Online Booking Now Available!

 

Do you like to look at ALL of your options before you book an appointment?  Is it 11pm before you actually get a minute to think about taking care of things for yourself?  Or maybe you just hate talking to people on the phone?

We feel you!

That's why we hooked up with Jane App to introduce online booking :)

Do yourself a favor and set yourself up with an appointment asap.

Spinal Manipulations Good For Back Pain

 
Leading Physical Therapist For Low Back Pain In Los Angeles

If any practitioner tells you that they are re-aligning you, run.  What we do know though is that spinal manipulations create a neurophysiological affect that can down regulate pain and create a window to allow patient/client to work on performing meaningful movement with less pain.

Check out the full article here on NPR.com

Is Pain A Disease

 
This video discusses chronic pain and the current management.

This TED talk goes into what causes chronic pain.  Real interesting stuff with an easy to understand explanation.  Chronic pain can be so devastating to those who suffer from it and the people around them.  The good news though is that PT, along with a integrated health care team approach, can and do help.

Check the 8 minute talk here. 

Best PREHAB Exercises For Your Low Back

 
This blog post discusses the best exercises to prevent low back pain from industry leaders in sports therapy

Side note:  Each of these authors wrote their own articles without knowing what the others were writing.  Do you see a common thread???

Shout out to The Prehab Guys for making this happen, and the rest of the authors: Zach Long, DPT, SCS, PES; Jarod Hall, PT, DPT, CSCS; Michael Mash, DPT, Cert. TMM, CSCS, FMS; Dr. Joel Seedman, PhD, CSCS, ACSM, FMS; Perry Nickelston, DC, NKT, SFMA; MoveU |The Back Pain Guys – Dr. Mike Wasilisin and Andrew Dettelbach; Mitch Babcock, PT, DPT, SFMA

The Butt Wink

 
This is an image of the lumbar spine with its disks and sacrum and pelvis. Do you butt wink?

The Butt Wink🍑😉 

We've been spending a lot of time on instagram talking about hip mobility, but haven't talked too much about disorders and movement faults that can happen as a result of limited mobility.  Mobility is a prerequisite for moving well, but having mobility doesn't mean that you automatically can or will move well😕  For example, let say your pelvis tilts posteriorly (butt winks) before you get to the bottom of your squat.  This MAY be because of limited glute or posterior capsule mobility.  BUT, maybe not!  What, you say?!? Listen up - you might butt wink before you run out of your actual hip range because your nervous system doesn't know how to effectively move through your available motion with a neutral spine.  Got it🤔 
 
Anyways, we'll get more into the strength and motor control demands in some different posts. Promise.

Your spine attaches directly to your pelvis. Whatever your pelvis does, your spine follows. What's happening when you see the dreaded "butt wink" during a squat or deadlift, is the pelvis rotating posteriorly. Your spine follows suit, going into flexion and putting compressive pressure onto the anterior part of the disc, vertebrae and facet joints. Now add whatever weight you are squatting/deadlifting and those forces grow exponentially. This is the most common mechanism for disc herniations😱☠️😱 
 
You can fix this by working on the flexibility and joint mobility in the hips and ankles as well as spending some time on the actual movement mechanics. 
 
Stay tuned to our instagram account for 🎥  of techniques to mobilize the hip and get deeper into your squats without destroying your back. 

 

🤗 New Year And A New Space 🤗

 
 
Our New Location At Kinesis Movement Studio for Victory Performance and Physical Therapy

A new year always brings a lot of changes and uncertainty - this one especially for a lot of people.

We're not big on New Year's resolutions or any of that, because if you truly want to change something, why wait?  But this year's New Year coincides with a big change for us and a new partnership and friendship with the Kinesis Movement Studio.  

Come visit us at our new location at 12528 West Washington Boulevard, LA CA 90066.

 

Stiff Ankles = PROBLEMS (Ankle Motor Control)

 

Movement starts from the 👟 up!  We’ve posted a few videos on how to improve your ankle ROM over the past few weeks.  This final video in the series shows you how to own that new range of motion.  Without teaching your body how to effectively use the new range, it will continue to fall into the same restricted movement patterns, and all of that stretching will go to 💩!

Eccentric strength through ankle dorsiflexion ROM is essential.  In fact, EMG studies show that the gastrocs soleus complex (our calves) are most active in the gait cycle when slowing down our tibias as they move over our feet in the stance phase.    Translation- our calf muscles need to be the strongest when controlling and slowing down our bodies during walking (during ankle dorsiflexion), and not actuallywhen we would think they are pushing us forward (ankle plantar flexion)🤔  We’ll save that though for another post though.

Get Ready For Colder Weather With This Split Pea Soup Recipe

 
Split Pea Soup Recipe

Need a healthy, delicious meal idea as the temperature starts to drop? Try our split pea soup recipe.

Split pea soup is high in fiber which may help to reduce your cholesterol levels. It also helps with controlling blood sugar which can reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Plus it's the perfect way to stay warm on a chilly fall evening.

1 lb dried split peas
Olive oil
2 yellow onions chopped
2 cloves garlic
5 carrots sliced
3 stalks celery sliced
16 cups chicken stock
Several sprigs of chopped parsely and oregano
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp cracked pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 smoked turkey leg

In a small frying pan, add a small amount of olive oil over medium heat and roast the garlic and one of the chopped onions until golden (the other chopped onion should be added to the soup as is). Use a fork to pull apart the meat from the smoked turkey leg. Add all of the ingredients into a large pot, simmering uncovered for 40 minutes.

Stiff Ankles = PROBLEMS (2/3)

 
Ankle joint capusle mobilizations

If you are lacking ankle range of motion, specifically dorsiflexion, you need to look at soft tissue mobility as well as joint capsule mobility.  A previous video we posted showed you how a few ways to address soft tissue restrictions.  Here's some techniques to get at the joint.  The last video of this series will go over turning your new range of motion gains into functional, usable gains that stick.