September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month and you can use this opportunity to assess your risk of falling and to take proactive steps to keep yourself safe. If you’ve been noticing difficulty with walking on uneven surfaces, stairs, or curbs one way to target building strength is by working on your single leg balance. These five videos focus on single … Read More
Years ago, Fowler noticed how challenging and frustrating it was to try to rehab a patient’s ankle, foot, or knee injury after they had been wearing hard orthotics for years. At a certain point, most cases showed that the body had unfortunately grown accustomed to the orthotics, forgetting that there is, in fact, an insert in the shoe responsible for supporting their foot and ankle! According to Fowler, this is not very advantageous for an active person. Instead, it is crucial for the foot to remain dynamic and work in tandem with the ankle to achieve balance with the ground, then continue that balance further up the chain – past the ankle, knee, hip, pelvis, and spine all the way to head.
At James Fowler Physical Therapy, we evaluate ankle and foot injuries by using a Kinetic Chain Approach. ‘Kinetic’, meaning movement, and ‘Chain’, relating to the coordination of individual joint movements to create functional movement like walking, running and playing sports. When there is dysfunction or misalignment of any joints along the kinetic chain, it has the potential to create an injury down at the foot and ankle.
The importance of your feet cannot be overstated. Your foot is a complex structure consisting of 26 bones, 30 joints, and 4 intricate layers of muscles and ligaments to create a strong, elastic foot arch. The dynamic relationship between the arch, bones, ligaments and muscles creates the ability to absorb up to 400 times your body weight and seamlessly translate that force into functional movement (walking, running, jumping).
A Recent Case Study Reveals the Importance of Proper Body Mechanics in Preventing Lower Back Pain When it Comes to Golf Around 16 million Americans suffer from chronic back pain and the resulting physical limitations- that’s 8% of all adults. And what’s more, 65 million Americans have experienced a recent episode of back pain. If that sounds like a lot, … Read More
Time and time again I see pregnant women start walking (or waddling) into my physical therapy office right at their 36-week mark. The tale tends to start with, “the pain started about 2 weeks ago…” Ah, yes, the beloved 34th week of pregnancy. This has become known to me as the turning point when the body starts unquestionably noticing the toll that pregnancy has had on it.
Author: James Fowler PT, ACSM, DEAS (Founder of James Fowler Physical Therapy) The question of “What is Energy?” has been studied by man from the beginning of time on this planet. Indeed, the word energy takes on an array of meanings in our world today. But how did it begin? Where is its origin? The search for the first divine … Read More
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