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Orthopedic Knee Braces

By | June 14, 2016


The Healing Process

With summer comes more time outdoors and being active and, of course, more injuries. While we are all about preventative care, we realize that accidents just happen sometimes or chronic problems can worsen. One such problem that typically worsens with age is knee pain. Many people choose to get knee replacement surgery to alleviate their knee pain and restore their knees back to peak performance.

 

Knee replacement surgery can do wonders, but only after you’ve taken the time to heal. Almost as important as the actual surgery is the recovery stage. It can help you heal faster and improve long-term success, but it does require that you move around almost immediately. After a week in recovery, you should be walking, doing physical therapy exercises and be able to do most things easier than immediately after surgery. Sounds like a lot, right?

 

Assistive knee braces are a great addition to the recovery process. They allow you to benefit fully from your recovery by limiting harmful knee movements while healing and providing stability. Because the recovery for knee replacement surgery is so intense, we highly recommend using a brace to ensure no further injury.

 

You can find a full range of braces suited for your recovery needs, but it’s important to consider a few things before buying your brace. After all, you want to make sure it’s the right brace for you.

  • What type of knee brace do I require?
    You want to make sure you’re buying a brace that’s appropriate for your recover
  • What size do I need?
    If your brace isn’t a one size fits all, make sure your brace is sized to give you the support you need.
  • Will this be comfortable?
    You’ll be wearing your brace quite a bit, so make sure you find one that you’re comfortable wearing for extended periods of time

 

Now that you know what to ask and what to look for, you’re good to go to buy your brace for your post-surgery recovery. Be sure to ice your knees, keep up with your physical therapy exercise and wear your brace, and you’ll be well on the road to recovery.

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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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Winter Fitness: Blogs to Follow for Winter Fitness Tips

By | December 24, 2013


Winter is in full-swing and that means holiday meals with family and friends. Often the holiday season can wreak havoc on your fitness plans. However, with the help of Greatist.com, we’d like to point you towards some fitness blogs that can give you helpful witness fitness tips.

iRunner

Athletes, physical therapists, and nutritionists write powerful articles to advise and inspire runners. Founded by Scott, iRunner provides great down-to-earth advice on long distance running, training, physical therapy and orthopedics. Whether you’re dealing with existing upper or lower body pain or some pain on a run-up to a long distance run, iRunner can help.

LIVESTRONG

If you’re looking to create a healthy lifestyle this fall, you need to plug into LIVESTRONG.com. The writers on this blog have a passion to help you live a stronger, healthier, and happier life. On LIVESTRONG, you’ll discover healthy food ideas, fitness tips, advice about treating sprains and other injuries. You’ll even find advice on properly using athletic tape. Medical experts often provide insightful articles, so you know it’s trustworthy information.

Roman Fitness Systems

John Romaniello, the founder of Roman Fitness Systems is a highly sought after physical trainer in New York City. His blog brings fun and excitement to nutrition and workout efficiency. Romaniello brings humility to fitness as he describes himself as a cross between Will Ferrell and Conan O’Brian. However, underneath the humble veneer is a trainer who has helped thousands of people reach their fitness goals and stay fit in traditional and untraditional ways.

Fitnessista

Gina, a personal trainer and nutritionist, offers quick workouts and healthy recipes for busy people. Fitnessista is another blog that creates a playful attitude towards staying fit. Gina likes to post photos of her baby girl, furry-friend, and the everyday adventures of an ordinary fitnessista. On her blog, you’ll find daily recipes and new workout ideas.

Don’t let winter or the holiday season knock you off your fitness path. Use these fitness blogs to stay focused and motivated.

Whether you need athletic tape, or equipment for physical therapy or orthopedics, the Althea Medical Group is here to help.

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Stability Balls in the Workplace

By | December 18, 2013


The use of stability balls in the workplace is growing increasingly popular. Employers have learned that happy, healthy employees are more productive and efficient. Companies are always looking for new ways to improve the mood and climate of the workplace and replacing a desk chair with a stability ball is one way.

Advantages of sitting on a stability ball

Sitting on a stability ball improves your stability and balance because you are constantly engaging your core to maintain your position. Stronger core abdominal muscles protect and strengthen the lower back. Their lack of armrests makes it nearly impossible to slouch or slump as your sitting, which improves posture. If you are someone who experiences lower back pain, sitting on a stability ball can reduce your discomfort. Stability balls put less stress on the spine than hard chair cushions.

Challenges of using a stability ball

Many people feel less than secure and stable when they first sit on a stability ball in place of an office chair. This is natural and it is a good idea to use the ball in short increment until you become used to having to balance. The lack of armrests and back support can mean that the upper body is not thoroughly and adequately supported. This issue is remedied by using the newer stability ball chairs that include back support, armrests and a base. Using these types of chairs is still easier on your spine but does not require that you engage your core and balance as intensely.

Importance of movement

When sitting on a stability ball it is hard to resist the urge to bounce a little. As long as you don’t get carried away, this is a great way to lighten your day and engage different muscles than sitting alone. It can wake you up and provide a short break that enables you to return to work with better focus. No matter what type of chair you sit on, studies show that sitting for long periods is not good for your spine so get up for short stretches and walks whenever your schedule allows.

Share your stories about using a stability ball exercises at work. We’d love to hear from you.

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Fall Fitness: Exercises for the Family Using Stability Balls

By | December 11, 2013


The versatile and fun stability ball offers a host of health and exercise benefits for people of all ages, body types, and physical conditions. From strengthening the back while sitting on one to rigorous and intense full-body workouts, the whole family can enjoy stability ball exercises in the comfort of your home.

Stability balls, thanks to the effort it naturally takes to stabilize yourself while using it, help strengthen your core muscles and improve your balance. While traditional exercises tend to work a few select muscles at a time, stability ball exercises tend to involve a wide range of muscles including small or less frequently used muscles. The result is well-rounded fitness and a plethora of exercise possibilities.

It’s important to remember that stability balls are not toys and everyone should take a moment to learn about proper uses and potential health benefits of various stability ball exercises.

Stability Ball Exercises for Adults

Adults and teenagers can use the ball to stretch out, work on balance, lessen the load of certain workouts, and to ensure that a variety of muscles get worked out. Some very popular and healthy stability ball exercises include:

  • Push-ups
  • Squats
  • Planking
  • Stomach crunches
  • Side-splits

Stability Ball Exercises for Seniors

Elderly people can easily use an exercise ball to avoid dangerous free weights and to modify traditional exercises. You can use the ball as a lightweight medicine ball for arm and core exercises, or as an overhead weight while doing squats. You can also try hip circles: sit on the ball and gyrate the hips to strengthen the hip flexors, an important part of mobility for seniors.

Children’s Exercises on the Stability Ball

One simple move is to have the child lay on their stomach on the ball and extend arms and legs out. They can have fun pretending that they are flying while actually improving their spinal health and core muscles. Crawling with the stability ball, with your feet and shins against the ball and hands on the floor, also makes a fun and healthy game for children.

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