01 Mar 2013

Muscle Spasms

What causes muscle spasms and knots? There are many causes for muscle spasms - the ones most often seen in physical therapy are those that arise from trauma, guarding, poor blood circulation in physical exertion, overuse and overloading. Other causes can be electrolyte imbalances and drug side effects.   Muscle spasms from Trauma and Guarding When a body or an extremity gets hit with a noxious stimulus - either a fall, a hit, or sometimes READ MORE [...]
Stride Strong PT’s Formula • Delineate offending structure and determine whether pain is truly plantar fasciitis, or neurodynamic dysfunction originating from the spine. • Manual therapy, stretching and ASTYM to improve soft tissue pliability and decrease pain. • Strengthen gluteal muscles for better loading mechanics during weight-bearing to offset pressure into the foot. • Taping, orthotics guidance with concurrent modalities to decrease READ MORE [...]
What is knee pain? Knee pain is either caused by disease or injury. The resultant pain can restrict range of motion and can quickly degrade strength in the knee and leg by non-use. The most common disease to affect the knee is osteoarthritis - which is a wearing down of cartilage in the knee. Osteoarthritis commonly results in pain and swelling in the joint. Knee injuries can occur by way of direct or sudden forces at the knee that strains the READ MORE [...]
Stride Strong PT’s Formula • Manual therapy to improve spinal joint mechanics and symmetry. Manual stretching and soft tissue release to address muscles spasms and pain. • Increase core strength and stability with gradual progression in difficulty and dynamics. • Posture coaching for activities in sitting, standing and walking.   Nearly everyone has been plagued by low back pain at some point in their lives. Reasons can stem from READ MORE [...]

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