When it comes to stretching, one of the most common questions today is, “Should I be holding my stretch, or should I be doing something more dynamic?” The classic adage I learned in PT school that applies here as well is, “It depends.” While it is generally understood that stretching can be, and often is, a good thing for the body, knowing how and when to apply it can lead to more effective outcomes.Read More
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For many people, running is a great way to stay active and healthy. But there are many running related injuries that can occur due to a lack of mobility, stability or faulty running mechanics.
The most common running fault I see as a therapist is someone who runs with increased lumbar lordosis, or curvature, in their low back.Read More
What does it mean when people talk about having a high arch or flat feet? These terms seem to be “buzz words” when it comes to topics of the foot. Just what is going on at the foot when it comes to these conditions?Read More
Have you noticed differences in your short game vs long game on the course? The challenge with sports that involve a swing or a throw is that the motion is very complex. It is easy to throw a ball or swing a golf club but there is nothing easy about doing it well. Those that find themselves in the rough or having a constant slice will know what I’m talking about.Read More
What are the two resources in life that we generally can’t get back once they are lost? Most people say money, trust, or happiness. While there are multiple answers that are correct, my answers are always time and health. No matter where you live, how old you are, what color, or what gender these two resources are universal. A minute is the same to me as it is to a child in Japan and the same goes for health. The difference between you and someone else is what you DECIDE to do with your time and health. At the end of the day everything that WE CHOOSE to do or not to do is a decision and we are responsible for them.Read More
It’s the start of a new year and if you’re like most, you’ve made a resolution to be healthier. Running is a popular choice for people who want to lose weight, join a community, and achieve their fitness goals. With all the benefits running can provide, there’s often a misconception that anyone can do it. Sure, you may be able to run but are you running efficiently so that you minimizes the risk for injury? Running injuries can be frustrating but avoidable if you understand the biomechanics and the areas to focus on. Here are a few tips that can improve your performance to set that new PR.Read More
Dr. Matthew Starling here, and today I’m going to look a bit more at the particularities of the deadlift.
Two common things I see when people go down into a deadlift is that their shoulders and hips stay inline and there isn't much change. It all sort of stays in the unit, but the knees are shifting far forward. So if I'm doing my deadlifts like this, it's actually more of a squat than anything else. So if you're doing your deadlifts that way, well, you're not really doing a deadlift. You're not working the areas that you need to.
The second type I see frequently is not driving forward in the knees. People go down fine but then at the very end, there's a bit of a “butt wink.” Instead of keeping the back flat, the hips tuck under that way. The problem with this is you're going down, you're stable, stable, stable, and then at the end, it shifts, which means your low back is no longer protected.
On any given day people are lifting hundreds of pounds. The weight doesn't matter, when you go into an improper position and your low back isn't protected anymore, that's when you start to feel pain or tightness. The best way to go about this is to get evaluated so we can diagnose your patterns and help fix the problem beforehand.
Dr. Matt Starling, DC
Injuries unfortunately come with the territory when playing sports. After an athlete suffers an injury, often times it is not addressed properly which causes a delayed or incomplete recovery and more time on the sidelines. This can be due to the athlete simply not knowing what to do, ignoring the injury, or getting inadequate medical advice/treatment.
Let’s talk about the 7 biggest mistakes athletes make when they get injured so that you (or your son/daughter) won’t do any of them and can get back to playing as fast (and safely) as possible.Read More
If you are ok with JUST dealing with it, you are not realizing your health’s potential.
It’s our mission here at HealthFit to partner with you to help you get to a place that you have pretty much forgotten about. By working WITH you, we start to work on that mind shift that will allow you to start to envision what life can possibly be like.Read More
The relationship between back pain and core stability are often directly related, but not often discussed together. In discussing the relationship between back pain and core stability the big question is, what is the core? To picture the region of the core, visualize a cylinder. The front of the cylinder is like your abdominals, with four layers of abdominal muscles, and if you go to the back, there you’ll find the back extensors, there are different layers of back extensors. On the bottom of the cylinder is your pelvic floor, and on the top is your diaphragm, which not many people pay attention to.Read More