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Avoid the Pains of Travel

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The joys of a family vacation can be overshadowed by the ‘pain’ of hauling excessive luggage, sleeping in a different bed and extended periods of sitting. Here are our favorite tips to keep you feeling your best while traveling so you can enjoy your destination.

Take breaks while driving

Every hour or two, stop and walk for a few minutes. It’s also not a bad idea to do some standing back extensions. Sitting places your spine in a flexed position, so moving it the opposite direction can prevent pain.

Support your back

If you’re going to be sitting for extended periods, like on an airplane, using lumbar support can keep you more comfortable. A lumbar roll, or small pillow works well placed between the seat and the small of back. Using a rolled jacket or blanket is another good option.

Choose the right luggage

Suitcases with wheels let you avoid lifting and carrying. If you’re flying, check your bags to avoid the overhead lifting. A backpack that can be worn on both shoulders makes a great carryon and is easier to handle than a bag you can only use one hand on.

Dress to move

Comfortable shoes and clothes let you walk when you have the opportunity. If you have down time, like waiting at the gate at the airport, or waiting for your hotel room to be ready, use the opportunity to take a walk instead of sitting.

Pillow talk

If you have a long flight, train or car ride where you plan to sleep, use a neck pillow. This helps you avoid sleeping with a twisted neck, then waking up in pain. If you’re worried about the comfort of the pillows at the hotel, don’t be afraid to bring your own.

Listen to your body

Vague discomfort is often a warning sign that you need to move!

Don’t take a vacation from exercise

Maintain your usual activity level. Research local exercise facilities before you head to a new town, take your running shoes, and travel with your theraband and foam roller. The more you can maintain your activity level, the less likely you are to end up in pain.

With these tips, you should be able to arrive at your destination feeling ready to enjoy your time with your family instead of in pain, stiff, or sore.

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How Physical Therapy Helps Retirees Keep Dreams Alive During the Golden Years

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Are you among the millions of Americans who have high aspirations for how you’ll spend the extra time during your post-retirement years?

Whether you plan to travel the world, pick up fly fishing, spend more time woodworking or sign up for a golf league, your physical fitness level will be a factor.

A 2010 study suggests that the fitness declines we typically attribute to advancing age are largely caused by living sedentary lifestyles—which are on the rise due to the prominence of desk jobs in the workplace and activity-limiting personal technologies including smart phones and voice-activated remote controls in the home.

Still, this runs contrary to the widely held belief that any declines in our physical abilities are caused solely by biological aging.

Do we really have control over how active we’ll be in our “golden years”?

In a word, absolutely. The study—which examined 900,000 running times of marathon and half-marathon participants aged 20 to 79—found no significant age-related performance declines in those younger than 55 years old, and only moderate declines among the older cohorts.

In fact, more than one-quarter of runners aged 65 to 69 were faster than half of the runners aged 20 to 54.

And for those thinking that these runners must have been lifelong enthusiasts of the sport, the study revealed that 25% of runners aged 50 to 69 were relative newcomers—and had started marathon training within the previous 5 years.

The researchers concluded that even at an advanced age, people in the “non-athlete” category who engage in regular training can reach high performance levels.

If this revelation is intriguing, then perhaps it’s time for you to get moving!

If you aren’t currently active, then you likely have questions and concerns about where to start. And if you regularly engage in physical activities, then you’ve probably set goals that you’d like to achieve.

Either way, there’s no shortage of tools and resources to help you live a more active lifestyle but one reliable place to start is with a physical therapist.

The benefits of beginning with a physical therapist consultation are many: PTs are trained to assess your abilities and limitations, consider your health concerns, demonstrate safe exercises and build a plan to increase strength, function and mobility.

Whatever your passion is, physical therapy will help you be fit and injury-free so you may enjoy life’s many pursuits.

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Your Smart Phone Could Be Rapidly Aging Your Spine

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Chances are that you probably haven’t given much thought to how your neck and back are faring in the era of the smart phone, but studies show that you most certainly should.

It’s practically a reflex these days to pull out our smart phones when we’re standing in line, sitting at the airport or riding the subway. And while it’s great that we rarely need to venture beyond our pockets for entertainment, our bodies are beginning to retaliate—and mourn the pre-texting days.

So, what exactly are these contemporary conveniences doing to our bodies?

