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Technology Thursday - Force Plates 🤩How do they work? The wireless force mat allows us to see a patient's weight distribution during a number of functional movements including a squat, single-leg balance, and jump tests. After stepping on the force mat the client is able to see both a video display of their own movement and a 'heat map' of how much pressure they are putting through each limb during an exercise.
👀How do we use the data?
This information can be extremely helpful in the rehab process and ensure we are using our affected leg after surgery, injury, or even find balance deficits following a concussion.
If you feel off-balance in exercise or are recovering from an injury, having the BodiTrak as a feedback tool can help you perform exercises with confidence again! Pair that with a knowledgable and dedicated physical therapist and that's a recipe for success😍
Sound like you or do you have a friend that could benefit from this? Tag them in the comments or leave us a question- we are here to help you #evolve!...
Please welcome our newest Physio Pro team member, Alex Aafedt, to the team! He will be taking on two roles here as a Physical Therapy Aide, as well as a Certified Personal Trainer, we are very excited!
Get to know him: Recently, he graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science, and during his time in school, he became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and started his career in physical therapy and fitness by interning at multiple Denver facilities.
Through rehabilitation exercises and personal training, Alex brings the best out of you by providing knowledge and encouragement to reach your goals. He has participated in and trained others for a large variety of activities from high school/college sports, running of all levels, and all of the mountain sports Colorado has to offer.
Personally, Alex is an avid skier, consistent runner, and has been lifting weights for five years, but also likes to participate in other activities with his friends and family. Alex loves helping others achieve their fitness and rehab goals so they can enjoy their activities as much as he loves his. Alex finds joy in helping someone improve their physical ability, and gain confidence in themselves while doing so.
For any questions regarding personal training, Alex can be reached at: email@example.com
Leave him a comment and welcome. him to the team! 🔥...
Tech Thursday: Slow motion video capture allows us to break down specific movements and assess the risk of injury.
Plyometric exercises like this mark a huge milestone for individuals looking to return to sport.
💥 It is important to remember what your goal should be early on. Your goal should NOT be to jump the highest or the fastest. Your goal is SYMMETRY. It is imperative to land symmetrically every single time in order to prevent further injury.
👀How does technology play a part? Well, the problem IS the naked eye is not quick enough to notice small movements.
✅ Here at Evolution Physio Pro we use motion capture software to assess movement down to each fraction of a second so nothing goes unnoticed, ESPECIALLY when we are returning to sport. Check out the two big discoveries from our most recent jumping analysis.
How does it work?
We first notice a slight hip shift to the Right side, noted with more hip flexion and more weight being distributed to that side. We also notice the Right side landing much sooner than the left side. (Swipe right to see examples of what we look for)
Helping our athletes both identify and correct for these impairments allows them to return to sport faster and safer!
#evolutionpt #denverpt #coloradopt #evolutionphysiopro #evolutionphysicaltherapy #evolve #motioncapture...
Having trouble getting up after a long #labordayweekend ?? Try these Turkish Get Ups to get your whole body moving! This is a great exercise for core control and shoulder stability. Keep the weight light until you feel comfortable with the movement. Book a session with our Personal Trainer Alex if you’d like to learn more full body exercises like this:
🔹Start on your back arm up towards the ceiling
🔹Roll onto bent elbow keeping weight and arm pointing up towards the ceiling
🔹Straighten the bottom arm, then bridge hips up to clear leg through into a half kneeling position
🔹Straighten up, then step forward into full standing keeping arm straight overhead
🔹Reverse steps on the way back down!...
Tech Thursday: This month we will focus on all the various forms of technology we use regularly at the clinic to enhance patient care. Today we will focus on Blood Flow Restriction!
Did you know?
The use of Blood Flow Restriction technology with tourniquets has been an absolute game-changer in both rehab and sports-specific training the last few years. BFR sessions put little stress on joints and are perfect for rehab and in-season training for athletes.
So what is BFR?
BFR is a form of exercise that manipulates the body’s circulatory system. This method utilizes pneumatic tourniquets to allow arterial blood flow but reduces venous return to create an optimal anabolic environment to aid in muscular hypertrophy without the cellular damage caused by heavy lifting. The arteries are not occluded with this procedure and continue to feed the limbs blood flow during the treatment session. The bands are inflated to individualized pressures prescribed by our clinicians.
How do we incorporate this into PT?
