Physical therapy

Walking Bike

I want this both for myself and my future therapy gym. From Dean. walking bike for stroke rehabilitation Massive amounts of therapy available in one intervention. Balance. Walking. Upper limb extension. Hand grasping. Sensation – Wind blowing over skin. So… Read More ›

Dizziness and Nausea

I just received this email….. “Good day. My brother had a stroke of the left cerebellum a month ago. He had decompression surgery and was in Critical care for 3.5 weeks. He went to rehab 4 days ago but he… Read More ›

Rotator Cuff

A search term on my blog yesterday was “rotator cuff exercises for stroke patient.”  The exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff are the same whether you had a stroke or not. The muscles and nerves are all the same as… Read More ›

Options

I had lunch with a lady earlier this week to discuss options for her brother, a stroke survivor.  We were talking for a while and she asked “so what are the options for stroke victims?”  I responded “there really aren’t… Read More ›

Heel Raises (calf raises)

I tried to explain to someone the importance of this exercise and strengthening this muscle. This will strengthen the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, the calf muscles.  These muscles, when contracted, will plantarflex the foot(point the toes).  So when you do… Read More ›

Cerebellum

My therapist told me today that NPR is doing a fascinating series of shows this week about the cerebellum.  It obviously caught my attention.  Here it is.  I kinda always thought that the cerebellum only affected physical stuff, boy was… Read More ›

Blocking

Sometimes the muscle you want to contract isn’t the one that contracts when you try to perform a movement.  This goes for both orthopedic stuff and neurologic stuff.  Way the hell more with neurologic stuff though.  I’m working with someone… 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 ›

Gluteus Maximus

Happy New year.  Since 2014 has been called “the year of the rear,” I thought this was appropriate.  I think I’ve written about something like this before but here goes again….Yesterday I had a yoga lesson and was in the… Read More ›

Cramps

Someone the other day was doing some exercises and his quadriceps muscle got a really bad cramp in it.  So here’s what I did. I had him do this exercise. I thought that might help because the exercise is to… Read More ›

NDT

Neurodevelopmental treatment is a certification you can get as a physical therapist that a whole lot of people use when treating stroke patients.  I don’t agree with the approach.  NDT is all about inhibiting improper movements. If you get trained… Read More ›

Stairs

A search term on my blog is frequently “up with the good, down with the bad.”  I wrote a post entitled that same thing over 2 years ago when I thought I knew something.  Now what I know is very,… Read More ›

Neuro Rehab

The company that I work for is 100% orthopedic.  My boss has told me that down the road they would like me to maybe do some neuro rehab.  Neurological physical therapy.  This won’t happen for a few years, I certainly… Read More ›

Experience

The first couple of years that I was a practicing physical therapist, I was scared of everything.  It’s really scary when someone that’s already in a lot of pain and coming to you for help tells you that the exercises… Read More ›