A surgeon-led study that published in Surgical Technology International assessed what impact surgeons’ head and neck posture during surgery—a posture similar to that of smart-phone texters—has on their cervical spines. With each degree that our heads flex forward (as we stare at a screen below eye level), the strain on our spines dramatically increases.

When an adult head (that weighs 10 to 12 pounds in the neutral position) tilts forward at 30 degrees, the weight seen by the spine climbs to a staggering 40 pounds, according to the study. 

How pervasive of a problem is this?

According to the study, the average person spends 14 to 28 hours each week with their heads tilted over a laptop, smart phone or similar device. Over the course of a year, that adds up to 700 to 1400 hours of strain and stress on our spines.

As a result, the number of people dealing with headaches, achy necks and shoulders and other associated pain has skyrocketed. Trained to address postural changes and functional declines, physical therapists are well-versed in treating this modern-day phenomenon, widely known as “text neck.”

Over time, this type of poor posture can have a cumulative effect, leading to spine degeneration, pinched nerves and muscle strains.

Scheduling an appointment with a physical therapist can help people learn how to interact with their devices without harming their spines. The PT will prescribe an at-home program that includes strategies and exercises that focus on preserving the spine and preventing long-term damage.

Exercise is an important part of taking care of our spines as we age, but what we do when we’re not in motion matters, too. So next time you pick up your smart phone or curl up with your e-reader, do a quick check of your head and neck posture. Your body will thank you for years to come.

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Prevent Pain. Stay Strong.

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You know exercise is important to your health. It helps you feel better physically, gives you energy, and helps you deal with the stress of your busy life.  

But what do you do when life gets too busy to take an exercise class, go for a run, or get to the gym? 

It’s easy to start skipping exercise when life gets busy, but that leads to less energy, and aches and pains cropping up. This makes you feel like exercising even less, and leads to a downward spiral. That means that finding time to exercise when life is busy is even more important.  

If you can find 8 minutes, you can maintain your strength even on your busiest day.  

Exercise doesn’t have to take lots of time. In fact, your 8 minutes don’t even have to be all together. You can break them up throughout the day. Doing one exercise for one minute every hour while at work counts just as much as doing 8 minutes of exercise after the kids are in bed and before you collapse on the couch.

The following exercises use your body weight for resistance, so you don’t need any equipment. They also use many muscle groups at once so you can maintain strength in your whole body in a short amount of time.  

  1. The plank; Lying on your stomach, with your forearms on the ground, elbows under the shoulders, and arms parallel to the body. Toes tucked under, engage your stomach muscles and lift your body up. Hold for 20 seconds, rest 5 seconds, and repeat 3 times.

  2. Push up; (do on your knees if you need an easier version). 20 seconds of push ups, 10 seconds of rest and repeat. 

  3. Quadruped - Start on your hands and knees with your hands under your shoulders, and you knees under your hips. Lift and reach with one arm and the opposite leg, maintaining a stable core. Hold 10 seconds and repeat on opposite side. Repeat 5 times. 

  4. Bridge; Lying on back, with your knees bent, engage your abdominals and lift your hips. Hold 20 seconds, rest 5 seconds, and repeat 3 times. 

  5. Lunge; Stand tall and take a large step forward with the right leg, shifting your weight forward. Lower your body until the right thigh is parallel to floor and your right shin is vertical. (do not let the knee shift past right toe). Return to the start and repeat on the other side. Repeat 20 times.  

  6. Squat to heel raise; Feet shoulder width apart, core engaged and arms raised high above the head. Perform a squat and return to standing then rise onto your toes. Repeat 20 times. 

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The Importance of Failure

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As an Olympic wrestler, I am fascinated with the concept of mindset and how it can affect outcomes.  For example, two people might have the same capabilities, and mindset can be the difference between winning/losing, success/failure, achieving a goal/not, making progress in therapy/staying in pain.

One of my favorite quotes as an athlete was "success is never ending and failure is never final."  It took me a long time to understand this quote but when it finally made sense it made a big difference in how I approached successes and challenges.  

Let's break it down:  

"Success is never ending".  We've all met people who get a little taste of success and it goes straight to their head.  Staying humble is important if we want to keep growing. Realizing that no matter how successful you might be, there is always room for improvement means that you have room to be even more successful!

