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Why Go to a Physical Therapist Before a Chiropractor

physical therapy vs chiropractic careWe often hear people claim physical therapy is the same as chiropractic treatment.  While both professionals deal with the treatment of pain and injury, the methods used and training of the physical therapist and chiropractor are drastically different. At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we focus on identifying the most effective treatments for pain and inflammation. Our goal is to identify the treatments that work for your body and accelerate healing time.

Specializing in Soft Tissue Injuries

Physical therapists are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries. We often work with soft tissue injuries related to the muscles, ligaments, fibrous tissue, tendons, nerves, fascia, blood vessels, and synovial membranes. Soft tissue injuries can occur from something as simple as failing to stretch before a workout to something more extreme. Soft tissue injuries commonly occur when you have an unexpected or uncontrolled movement, such as tripping while walking upstairs and injuring an ankle.

When you are dealing with a soft tissue injury, it is common to feel immediate pain or delayed swelling. Typically patients will have stiffness within 24-48 hours following the injury. The recovery time from a soft tissue injury varies based on the extent of the injury and the treatment plan you are following. In the majority of cases a grade 1 soft tissue injury normally recovers in about two weeks. A grade 2 injury can take upwards of four weeks. We recommend visiting our physical therapy office in Layton for additional information related to your injury. Our experts will work with you to determine the extent of the injury and figure out how to accelerate healing time to get you back to doing the activities you love.

Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries

We use Dry Needling and a variety of techniques to effectively treat soft tissue injuries. We want to ensure you receive the best possible treatment for your injury. Physical therapy is designed to speed up the process for an injury and prevent long-term care and potential surgery needs. Our experts will discuss the best method with you regarding active rest, total immobility, and other needs for soft tissue rehabilitation. Having gentle, controlled motion and exercise is the best way to stimulate the overall healing process and prevent additional damage.

The use of specific manual therapy techniques is commonly used to restore motion to the impacted area. We will provide other treatments to reduce swelling and manage inflammation. Dry Needling is commonly used by our physical therapist to aid in managing pain, reducing inflammation, and restoring normal range of motion. In addition to a restorative treatment program, we will discuss at-home techniques you can do to aid in the healing process. Our goal is to restore the muscles ability to respond and move properly within the body.

What Chiropractors Provide

Chiropractors are different from physical therapists as they focus on adjustments and various techniques that may be able to reduce the pain in your body and assist in helping you move more freely. However, when it comes to long-term pain relief, chiropractors do not provide the same services you will receive from a physical therapist. Normally a chiropractic treatment can help patients feel good for a day or two, but often have the stiffness and pain return in a day or two. Without proper treatment for the injury sustained, the healing process will not work effectively. At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we focus on helping your body return to its pre-injury status and help you become capable of withstanding the day-to-day forces you face in your life.

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What is Cupping Therapy?

cupping therapy Did you notice along with many other viewers of the 2016 Olympics the welts that decorated Michael Phelps upper back and shoulders? Many viewers along with the media were enthralled by the red circles that looked to be the size of tennis balls. Those welts came about because of a cupping a technique used by physical therapists to invigorate blood flow to specific areas of the body. Thanks to Michael Phelps, this therapy has become trendy, however the practice has been around dating back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures.

History of Cupping

Cupping is a method of healing developed over time. This form of healing began with hollowed out horns of an animal that would siphon any toxins that came from snake bites or skin lesions. It evolved from animal horns to bamboo cups that were then eventually replaced by glass. There are records dating back to 28 AD that shows the Chinese believe that acupuncture and cupping would cure half the ills of life.  The Chinese deeply believed that cupping was a way of providing a defense for a body’s immune system.

The Egypitians also employed the cupping practice and used it for vertigo, menstruation, fever, pain, weakened appetite and imbalances. The practice became widespread from Egypt throughout the centuries than moved in to Europe and eventually to America.

Methods of Cupping Therapy

Even though cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine, the practice continues to be improved and implemented. The different kinds of cupping therapy are:

  • Wet
  • Dry

At our physical therapy office in Layton, we perform the dry cupping method. We use alcohol because of its level of flammability and get a small flame on the glass cup. As the flame burns out we put the cup on your skin upside down as to induce suction to your skin as the air inside the cup cools. Your body will react to this and your skin will become red and will rise because your blood vessels are espanding. In our practice, we leave the cup standing in place for 3 minutes.

