- Tempromandibular disorder
- Neck pain
- Limited motion/tightness
- Radicular symptom: Pain (and/or numbness/weakness) spreads into the arm, neck, chest, upper back and/or shoulders because of damage to nerve roots in the cervical spine
- Shoulder pain
- Post surgical rehabilitation
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder impingement
- Rotator cuff issues
- Shoulder instability/dislocation
- Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Rehabilitation after fracture
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Nerve entrapment
- Rib fracture/injury
- Breathing dysfunction
- Upper back pain/sprain
- Post-surgical restriction
- Heart surgery
- Breast cancer
- Back surgery
- Low back pain
- Limited motion
- Radicular symptoms: pain, numbness, tingling, weakness radiating to the hips and legs
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Pelvic floor issue
- Mobility issue
- Muscle tightness
- Knee pain
- Post-surgical rehabilitation: ACL, PCL, meniscus
- Muscle tightness
- Abdominal issues
- Feeling of fullness/stomach distention
- Neurological issues
- Post-stroke, neuropathy, brain injury, and nerve damage.
We analyze golf swing from two points of view: that of a physical therapist and that a trainer. Golf swing should be developed around your physical capability. You might take a golf lesson, hoping you can swing like a professional golfer. But you might struggle. Here is an answer for that. You may have physical limitation (joint mobility, muscle tightness/weakness, core stability etc.) that inhibits you from achieving the golf swing. However hard you attempt to command to your body to make a favorite golf swing, it does not matter. The brain cannot overcome your physical limitation. Only way you can improve your swing is by getting rid of the physical limitation and improving your physical capability. We will help you find your physical problems and guide you how to improve them. This will also help to prevent golf injuries.
Everyone should agree that running is whole body activities, right? It means in order to improve your running performance, you should assess and address your whole body. Unfortunately in our experience a runner always focus on the lower extremity such as hip, knee, and foot. No one comes to our clinic to say I need to improve my vital capacity of the lung (the volume of air during exhalation after the deepest inhalation) to improve my oxygenation of the body. But this function is also important to improve your running performance. We use FMT assessment, FMS, and SFMA, to assess your body as a whole and address the dysfunction in your system. You should feel your running become easier and more efficient after the program.
Running technique also plays an important role in sustainable speed and injury prevention. But the technique is never be able to overcome your functional dysfunctions, such as joint restriction, muscle adhesion, weak link, etc. You should first address your dysfunction in your system, then your new technique will be more effective.
Are you an efficient runner? Running with FMT article by Mike Binet
Performing artists are elite athletes. The level of muscular control and coordination they require is extraordinary. Working with each artist to understand their functional needs is key to improve their performance and to create their plan of care during rehabilitation.
Musician requires the highest level of fine motor control and coordination, as well as endurance. Their performance is supported by their amazing physical foundation. For example, a flute player requires a strong core stability to hold the flute in the place without tensing up the shoulder and forearm. This relaxed shoulder/arm supported by strong core is important to achieve the finest motor control of your finger. The rib mobility, functional diaphragm, and functional TMJ (jaw/lip) are key to make beautiful sound and melody. If there is an impairment in these structures, your performance may be limited. Also you may be prone to repetitive injuries.
This concept is very important during rehabilitation when they are injured. Understanding how their injury or movement deficit impacts their ability to perform is critical in designing and progressing individual rehabilitation program.
Behind their extraordinal performance, dancers must have an incredible foundation of flexibility and core stability, as well as strength. Your motor control, kinesthetic awareness, explosiveness, and agility are developed over these foundations. Your performance will be affected if these foundations are lost. Also, you may have increased risk of injuries because the weak link in your system makes compensatory motion.
Our expertise in FMT (Functional Manual Therapy) allows us to find out your weakness in your system and to improve them. In this way, we can help you to achieve your desired performance level.
In order to make magical voice, singers have to have functional rib and thoracic function, as well as efficient vocal cord and Jaw (TMJ). And of course, your lumbar spine/thoracic spine mobility and core stability can play a major role in posture, breathing and endurance.
Singers can diminish their performance if any of above functions is impaired. FMT (Functional Manual Therapy) approach is able to assess your system, to find out the issues, and to improve them in order to maximize your performance.
We notice increased number of people get hurt when they start going to a gym, doing yoga/Pilates classes, dancing, running, and other physical activities typically considered “healthy.” What you may not have noticed is current tolerance of your body. Your body may have been over the years of sedentary life style, sudden start of an activity may put stress on your body, and you may get injured.
Performing any activity requiring the repetition of a motion is a risk for injury. For example, a runner uses the same muscles and joint repeatedly in running for miles. If your body has a weak link (pattern of weakness in the body), you most likely put extra stress to this weak link and get injured. This type of injury is not only for those performing sports/physical activities, but also for others, such as those who perform a musical instrument, who use a computer, who cook, and who take care of babies/children.