Recently, I was asked a question that I thought a lot of people might want to know the answer to. I was asked why on earth are we training my feet when it's my knee that hurts? My name is Dr. Molly and I'm with Your goals Physical Therapy. Let me explain how this question came about. I am working with somebody who came in complaining of knee pain. She literally feels a knot in the back of her knee and then with that, she's getting tingling in her leg. Which is very alarming, especially since she used to be a runner. However, because of some ITband issues then going to the doctor and being told her ITband, needs to rest and maybe she shouldn’t go back to running. She rested it, her ITband issues went away and she transitioned out of running. She conceded that obviously something was going on with the running. It just wasn't fun because she was always injured even though she is at heart, an avid runner and absolutely loves that sport, she has taken into weight training to replace that adrenaline rush. She really likes the adrenaline rush and the surge and the quickness from playing tennis and running. She just likes being very active. But now she's got this injury. She was doing a knee extension, where you bend your knee on a machine, the machine that has a bar underneath your ankle and you pull your ankles down, bending your knee. She was on that and she felt a very dramatic pop in the back of her knee. She told her trainer I'm done. I'm not doing that anymore. That hurt. I don't like it.
Have you ever been concerned after doing your chest workout, that you injured yourself, because of the amount of soreness that you were feeling? This video is great for you. My name is Dr. Molly. And I'm with Your Goals Physical Therapy. I've had two people come up to me after having a particularly good chest day, with some rather acute symptoms that had them very, very worried.
The first person came up and stated,
“ I don't understand. It's just so tender right where the chest muscle hits my sternum and I don't understand why. I didn't do anything unusual. I did have a really good chest day, just a couple days ago, but ever since then, it really hurts to touch. And I'm very concerned that I might pull the muscle or something worse. Like, can you just tell me if there's a tumor?”
And I know that that sounds extreme if you're just listening to this video, but if you've been working out and you haven't changed anything then all of a sudden you wake up and there's an area that is inflamed,that's irritated that really hurts to touch. Your mind goes crazy. Lots of people start to think horrible things. They think they broke something. They think they tore their pec muscle. It Is just alarming. And then if you can't figure any of that out, then your brain, especially if you Google something, you always end up with cancer as the answer. When I saw this person who actually works in the gym that I work out of, I was able to ask, very quickly, some question that calmed him down immediately.
Would you love to be doing planks, but they hurt your back, specifically your lower back, while you're trying to do them. And you've just taken them out of the routine. Well, this video is perfect for you. My name is Dr. Molly, and I'm with Your Goals Physical Therapy, I think planks are amazing. If you have lower back pain, while you're doing planks, there is a reason and you can get past it, without having to worry about surgeries or injections or anything else that kind of rolls around your head when your back starts to hurt. It strictly means that something is not doing its job, but the question might be, if planks are the only thing that I notice it in, then maybe it's not that big of a deal. Maybe I should just not do planks. And everybody has to make their choice, but here's my little root for the plank.
Being able to do a plank, especially a full plank on your hands, your knees and your toes, has a huge correlation to being able to do all the other things in your life that you wanna be able to do. So even if we start as small as you wanna pick things up in your house, being able to do a plank is key to being able to do squats, lunges, and the dead lift. Just the mechanics in that. So, if you're not squatting or doing the same mechanics as a squat, a deadlift or a lunge, while you're picking things up around your house or moving around in your everyday life, then you're probably causing back problems from just how you're moving.
Are you suffering from shoulder pain while you're doing planks? This video is perfect for you. So my name is Dr. Molly, and I'm with Your Goals Physical Therapy, I have recently had a few people come in because they were having pain doing planks. And of course their goal wasn't necessarily to do planks just for an everyday workout, just for a little bit. It's so that they can train to run. In one case, somebody else is trying to power lift and so being able to do a plank with their sport is very important to them. It helps train everything in your upper body and your torso to stay nice and stiff so that you can either run or lift the weights that you wanna lift. Having their shoulders bother them was freaking them out and was very disappointing. It really felt like it was a huge setback for them. They came in asking for any kind of tip or anything that I could give them to do so that their shoulder would stop hurting during what they think of as a basic exercise.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald