflammatory conditions. · Improve body awareness. · Reduce pain in joints because muscle balance improves the ability… Read More »

Relieve Your Back Pain – at Home!

Back pain is a frustrating problem, but there are a number of techniques that extend the positive effect achieved in clinical physical therapy sessions. As with so many other problems, the body has the ability to heal. The role of the back pain sufferer and the physical therapist is to: Eliminate aggravating circumstances Engage pelvic,… Read More »

Physical Therapy: Treatment and Training

All of the following describe generally accepted, well established and widely used physical therapy procedures and modalities provided at Accelerate Physical Therapy. These procedures are used as primary or adjunctive techniques in soft tissue treatment for the progressive development of strength, mobility and to improve functional outcomes. Physical Therapy Procedures The level of complexity can… Read More »

Mastering the Art of Walking

We should be grateful for the instincts and development we have enjoyed since birth. Most of us are fortunate to have taken that crucial first step between 11 and 14 months old. Yes, crawling came first, but accomplishing the skill to walk is one of our immeasurable gifts in life. It is second nature for… Read More »

Activating Muscles

By definition, strengthening of muscles takes 6 weeks or longer. Strength is defined by the extent to which muscles can exert force by contracting against resistance. Quick changes in strength can often be attributed to changes in neurological activation. Few physical therapist and patients have 6 weeks or more to reach strength goals. We have… Read More »

Osteoarthritis? Exercise in Water!

The prevalence of knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) has increased in recent years as the average age of our population advances.  Increased patient cost reduces clinical time treating symptoms.  Yet, increasing incidence of OA challenges therapists to use the most effective ways to treat the pain and functional deterioration, which often accompany OA. There has-been much research into bodyweight supported treadmill walking… Read More »

Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises

Most functional movements in the lower extremity take place when the foot is on the ground. The hip, knee and ankle joints, together, comprise the lower extremity kinetic chain. Muscle contractions in closed kinetic chain motion are different from open kinetic chain motion. Joint motion is caused by many controlled muscle contractions. Closed kinetic chain rehabilitation… Read More »

Spinal Stabilization Exercise

Spinal stabilization is an important aspect of recovery from spinal pain, whether the problem is newly acquired or chronic. Exercise and proper body mechanics are well matched in this approach. Injuries and poor posture cause pain resulting in weakness that will not resolve completely without personal effort on the part of the person seeking assistance.  The symptomatic spinal segment… Read More »

Golf: Dynamic Stretches

A pro golfer typically might warm up 90 minutes to 2 hours before walking out to the tee.  His routine would consist of stretching, putting hitting, practicing short game and then back to any special shots and out to the green.  A typical routine for a recreational golfer would be different.  Get out of the… Read More »