"Failure is never final".  A lot of people are afraid of failure and view failure as a bad thing. I do not! Failure is never final, meaning that if you fail at something it is not the end of your journey.  True, it may be a big bump or pothole on your road to success, and it is rarely an enjoyable experience.  However, if you view failure with this perspective, as just a learning opportunity to improve, then it makes you more willing to try something new, because you aren't afraid of failure anymore.  

There's a misconception that people who are successful have one smooth ride to success. 

The reality is that all achievement has ups and downs. In my own career I had very significant failures which seemed catastrophic at the time. Looking back those were some of the most important lessons and acted like a springboard to allow me to achieve greater success later. I believe this is because the failures that I endured, which were painful to go through, were in fact critical learning lessons for my mindset and future success. 

Failure is never fun.  But I encourage you to try and find the silver lining in order to make the best out of a bad situation.  What went wrong with whatever challenge you might encounter in your life whether it's in business, school, sports, or otherwise. Find out what you can learn so it doesn't happen in the future and you will set yourself up for future success.


Matt Gentry, DPT

Sports Performance, Orthopedics and Pediatrics

Matt grew up in Oregon and attended Stanford University on a wrestling scholarship, where he received a degree in human biology. After graduation, Matt coached Division I wrestling at Stanford while also competing internationally on the Canadian Olympic team which culminated in representing Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. After retiring from competition following a fifth place finish in the London Olympics, he and and his wife relocated to the Midwest.  

Matt received his doctoral degree in physical therapy from Governor State University and was nominated by the faculty for the Alpha Eta Honor Society which is the Allied Health Professionals' national honor society for academic and professional excellence. Dr. Matt has an interest serving clients with sports performance needs, orthopedic conditions, and pediatric clients with neurological conditions. He now resides in Manteno, Illinois with his wife and three small children. 

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PhysioPoint Therapy Uses Cutting Edge Technology to Help Rehabilitate Clients!

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At PhysioPoint Therapy, we are always looking for better ways to serve our clients in the Crown Point area.  That includes exploring new technologies when they become available. 

To our knowledge, PhysioPoint is one of the first physical therapy clinics anywhere to be using Halo Sport.  Halo Sport is an exciting technology that utilizes “Neuropriming” which allows people to build muscle memory faster (link to blog post on muscle memory).

What is Neuropriming?

Neuropriming is the process of using electrical stimulation to stimulate the motor cortex in the brain.  The motor cortex is responsible for controlling movement in your body.  By stimulating the motor cortex (the brain), the nervous system is building stronger communications between your brain and your body.  When paired with quality training, this results in increased muscle memory, strength, explosiveness, and endurance.

Why have I never heard of Halo?

Halo is new to market and is being used almost exclusively by professional athletes and performers, from the San Francisco Giants, NFL players, CrossFit World Champions, Olympians, and professional concert pianists. However, athletes aren’t the only ones that can benefit from Halo Sport…..

If it’s for athletes, why is PhysioPoint using Halo?

I am excited to use Halo Sport with my Sports Performance Mindset clientele in order to take athletes to the next level.  However, a lot of our clients will benefit from this technology.

Patients with neurological impairments (stroke, MS etc.) certainly could see a benefit. For a larger population, pain often stems from movement dysfunction and a big part of our job as physical therapists is to train people to move better.

That’s one big reason we decided to invest in Halo Sport.  So far, patients that have used it have loved it and feel that it makes a difference in their rehab. If you notice that you move “funny” or have to modify how you move to avoid pain, then PhysioPoint Therapy and Halo Sport technology might be a great way to get you moving and feeling better. 


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About the Author: 

Dr. Nate Kloosterman

Nate earned his doctorate in Physical Therapy from Andrews University. He is a board certified Physical Therapist with the advanced designation of orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). He has extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy including a trigger point dry needling certification.

Nate has been involved in teaching at Andrews University for the differential diagnosis in the doctor of physical therapy program. He was instrumental in developing curriculum for advanced courses in medical exercise therapy (MET) which is taught to practitioners throughout the United States.

Nate founded PhysioPoint Therapy and Wellness in January of 2014. He enjoys spending time with family, biking, skiing, playing golf and participating in community events. 

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Should I stretch before exercise?

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Growing up in youth sports, and even into Division I athletics, I remember starting every wrestling practice with static stretching- touch your toes and “1,2, 3,….10”. 

Turns out, I was doing it all wrong.

