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The name Marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in Battle in 490 BC. It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming “we have wοn”. There is much debate about the historical accuracy of this legend. Devices available to today’s runners could have resolved this controversy. If you have not yet acquired an activity monitor, the shelves are stocked with many options to fit almost any budget and style preference. Pedometers, heart rate monitors, activity trackers and GPS watches are the main categories out there today. The Garmin GPS watches and the Fitbit devices combine several of these functions. At the high end, the Garmin GPS watch actually tracks your route while you exercise and collects data like heart rate, altitude, calories burnt, VO2 estimation (and more) so you can optimize your training. The sleeker Fitbit is fitness device that uses an accelerometer, which is more accurate than a basic pedometer, and can be worn on your wrist or clipped inconspicuously to clothing while tracking things like: number of steps walked, flights of stairs climbed, and how deeply you sleep at night. Many activity monitors on the market are able to sync to your cell phone or computer. The data is then available to review. Garmin products use a central app called “Garmin Connect” which keeps track of all your data, shows your progress, assists with training programs and offers opportunities to connect with thousands of other athletes. The Fitbit is compatible with over 20 apps so the user can chose which interface fits their training and fitness goals best. Whether running marathons or strolling in the mall is your activity of choice, activity monitors certainly help us keep track of our movement throughout the day and help us stay accountable to reach our fitness goals. Wearing an activity monitor can help you stay on track with your fitness or training goals, and may be just the motivation needed to help you achieve success. In March 2015, the In Motion Run Clinic will cover these types of devices in its focus on technology. If you haven’t exercised for some time or you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. The Mayo Clinic offers advice on When to check with your doctor first.
The upcoming 2015 Run-Sport Injury Prevention Clinic will focus on injury prevention, nutrition, and maximizing performance and has been updated to cover some of the new tools available for health and fitness. Please see the Run Sport Clinic website for all the details. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 9AM to Noon. This year’s event will focus on the use of technology in physical training. and how new devices – like those available from Garmin and Fitbit – can be integrated into your training routine. Past Run Clinic Events:. The 2014 Run-Sport Injury Prevention Clinic was updated to focus on tendon and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. The 2013 Run-Sport Injury Prevention Clinic by In Motion Physical Therapy was designed to give both the novice and professional runner/athlete valuable information about lower extremity biomechanical issues that can maximize performance and help prevent injury. In Motion is the gold standard for outpatient physical therapy in Chester County. Family owned and serving Chester County residents for over 13 years we have focused on personal, one-on-one professional care that makes us proud to say “the patient comes first”. To learn more: Overview of In Motion Physical therapy Services available at In Motion Physical Therapy In Motion Fitness Center In Motion Patient testimonials
Hi, my name is Kristen Klingen and I am a physical therapist here at in motion physical therapy and rehabilitation. Today I would like to discuss spine pain. It is reported that 90% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life. At In Motion we have an experienced staff that specializes in caring for patients with spine pain. Spine pain may be caused by a herniated disc, arthritis, work- related injury, a sports injury, a motor vehicle accident or post operative from a surgical procedure such as a spinal fusion. Our therapists who specialize in the McKenzie method to diagnose and treat mechanical pain of the spine asses your specific symptoms and design a treatment program to relieve your pain. Treatment may also include mechanical traction and specific exercises to strengthen the core muscles that stabilize the spine and prevent further pain. Through a thorough evaluation and the most up to date treatment physical therapy can help restore you to your previous level of function. Thank you for watching and if you have any questions or would like to schedule an evaluation please feel free to call.
Dr. James Andrews – who has done numerous surgeries on professional athletes – helped start a prevention program with the sports-medicine society called the STOP program: Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention (in youth sports) Two interesting points from a recent article: 1. The first thing I would tell them is, their kid needs at least two months off each year to recover from a specific sport. Preferably, three to four months. Example: youth baseball. For at least two months, preferably three to four months, they don’t need to do any kind of overhead throwing, any kind of overhead sport, and let the body recover in order to avoid overuse situations. 2. And the people who get the players after the surgeries — they’re the ones who deserve the most credit. The physical therapy and rehab people.
