Consider all 30 muscle groups when training the core

Often times we hear “core” used interchangeably with “abs”. Although the abdominals are a large contributor to the core, there are many more muscles that compose the core— nearly 30 depending how you define the core. Think of the core as a cylinder of muscles around your spine. All these muscles have a role to protect, stabilize, or move your …

Bryce Taylor

PT, S&C Coach, SFMA

Effective modality to enhance fracture and soft-tissue healing

Below is a great study which speaks to the benefits of IPC (Intermittent pneumatic compression)…along with some more info on the new NormaTec 2.0. Intermittent Pneumatic Compression in Fracture and Soft-Tissue Injuries Healing Anil Khanna, Nikolaos Gougoulias, and Nicola Maffulli Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Keele University School of Medicine, Thornburrow Drive, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7QB Staffs, UK Introduction: …

Dr. Robert Silverman

Dr. Robert Silverman

DC, MS, CNS, CCN, CSCS, CKTP, CES, CIISN, DACBN, DCBCN, HKC, SASTM

The Appendix may be more important than we thought.

To be or not to be? When it comes to the appendix, that seems to be the question. The appendix has been called a vestigial organ, but that interpretation may be changing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appendix_(anatomy) We were taught in school that the appendix seemed to have no apparent purpose and should absolutely be removed if inflamed. This still seems to be the …

John Pecora

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

Understanding the benefits of Photobiomodulation (PBM) or Laser Therapy, Part 1

There is often confusion in the medical field when clinicians research the topic of laser. At the center of the confusion is power and its relationship to lasers’ effect on tissue, which is referred to as photobiomodulation (PBM). To understand the role of power, there needs to be an understanding of its relationship to laser dosing, penetration, and how higher power lasers …

Mark Callanen

Mark Callanen

PT, DPT, OCS

The secret to getting patients stronger and feeling better without heavy weights!

When most people think of getting stronger and transforming the body, they think about hoisting heavy iron. Heavy weight training protocols have been a staple for those who have pursued physical transformation. Heavy weight training works, but there is also another effective way to induce hypertrophy, stimulate the production of anabolic hormones, and improve strength levels. Enter blood flow restriction …

3ACT Slide – The Multi-Directional Self-Contained Fitness Tool

The 3ACT Slide’s multi-directional design allows tri-plane movement to simulate athletic and physical demands for a variety of sports and rehabilitation needs. The sliding surface demands increased muscular activity, emphasizing control of deceleration forces to optimize explosive athletic skill. The dual sided stability blocks allow customized foot positioning, while offering safety and movement specific guidance. The idea for the 3ACT …

Dave Armet

PT, FAFS, CSST

Get Patients Stronger. Save Time. Reduce Wear and Tear. With BFR Training

What is BFR Training? BENEFITS Improve Strength Reduce wear and tear Save time in your day Reduce recovery time Stay strong through injuries Take it anywhere you go Blood flow restriction training, or BFR training, is an exercise modality that uses a manipulation of the body’s circulatory system in combination with light resistance exercise—such as bodyweight work—to achieve improvements in …

Tips for Improving Tissue Quality and Health

In the video below, Dr. Kelly Starrett discusses how tissue quality and tissue health can be improved by using the TimTam Power massager to re-perfuse tissues that may not have the blood flow or nutrients they need to be healthy. Perfusion is the passage of fluid through the circulatory system or lymphatic system to an organ or a tissue, usually referring …