Close your eyes and imagine your 14-year-old self standing next to your fellow gauche, acne-covered middle-school friends. You’re all standing at the base of a climbing rope staring up as one of your classmates flails around, unsure whether he is making his way up or down. A piercing whistle from your P.E. teacher lets you…

Push-ups are one of the biggest determiners of your upper body strength. They are intense, they make your arms shake, and there are 50 reasons why you can’t do them. Well, you can’t do them just yet, but soon you will. Read 50 reasons why you can’t do push-ups, and master the dreaded push-up in…

  Gross internal rotation deficient (GIRD) is common in overhead athletes. Restoring these deficits may help prevent or improve shoulder pain/symptoms. Before one can improve GIRD, testing for GIRD is essential. Watch below and learn why GIRD occurs in overhead athletes and how to test for it! If you have shoulder pain, consider having a…

Shin splints is a common condition, especially in runners or ground-based athletes. Luckily, there are a few home tips and remedies for alleviating discomfort. If you are experiencing shin pain, try these self myofascial releases and see a physical therapist today!

  The upper trapezius is a commonly tight muscle in the top of the shoulder. Often times the upper trapezius creates havoc during overhead movements, either decreasing strength or causing pain. Watch and learn how to improve the soft tissue of the upper trapezius. The trapezius is a muscle every overhead athlete (specifically swimmers) is…

The shoulder extension with band is an excellent exercise for those seeking triceps and scapular stabilizer strength.  Simply, tie a band around a pole or secure it in a door, then pull straight back without elevating your shoulder, rotating your body or bending from the waist.  This exercise is helpful in physical therapy rehabilitation from…

Headaches occur from various reasons. One possible mechanism is increased tension of the subocciptial muscles pressing on the subocciptal nerve.  Performing a self myofascial release (SMR) to the suboccipitals is one method of decreasing tension in these muscles, improving headaches.  If you have tension headaches, physical therapy is highly effective, find one in your area…