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Hip Stretching for Low Back Pain
Saturday, June 02, 2018

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
Friday, March 02, 2018

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

Low Back Pain
Friday, February 02, 2018

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, MPT, CFMT, OCS
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

Monday, October 24, 2016

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

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

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
Monday, December 07, 2015

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

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I am a 66 year old female runner / racer and have been having some middle back pain (long term). My personal trainer suggested that you might be able to help me with some physical therapy. I would like to engage Body Mechanics to help me with that physical therapy. My questions to you would be:

Can you help? Usually! Fairly certain we can help, sometimes complete relief, sometimes improvement and strategies to better manage pain and stay active. What would the protocol look like? Our PT’... Read full post
ergonomic laptop monitor angle
Monday, October 19, 2015

In this day and age nearly all of us have more screen time than we did in the past.  And even worse, we now spend more time at a laptop or our smart phone instead of a desk top.  The portability of your smart phone or laptop gives it many advantages, but in the category of ergonomics these devices are a disadvantage.  Ideally the height of your screen should be placed so that the top of your screen is at eye level, creating a slight downward gaze at your monitor.  For you lap top users being... Read full post

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