From the Field

blogl“From the Field” features articles written by clinicians who are experts in the field of rehabilitation and rehab education. We hope you’ll find them inspiring and thought provoking.

Tricks for Orthosis Fabrication (Splinting)

By on April 27, 2015

Have you noticed that you take more time than allotted to make an orthosis? Do you feel rushed and/or nervous when you see that you have to make an orthosis during a 30 minute treatment time? Do you take forever to fix an orthosis that leaves pressure areas on the patient? Do you need some Read More

Lumbar Stabilization: Improving Hip & Thoracic Mobility

By on April 26, 2015

In my last two blogs, I suggested these principles of Optimal Movement that we could be teaching our patients: Fascio-Skeletal Weight Bearing Appropriate Distribution of Movement Proportional Use of Synergists Minimization of Unnecessary Effort I would now like get more specific by talking about the 800 pound gorilla of physical therapy; low back pain. According Read More

Assessment and Exercise for the Spine

By on April 20, 2015

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most challenging musculoskeletal conditions to treat. Rehabilitation professionals have many tools available at their disposal; however, some examination and treatment techniques have not been investigated for their efficacy. The purpose of this blog is to highlight new research and novel approaches related to assessment and exercise prescription Read More

Principles of Optimal Movement II: Appropriate Movement Distribution & Proportional Use of Synergists

By on December 17, 2014

My last blog, Principles of Optimal Movement I, introduced the rehabilitation goal of movement optimization. This was defined and its’ importance in rehabilitation was articulated. Four principles of optimal movement were proposed: Fascio-Skeletal Weight-Bearing Minimization of Unnecessary Effort Appropriate Distribution of Movement Proportional Use of Synergists Fascio-skeletal weight-bearing and minimization of unnecessary effort were covered Read More

Principles of Optimal Movement: Part 1- Fascio-Skeletal Weight Bearing & Minimization of Effort

By on November 7, 2014

The concept of “movement optimization” and the assignment of this role to rehabilitation professionals were previously introduced. It was suggested that if we embrace the role of movement teacher or coach we are obliged to answer two questions: what do we want to teach, and how do we want to teach it? How do we Read More

Lateral Epicondylitis: An “Overuse” Condition…But Where’s the UNDERUSE?

By on November 1, 2014

As clinicians, we have many challenging conditions that we care for, but lateral epicondylitis has to rank up there near the top. There are many treatment approaches that have been used and reported, which show that while we get good results, they are short lived. Current evidence is extremely valuable to help us move forward, Read More

Mechanic or Coach: The Role of the Rehab Professional

By on October 16, 2014

My father-in-law, a retired auto mechanic and professional curmudgeon, drives an early 80’s Pontiac and whiles away his time with an ancient Model T. Why does he drive a 30 year old car? Because in the mid 80’s auto manufacturers began installing computers in cars and now he can’t work on anything but the older Read More