Foam Roller Y Exercise
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by Brian Schiff
5d ago
It is that time of year where baseball pre-season throwing is ramping up. I am starting to see throwers coming in to my clinic with shoulder and elbow issues. In many cases, injury can be avoided with proper stretching and strengthening as well as effective loading programs. Pectoralis major/minor and latissimus muscle tightness along with ..read more
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Product Review: HECOstix
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by Brian Schiff
3M ago
Over the years, I have tested many different fitness products through my work with Personal Fitness Professional Magazine. I am not paid to promote any products on my site, and this latest review comes after spending the past few weeks using this particular product in the clinic with my patients. I am pleased to bring ..read more
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Improving Hip Flexor Mobility
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by Brian Schiff
10M ago
Tightness in the hip flexors is very common. If you have a job that requires extensive sitting or spend lots of time cycling, this may be a problem area for you. Stiffness can limit gait mechanics and optimal movement patterns thereby putting undue strain on the lower back. Below is a simple corrective exercise that ..read more
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Fear of Re-Injury: The Impact on Athletes in Physical Therapy
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by Brian Schiff
11M ago
Unfortunately, injuries cause more than pain and lost playing time for athletes. In many cases, an injury negatively impacts self-esteem and creates fear and anxiety. For competitive athletes, the injury often separates them from their familiar role and identity with respect to their teammates, coaches and peers. It seems rather obvious that injured athletes would ..read more
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Single Leg Kettlebell Pass
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by Brian Schiff
1y ago
This is a great exercise to work on single leg balance and trunk stability. The kettlebell introduces an unstable pattern in the upper extremity forcing the lower body to react and maintain stability. It is harder than it looks, so be sure to start with a lighter kettle bell at first. Take a look below ..read more
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Rotator Cuff Repair: 5 Months Post-op
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by Brian Schiff
1y ago
It has been a month since my last blog post. Things continue to improve. I would say I have recovered about 85% of my ROM to date. There is still some stiffness reaching behind my back, and I lack about 10-15 degrees of horizontal external rotation and elevation. Overall, my strength continues to improve, and ..read more
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Rotator Cuff Repair: Weeks 12-16
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by Brian Schiff
1y ago
As I write this update, I have now been back to work for a month. The first 3 days back were challenging, as I had not done that much with my arm in quite some time. I was sore by 5 pm each day, but no significant pain. The soreness resolved by the next morning ..read more
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Rotator Cuff Repair: Weeks 10-12
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by Brian Schiff
1y ago
The last two weeks I have continued to see progress with my strength. My “shrug sign” lifting up my left arm is improving and now most noticeable when lifting my arm out to the side at 80 degrees and beyond. I have seen a steady increase in lifting capacity for my biceps and triceps but ..read more
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Rotator Cuff Repair: Weeks 8-10
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by Brian Schiff
1y ago
Well, I just saw my surgeon as I approach the 11 week post-op mark. I have made good progress since the steroid injection. Although I am still a little stiffer than we both would like, my ROM is progressing and my pain is gone aside from when I or my therapist really stretch it into ..read more
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Rotator Cuff Repair: Weeks 6-8
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by Brian Schiff
1y ago
For all those following along with my journey, I have moved just past the 8 week post-op mark. I am pleased to report that I continue to see small steady improvements with my mobility during day-to-day activities as long as I am moving below shoulder height. I continue to have periodic and general low-level soreness ..read more
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