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Using Physical Therapy to Prevent Summer Injuries

prevent summer injuriesPhysical therapy is one of the best treatment methods to help patients before or after surgery, but did you know it can be used to prevent injuries? Now that summer is in full-swing, we are seeing patient after patient with a variety of injuries from hiking, biking, swimming, golf, running, and just enjoying the outdoors. Physical therapy treatments offer an effective way to prevent some serious aches and pains and improve or restore range of motion and flexibility.

Our Layton Physical Therapy office is designed around our patient’s needs. We often deal with patients coming to avoid surgery, or hoping to improve range of motion and mobility. Our goal is to not only meet your goal but to exceed it. In the summer we often see an increase in ankle sprains, back injuries, and more. Using a variety of techniques and strengthening programs, we are able to reduce pain and break down scar tissue.

Preventing Summer Injuries

We love patients that are looking for ways to enjoy their active lifestyles, but we always recommend you play smart! Simple things like stretching before you slalom ski or wakeboard can prevent you from straining your back and shoulders. Learning how to prevent injuries is the best way to focus on staying fit and enjoying your summer. If you have mobility issues, we can help. Schedule a consultation and we will evaluate your current range of motion to determine the best stretching and treatment method to improve your health.

Stretching the Muscles

The best way to prepare your body is to focus on stretching and gradually introducing your body to vigorous activity. If you tend to be sedentary, suddenly getting up and running a 5K can place some major strain on your muscles. Taking a few minutes to do some stretches will allow the muscles to loosen and warm up before you do put it to work playing this summer.

Wear the Right Clothing

Another reason why people become injured is due to their clothing. If you want to go out for a run, wear loose fitted clothing that allows the muscles to breathe. Your shoes play a critical role in your ability to participate in your favorite summer sports. Check on the tread of your shoes and ensure they do have plenty of wear left in them.

Know the Terrain

Hikers often come into our office with wrist strains, knee pain, and ankle injuries. The majority of patients will trip or slip when they are hiking. While you will not be able to prevent all of the injuries that can occur when hiking due to the terrain, you can focus on watching your step! Watching your step can help you stay balanced and could keep you from a serious hiking injury.

Have you already been injured this summer? Layton Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine is here to help! Our physical therapy team will show you the proper stretches you need to help your muscles heal more quickly. Our goal is to help you get back to the game of life and enjoy the rest of the summer pain free!

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6 Common Hiking Injuries and How to Prevent Them

utah hiking trailsNow that spring is ending and summer is rolling in, we are seeing several patients come into our office with hiking injuries. Staying safe in the mountains is essential to prevent sprains and strains. Here are 6 common hiking injuries and how you can prevent them.

Ankle or Knee Sprain

A simple misstep can cause you to lose your balance and strain your knee or ankle. Sprained ankles and knee injuries can be prevented by wearing the right hiking shoes, pacing yourself, and watching the terrain as you hike. However, there are always exceptions! If you end up with a ankle or knee strain, our Layton physical therapy office can provide you with assistance. We specialize in restoring your ankle or knee to it’s full range of motion using a variety of modalities and physical therapy techniques.

Blisters

Another common injury when hiking is blisters. Blisters are caused when you are not wearing the right shoes. Always wear the correct hiking shoes that fit well and allow you to cover large areas of terrain without rubbing on your feet. We recommend performance sports socks to go along with your hiking shoes to ensure they fit snugly and do not have areas where they bunch up and cause blisters.

Wrist Sprain

When you fall, one of the first things you do is put out your hands to catch yourself. The problem with placing your hands in this position is that you can easily cause a strain, or worse, a broken wrist. We help patients with rehabilitation for wrist sprain, strains, and even broken wrists. Restoring the wrist back to its proper range of motion requires time, patients, and the right physical therapy treatment.

Dehydration

Every time you go hiking, always take plenty of water with you. Dehydration happens so quickly and it is easily prevented. If you start to feel thirsty, your body is already telling you it is dehydrated. Stay smart when it comes to hydration and plan on bringing a water-filled backpack. The problem with dehydration is how it can cause the muscles to start cramping up. When you are hiking and you end up with muscles that start tightening, it can wreck havoc on your body. You could end up with an injury in a different area because you were overcompensating for a different muscle that was starting to cramp. Our best recommendation is to follow the experts rule of thumb and drink 8 ounces every mile.

Skin Injuries

Coming home with a few bruises and scrapes is common after hiking. Skinned knees and elbows seem to be the most common skin injuries. Always watch your surroundings as you are hiking so you can prevent common skin injuries. Bring a small first-aid kit with you as it will allow you to treat any injuries you obtain while you are on the train. Our best tip is to always be mindful of the hike and watch out for loose rocks and tree branches.