Now working in the physical therapy field in an active community like Crown Point, I often get asked: “Should you stretch before exercise?”  For the average person, the answer is no. 

Research has shown that static stretching before exercise: 

  1. Does not reduce risk of injury,
  2. Actually decreases muscular strength output, and
  3. Does not reduce post-injury soreness. 

A better way to warm up is to do something called a dynamic warm-up. 

A dynamic warm-up involves combining a light cardiovascular activity with gentle movements.  A light cardiovascular activity such as a brisk walk or light jog for 5-15 minutes helps get your blood flowing to your muscles. Combine this with low-intensity, gentle movements for the activity you are going to be doing.

For example, if you are golfing, take a couple gentle swings and start off in only one half your range and then slowly get to a full swing. If you are going to be lifting weights, do 3-5 repetitions at very light weight. 

Don’t get the wrong impression that stretching is bad.  In fact, it is a great way to cool down.  And some sports DO require flexibility. If you are a dancer that needs to complete the splits, then you need to be able to get into that position. 

Ideally, perform stretching after a workout when your muscles are the warmest.  For the average person, however, our bodies move in the range that we need. 

Any questions about stretching or other activities? Send an email to Doctor of Physical Therapy and 2x Olympic Wrestler Matt Gentry at mattg.physio@gmail.com


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About the Author: 

Matt Gentry, DPT

Sports Performance, Ortho and Pediatrics

Matt grew up in Oregon and attended StanfordUniversity on a wrestling scholarship, where he received a degree in human biology. After graduation, Matt coached Division I wrestling at his alma mater while also competing internationally on the Canadian national team which culminated in representing Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. After retiring from competition following a fifth place finish in the London Olympics, he and and his wife relocated to the Midwest where he received his doctoral degree in physical therapy from Governor State University. Dr. Matt has an interest in serving clients with sports performance needs, orthopedic conditions, and pediatric clients with neurological conditions. He now resides in Manteno Illinois with his wife and three small children. 

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Feminine and fierce: why women should be hitting the weight room!

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Muscular does not equal masculinity

A common thing I hear at the gym is that women do not want to lift weights because it will “make them bulky”. In our society particularly, women are expected to look and behave that align with certain standards. Unfortunately, the “lifting weights makes you manly” idea seems to be a concept that has been around for a while (and in my opinion needs to be erased). Advertisements and media promote women to “look good” rather than promoting positive self image, feeling good, and being strong & healthy.

Not only does weight lifting and exercising improve lean body composition, but it also promotes a larger calorie burn throughout the day.

Powerful chemicals called endorphins are also released while you exercise which can help combat depression, PMS, or even just make you feel better on a gloomy day.

Resistance training and weight lifting is important for women to improve bone density.

Unfortunately, women have a higher predisposition to osteoporosis as we age due to our chemical and hormonal make up. Adding regular weight lifting and strength training into your exercise regimen can help strengthen your skeleton and reduce your risks for fractures.

What weightlifting did to my own self image

Even from a young age, I never met society’s standard of skinny. As I entered my teens, I thought that doing a ton of cardio and eating chicken and green beans every meal was my ticket to finally being “in shape”. For years I tried many very restrictive diets with high emphasis on long cardio sessions which eventually caused a metabolic nightmare every time I even looked in the direction of a carbohydrate. 

In my twenties, I started seriously lifting in the gym.

I noticed my arms and legs looked better even when the scale didn’t change much. I had more energy throughout the day. I looked forward to exercise and I felt strong, confident, and powerful doing it. Growing up I never thought I was “athletic” because I did not play competitive sports.

Now, I am confident enough to try new things such as yoga, rock climbing, rollerblading, and I even competed in a figure competition. Weightlifting has helped me break down personal limitations-both mental and physical- and made me a better, well-rounded, more self-assured woman.


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About the Author: 

Alli Riddering, DPT

Women's Health, Orthopedics and Pediatrics

Alli received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Governors State University and was nominated by the faculty for the Alpha Eta Honor Society (Allied Health Professionals). 

Alli first became interested in physical therapy in grade school after she witnessed her aunt graduating and becoming a PT. She honed a deeper understanding of the human body and a passion for the profession while earning a degree in biology from Purdue University.  

She has a keen interest in understanding the full nature of her patients’ injuries, then utilizing proven therapies that lead to recovery and improved function for them. Alli has a special interest in Women's Health and pelvic rehabilitation. 

