Hiking is one thing! One great thing, of course. But backpacking takes it to a whole other level!
It's like "this one goes to 11!"
Maybe you're thinking of making the leap from day trips to overnight trips, but you're feeling a bit intimidated by carrying the heavy pack...?
I know this was my experience when I decided to dust of my North Face 30L backpack after oh...about 2o years!
Was I nervous this time around? You bet.
So I broke down the areas that I knew I would need to work on if I wanted to have fun filled trip. One where I felt confident in my body. One where I wasn't worried if my legs would ache at night and keep me up. One where I wouldn't regret not having a heating pad for my back, or an ice pack for my knee! That stuff is hard to come by in the back country!!
So here's what I focused on...
1. Started walking more. Lots more.
2. Strengthened my butt (it's not as easy as it sounds!)
3. Got my mid back loosened up.
4. Worked on my feet.
5. Practiced carrying stuff.
If you want to read more about the tips, check out the full guide I created here...
Okay, so it's not much fun!!! But we're going to talk about it anyway, and I'm going to do it with you!
Showing you the best way to get the most out this rather unpleasant experience.
How to target the stubborn areas.
The ones that get missed.
And often make all the difference.
Let's get to it!!!
We've got trails to blaze and mountains to climb!
Hip pain and tightness is a common complaint I hear from patients. A lot of us have been advised on foam rolling our ITBand. That it gets "tight". In this video, I talk about how to get the most out foam rolling you whole upper leg and how to target some often overlooked areas!
The facebook gnomes just kept showing this pillow to me! They are sooo tricksy. As a PT who specializes in helping get good sleep (you can't heal if you don't sleep), I just couldn't resist. I had to try it out for myself and I wanted one for my patient's to try as well.
You'll find my review and some tips for use of the pillow below...
A few notes: this is the pillow designed more for shoulder pain than GERD, the elevation is not as high
my take aways(in case you don't feel like watching me get snuggled up in a pillow):
* it's hot
* it does relieve pressure on your shoulder
* You still probably need another pillow to get yourself positioned just so
* it ain't cheap, but then, neither are you ;)
Even if you're doing core exercises, you may not be ready for specific activities like weedeating! Weedeating is a diagonal activity and you could be week in the specific directional diagonal that you need.
We are in the thick of gardening and yard care season here in Western North Carolina, so we wanted to take this opportunity to give a series of tips and recommendations for taking care of your garden and lawn without hurting your back or knees! It's normal to have sore muscles after you've done an increased amount of work outside that your body is not accustomed to doing. But injuries that result in persistent back or knee pain are different though, and with some care and modification you can be more likely to prevent these kinds of injuries and keep your garden green and lovely!
Prior to living in the western slope of Colorado, I thought rock climbing was a myth created by advertisers to make me feel like I was not adventurous enough. Turns out it’s no myth. The rock climbers are real! Turns out they’re in western North Carolina too! What an amazing physical and mental challenge rock climbing affords to its participants. There are so many benefits to this activity: being outdoors, working together with others, activity and exercise. If you’re belaying, the activity can take a toll on your neck though. Any postural position held for long periods of time, particularly at end range, can cause pain,
Pects and Lats. For some reason I left PT school thinking the former moved your arm toward your chest and the latter helped you wipe yourself. Certainly functional, but not very exciting. Oh, and by the way they seem to get tight and keep shoulders in a forward rounded position-quite inconvenient. Then recently, I was in a Thomas Myer’s class on fascia and the instructor was going over the functional anatomy of these two muscles. They both do this funny little twist before they insert on the arm bone when it’s at your side. Weird thing for a muscle to do that’s trying to pull and exert force.
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