Innovative PT: 3 Easy Steps To Healthy Knees

IMPROVING YOUR SPORTS PERFORMANCE

Patient Spotlights “I had a great experience during my PT sessions.” “The greatest treatment ever. The staff has been great. I had a great experience during my PT sessions.” - Sharon L. “They answer all questions and don’t hesitate to give advice.” “People here are polite and very helpful. They answer all questions and don’t hesitate to give advice. I have been using this group for years and would recommend to any and all!“ - Carol O. “I feel this has helped me tremendously.” “My shoulder’s feel better, no more sharp pains and can stay in one position for longer periods of time. I feel this has helped me tremendously.” - Adam C. Having a regular physical therapy checkup ensures that your joints are working at their peak performance. In addition, any problems will be discovered early, preventing the onset of arthritis and joint injury. If you do have arthritis or have had surgery, then a regular physical therapy check up is especially important. If your attention is on that sore knee, then it is time you called us for a free knee joint analysis. Talk to one of our expert physical therapists today and see how life can be with freely moving knees. Whether you are a high school athlete or just like to exercise for fun, improving your body’s ability to exercise is a good challenge. While there are many different ways to train for your particular sport, including nutrition, we are going to focus on improving your joint performance and stability. This will allow you to run longer, cut faster, and throw better. Joint Stability Improve your sports ability through joint stability. When a joint is more stable, muscles can function better. For knees, ankles and hips try balance exercises on uneven surfaces such as foam or a folded towel. Try standing on one leg while doing small knee bends. Joint Flexibility Joints need to be flexible in order to move through their proper range and allow muscles to pull correctly. For many people who are runners, stretching must be done every day to maintain muscle and tissue elasticity. Dynamic stretching is often best, where the stretch is done in a moving fashion, such as in Yoga. This is different than a prolonged stretch.

Joint Strength Incorporate strengthening exercises into your sports routines. This is especially important for runners and weekend warriors. A little strengthening exercising can go a long way to prevent sports injuries and soreness. The stronger your muscles are around your joints, the better ability you have to play and avoid injury. Joint Coordination You have an inherent sense of where your joints are in space (proprioception) and how they are moving in space (kinesthetic sense). This allows your brain to coordinate the muscle movements around your joints. By improving your balance and coordination with specific exercises, you greatly reduce the chance of injury and will enhance your sports performance. Call us today to learn more about our special programs that help you live your life pain free.

Healthy Recipe

Fruit Energy Balls

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup chopped almonds • 1 cup dried figs

• 1 cup dried apricots • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

INSTRUCTIONS Combine almonds, figs and apricots in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Roll the mixture into small balls and dredge in coconut. To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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