She also enjoys participating in fitness and nutrition programs herself and she spends significant time each week working out.  She also loves to travel, dining out at new places, and experiencing the outdoors (especially when the weather is nice).

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Pelvic Floor Healthy

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When you think about being healthy you may think about lifting weights or running on a treadmill at a gym.  Oftentimes, we forget about important small muscles that support our internal organs and keep our bodily functions working properly. Did you know that a physical therapist can help you with bowel and bladder dysfunction such as urinary incontinence? Here are 5 tips on keeping your pelvic floor healthy!

1.    Proper nutrition and hydration

a.      Drinking water may seem daunting, especially if you are experiencing urinary leakage or if you already take frequent trips to the bathroom. In reality, drinking less water will cause the bladder to shrink which will tell the brain that it is fuller faster. In turn, this will cause you to go to the bathroom more frequently especially if urine is concentrated.  6-8 8oz glasses is recommended for a healthy lifestyle.

b.     Alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners and carbonated beverages should be avoided if possible because they can irritate the lining of the bladder and stimulate the nervous system which can also increase urinary emptying.

c.      Eating a diet with lean protein, fruits, and vegetables will help promote a healthy body weight which can decrease incidence of incontinence.

2.    Regular exercise

a.      A good start to an exercise program would be walking. Not only is walking a good introductory exercise regimen for overall health, but it actually activates the internal smooth muscles of the bowel and bladder and helps to strengthen the pelvic floor.  

3.    Create healthy bladder habits

a.      A great general guideline on healthy toileting habits for the pelvic floor would be to toilet every 3-4 hours. Urine stream flow should be ~10-20 seconds and urine should be slight yellow.

b.     Urine should not be highly concentrated or have a strong odor.

4.    Proper hygiene and clothing choices

a.      Some suggestions about clothing choices when experiencing urinary incontinence include pants that are lightweight, can be easily cleaned, and can be removed easily to avoid leakage. Bringing extra change of lightweight clothes with you if you experience incontinence is suggested to promote proper hygiene.

5.    Get in contact with a physical therapist!

a.      If you are experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction, contact a physical therapist that specializes on treating incontinence and pelvic pain. She/he can give you more detailed suggestions and specialized exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to reduce incidence of bladder leaks. 

Source : Hulme JA. Beyond Kegels, Fabulous Four Exercises and More - To Prevent and Treat Incontinence. Phoenix Pub; 2002.


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About the Author: 

Alli Riddering, DPT

Women's Health, Orthopedics and Pediatrics

Alli received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Governors State University and was nominated by the faculty for the Alpha Eta Honor Society (Allied Health Professionals). 

Alli first became interested in physical therapy in grade school after she witnessed her aunt graduating and becoming a PT. She honed a deeper understanding of the human body and a passion for the profession while earning a degree in biology from Purdue University.  

She has a keen interest in understanding the full nature of her patients’ injuries, then utilizing proven therapies that lead to recovery and improved function for them. Alli has a special interest in Women's Health and pelvic rehabilitation. 

She also enjoys participating in fitness and nutrition programs herself and she spends significant time each week working out.  She also loves to travel, dining out at new places, and experiencing the outdoors (especially when the weather is nice).

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Mindset Training for Sports Performance

What is the sports performance program currently being introduced at PhysioPoint Therapy in Crown Point with 2x Olympic Wrestler and Doctor of Physical Therapy Matt Gentry?

Sports Performance is a broad category and this program is a combination of both mental and physical aspects of sports performance. 

Olympian/Dr. Matt has a unique perspective, combining the mental performance skills he gained while competing in two Olympic Games along with movement science learned while earning a doctor of physical therapy degree.  Matt had this to say about the program:

“When polled, many athletes state that sports is 80% mental and this becomes more true the higher the competition level. Yet practice times are precious and physical skills and training takes precedence over mental skills. This results in athletes that do not have strong minds who are not able to maximize their physical capabilities. Many athletes have a basic understanding of goal-setting, visualization, and other mental skills. However, just like knowing how to lift weights doesn’t make you stronger, knowing about mental skills doesn’t give you a strong mind- which takes consistent, focused practice.  This program bridges the gap between mind and body with formal training that combines both the physical and mental aspect of sport in order to maximize performance. Like a muscle the brain is incredibly adaptive and grows with consistent focused effort.”

