Now that the weather is nicer, people are more active outdoors, and the return of people on bikes is everywhere! . If you can't help but people watch, like us therapists, you may also notice how many of those pedalling are dropping their knees in towards the bike frame (or this is you, and you have pain). . A quick, simple exercise like the clamshell to strengthen the outer hip can stop the knee from doing this, and prevent inevitable knee or hip pain. . Need something a bit more advanced? Send us a message!
Happy Easter from your North Star AT's! . We are ever so grateful for the support from our incredible clients day in and day out, and love watching you all become pain free while you crush your goals. . We have a few spots left with Lauren and Shun for Saturday, but will be closed on Easter Monday.
So what if I just don't do my exercises when I go home? . Honestly, our team of therapists are great, but they aren't that great that continuing on as usual will magically fix your pain. . Most of our clients say they feel better when they leave their session, but we always encourage them to be diligent with their strength training or mobility work to improve or maintain the gains that have been made in treatment. . Unfortunately, you can't carry us around in your back pocket to do treatment when something flares up, so your best bet is to open up your handy #Physitrack app for your personalized program your therapist has chosen, and put the work in. . A pain free life IS possible.
Should I do this? Avoid that? . The biggest error we see in movement isn't the choice of exercise, but the execution of it. . If you cannot complete the rep without some sort of cheat, don't do it. Re-evaluate the intensity and the amount you've chosen to do and why. . You may need to add in some stability or mobility work in order to make progress. . Take your recovery period. Start again, work your reps until failure, and rest again. . Need a hand figuring out your movement? We can help.
Interested in training with Carrie, but not in need of pre/postnatal sessions? . All good! She also offers private and semi-private sessions for clients just wanting to get their best fitness. . If Pre/Postnatal or Hypopressives sessions ARE what you're in search of, they can be done individually or in small groups to get you the most out of your changing body. . Have questions? Send us a DM!
Lauren's a self proclaimed 'dog lady' and fur mama to her pup Wren. . When she's not in clinic or on the sportsfield making you feel better, you can usually find them hitting the trails in Edmonton's gorgeous river valley. . Interested in seeing Lauren for a cupping session or Athletic Therapy? Book via the link in our bio, or give us a call!
I wish I would have known. . A client said this today during just their second visit to the clinic. . They had gone though upwards of 75 treatments of traditional therapies before being referred to North Star for Athletic Therapy. . For the first time, they were given not just stretches, needles, and stim machines, but strengthening exercises and manual treatments. . Regardless of your activity level, life demands movement and lifting. It requires postures and positions that do not need to be painful, and you need to be challenged to prepare for them. . No matter where you go, ask questions to understand your injury and make sure your exercises reflect what your body needs to handle on a daily basis.
Let's talk spot treatment. . Much like trying to target just one area of the body when you work out, it's kind of pointless. . Your pain is typically focused in one area, but it didn't start there. Something took over for something else, and you eventually modified your movement to make it happen until your body couldn't take it anymore. . If we only did treatment where your pain was, or only gave you exercises there, we wouldn't make much progress. . Your shoulder blade stability matters to your elbow or low back pain, and your weak core has an effect on your ankle sprain. . You might think we're a little crazy when we give you a balance exercise for your neck pain, or toe taps for your knee, but we've got a plan!
No two clients are alike, even when they complain of the same pain or have the same goals. . It's like they teach you the text book in therapy school and then trade it for puzzles. . Each client comes with a different set of experiences, habits, and view of what getting 'better' means to them. . Find a therapist that knows how to adapt the recovery to the person versus the person to the recovery as it is a huge component of having a succesful rehab experience.
Oh hey Shun! . Depending on your schedule, you may not get to see some of our therapists while passing through @evolve_strength for your workout. . Some of our therapists barely see each other during work hours, but we knew it was important to have times that could work for all schedules to best treat our clients. . If you are more of a day time person, you're going to want to request Ashley or Carrie, evenings and weekends are Shun's thing, and Lauren accommodates it all with a perfectly varied schedule. . Have more questions for us? DM us or click the link in our bio to get in touch.
I thought it would just go away. . For some things, this is completely reasonable--the muscle soreness from your workout or a little tweak here or there. . If you've been nursing an issue for more than a couple days, or it's impacting the activities you typically do, stop waiting it out. . Getting something checked out earlier on in the injury world typically means less lost time, and quicker recoveries.
Weak and tight. Tight and strong. . While you're out there foam rolling and taking the lacrosse ball to those sore spots, do you know why you're doing it? . Sometimes, it's just the thing to help, and other times you can't figure out why something just won't release. . If it's the only thing supporting you, the truth is it can't. . Not without something else changing elsewhere in the body, or it tightens back up the minute you put your body under tension. . Have questions? Send us a DM.
Ever wonder why and how your body moves the way it does? . Shun's biomechanics talks with the walking group @runningroomedm have been a hit, and a great way to understand how you can prevent yourself from getting injured. . If you're looking to stay active, and pain free, give us a call and we can teach you how NOT to need us!
For years Ashley spent her time on the bus or plane travelling from venue to hotel, from meetings to training, and learning to treat when and where she could along the way. . When you don't have a team treatment space on the road, the hotel becomes your clinic. . When one of the hockey players or taekwondo fighters hops up on the treatment table and breaks its legs (yes, this has happened to her TWICE, once in the AJHL finals and once in Egypt for Junior World's), you make do with every chair and bench you can find. . Adapting to the situation and choosing techniques that work consistently and quickly becomes crucial when it's one therapist to 20-30 athletes. . Ashley still uses this philosophy today in clinic, because if it works for elite athletes, she knows it will work for you too!
Ever leave an assessment and think, Wow, I'm a mess!?! . We've just broken down all your movement patterns, your strengths, your weaknesses, and likely even caused you a little discomfort as we released some of your tightness for the first time. . The truth is, we all have our own mess. . Every single one of our therapists gets treatment and does their own set of exercises to correct issues and maintain their bodies. . You have to know where you have a disconnect, or a collapse in your movement if you want to improve it--when you know better, you do better. . So, no matter where you start, or how big your mess is, we understand, and we've got you're covered.