Worried About Losing Flexibility?

 
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This class is PERFECT for you if you are in your 30s-50s and you: 

  • HAVE TRIED STRETCHING ON YOUR OWN, BUT AREN’T SEEING THE RESULTS YOU HOPED FOR.

  • FEEL “TIGHT” ALL THE TIME, AND WANT TO FIND A PERMANENT SOLUTION.

  • ARE WORRIED ABOUT LOSING MOBILITY BECAUSE OF A SEDENTARY JOB OR LIFESTYLE.

  • WANT TO LEARN A COMPREHENSIVE AND EFFECTIVE STRETCHING AND FLEXIBILITY PROGRAM THAT ACTUALLY WORKS.

  • ARE CONCERNED WITH "AGING GRACEFULLY".

  • DON’T EVER WANT TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SEE THIS 👇😜

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THE DETAILS

THIS IS AN ALL LEVELS "VINYASA-ISH" YOGA CLASS THAT MOVES THROUGH TRADITIONAL YOGA POSTURES WHILE INCORPORATING FUNCTIONAL MOBILITY WORK AND TARGETED CORE STRENGTHENING EXERCISES.

 

Brought to you by the talented and super amazing......... 

NICOLE SCIACCA

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NICOLE IS A YOGA TEACHER, PROFESSIONAL DANCER, ACTRESS, PERSONAL TRAINER, AND (MOST IMPORTANTLY) MOTHER TO HER FOUR YEAR-OLD SON, BEAU.

SHE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE MOVE BETTER, MORE OFTEN AND PAIN-FREE.  HER ENERGY IS UNPARALLELED AND HER SENSE OF HUMOR WILL LEAVE YOU GASPING FOR BREATH BETWEEN LAUGHS. 

IN 2006, A HORRIBLE BACK INJURY CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY OF HER DANCE CAREER.  SHE DESPARATELY NEEDED TO FIND AN OUTLET FOR HER ENERGY - AND GENETIC DISPOSITION FOR SWEAT

WHAT AT THE TIME FELT LIKE THE BIGGEST ROADBLOCK OF HER LIFE, NOT ONLY INTRODUCED HER TO HER PASSION, BUT ALSO GAVE HER A GIFT THAT SHE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.

IG: @nicolesciacca

Medial Knee Pain⚡️--Pes Anserine Bursitis--Part 3

 

Strengthening the muscles of the hip and knee 🏋️ is an important part of rehabilitation from pes anserine bursitis. As mentioned several posts ago, excessive foot pronation and knee valgus can contribute to inflammation of the bursa. These two exercises improve hip and knee strength and strengthen the muscles necessary to avoid excessive foot pronation and knee valgus (knees caving in) with activity. 1️⃣Gliders 🔸Place band around ankles 🔸Place towel (if on hardwood floor) or paper plate (if on carpet) under foot 🔸In a squat position, glide the leg out to the side, back/diagonal, and straight to the back 🔸Keep the standing leg in a squat the entire time and keep toes pointed forward 🔸You should feel both legs working 🔸Perform 2 sets of 10 on each leg 2️⃣Side steps with band around arches 🔸Place band around arches 🔸Pull arches up without rolling to the outsides of the feet 🔸Side step across floor 🔸Keep toes pointed forward, arches pulled up, knees slightly bent, and trunk still 🔸Do 2 laps 🔸If you want to really work the glutes, add another band around the knees or ankles

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

 
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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.