Today I would like to discuss treatment of a total knee replacement. If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury causing you difficulty with everyday activities such as walking or climbing stairs, a knee replacement may be a good option for you. After the procedure, a physical therapist will work closely with the surgeon to ensure you regain function in your leg. You will learn specific exercises to strengthen your leg and restore knee movement to allow for return to everyday and recreational activities. A physical therapist – through a thorough evaluation and the most up to date treatments – can help restore a previous level of function. Thank you for reading and if you have any questions or would like to schedule an evaluation with a physical therapist please contact us.
When running, many things will keep you healthy, logging miles and feeling good about your fitness routine. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet, staying well hydrated, getting plenty of sleep and adequate rest/muscle recovery should be integral factors in any type of fitness routine, Yet, perhaps the most important and often overlooked factor is the running shoe. Wearing the right shoe will help you prevent injuries and recover from those that you might have already sustained. A proper evaluation of your gait, foot type and running shoe recommendation from your physical therapist is something that can help keep you running with proper form and prevent injuries. There are three basic categories for running shoes and having your gait and your feet evaluated will help you figure out which type is right for you. Neutral or Cushioned: This type of shoe is for the runner who supinates, has a very high arch and pushes off from the outside of their foot. Supinators do not absorb ground reaction force and shock well, so they need a very cushioned shoe with midsole shock absorbing materials. Stability: This type of shoe is for the runner who mildly pronates, has a normal to low arch and pushes off from the middle to the inside of their foot. Mild pronators absorb ground reaction force adequately, but they need a bit more midfoot, sometimes forefoot control to prevent abnormal motion and biomechanics. Mild pronators need a shoe with moderate medial support with dual density midsole materials. Motion Control: This type of shoe is for the runner who overpronates, has little to no arch and pushes off from the inside of their foot/first toe. Overpronators do not need cushioning as they adapt to terrain and ground reaction force well, but need a tremendous amount of control to prevent abnormal motion at their foot and subsequent abnormal motion at their ankle, knee, hip and low back. Overpronators need a shoe with dense, thermoplastic reinforcement, little to no cushioning. Throughout the remainder of the summer and into the fall, keep this information in mind as you think about preventative measures and ways to stay healthy. Enjoy your leisurely runs and your road races and remember: if the RIGHT running shoe fits, wear it! Be well, Stay In Motion.
All truths are NOT self evident, and NOT all are created equal. At least, not at In Motion. You see, in the proverbial pursuit of health and happiness, all physical therapists are NOT the same, not by a long shot….but, why does that matter? Because at In Motion, we believe that you, our patient, deserve the unalienable right to the best healthcare possible. How do we deliver? Through education and specialization. Three of nine of our clinicians are board certified in orthopedics. What’s the big deal you say? Well, out of 205,000 physical therapists employed in the USA, less than 8,500 or 4% of those are board certified…. nationwide. At In Motion, three of the nine on staff or 33% of our PT’s are board certified right here in Downingtown, PA. Two of our physical therapists have advanced credentials in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, AKA McKenzie Certified in the spine. One PT is Maitland Certifiied (COMT) in manual therapy; In Motion has clinicians certified in Kinesiotaping, and the Graston technique and ALL, yes All 9 of our clinicians are ART (Active Release Technique) certified. So, when you consider what factors are important with respect to your healthcare needs, I hope you will think of In Motion and the emphasis that we place on combining caring and concern for you and your individual goals, personal investment in you as a unique individual, and our continued education and specialization to ensure that your health problems are history, a thing of the past! Be well, stay In Motion!
Neurodynamics is the idea that the nervous system: the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout the body are one continuous system that needs to be able to stretch, compress, and move when we move. When the nervous system loses the ability to move when we move, symptoms can be felt. The nervous system is capable of creating a variety of symptoms including: pain, tingling, numbness, and burning just to name a few. There are many reasons why the nervous system may cause symptoms including direct trauma such as spinal cord injury, repetitive stress such as in carpal tunnel syndrome, and when the nerve roots become compressed by a intervertebral disc in the spine. A Physical Therapist – through a thorough evaluation and using the most up to date treatments – can help restore the nervous system and the surrounding tissues to a healthy condition, resulting in less symptoms and a better quality of life.