Drawing upon practical experience wrestling in 2 Olympics, formal Sport Psychology training, coursework during his education at prestigious Stanford University, and 5 years spent coaching Division 1 athletics, Dr. Matt will share his passion for mindset including:

·      Handling Pressure

·      Building Belief and Confidence

·      Increasing Sustained Focus and Endurance

·      Changing to a Growth (vs. Fixed) Mindset and the Importance of Failure

·      Overcoming Adversity and/or Injury

·      Visualization, Goal Setting, Deep Breathing, Self-Discipline, College recruiting process and more!


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About the Author: 

Matt Gentry, DPT

Sports Performance, Ortho and Pediatrics

Matt grew up in Oregon and attended StanfordUniversity on a wrestling scholarship, where he received a degree in human biology. After graduation, Matt coached Division I wrestling at his alma mater while also competing internationally on the Canadian national team which culminated in representing Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. After retiring from competition following a fifth place finish in the London Olympics, he and and his wife relocated to the Midwest where he received his doctoral degree in physical therapy from Governor State University. Dr. Matt has an interest in serving clients with sports performance needs, orthopedic conditions, and pediatric clients with neurological conditions. He now resides in Manteno Illinois with his wife and three small children. 

 

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The “P”s of Pelvic Floor PT: Bet you didn’t know a physical therapist helped with these problems!

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1. Pelvic Muscle retraining:

Physical therapists are known to treat issues related to bone, muscle, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Did you know that the pelvic floor consists of these same tissues? Just like a muscle in, lets say, your hip or arm can become weak if you do not exercise it, your pelvic floor muscles can become weak too! 

2. Pee Management (Urinary Incontinence):

Ok, that was a reach….but urinary incontinence is one of the top issues that a pelvic floor physical therapist can help with. As mentioned above, the pelvic floor muscles play an important role in allowing you to  go to the bathroom.

This can mean the muscles allow you to “hold it” when going to the bathroom is not appropriate. The muscles also allow you to relax enough to empty your bladder fully when it is the right time. If your pelvic floor is too tight or too weak, urinary incontinence may result.

It has been found that 25% of young women, 44-57% of middle-aged and post menopausal women, and 75% of older women experience urinary incontinence at some point- YOU ARE NOT ALONE! (Urinary Incontinence New Hope, 2012) 

3. Pelvic Organ Prolapse:

The pelvic floor plays an important role in lifting the internal organs and keeping them in place, especially during daily activities. If the pelvic floor and core muscles are is damaged or weak (childbirth, aging) pelvic organ prolapse may occur.

Your pelvic floor physical therapist may have some great suggestions of little things that can be done throughout the day to help with this issue. 

4. Pelvic Pain:

Many people experience pelvic pain and suffer in silence because they just do not know who to talk to about these issues. Pain with sex is not normal and needs to be investigated by someone who has been trained to treat the pelvic floor muscles. Just like if you were to have a tight hamstring, the pelvic floor muscles can become overly tight and this becomes dysfunctional if it causes pain and interferes with daily life.

Luckily, your pelvic floor physical therapist has many ideas for treatment and knows how to target this specific muscle group!

If you have any specific questions,  please give me a call! 

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About the Author: 

Dr. Alli Riddering

Women's Health, Orthopedics and Pediatrics

Alli received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Governors State University and was nominated by the faculty for the Alpha Eta Honor Society (Allied Health Professionals). 

Alli first became interested in physical therapy in grade school after she witnessed her aunt graduating and becoming a PT. She honed a deeper understanding of the human body and a passion for the profession while earning a degree in biology from Purdue University.  

She has a keen interest in understanding the full nature of her patients’ injuries, then utilizing proven therapies that lead to recovery and improved function for them. Alli has a special interest in Women's Health and pelvic rehabilitation. 

She also enjoys participating in fitness and nutrition programs herself and she spends significant time each week working out.  She also loves to travel, dining out at new places, and experiencing the outdoors (especially when the weather is nice).

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How to be Great Part 2 - Stephan Curry

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 As I mentioned in a recent blog post, How to be Great Part 1 - Kobe Bryant, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC for a conference that has left me excited and eager to apply what I have learned.

I learned from the thought leaders in the areas of health and wellness and experts in physiotherapy.

Alan Stein was one of the speakers that had a profound impact on me. As a young boy, I was enamored with the NBA and Michael Jordan. My interests have changed over the years and watching sports, in general, is not where I choose to spend my time. I do, however, appreciate learning about how people become great.

