When you hear of physical therapy, what comes to mind? Your first thought may be that PT is strictly for post-operative care. That’s certainly a part of what we do but there’s so much more!
Physical therapists are movement specialists who help patients reduce pain and improve mobility with the goal of avoiding surgery and reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. And as many of you know, the opioid epidemic is hot topic in the medical... Read full post
Are you a new mama who just had your baby and are now yearning to get back to running...but not sure if it's okay to start?
Return to run time frame: is there such a thing? The most common duration we hear for return to exercise is 6 weeks post-partum. But in reality, it all depends! Running is a high impact activity, meaning it involves a lot of force being transmitted through your bones, muscles, and joints. During... Read full post
Stress and anxiety are running high these days with all of the precautions and uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as ever, it is important to find ways to calm your mind and body to help manage these symptoms. Diaphragmatic breathing is a great, simple way to do this.
Our body is designed to breathe using primarily our diaphragm. The diaphragm is a muscle that sits at the bottom of the ribcage. When we breathe in, the diaphragm contracts downward, which causes the... Read full post
Falling can be a scary threat or reality, especially as we get older. There are tons of statistics that show that falls are a major problem in our society and can have significant negative impacts on us. HOWEVER -- there is a LOT you can do to reduce your risk and keep yourself safe, active, and independent!Falls Statistics from the CDC 1 out of 5 falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury Each year, 2.8 million older people are... Read full post
Physical therapy for the pelvic floor? What is that? Consider this:
“4 million births occur each year in the United States 2.7 million are vaginal, 54-80 thousand have grade 3-4 perineal tearing. What if 80,000 people with full thickness rotator cuff tears didn’t get rehab and were told “You’ll be fine. Here’s a newborn to care for. See you in 6 weeks!1” It may not seem intuitive to think of physical therapy for the pelvic floor but it’s really no different than other surgeries that... Read full post
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