I had a patient tell me that her home health caregivers told her that her hips had nothing to do with her knees. NOTHING could be further from the truth! Your hip strength, Range of Motion and coordination directly impact the health of your knees! If they are not stable and strong, the forces that your hips should absorb and control are directed down to your knees and up to your spine. Yikes! So how might your hips be affecting your knees, and what can we do about it? Continue reading to find out!
Most movement activities involve standing on your feet. And just with a good building, a strong foundation is needed to keep the structures stable and healthy. A poor foundation leads to early breakdown of all structures. If your foot foundation tends to roll to the inside excessively, you are a pronator. If instead it tends to roll to the outside, you are a supinator. The easiest way to find this out is to walk barefoot with wet feet on concrete.
Skiing and snowboarding is fun, and what better way to do it more than to keep yourself from injury? Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the hill.
January in Idaho can bring a LOT of snow. And we've already accumulated a bunch from our White Christmas in December. This article lists some tips for protecting your body during snow removal - while using a shovel or snow blower. Most are common sense, yet still worth reviewing.
1. Warm up muscles to prevent straining. Like bubble gum, warmer muscles stretch better than cold ones. Use a stationary bike or treadmill if you have one. If not, walk up and down the stairs a couple of time. Stretch by slowly reaching for your toes, then stand with hand on hips and lean backwards.
For many of us, the holiday season is accompanied by food, family, and oftentimes a headache or two. Headaches are, in fact, one of the most common ailments many patients face during the festive season – albeit literally or figuratively!
When it comes to pain, though, the good news is that headaches don’t have to be a guaranteed side effect of your time off. Luckily, there are ways to relieve your headache and even prevent it happening in the first place. This post offers you some highly effective tips for overcoming your headaches and staving off any future pain. Take a look:
What is Movember you ask? A little over a decade ago a movement started called “No shave November” to encourage people to grow out their facial hair (the more awkward the better) to bring awareness to men's health issues. This year, the focus of the Movember movement is bringing awareness to mental health as well as prostate and testicular cancer screening.
According to us.movember.com, globally, 1 man dies every minute of every day from suicide. Depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions do not discriminate. They are issues that can affect any person. Now more than ever, there is evidence that the pandemic has negatively impacted almost everyone’s mental health in this country and across the world. There are many resources available locally and nationally to find the help that you need including: The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (208) 398-4357, the Southeast Idaho Behavioral Crisis Center seibcc.com, and The You Are Not Alone Network.
We've all been there ... our hands clutching at our thighs in the hope of relieving hip stress as we get up or sit down; a grimace on our faces as we try to grapple with what we think are signs of aging while easing into the bath; a frown as we get out of the car, straining to carry the weight in our legs, not our hips. Hip pain: most of us have experienced it, and if you're reading this, you are probably still suffering from its tell tale discomfort.
And yet, for most of you, the pain isn't related to any sort of injury you can think of - it just arrived and has decided to stay. The good news is, thought its origins are unknown, hip pain can be treated and alleviated. In this post, we're looking at some of the reasons you might be suffering from hip discomfort - and better still - some of the ways in which you can become pain free, right now.
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Your pelvic floor muscles are part of your deep core muscles consisting of: Transverse Abdominis, multifidus on your back, pelvic floor and diaphragm. Pelvic floor functions to stabilize the bottom of your “core canister” Any increase in pressure to the canister (from holding your breath, straining, or even just lifting a heavy load) creates forces for your pelvic floor to control. Urine, gas or bowel leakage with lifting generally is a signal that your pelvic floor muscles are not working optimally. Some problems could be:
It's almost that time again ... the kids are going back to school! The school supplies are front and center in the stores. And included in the supply list is a backpack to carry it all. Choosing the right backpack, adjusting for the right fit and filling it appropriately are very important to the health of your child's back - at any age. I've included general principles to follow and specific guidelines below for each age range.
If you have been following along with me for a while in these blogs we have already covered some of the more common side effects from prostate cancer treatment and prostate removal. If you haven’t, scroll down to read more about post prostatectomy pain and erectile dysfunction. One of the most common and probably most bothersome side effects from having the prostate removed is urine leakage (or incontinence). In general this problem is divided into 2 main types. You may find that you experience one or the other and some people experience both.