When Alan spoke about Stephan Curry there were similarities between what makes him great and what made Kobe Bryant great.

Tenacity is not enough, it is all about the preparation.

Stephan would do drills over and over again until he got them right. If he messed up, he would take him self out of the line and work with a coach to help him get the fundamentals right. He was terrified of repeating the wrong execution of a move or shot. Doing it once is one thing, but he wanted to break himself of deficiencies as quickly as possible because he was afraid of the long-term consequence of poor muscle memory.

In therapy, we use a method from the 1970s called Medical Exercise Therapy. It focuses on precision and proper movement over and over again. While this is great for treating conditions like knee, shoulder, back and neck pain. It doesn’t by itself train coordination and higher-level skill.

In order to train performance and coordination of movement, we incorporate Redcord neurologic activation exercises in combination with trigger point dry needing in order to get the neuro-muscular system to activate optimally.

Alan also told us about a vow Stephan made to himself. Namely, Stephane doesn’t leave the gym without “swishing” 5 free throws. For those of you who know about basketball, you score regardless of whether or not you hit the rim provided the ball goes through the hole. But that wasn’t good enough for Stephan. He pushed himself to going above and beyond what is necessary, so that when he was in a game situation there would be room for error.

He will go down as the best shooter in NBA history one day thanks to his dedication to doing things properly and going above and beyond average.

What made Stephan Curry Great?

1.     He was afraid of what repeating a bad habit would do.

2.     He wouldn’t leave the gym until he “swished” 5 free throws

This means he wanted to go above and beyond acceptable, he was seeking “perfection”

Take away for those of us not in the NBA:  

First, we have to analyze what habits we do in our personal and professional lives that we are repeating and needs to stop. We need to be “afraid” of the long-term consequence of performing in a way that is less than our best. 

Second, in preparation, we need to set our sights on performing in a way that is far above what is expected of everybody else. We need to be better than average by doing the hard work on the front end sot that we can do our absolute best when it’s necessary.

Enjoy Life,

Dr. Nate Kloosterman

PhysioPoint Therapy and Wellness

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About the Author: 

Dr. Nate Kloosterman earned his doctorate in Physical Therapy from Andrews University. He is a board certified Physical Therapist with the advanced designation of orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). He has extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy including a trigger point dry needling certification.

Nate has been involved in teaching at Andrews University for the differential diagnosis in the doctor of physical therapy program. He was instrumental in developing curriculum for advanced courses in medical exercise therapy (MET) which is taught to practitioners throughout the United States.

Nate founded PhysioPoint Therapy and Wellness in January of 2014. He enjoys spending time with family, biking, skiing, playing golf and participating in community events. 

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How to be Great Part 1 - Kobe Bryant

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While I was away on a conference I ran across Alan Stein who is a strength & conditioning and mindset coach for the NBA’s top athletes.  He spoke on the topic of greatness and how we can be the best at what we choose to do. 

Alan and I share something in common. We study successful people to see what makes them tick. While I know that I will never play in the NBA, I was able to glean some ideas about what it takes to be great at what I choose to do in life.

I want to be a great father, son, husband and the best at delivering healing and wellness through exercise and hands-on treatments.

This is why I learned from the best mentors in the world for hands-on therapy, the best at trigger point dry needling, the best at sports performance and the best at corrective exercise.

Kobe Bryant dominated the league in the mid 2000s.

He was able to reach a higher level of greatness because he enjoyed the basics and prepared better than his fellow athletes.

Alan told the story about meeting Kobe to observe a workout early in the morning. Kobe apparently scheduled his workouts at 4am.  Alan wanted to get there before Kobe to impress him so he decided to show up at 3:30am only to hear the bouncing of the basketball and squeaking of sneakers. He was in a full sweat and had been doing his own training long before his grueling 2 hour “formal” training session.

The session, according to Alan, was extremely boring. He did basic drills you would see most junior high basketballers doing. Alan asked Kobe why on earth the best basketball player on the planet would be repeating the basics over and over.

Kobe’s answer was something like, “Now you know why I’m the best basketball player on the planet”

 What made Kobe Bryant great?

