Posts from January 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

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...

Monday, January 12, 2015

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...

Monday, January 12, 2015

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...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

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...

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