Sport/position-specific low-load exercise produces profound muscle “burn” comparable to intense anaerobic training. This strong fatigue triggers the body to release hormones such as human growth hormone (HGH) and IGF-1 which in turn aids with muscle growth comparable with heavy exercise or traditional weight lifting. The hormones circulating in the bloodstream benefit all areas of the body that were working creating a systemic benefit. The BFR “burn” is an intense experience with profound effects.
Athletes in post: @khammonds21 @zinis.stella
At @evolutionphysiopro we use BFR with rehab and also offer sport-specific sessions for athletes looking for an added edge or supplemental sessions on recovery or regen days.
Please call our office if you are interested in adding BFR technology to your program. We offer sessions at both our Denver and Parker offices.
For more information on the types of BFR and the methods we use check out our latest blog! Link in bio😎
Headaches can occur for a variety of reasons. Some headaches are actually easy to treat, and yet, so many people “just live with it”.
✅There also are different types:
One type of headache can originate from the neck. These headaches are called Cervicogenic Headaches. If you want to find out if your headaches originate from your neck, you can perform the following simple test:
Sit in an upright chair with proper support for your lower back. Retract your head as far as possible and at the same time maintain a forward-facing position. Move your head back as far as you can, then use your fingers to push your head back to the very end position. Hold that position for 1 second, then release so the head will return to the starting position. After five or six excursions, the end position should be maintained for up to three minutes.
👉 If after those three minutes you experience a significant change in symptoms, you may have cervicogenic headaches. Your first step to treating your headache is to perform this procedure three to four times daily while you have your headache. If your headache pattern changes but does not go away, we can help you figure out the right treatment to properly address your cervicogenic headache.
Don’t just live with it! Treat it! Call us for an appointment if you want us to show you how....
It is with a heavy heart that we had to say goodbye to a big part of our Physio Pro family. After 15 years of extraordinary service, Emily Zehrung has decided to make a career change. We would like to wish her well on this new endeavor and thank her for helping us build our business.
We are excited to announce the hiring of Amy Kesic. Amy recently received her Masters degree in Healthcare Management and has wealth of experience as an office manager for three different PT clinics in Colorado. Along with Nicole Drew, she will be instrumental in helping us grow Physio Pro to multiple clinics along with continuing the warm, welcoming environment at the front desk that our patients have become accustomed to.
We are all very excited for this new growth of our practice and look forward to continuing to provide all your physical therapy and fitness needs in the future.
🪡Have you Considered Trying Trigger Point Dry Needling?🪡
In our first slide we are performing this method on the calf muscle - in the pictures on slide 2 & 3, we are performing them on the clients lower back. For the purposes of this post we will focus on the spine and hips!
Side Note: Live action of the calf muscle work is a great behind the scenes footage 🔥 @natelilleypt
👉Now let’s dive into the benefits for spine and hips!
👌Using TDN as an adjunct to your current treatment could be beneficial for both spine pathologies and hip dysfunctions.
Well, if you are experiencing any back/hip problems or have pain in both areas, dry needling is a tool your physical therapist can use to help you recover and get back to a pain-free lifestyle! It's not a quick one-time fix, but if used alongside a proper injury prevention plan, it can drastically improve your rehab process!
💥Another alternative way we use this method is to pair it with electrical stimulation. This helps to calm overstimulated musculature and or train the muscle to fire properly.
🔦Let's Get Into The Science:
Treating locally at the spinal level can be helpful for lumbar derangements, sciatica, facet joint dysfunctions, and poor movement quality at the spinal segments. It is also beneficial to use TDN at the spinal level to treat different hip dysfunctions as well.
Different spinal segments correlate to the innervation of the hip musculature. Targeting spinal levels L4-S2 is specific for Gluteus Maximus and Medius. Spinal levels L2-4 are specific to the Iliopsoas (Hip Flexor). It is also helpful to target both the Quadratus Lumborum (T12-L1-4) and the Quadriceps Muscle groups (L234).
Does this sound like you? Send us a DM or tag someone who could benefit from this in the comments!
👀Did you know that on average we bend forward at the waist between 2-4 thousand times per day? 👀
This repetitive motion is one that most folks do not think about until there is a problem.
✅ It might be time to check your spine health. Let's start by checking range of motion into one of the most neglected corners of movement, spinal extension.
Place your hands with your knuckles in-line with the tops of your shoulders (just like the first slide).
