Ever wonder what it would be like to cross-country ski like an Olympian?
If there’s one thing that really distinguishes a high-level athlete, it’s this: movement efficiency. Just watch a slow-motion video of your favorite Olympic athlete, and you can appreciate the coordination and precision that makes their bodies top-notch efficient. So, what makes them more efficient? How do we know... Read full post
Hello friends. Tom Pipines here. As someone blessed to be a TV sportscaster in Southeastern Wisconsin for three and a half decades, earning the viewers trust was important to me.
When I had my knee replaced, I needed people I could trust for my therapy. I’m so thankful that my doctor sent me to Body Mechanics Physical Therapy. Gregg is my PT and he’s as good as it gets. My knee is better than ever because of his efforts and expertise. Gregg is a perfect example of Body Mechanics... Read full post
Do you have back pain and suspect your hips are tight too? According to the Journal of Sports Physical Therapy those with low back pain are more likely to have decreased hip range of motion, compared to those without low back pain. The range of motion that is lacking is hip extension; the motion performed as you push off of your foot. The picture associated with this blog shows two simple and classic stretches for improving hip extension mobility. Here are instructions on how to perform... Read full post
Neck pain is widely experienced in our population and can have major negative effects on people’s lives. It can lead to decreased quality of life, limit activity, and can generate headaches. What to do… According to the Cochrane Review, exercise is a good treatment for neck pain; but not just any exercise. Strengthening exercise of the neck and upper back area! Strengthening exercise was found to be superior to both endurance exercise and stretching. Come to our March 22nd Neck Pain and... Read full post
I love Running. It is engaging and intriguing. I am especially interested in how we as humans are meant to move when at our best, or most efficient. In my view, walking and running should be a whole body activity. Have you have ever seen someone walk and they are only moving their legs and not the pelvis and trunk? When I see this, it looks like something is missing. Ideally the pelvis, trunk, shoulder blades, arms and legs should all be performing their independent jobs; but in... Read full post
Brent Bode, physical therapist at the downtown Milwaukee bodymechanics location will be traveling to Rwanda May 17th-27th to provide physical therapy to the athletes at Kefa (kay-fuh) Soccer Academy. Since 2009, Kefa has used soccer as a tool to develop community for at-risk youth who have been orphaned, impoverished, living on the streets, have dropped out of school, or are just growing up in a tough place. Their goal is to "help the kids feel welcomed, no longer alone, to help them re-... Read full post
What is it like when the PT becomes the patient? Our very own Jes Davies, a highly regarded physical therapist received a diagnosis of breast cancer 2 years ago. Her experience as a hands-on manual physical therapist, yoga instructor, and now breast cancer survivor provides us with a perspective that is insightful and helpful. One of the many things she learned in this process was the value of physical therapy in restoring her body to efficient and painfree function. Read from her Q & A... Read full post
As a runner I have been interested in the evolving technology in fitness watches, but have been hesitant to purchase one due to questions about accuracy of the measurements. And, other than getting to wear a cool looking watch, how do these measures benefit me? A great study was recently published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical therapy which addresses this issue. The measures in question are defined as and include:
Cadence: steps per minute
Vertical... Read full post
It is emotionally challenging to be prevented from doing something you enjoy, that is good for you, and that has become a positive habit. Injured athletes and runners face this dilemma with much difficulty. Having a plan to follow is very helpful to keep you focused and on task toward achieving your goal of returning to running. Following are some principles to following such a plan:Admit to yourself that you are not moving forward, if that is the case, and that you can get better... Read full post
I have been a physical therapist for over 10 years. I have completed several ½ ironman’s, many sprint triathlons, many 5Ks and last month participated in the Tyranena Beer Run ½ Marathon. In training for the Tyranena race I was following a fairly typical training plan, increasing my long run by about a mile per week. During my 8 mile long run I began experiencing calf pain like I never had before. I walked a bit, but like a typical fool began running again just to finish my training that... Read full post