1.     He was the first one to the gym. (Preparation)

2.     He didn’t skip the basics (He enjoyed them)

Take away for those of us not in the NBA:

First, we need to prepare. We need to look at what our colleagues and competitors are doing and “Out-Prepare” them. Whether this means going into work before everyone else, being the first to accept a challenge, or spending time in continuing education.

Second, not only did he repeat the basics, he enjoyed them. When you can do the fundamentals well you can be a great parent, spouse or be the best at what you choose to do for work or pleasure. Don’t forget the basics and where you come from.

Enjoy Life,

Dr. Nate Kloosterman

PhysioPoint Therapy

 

 

 

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About the Author: 

Dr. Nate Kloosterman earned his doctorate in Physical Therapy from Andrews University. He is a board certified Physical Therapist with the advanced designation of orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). He has extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy including a trigger point dry needling certification.

Nate has been involved in teaching at Andrews University for the differential diagnosis in the doctor of physical therapy program. He was instrumental in developing curriculum for advanced courses in medical exercise therapy (MET) which is taught to practitioners throughout the United States.

Nate founded PhysioPoint Therapy and Wellness in January of 2014. He enjoys spending time with family, biking, skiing, playing golf and participating in community events. 

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What is Muscle Memory?

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As an Olympic athlete, my coaches used to talk a lot about ‘building muscle memory’. 

Now as a doctor of physical therapy at PhysioPoint Therapy in Crown Point, many patients of all ages ask me about similar concepts in order to improve or return to high school sports, golfing or other hobbies.  The term muscle memory is kind of a misnomer- after all there isn’t a mini brain inside every muscle! 

So what does muscle memory really mean?

Muscle memory relates to coordinating movement.  For example, asking your body to swing a golf club requires the muscles throughout your body to contract in a coordinated fashion.  How does this happen?  Your muscles contract due to your brain and nervous system telling them to. 

For complex movements, that requires your brain to get the exact sequence and strength of contraction for a large numbers of muscles.  Even a little bit off and you end up with a slice.

Basically, muscle memory is the brain and nervous system’s ability to fire muscles better.

The more you do a particular motion, the better your brain gets at communicating with the muscles.  This process of building muscle memory is called neuroplasticity- the brain actually changes! 

Just think of when you learn a new skill.  At first it takes time and a lot of conscious thought and the movements might seem jerky or uncoordinated. Your brain is receiving feedback from all those movements and fine-tuning the motion.  As you do the movement more, it takes less thought and you can do the movement faster and smoother. 

Besides just sports, this concept of muscle memory relates to physical therapy in a number of ways. 

For example, if you have a painful shoulder every time you lift your arm overhead your body might compensate to avoid pain by doing a shoulder shrug.  The body is very good at figuring out ways to move in a pain free manner. If you do this long enough, it becomes a habit even though it is a dysfunctional movement that eventually leads to other problems. 

Many people have heard that ‘practice makes perfect’ but my Olympic coaches used to preach “Perfect practice makes perfect”. 

This is because the brain doesn’t care what the movement is, it will help build muscle memory for that movement.  A golf swing has a huge variability in movement patterns, and you can actually reinforce bad muscle memory.  If you can go to the driving range, and slice it every time, you are building muscle memory for that particular (bad) movement.  Luckily, the fact that the brain can change in one direction means that it can also change in the other. 

Hopefully being intentional about your movements will help you in your sport or hobby.  If you have any other questions, contact Doctor of Physical Therapy and 2x Olympic Wrestler Matt Gentry at mattg.physio@gmail.com

 

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About the Author: 

Dr. Matt Gentry grew up in Oregon and attended StanfordUniversity on a wrestling scholarship, where he received a degree in human biology.

After graduation, Matt coached Division I wrestling at his alma mater while also competing internationally on the Canadian national team which culminated in representing Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

After retiring from competition following a fifth place finish in the London Olympics, he and and his wife relocated to the Midwest where he received his doctoral degree in physical therapy from Governor State University.

Dr. Matt has an interest in serving clients with sports performance needs, orthopedic conditions, and pediatric clients with neurological conditions. He now resides in Manteno Illinois with his wife and three small children. 

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How to Improve Your Golf Handicap (….. with NEEDLES!?!?!)

If you enjoy golf or would like to return to the sport, consider dry needling as an option to get you moving better and feeling better! I believe that the combination of moving with more range of motion coupled with using that new range of motion in a coordinated way is what restores painful joints, muscles and nerves.

 

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