Next, fully relax everything from your belly button to your toes. Straighten your elbows and allow your back to relax by exhaling.
Finally, check the distance from your pelvis to the floor and take inventory of how your back feels. (How close are your hips to the ground? Is it tight? Or are you super mobile?)
If you are unable to fully relax with your pelvis resting on the floor and/or without any symptoms of back discomfort or "pinching", then it might be time for a PT check up.
Who can relate to slide 2?! Comment below, and in the meantime check out the movements in slide 3 & 4 - these are great for your spinal health and easy to implement throughout a normal work day!
Diabetes Throwdown going down! Physio Pro and our PT @cpribyl is providing recovery services and free injury assessments at @decimacrossfit in support of their fundraiser for Diabetes Support Network. We love helping our neighbors out at their events. Let us know if you have any coming up we can be their for your recovery needs!...
On or off the field, your injury prevention routine as an athlete should be a priority!
@trevorbaptiste9 with the @PLL Atlas is one of the many great players that we get to treat, and his hard work does not stop on the field! This Friday he is taking over our story to show you a few key ways he prepares for a game AND prevents injury! Stay tuned and make sure you check both @evolutionptfit & @evolutionphysiopro accounts for the play-by-play.
We are the proud physical therapy partner of the @pll and can't wait to see everyone on the field this weekend in Colorado!
Thank you so much Kim for the kind words!
It's reviews like this that affirm our staff and company we are doing our job. We are dedicated to being outstanding physical therapists, helpful team members, and excellent in every way in order to #evolve our client's lifestyles.
Give us a call and let's start your injury prevention journey today! Life is too short to be in pain😎
👀 Did you know?
Lateral ankle sprain (inversion sprain or rolling the ankle) is the most common way to injure the ankle. With that being said, it is important to strengthen the musculature that supports lateral/outside of the lower leg and ankle after these injuries.
What can you do to prevent this from happening?
👉 Banded ankle eversion is a great way to start to re-establish this strength!
How to: Anchor a band so it will pull the foot inward. Pivoting in the heel roll the foot and ankle outward then back inward as in the first video. Do not windshield wiper the foot back and forth as in the second video.
It is very important to emphasize the eccentric component to the movement, after rolling the foot/ankle outward against the resistance of the band try to focus on a slow and smooth return to the start position.
Give this a try and let us know how you did! Know someone who could benefit from this movement? Tag them in the comments!
Have you had a recent ankle sprain? The difference between “static” stability and “dynamic” stability may not be so evident without proper evaluation. Shown here is a single leg stance test followed by a loaded suitcase carry. These two tests when compared to each other more clearly shows the weakness and instability that may only show up with more force on the foot and ankle. The suitcase carry can then in turn be used as an early stage rehab exercise to challenge foot and ankle control under load and simulate the demand you might face while running or performing other leg exercises. If your old ankle sprain doesn’t seem to be getting better let us know and we can help get you on the right path to running without pain!...
We are excited to introduce our newest Physical Therapist, Andrew Davie (@hoseddavie) to the Mountain Region Team here in Denver!
🎉 Learn More About Him: Andrew moved to Colorado in 2019 seeking a new adventure with his wife focusing on an active lifestyle near the Rockies. Andrew, originally from Connecticut, received his bachelor's from the University of Connecticut in 2010 and graduated from Mercy College in New York with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019.
🤝 Andrew has a strong passion for working with patients that have experienced back and neck pain and injuries as well as patients that have various neurological disorders including Parkinson’s, dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Andrew’s passion for working with the spine began while he was working as an aide in an acute rehabilitation hospital for 5 years where he was able to assist and learn from expert therapists in treating patients with newly diagnosed back and spinal cord injuries. Andrew’s interest in the spine and neurological conditions stems from the fact that no two patients present the same and it requires looking at the patient as a whole individual to come up with a personalized treatment plan.
🧠 Over the last few years, Andrew has worked with many patients presenting with both orthopedic injuries and surgeries as well as neurological diseases. Andrew is a certified LSVT BIG therapist and has been working closely with the Parkinson’s community for the last 2 years both as a clinician and as a support group leader for the Parkinson Association of the Rockies. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Andrew has also been working closely with patients that have had difficulty recovering as a result of complex medical conditions including respiratory, cardiac, and neurological diagnoses. In his free time, Andrew enjoys hiking, snowboarding, trivia, and Disc Golf....