Motion Stability's Blog


Are Your Shoes Really Helping You?
May 17, 2012, 5:33 pm
Filed under: Lower Extremity, Movement Dysfunction, Runners, Sports, Tennis | Tags: , , , ,

Athletic shoewear have recently gained a lot of attention for their role in assisting a person to acheive a variety of health and fitness related goals. Skechers, being on of the first in the industry, have now come to the forefront of our attention again as some of their claims have been refutted.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/skechers-toning-shoe-customers-to-get-refund/?ref=health

Oftentimes we see patients who are flirting with shoes to solve an underlying biomechanical issue. In actuality the shoes are a “band-aid” and not solving the true physical issue at hand. Once the physical issues are resolved, the shoes become a means to assist instead of a failed solution. If you have questions regarding your shoewear and what it may or may not be doing for your health, please get in touch with one of the Motion Stability therapists!

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Motion Stability is Offering a Course!

Available to all residents, fellows, physical therapists! Please see the link below for more information:

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Janda-Course–August-25-26–2012—Atlanta–GA.html?soid=1101912448556&aid=INbaMINud4w.



Lazy Butt Syndrome
September 9, 2011, 1:55 am
Filed under: Lower Extremity, Movement Dysfunction, Runners, Sports

As the height of running season approaches, it is prudent to address the importance of the hip musculature in keeping a runner pain-free while maintaining the efficiency required for long distance events. Motion Stability has partnered with Phiddipides, a local running store, to discuss this topic with their runners.

A lack of hip muscle strength can cause a myriad of problems in any person, but is especially problematic for runners as the hip muscles not only provide the propulsion for a powerful stride, but also the pelvic stbility required to keep the lower legs moving efficiently. For a closer look at how weak hips can literally be a “pain in the butt” for runners, read the article posted on Motion Stability’s website: http://motionstability.com/mediacenter.php. The website has been redesigned to include a running section and will have more updates and interesting articles available to download in the coming months, so keep checking back in!



The Disconnect between Post-partum Women and Low Back Pain
August 1, 2011, 12:18 am
Filed under: Movement Dysfunction, Pain Sciences, Spine | Tags: , ,

Recently we have seen a growing number of women presenting to our clinic with low back pain and who incidentally have had a baby within the last couple of years. Unfortunately many of these women have been told 1 of 2 things by their medical practitioners: it is an unfortunate side-effect of being post-partum and that it should go away in due time or go try some physical therapy and see if it helps. The problem is that the women is caught between her ObGyn saying it is a post-partum issue and her orthopedist diagnosing her with non-specific back pain, but not attributing it to the fact that she has just had a baby. Oftentimes, the problem goes undiagnosed and women who are even 10yrs post-partum can have dysfunction and pain directly related to the pregnancy numerous years ago.

As physical therapist’s, we have the responsibility of linking these events together and explaining to the women how pregnancy alters the stability and mechanics of her back, abdominal, and pelvic regions. We have the unique  ability to catch these women as they fall through the cracks of traditional medicine and significantly alter how the woman is able to go about her day caring for her newborn pain-free. A knowledgeable clinician will be able to create an individualized treatment program structured around the effects that a pregnancy and delivery can have on the woman.

At our clinic, the therapists are able to use ultrasound (similar to ones at the Ob’s office) to evaluate the muscle integrity of the abdomen and pelvic floor (areas most often affected by pregnancy.) It has become a useful tool to integrate into the treatment programs for these patients. The ultrasound allows the therapist and patient to visualize exactly how the muscles are being used and in what manner. Please check out this article for more information on the use of ultrasound imaging in the PT clinic: http://www.motionstability.com/assets/docs/articles/a_2010_09_ultrasound.