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  • Is the Thera-Band Stretch Strap Effective?

    May 21, 2012

    If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our email updates for new blog posts. Thanks for visiting!Stretching exercise can help increase flexibility, but sometimes it comes with a cost of decreased muscle performance immediately afterward. Two common types of stretching are static and contract-relax, or “PNF” stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation). In a […]

  • Shoulder muscle activation levels during range of motion exercises

    May 17, 2012

    Shoulder rehabilitation patients often perform range of motion exercises using shoulder pulleys and bars. These “active-assisted” exercises are often used as the next-step in shoulder rehabilitation after passive range of motion (ROM) exercises. Active-assisted range of motion (AAROM) exercises are usually performed to begin muscle activation when it’s important to protect healing tissue, especially after […]

  • Balance Training Reduces Sports Injuries

    May 16, 2012

    Balance training using wobble boards and foam balance pads has been shown to reduce lower extremity injuries (Olsen et al. 2005, Myklebust et al. 2003) and improve balance in athletes (Bernier et al. 1998, Gauffin et al. 1988). This neuromuscular training is thought to improve proprioception, thereby reducing risk of injury. Hungarian researchers investigated the […]

  • Simple exercises can reduce hamstring cramping

    May 14, 2012

    Physical therapist Tracey Wagner and colleagues described a case report of a competitive triathlete suffering from right hamstring cramping. The patient had bilateral hamstring tightness and bilateral gluteus maximus weakness. Dynamic assessment of gait, lunge, and step-down movements was performed. The therapists noted that a lack of knee extension in midstance and terminal swing bilaterally […]

  • Exercise compliments drug therapy for osteoporosis

    May 10, 2012

    Older women with osteoporosis are at a higher risk of fracture resulting from a fall due to their decreased bone mineral density (BMD). While osteoporosis drugs may help increase BMD, simply improving bone mineral density may not reduce the incidence of falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fall risk can be reduced by […]

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