Physical therapists are musculoskeletal specialists that typically see a variety of issues related to the spine and extremities. One joint that most do not realize physical therapists are qualified to treat includes the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ is essentially the joint of the jaw. TMJ dysfunction can be categorized as frequent popping or clicking in the jaw, difficulty chewing, or generalized pain in the jaw area. Read more
Achilles Tendonitis is an injury of the achilles tendon typically due to overuse or an introduction of a new activity. The gastrocnemius and the soleus muscles make up the calf complex at the lower leg to create the Achilles Tendon which inserts to the calcaneus (heel bone). This diagnosis typically occurs with the sudden increase in repetitive activities that put excessive stress on the achilles. The tendon therefore is unable to recover between activity which results in pain.
Many of us have struggled with how to get a good stretch for our shoulders and how to maintain mobility in our shoulders over time. One method I enjoy using for myself and with my clients is using a simple PVC pipe. This could also be a broomstick, a baseball bat, a golf club, a yardstick, etc. Here are some simple stretches that target the entire shoulder joint capsule.