Active Self-Release for TIGHT HAMSTRINGS

Active Self-Release for TIGHT HAMSTRINGS

Hamstring tightness is a very common problem among many of our clients, and for most, simply stretching the hamstrings doesn’t result in much of a lasting improvement. “I stretch my hamstrings like crazy and they just never loosen up” is a statement we hear frequently among many active people in Austin… sound familiar? Aggressively stretching the hamstrings, or any muscle for that matter, without first loosening up the the muscle and connective tissue, called fascia, can actually be a waste of time. But adding a simple myofascial release technique to the stretch, as shown in the video below, can make a huge difference.

*Please note, if you have a hamstring strain, this stretching technique may not be appropriate and is no substitute for diagnosis and treatment from a licensed physical therapist. If you’d like to speak with an expert manual physical therapist about your hamstring strain or tightness, you can do so for free by requesting a phone consultation here, or simply calling/texting us directly at: 512-693-8849.

Overly tight hamstrings can lead to a variety of problems and can be involved in many common issues like low back pain, knee pain, and also be a precursor for a variety of injuries in these areas…. especially the stubborn, painful hamstring strain.

So please check out this video showing a simple but very effective “Active Release” technique with a lacrosse ball that you can do on your own for tight hamstrings. Please leave your questions/comments at the bottom of this page.

If you are dealing with tight hamstrings and would like to know how we can help, call us at 512-693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists, Click Here.

Or click here to send us an email.

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Is “Pretty Good” Good Enough?

Is “Pretty Good” Good Enough?

morning runners in AustinToday I’d like to share a cautionary tale we see very commonly in people who get injured but are doing really well with treatment and recovering nicely …

The person is starting to feel really good and they have returned to most of the activities that their pain was keeping the from. They are back on the trail running, playing with their kids around the house, or even back on the golf course playing the game they love.

At this point, when at a PT session, they will often say they “still feel it a little” but it is not much of a problem. This is where trouble can begin…

We know from experience that “pretty good” is not good enough, but at this point many will decide that the pain is is so minor, they don’t really need to continue treatment till it’s 100% gone.

I’ll explain exactly why this can cause big problems and cost them a lot more money than if they’d just completed that last 1 or 2 treatments and attained 100% recovery, but first let me tell my own story of making this same type of mistake.

I have a great example of my own experience with this when I was younger. I was in Mexico doing some work with local indigenous villages helping them build a school. I ate some local cuisine that I was assured was not washed with their water.  (more…)

Trouble Looking Over Your Shoulder? This Technique Will Help: Upper Thoracic Joint Mobilization with Patient Movement

Trouble Looking Over Your Shoulder? This Technique Will Help: Upper Thoracic Joint Mobilization with Patient Movement

We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other PTs around the world. Occasionally we  share them on our blog so those suffering needlessly can see how our hands-on physical therapy helps others to get back to the active lifestyles they want and deserve.

Below is one such video showing an example of treatment techniques for Upper Thoracic Joint Mobilization with Patient Movement.

 

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Soft Tissue Mobilization for neck pain – Do not forget about the triceps

Soft Tissue Mobilization for neck pain – Do not forget about the triceps

We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other PTs around the world. Occasionally we  share them on our blog so those suffering needlessly can see how our hands-on physical therapy helps others to get back to the active lifestyles they want and deserve.

Below is one such video showing an example of mobilization techniques for Soft Tissue Mobilization for neck pain – Do not forget about the triceps!

 

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Key Treatment Technique for Mid-Back and Neck Pain – Mid Thoracic PA Spinal Mobilization in supine

Key Treatment Technique for Mid-Back and Neck Pain – Mid Thoracic PA Spinal Mobilization in supine

We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other PTs around the world. Occasionally we  share them on our blog so those suffering needlessly can see how our hands-on physical therapy helps others to get back to the active lifestyles they want and deserve.

Below is one such video showing an example of treatment techniques for Mid Thoracic PA Spinal Mobilization with patient in supine position.

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Incredible Neck Pain Treatment Technique – Distal Levator Scapulae and Infraspinatus Soft Tissue Mobilization with Patient Movement

Incredible Neck Pain Treatment Technique – Distal Levator Scapulae and Infraspinatus Soft Tissue Mobilization with Patient Movement

We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other PTs around the world. Occasionally we  share them on our blog so those suffering needlessly can see how our hands-on physical therapy helps others to get back to the active lifestyles they want and deserve.

Below is one such video showing an example of treatment techniques for Distal Levator Scapulae and Infraspinatus Soft Tissue Mobilization

 

If you are dealing with pain and would like to know how we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists Click Here. Or you can click here to send us an email.

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