Sunburn

Even if you think the majority of your hike is in the shade, you will still need sunscreen! Sunburn is always a danger and when the temperatures around Utah hit the triple digits, you are in trouble! Apply sunscreen before your hike and re-apply it during your hike. If you are hiking around the Wasatch Front in the hot heat of the summer, wear clothing that helps to block the sun’s harmful rays.

Utah has some of the best hiking trails around! We want our patients to get out and enjoy these beautiful hikes, but to stay safe while doing so. If you have an injury, call our Layton physical therapy team today for treatment. Our goal is to fix you up correctly so you can get out there and start hiking again!

 

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Common Ski and Snowboard Injuries

ski and snowboard injuriesSki and snowboard season is officially here and while it brings a lot of fun, it can also bring a lot of pain to some people! Winter sport injuries are common due to the speed and nature of the sport. Skiing and snowboarding do have some similarities, but the injuries sustained from both sports are different. Skiiers tend to focus on balance, flexibility, speed, and strength. Snowboarders tend to have the same but they move their bodies completely different from a skier, which leads to different injuries. Here are some of the most common ski and snowboard injuries we treat.

Knee Injuries

We see a lot of skiiers end up with knee injuries, especially those skiiers that love to do moguls. Skiiers have a lot of injuries in the knees and lower extremities as they twist the upper leg one way and the lower leg rotates the other way. Tears in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are the most common knee injuries that occur for skiiers.

Snowboarders can have problems with knees, but they typically do not end up with ACL tears. Since snowboarders are always pointing the knee in the same position, it keeps it from twisting too much and the upper extremities tend to be the area that takes the impact.

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Wrist Fractures

Snowboarders often come in with wrist sprains and wrist fractures because they fall on their hands. We also see snowboarders come in with shoulder and head injuries since their upper body tends to take the majority of the punishment when snowboarding.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Both skiiers and snowboarders can end up with rotator cuff injuries. Strengthening programs combined with dry needling and other treatments can assist in reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation. Patients with rotator cuff injuries are normally those that go off jumps or attempt to perform risky maneuvers and tricks.

While these may be the most common ski and snowboarding injuries, we have seen a variety of others including:

  • Broken collarbones
  • Broken tailbones
  • Concussion
  • Neck strain
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Finger fractures
  • Wrist tendonitis
  • Herniated discs
  • Muscle strains of the back

What Should You Do If You Have Been Injured?

If you have broken or dislocated something, seek out medical attention immediately. If you have a mild strain or sprain, call our office for a consultation. We will sit down with you to evaluate the severity of your case and determine the best treatment plan. Soon after the injury occurs, it is best to use ice three or four times a day to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling.

Layton Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine deals with all types of athletes and their injuries. We can assist in creating a long-term treatment program to prevent future injuries. If you have a mild sprain or strain, we can help you prevent surgery through effective techniques. Our team also works with patients before surgery to help strengthen the area and speed up the recovery time following surgery. Call our Layton physical therapy office to schedule a consultation for your specific injury.

Preventing Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries

We recommend all patients follow the proper procedure when skiing and snowboarding. Invest in some safety gear including a helmet. If you are a skier or snowboarder that likes to perform tricks or jumps, consider using wrist and elbow guards to help break the impact when you do fall. Learning the mechanics of how to perform particular tricks can help you from twisting the body in the wrong way, which leads to problems with knee strain and possibly ACL tears.

Keep in mind that skiing and snowboarding are two completely different sports. If you are switching from one to the other, your technique is different. Great skiiers don’t always make great snowboarders right away as your mechanics are completely different. It is important to pace yourself and go slowly until you learn the right body mechanics. Consider a skiing or snowboarding lesson from a qualified instructor to help you learn as it will make your visit enjoyable, and prevent you from serious injuries.

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The Importance of Rest and Recovery

Rest vs Recovery Layton UTMillions of people suffer from pain every day due to overexertion. Patients that have recently undergone surgery can also struggle to determine when they are ready to go back to physical activities, or when they need to rest. Rest and recovery are important to help your body heal correctly. The problem is most people do not realized when they should focus on rest and when it is time to start exercising once again.

Exercising after Surgery

If you are anxious to get back into a fitness routine after a surgery, it is important to consult with your physician and our expert team at Layton Physical Therapy. A post-surgical fitness and exercise routine is important to correct recovery, but failure to rest properly after the surgery can lead to additional problems.

Follow your doctor’s specific instructions which normally include, “no heavy lifting and no strenuous activities.” The most important thing you can do is meet with our physical therapy team to discuss the post-surgery workout plans. We will create a program that will help you push your body, but will not cause you to push your body too far leading to pain or additional problems.

