Cadence has become a buzz word in the world of running and here is why. According to researchers increasing cadence (steps per minute) can decrease the following factors: ground reaction forces, shock attenuation, energy absorption at the hip, knee and ankle, as well as vertical excursion of the body. A decrease in these factors could lead to a decrease in injury. If a runner was to run at the same speed, but just increase cadence this would logically lead to a decrease in stride length... Read full post
Many cyclists experience perineum, otherwise known as saddle area; pain and numbness. Estimates vary widely with one author reporting anywhere from 31% to 91% of all cyclists being impacted by this issue. The discomfort is a result of compression of the perineum’s soft tissue which ultimately impact the nerves and blood supply of the area. Obviously, if the nerve and blood vessels going to the perineum are compressed this can have some very negative consequences for the genitals. Both... Read full post
In 2011 my attraction to the minimalistic shoe movement was immediate. I have always been fascinated with how we are meant to move and how are we most efficient. I did my research and realized that I couldn’t go from the pillows that were strapped to my feet to wearing shoes with soles that were next to nothing. To ease the transition I even purchased dress shoes that were minimal. It really took months, maybe even a year to fully adjust while running. Since 2011 I have increased the... Read full post
I lived in India for one year. For many spiritual persons in India, there was a large focus on having a clear mind, awakened consciousness and presence in the moment. Westerners may be aware of a book like the “Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle that extolls some of these concepts. It only makes sense to me that a runner who is in the moment feeling his or her body will be the superior runner. This is where running becomes meditation.
Today common culture encourages us to wear our... Read full post
In cycling there are many ways to spend your money to improve performance. But what really matters?
Here is a researched based look at this topic. Authors Jeukendrup and Martin wrote a review article originally published in the journal of Sports Medicine as a way to guide how we should spend our time and money in improving cycling performance. The authors used a mathematical model to predict times savings over a 40 Km Time Trial. The factors they examined are seen in the tables... Read full post
At some point during graduate school, I fell out of love with running. I’m not completely sure why. Maybe it was Lance Armstrong. At that time Lance was dominating the Tour de France which influenced my growing interest in cycling. May be it was that I had run my whole life and I just needed a break.
As a physical therapist and a human I have always been fascinated with how are we supposed to be. What I mean is, all of us function every day in some way, but what is the difference... Read full post
In a recent interview with Dr. James Andrews, a world renowned orthopedic surgeon, he stated that the major problem with youth sports is specialization and lack of off season or down time. Click here to read article: Dr. James Andrews article
As a physical therapist who works with athletes and parents of athletes, I am frequently asked about kids and sports. Questions about practice schedules, dangers within the sport, or extra training, usually stem from a parent or athlete that... Read full post
Common causes of chronic headaches
Chronic tension/migraine type headaches can have many different causes including TMJ problems, whiplash and postural dysfunctions just to name a few. Myofascial trigger points in the head and neck are an often overlooked source of headaches. These trigger points not only cause pain, but can cause dizziness and ringing in the ears.
What is a myofascial trigger point?
Myofascial trigger points are hard, taut bands in the muscles that... Read full post
Andy Kerk, PT at Body Mechanics recently appeared on WTMJ TV’s “Wisconsin Tonight” with Mike Jacobs and Carole Meekins to advise and encourage people to keep exercising through the winter. The icy cold of a typical Wisconsin winter provides some challenges to staying active and healthy.
Check out this tip sheet for more detailed suggestions. Winter Exercise Tip Sheet
You can watch the interview here: Wisconsin Tonight Interview
Visit www.bmechanics.com and the Body... Read full post
Winter is here and although we had a mild December, January has been frigid to the point of driving most of us indoors. I recently appeared on WKOW-TV in Madison on the weekend morning news program to talk more about this topic. Whether you are an athlete or someone looking to stay mobile and functional, here are some tips to keep you moving.
1) Continue physically challenging activities through the winter months. For example, I often hear from gardeners about the difficulty... Read full post