Monthly Archives: June 2014

Exercise of the Week: Standing hamstring stretch

Although people in general seem to overstretch their hamstrings, there are some people who truly do have tight hamstrings and can benefit from stretching. To determine if you have tight hamstrings, go through this movement checklist with a PT (if … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Why is exercise good for patients with arthritis?

Research shows that some form of regular exercise is beneficial for people with arthritis, whether in the form of cardiovascular or strength training or both.1,2,3  These benefits include overall pain reduction, improved self-efficacy (a belief in being able to achieve … Continue reading

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Exercise of the Week: Standing Quad Stretch

Your quadriceps are a group of 4 muscles (rectus femoris, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius, and vastus lateralis) that together work to straighten the knee, when activated.   If you do not have full knee flexion (a minimum of 120, but … Continue reading

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Pain Mechanics

Over the past few weeks we have been talking about pain and some misconceptions about it.  Today we are going to talk about some of the mechanics of how pain works.  One misconception people frequently have is that the body … Continue reading

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Exercise of the week: Sitting adductor stretch (butterfly position)

This week’s exercise is a hip stretch for the internal rotators and adductors of the hip. To determine if you have adequate internal rotation, see this post from a few weeks ago https://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/exercise-of-the-week-prone-hip-internal-rotation-stretch/. For the sitting adductor stretch, sit with … Continue reading

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