If you have ever watched a baby learning to walk, you can see them struggle to learn how to coordinate their balance for hands and knees crawling to walking on two feet. They typically pull themselves up by grabbing on to furniture or people to steady themselves. The name “toddler” implies toddling around as they continue to get a feel for walking.
Contrast the image of a baby learning to walk with an Olympic runner like Usain Bolt from Jamaica. This elite athlete has advanced his balance to a level where he propelled himself forward at speed so fast in 2009 that he broke the 100 meter dash record in 9.58 seconds.
The image of the baby learning to walk and Usain Bolt crossing the finish line may seem like extreme opposites but they have one thing in common: BALANCE.
Both the baby and the sprinter must develop balance to propel themselves forward. The baby is at the beginning stages of developing balance when they are first learning how to pull...
You may have heard of warming up your muscles before going for a run or swinging a golf club, but what about warming up before you shovel snow?
Shoveling snow is physical activity and it is recommended to warm-up before ANY type of physical activity so that your muscles are prepared to move the way you want them to move.
In a recent video that I created, I take you through a really cool warm-up that you can do before shoveling snow, going for a run, swinging a golf club, or shooting some hoops.
Why is it important to warm-up your muscles?
Next time you’re ready to shovel snow, clean your house, do some yard work, or exercise, keep this video ...
About 3 months after my first pregnancy, I started coughing. This turned into a nasty sinus infection and I lost my voice. My primary care physician refused to prescribe me antibiotics because it was a virus.
A couple of months later, the same thing happened. Again, the claim was a virus and no antibiotics were prescribed.
This scenario happened again and finally I said to my physician, “Why does this keep happening? I’ve been to you three times in the past 6 months yet for the past 5 years I only saw you for my annual physical. Why do I keep getting sick?”
Her answer was “You have a kid in daycare. You have bad luck.” Again, no antibiotics were prescribed.
After that appointment, I seemed to get sick less yet I would still cough and lose my voice. It was very annoying because my patients thought I was sick when I wasn’t.
During my second pregnancy, I got really sick - I missed a week of work which if anyone knows me, I NEVER miss work. I never...
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Wouldn’t it be scary if you were trying to exercise to improve your health and your exercise program was the wrong program for you?
That’s right – you could have started the wrong workout or you could have been doing the wrong exercises for years and not even know it.
Read on or Watch this video now to learn how to exercise properly:
First, there are thousands of exercises out there on the internet, in magazines, in blogs, etc. – the problem is that not all exercises are good for everyone. There is no “one size fits all” approach for exercise. If we are honest with each other, not everyone can do every exercise out there. In fact, you can get seriously hurt by trying an exercise that you just flat out are not ready for or not physically capable of doing.
Second, you could be doing an exercise that is right for you but you are doing it wrong. You aren’t strong...
Chances are you’ve come across the old dental health adage: “Floss the teeth you want to keep.” The first time you spotted this sign in a dental office or heard the phrase uttered word-for-word by the dentist probably elicited a giggle or a snarky remark. But once the humor of it washed away, you more than likely had an a-ha moment. It just makes so much sense, doesn’t it?
Let’s try to apply this principle to other parts of the human body: What if you only stretched the muscles you wanted to keep? What if you performed weight-bearing exercises to maintain the strength of just a few of your more than 200 muscles? This is an extreme example, of course, but without the guidance of a physical therapist, it’s possible that some parts of your musculoskeletal system may be inadvertently neglected.
Physical therapists are trained to identify and treat a wide range of movement disorders including sports injuries such as sprains and strains as well as...
I had a guy stroll into my office and exclaim, “Dr. De Witt, you got to fix my golf game!” This man took me a bit by surprise because he was boisterous and very confident that I was the one who could help him. The truth of the matter was that I had never met the guy.
I replied by saying, “Sir, how can I fix your golf game? Are you having pain or feeling weak?”
He said, “Well, you see, this buddy of mine came to see you to fix his shoulder and you shared with him 4 exercises. He said after he started doing your 4 exercises that not only did his golf score improve but his shoulder and his back pain went away. I’ve had back pain for quite a while and I want to learn those 4 exercises you gave him.”
I asked him how long he had back pain and he informed me “all my life.” I shared with him that I specialized in treating patients with back pain for “all their life” then I asked him what his golf score was.
He laughed and...
Seriously, ice is super important if you have just suffered an injury because the more quickly you apply an ice pack after an injury – hopefully within the first 5 minutes – the less overall tissue injury will occur.
Don’t get me wrong, if you tear your ACL and apply ice, it doesn’t mean that your ACL isn’t still torn. It just means that the ice application will limit the effects tissue damage in the tissues surrounding the ACL.
For example, if you don’t apply ice then you will have a lot more swelling and inflammation. That extra fluid will create pressure on the other tissues in the knee and possibly damage them. Applying ice helps to keep swelling and inflammation under control so that other tissues are as negatively impacted.
You can learn more from a recent Facebook Live Class I recorded. The video class will talk about:
I rarely see skin burns from hot packs but on occasion I have had patients burn themselves because they did not know how to correctly apply a hot pack.
Skin burns can easily be prevented.
Heat from a hot pack is a great way to reduce general muscle soreness and joint or muscle tension. Heat can also be very relaxing.
In this next video of the DIY Series, you will learn:
Click play to see the video bellow:
I hope I never hear about someone burning themselves from a hot pack again. If you or someone you know uses a hot pack frequently, could you please forward this email to them?
Skin burns can be serious, and I don’t want anyone hurting themselves while trying to help themselves ease soreness and tension.
Enjoy the video and stay safe,
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