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Joint Mobilization Techniques: Why are they performed in Physical Therapy?

Joint Mobilization Techniques: Why are they performed in Physical Therapy?

Joint mobilization is a passive manual technique performed in many physical therapy treatments. It may feel differently from your everyday joint actions, like flexing at the knee or lifting the arm overhead. And that’s because it is. All joints have their own specific alignment and ways in which the bones, ligaments, tendons and capsule move about each other (known as osteokinematic or arthrokinematic motion). If those movement patterns are restricted in some way or are dysfunctional, we as therapy providers will step in to improve proper operations.

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Benefits of using Cold Laser

Benefits of using Cold Laser

At Northwest Wellness, our patients benefit from cold laser use for a variety of different spinal issues. Cold laser is a newer technology used by chiropractors, physical therapist, and acupuncturist. You may be wondering how cold laser works. Cold laser is a low level light that puts red light photons into the tissue and bone to help reduce pain and stimulate healing. Cold lasers are FDA approved for a variety of different issues: Acute and chronic pain, ligament sprains, muscle strain, soft tissue injuries, tendonitis, arthritis, tennis elbow, back pain, bursitis, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Tight Psoas Muscle and Low Back Pain

Tight Psoas Muscle and Low Back Pain

If you have ever had low back pain, often times one of the main culprits is a tight Psoas muscle. The psoas muscle is the primary hip flexor muscle, and is the largest, thickest muscle in the body. The psoas is the most powerful hip flexor. The psoas muscle originates at the lower vertebrae of T12 and inserts on the posterior of the femur. 

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Britt's Tips: Posture and the Rear View Mirror Trick

Britt's Tips: Posture and the Rear View Mirror Trick

We all have busy, hectic lives, rarely allowing time to take care of ourselves. Being able to sneak in stretches and exercises wherever possible is key. Often our car commute is the only time we’re not overburdened with work, chasing after kids, taking care of the house, or sleeping. Let’s take advantage of this quiet time and apply one of my favorite postural improvement tips.

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Rotator Cuff & Shoulder Impingement

Rotator Cuff & Shoulder Impingement

The rotator cuff refers to four specific muscles of the shoulder; the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, the teres minor, and the subscapularis. The rotator cuff surrounds the shoulder joint and is meant to provide stability to the joint during dynamic movement. Learn why these muscles are important for you to be exercising.

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Stretches for low back and hip tightness

Stretches for low back and hip tightness

There are plenty of reasons for low back and hip discomfort. Different diagnoses, muscle, disc or nerve involvements and pathologies require specific movements and modifications. Rather than getting into those details or specifics, I’m going to touch on general stretches for the lower extremity, hips and lumbar spine. These are basics that each and every one of us should be doing to maintain good range of motion, tissue flexibility, improve trunk posture and find relief from tension and tightness.

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Exercises For A Fit Pregnancy - 5 Top Favorites

Exercises For A Fit Pregnancy - 5 Top Favorites

Daily cardio is important for maintaining a healthy pregnancy: Walking, stationary bike, swimming, elliptical, hiking, cardio classes, yoga, and Pilates are all great options as long as heart rate is regulated (ideally staying within 150 beats/min) and the instructors are well versed in prenatal precautions. It’s also highly beneficial to include strength training into a pregnancy routine. Advantages include pain prevention, improved activity endurance, efficient and productive child labor and easier return to pre-baby body. 

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