Here’s a scenario that I have heard several times over the years. Maybe you are familiar with it.
After a long hopefully restful sleep, you sit up in your bed in the morning. You swing your legs off the bed to get going. Wince…As soon as you put that foot down and stand up you feel that sharp pain in your heel and sole of the foot. You are limping around for several minutes before the pain calms down and it feels normal again.
What is it? Why does my foot hurt? Is it Normal to feel this in the morning?
Just like your shoulder, your hip is a ball and socket joint. Which means it has a lot of motions to perform. What comes to mind when you think of working on your hip muscles? Squats, Bridging?
Hip muscles help move your leg front and back, out to the side and across midline. And also Rotate In and out. You have probably heard about working your Glutes. The Glutes are a set of three muscles- Gluteus Maximus, Medius, Minimus. But there are more in your butt! There are 9 muscles- some of them are more superficial, some sit deep in your butt. Yes, you need to work your glutes. They are essential for standing, lifting, walking. However, it’s also important to focus on other muscles in your butt as they have very important functions too.
OCTOBER!!! National Physical Therapy month here in the US. The goal of celebrating this month is to create awareness and highlight the transformative role physical therapy can play in improving one’s quality of life. So I thought of writing about something that not many people are aware of. As always, my patients have the answers. I recently had few patients with jaw pain who had no idea why they were referred to physical therapy. Very few people are aware of role of Physical Therapy in managing jaw pain. Also, good time to know which candy to avoid this Halloween if you have any jaw pain.
Balance is crucial for everyone, of all ages. You are never too young for balance training. Surely, balance can mean different things to different people. To a 6 year old, balance is learning to roller skate. To a 35 year old, balance can mean catching yourself while tripping over kids toys, while carrying a load of laundry. To a 70 year old, balance is breaking a fall while stepping up a curb. So whether you are young, middle aged, elderly or fitness enthusiast, sedentary, athlete or just an average person trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can definitely benefit from balance exercises.
Hiking has become one of the common social activities. What else is there to do while maintaining social distancing and trying to dodge the virus? Be it singles, couples or families with kids and grandparents, everyone is set out to explore the less traveled but beautiful hikes scattered around almost every neighborhood.