Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. Did you recently throw your back out doing something silly, like picking your kids' backpack up or any of the other numerous bags they have? However many sports bags, they have their lunch box, just all these bags. Kids have so many bags.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. Have you been stuck squatting the same weight and you cannot push past it for whatever reason you start having low back achy pains, that lasts for a few days or maybe one side is just really sharp. In some cases, some people describe that they can't control the butt wink. So where your hip tucks underneath, or they have a little wiggle. They squat down and then they shift over and all of these things are limiting how much you can squat or how well you can squat. You're just frustrated. You're trying to figure out what it is that you're doing wrong, That's not letting you progress.
I want to ask, has anybody ever suggested that you might have a leg length discrepancy? And this is why? So a leg length discrepancy means that one leg is longer than the other, longer is shorter depending on what you're talking about. Right?
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. If your family is anything close to how mine is, we love to spend Houston summers near a beach, or at least near a body of water. Swimming is great, but there's something about the beach, even though Galveston is definitely not an ideal beach. It is what we have. It's just so fun. You get to go play in the sand, build sand castles, look for shells, play on the waves, all these fun things. It's also fun because you can bring simple toys like balls and Frisbees and have hours of fun out in the open, as long as you're applying lots and lots of sunscreen and of course, lots and lots of water.
That's what I wanted to talk about in this video. What happens if you spend a really fun weekend playing with your kids, let's say with beach volleyball and all of a sudden you notice that your shoulder is very angry with you, and it's not just going away in one or two days. What do you do if you've injured your shoulder while playing beach volleyball, let's talk about that.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. If sciatica is taking the joy out of your weekend cycling, this is the video for you. So I met Aaron about, I don't know, six to eight months ago, something to that effect. He had been suffering from sciatic pain for months. He had pain If he sat for too long, he was getting residual pain, even if he took too long of a walk. It was going from his butt all the way down his leg at some points and so he had been dealing with that for a long time. He was like, it was relatively minor and I could get into positions and it just went away. It was fine and it didn't interrupt me going for bike rides on the weekend. Which was his main thing. That's his main source of entertainment and how he hung out with friends, see Aaron would get on his bike and ride 30 or so miles.
Their goal would be to hit some bar that had a patio so they could hang out, drink, have lunch, and then they would ride back. That was basically their entire Saturday, him and his friends. And so that was something that he habitually did and he really, really enjoyed it. So his back pain bothering him at work, didn't really affect his bike riding. He sort of ignored it and put it on the back burner assumed it would get better eventually and just was ignoring it.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. This is National Upright Posture month. It's very exciting, I love talking about posture. So this month I have been doing a series on how your posture can be affecting your sport. This week, we're gonna highlight biking. So biking is amazing. I like to bike around the neighborhood with my son, my daughter and my husband. We have a good time finding the Bayou trails around our house, but normally you don't have too much discomfort other than possibly something that happens from the seat from just tooling around your neighborhood. It does happen, but I'd say that more often than not. I get complaints of discomfort from people when they're doing miles on their bike weekly.
I thought I would talk about that. So in this video we're gonna define posture so that we're all talking about the same thing. Then I'm gonna talk about the different forces that your posture takes on and help you combat while you're biking. Then I'm gonna talk about what happens if your posture is not able to sustain the forces that we were just talking about, but because I never end on a bad note, we are gonna talk about how you move past, prevent and recover from all of those injuries.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. May is posture awareness month, and to that end, I am doing a series on how posture affects different sports. In this week's Video, I'm gonna go over how posture affects swimming. So specifically I'm going to define posture just in a general sense, then explain how that directly relates to swimming mechanics. I'm gonna talk about injuries that can come when posture's not ideal and then how to resolve those things.
So let's get started. What is posture? In the way that I'm using it, just because there's always more than one way to look at something, so the way that I'm gonna use it is how you hold your spine, how you hold your torso upright and what position that's in.
And what do I mean by that?
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.
Is your lower back bothering you while you run? Is your lower back cramping up or just causing severe pain, which is hindering either the distance that you're able to run or just being able to run in general. This video is perfect for you. My name is Dr. Molly, with Your Goals Physical Therapy, and I absolutely love treating runners. Unfortunately, running does come with injuries and over the course of my practice, I have noticed that there are two big things that cause people to have lower back pain while they run.
The first one would be just from the force of hitting the ground. Some people end up with lower back pain, and that ends up being the thing that a lot of doctors tell you, “Hey, you just shouldn't run at all.” And, I have a little bit different take, so stay tuned.
Then the other one is when your lower back muscles are doing too much work, they are so strong that they are taking over and they are cramping. They're just so tight and constricted that it's causing you pain.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. This week, I had a mom come in and she was telling me about her back problems. One of her back problems was that she couldn't lay flat on the floor. She had been trying to do some yoga and just laying on the floor made her back feel completely unstable. Well, during that session, I shared a very funny moment when I, myself also had back pain when I laid flat. I’d completely forgotten about this story.
And so I figured I will share my funny anecdote for this particular video while talking about how you can get over having back pain when you're laying flat. It doesn't have to be with you forever, or certainly not as long as it was with me. So a little history about me, I was about the age of 13, when I bent over to tie my shoe and the amount of back pain I had I can't even describe. It was so bad that I think I crawled to my mom to tell her that my back was hurting. It was so dramatic that she rushed me over to the chiropractor. The chiropractor assessed everything and told me that I had a leg length discrepancy. And it was like three inches, which sounds dramatic when you're 13, everything's even worse. Right. So anyway, after a while, she was able to help me calm down the pain and I didn't have pain walking around anymore. I was able to bend over and tie my shoes. When I was done with the chiropractor I didn’t have any problems, but going forward,
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy it's December. And so this is the time of year where lots of people are wrapping presents and putting new furniture together and all sorts of things. Which means that you tend to want to sit on the floor because it's just easier to put all the wrapping paper and everything around you and try to put things together. But for a lot of people sitting on the floor can be painful for your back or your hip or your knees. And that is what prompted this video, because I feel like people might need a little bit of encouragement that it is possible to sit on the floor without pain.
Patricia is my wonderful example of this. Patricia is 42 years old and she called me roughly a month ago. She called because she was having some severe pain and she couldn't tell me if she thought it was her hip or her back, because it was kinda of blended all together.
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Dr. Molly McDonald