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  • Shoulder muscle activation levels during range of motion exercises

    May 17, 2012

    If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our email updates for new blog posts. Thanks for visiting!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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The “Clam-Shell” Hip Exercise

    May 9, 2012

    Thera-Band®-resisted exercises are becoming more popular not only for hip rehabilitation, but also for knee rehabilitation and for sports-performance training. Recently, Dr. Dawn Gulick published a clinical application article on a popular hip external rotation exercise, the “Clam-Shell,” in Orthopedic Practice. In her article, Dr. Gulick stated that the Clam-Shell exercises can “reduce knee valgus, […]

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