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Resistance Bands & Tubes: A Simple, Yet Useful Tool

By | May 26, 2015


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Who knew, resistance bands & tubes, a small thin piece of stretchy rubber could be so effective for rehabilitation and strength training?  For under $15, one can purchase a flat resistance band or foam handle tube and do countless exercises practically anywhere.  These inexpensive bands offer a graded scale of resistance that allows the user to visually see their improvement.  Althea offers 4 different resistances by color: Canary, which is the lightest resistance followed by Rose (medium-light), Emerald (medium-heavy) and Aqua (heaviest).  Depending on the injury, a physician will recommend the appropriate resistance as well as exercise to help in the rehabilitation process.  As for strength training, the exercises are endless; from bicep curls to squats these resistance bands & tubes have your workout routine covered.

A few of our favorite exercises are listed below for a quick reference:

1. CHEST FLIES: 1.) Secure middle of band to stationary object at shoulder level.  2.) Face away from attachment in a staggered step, one leg in front of the other.  3.) Grasp bands at shoulder level with your elbows straight.  4.) Keep elbows straight and pull inward with palms inward.  5.) Slowly return and repeat.

2. TRUNK CURL-UP: 1.) Securely attach the ends of band to a stationary  object near the floor.  2.) Lie on back with knees bent, holding ends of bands in hands, arms in front and elbows straight.  3.) Keep hands close together and curl trunk upward, lifting shoulder blades from floor.  4.) Hold and slowly return.

All tubes3. HIP ADDUCTION: 1.) Attach tension band to a secure object at ankle level.  2.) Stand with involved leg toward pull.  3.) Keep knee straight, pull in, moving leg inward crossing opposite knee.  4.) Slowly return to starting position and repeat.

4. LUNGE: 1.) Stand with one foot on middle of band.  2.) Grasp ends of band and loop around hands at chest level, keeping elbows bent.  3.) Place other leg behind with knee slightly bent.  4.) Keep trunk straight and bend front knee, lowering body downward.  5.) Slowly return to upright position and repeat.

With these resistance bands and tubes being cost effective, small enough to travel with and so versatile, why would you not want to add these to your rehabilitation or strength training exercises?  For more information or to purchase these products visit our Exercise & Rehab category or by clicking on Resistance Tubes or Tension Bands product page to do so.

 

 

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Kinesiology: What is it?

By | December 31, 2013


The scientific discipline of Kinesiology studies the processes affecting human movement. Experts and professionals involved in the field seek to analyze the psychological, physiological, and mechanical features of physical activity in an effort to understand how the body’s muscles adapt and change. These findings are then applied to various methods of therapy meant to test and treat different conditions of functional distress.

Where Kinesiology Works

Although the field of Kinesiology lacks a definitive professional specification, those generally referred to as “kinesiologists” commonly work in the sphere of physical fitness and athletic health. This may include, but is not limited to, involvement in:

  • Injury rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • General sports medicine
  • Personal fitness counseling
  • Advisement of proper exercise technique and performance
  • Analyses of optimal environmental conditions required for safe and healthy activity

As a health profession, Kinesiology functions in numerous contexts with the intent of encouraging proper somatic operation. “Kinesiologists” can work everywhere from clinics and fitness centers to schools and business offices.

A Practical Example

An innovation credited to Kinesiology currently undergoing a meteoric rise in popularity is kinesiotaping. Kinesiotaping was first developed in 1979 by a Japanese chiropractor named Kenzo Kase. Dr. Kase called his treatment the Kinesio Taping Method and created the first kind of kinesiology tape. Also referred to amongst athletes as kinetic tape, or kt tape for short, its purpose is to support joints and muscles, as well as aid in rehabilitating injuries.

Unlike common athletic tape, which implements compression to reinforce muscles and prevent injury, kt tape provides tension to pull back skin and tissue to facilitate the motion of muscles and tendons.  The tape is generally worn continuously for up to five days, as opposed to only during exercise. Rather than a preventative that limits motion, kinesiotaping serves to relieve overburdened muscles and joints, allowing them time to recuperate.

Even as the practice Kinesiology isn’t overtly identifiable in any single occupation, its influence permeates every profession oriented towards general physical fitness. It is continuously responsible for breakthroughs in the way the body’s strength, athleticism, and coordination can be managed and maintained.

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Our Top Five Foam Roller Exercises

By | December 4, 2013


The foam roller is one of the greatest exercise tools due to how easy it is to use and how many exercises can be done with one. This is a great asset for athletes, children and just for an at-home workout. Many physical therapists recommend foam rollers for patients dealing with muscle pains.

The following are five exercises using the foam roller that we highly recommend:

  1. Calves – Sit on the floor and position your hands just slightly behind you. Place the foam roller below the center of your calf. Once in position, you’ll want to press down onto your calf muscle using your weight and lifting your hips from the floor. You’ll want to roll back and forth from your ankle to your knee slowly in ten to 30 second increments for each leg.
  1. Hamstrings – This position is similar to the one you get into when working out your calves. However, instead of placing the foam roller beneath your calf, you position it underneath your hamstring. Roll from your hip to the back of your knee for ten to 30 seconds.
  1. Quads – Lay with your stomach to the floor. Get into a plank position, supporting yourself on your forearms. The foam roller should be positioned under your hips. You’ll want to roll the foam roller from your hips down to your knees and back again.
  1. Abs – Lay out flat on the floor. Place your foam roller on the floor beneath your lower abs. Once you are in this position, stretch your legs out so that your feet are touching the floor. Walk backwards by using your arms in order to push. The foam roller should roll over your abs. Reverse your direction by pulling with your arms.
  1. Lower back – Sit on the floor and place the foam roller beneath your lower back, crossing your arms in front of you. Lean back by raising your hips off of the floor. Keep the weight on your lower back. Then shift your weight to one side without putting weight on your spine. Roll over your lower back area and then hold for ten to 30 seconds. Repeat this exercise for the other side as well.

These are exercises just to help you get started. There are countless exercises you can do with a foam roller that will stretch your entire body. Shop Althea Medical Group for the right foam roller to suit your specific needs.

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SLAP-PENZ

By | April 28, 2013


AMG Slap Penz

This week we are highlighting an item we brought on board a month ago, called Slap-Penz. It’s the future of pens, not just a fade! This slap bracelet pen is practical and functional in any industry. You can wear it on your wrist, you can slap it on your purse or backpack, it goes where ever you go and it’s conveniently available when you need it. The slap-penz bracelet is made out of 100% soft and durable silicon and is safe for kids. It comes standard with black ink and holds about the same amount of ink as any standard pen. A variety of ink colors and replaceable cartridges will be available soon.

Not only is Slap-Penz convenient and practical, the company also gives back. With every purchase you make of the Slap-Penz, you will also be donating 10% of the total sale to 1 of 3 charities; Pink Ribbon International (supports breast cancer awareness and research), Reading is Fundamental (supports childhood literacy) or Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (not for profit hospital for children). It’s another way of Slap-Penz making it happen not just for you, but for the community as well!

If you haven’t check out Slap-Penz yet, do so today! These pens retail for $3.25 each.

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