back pain

Reverse Direction

I was just lying on the floor on my stomach (prone position) and it felt really good. I had been sitting upright in a chair for a long time today doing work so it felt good to change position. You know… Read More ›

Curve Reversal

I saw this term the other day doing chart  reviews….When looked at from the side, and you’re looking at someone who is sitting up straight, the spine should look like a backwards ‘S.’  In order to attain this shape, the… Read More ›

Lateral Shift

A search term on my blog today was “soap note for hip lateral shift mckenzie.”  That was written by a physical therapist.  That is really specific and it uses therapist speak.  I didn’t realize how much I loved and missed… Read More ›

Low Back Pain

My mom had some low back pain recently, she did what I told her to do and she felt better.  I learned this after PT school, I learned to treat this way in my McKenzie courses. My mom said that… Read More ›

Radiculopathy

Did you ever have pain in your toes or fingers but nothing actually seems to be wrong with your toes or fingers?  Or numbness?  Or weakness?  Or tingling?  I’m going to explain why this can happen in the orthopedic realm… Read More ›

McKenzie

I spent the first 4 years(and the only 4 years) of my career as a physical therapist becoming certified in this technique.  After I became certified, 6 months later I had a stroke.  Regardless of the MAGNITUDE of stuff I’ve learned… Read More ›

The Lumbar Spine

I know a lot about the lumbar spine, the low back.  I think there’s no question I couldn’t answer about the spine, especially the lumbar spine.  There are 5 lumbar vertebrae.  When looked at from the side the lumbar spine… Read More ›

Therapeutic Touch

I’ve said before that I’ve learned A LOT in the last 2 years.  I used to think I could help anyone with back and neck pain.  I can help a lot of people, and did.  I can give some really… Read More ›

Body Mechanics

This post isn’t neurologic in nature, it’s orthopedic.  But I was an orthopedic physical therapist and they say write about what you know right?  This will help everyone – stroke survivors included because as a general rule, people usually have… Read More ›

The Spine

The spine should look like a backwards ‘S.’  When looked at from the side, your spine from right beneath your skull to the tailbone should form a backwards ‘S.’  It should look like this AT ALL TIMES.  When sitting, the… Read More ›

Back and Neck Pain

Back and neck pain used to be my specialty.  I was really good at helping most pain related to the spine.  After a stroke, a lot of people have back and neck pain.  Your posture goes to shit, that’s the… Read More ›