Typically, the first few days will involve simple walking after the surgery. Patients who get back on their feet have faster recovery time and can get back to their day-to-day routine quickly. During the first week it is important to perform light stretching and to perform light muscle techniques to prevent strain and additional problems.

Avoid stretches that cause pain or tension to the surgical site as it can cause the stitches to tear, and can ruin the body’s natural healing process.  Once you move past the first month, we will help you move into the second and third months of a fitness routine until you are capable of resuming your normal activities.

What is a Strain?

A strain is an injury, a stretching or a tearing of the muscular tenuous unit. The tendon and the muscle attached to it can be injured or torn, known as a strain. When it is dealing with a ligament, which attaches one bone to another crossing a joint, it is called a sprain.  Strains are grades as one, two, and three. A grade-one strain damage is microscopic and considered a mild or minor strain, or pull of the muscle.

A grade-two injury is when the majority of people will seek medical attention. A grade-two injury shows some macroscopic tearing of the fibers. A grade-two injury normally produces some swelling and discoloration of the area. A grade-two injury can take six weeks or more to heal.

A grade-three injury is the most severe type of injury. Grade-three tears can take three to six months or longer to recover based on how long the area needed to be immobile.

What is Rest vs. Recovery?

How can you properly implement rest and recovery into your fitness plan?  Most people assume rest refers to lying down and avoiding physical exercise. Most easily rest is defined as a combination of sleep and time spent not training. However, the way you spend this “down time” is critical to the healing process. Recovery refers to actions and techniques used to help your body start healing. Recovery involves nutrition, hydration, heat, ice, posture, stretching, compression, and stress management. Recovery encompasses more than muscle repair, it involves hormonal and chemical balance repair along with nervous system repair.

When you think of rest, think of it as taking a day off from exercise or exertion. Recovery is the restorative process that includes taking time off exercise, but means resting the body adequately. Recovery helps to bring the body back to normalcy.

Repairing the Body

We have multiple systems within the body that need to recover. These repairs include structural, hormonal, and neurological repairs. Muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments all need correct repair. The muscles tend to recover quickly as they receive direct blood flow. The tendons, bones, and ligaments receive indirect blood flow, which takes longer to recover and can become more susceptible to overtraining stress.

At Layton Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, we focus on helping patients find the correct balance of rest and recovery after an injury. The right balance of rest and recovery along with diet and exercise will aid in the healing process.  When a patient follows the correct rest and recovery program, they will be happy and healthier and their muscles will heal appropriately.

How Can I Achieve the Proper Balance of Rest and Recovery?

Sleep is one of the most important elements of recovery. Proper levels of sleep will improve mental health, hormonal balance, and aids in muscular recovery. Adequate levels of sleep will improve mental health and aid in muscular recovery. It is recommended for adults to receive between seven to ten hours of sleep.

Hydration is the other important element for proper balance of rest and recovery. Drinking adequate amounts of water will improve performance and aids in the energy and recovery process. Water helps all the processes within the body function properly. Increasing your water intake can benefit skin tone, hair quality and reduces stress on the heart.

Correct nutrition will impact the healing process as well. Processed foods and alcohol contain toxins that can lead to problems with the healing process.

Posture is another thing you need to focus on as the body needs to be in the right position to heal correctly. Back or neck pain can become worse due to improper posture. Practice proper office ergonomics as it does reduce back and neck pain.

Stretching is another important element to improving your muscles. Static stretching is helpful after workouts while dynamic stretching is important for warm-ups. Identify areas where your body is tight and needs to loosen up.

Contact Layton Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine to discuss your post-surgical, strain or a sprain. We will help you get back on your feet again and start the healing process without causing you to end up in more pain, or back in the surgical center.

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How Physical Therapy Can Be As Effective As Surgery for Rotator Cuff Injuries

Layton rotator cuff The rotator cuff has four small muscles that control the shoulder. We often see a number of patients come into our office with a variety of shoulder injuries and pain. Tears in the rotator cuff are common, and several people jump to the conclusion that they will need surgery. The term “tear” is not always accurate when it comes to rotator cuff injuries. Rotator cuff tears are degenerative, which means the tissue in the shoulder is worn out. Many of our patients have shoulder pain, or MRI’s that show degenerative rotator cuff tears. The good news is we can help! At Layton Physical Therapy, we provide a series of non-surgical measures, including physical therapy and dry needling, to help the shoulder heal and provide you with pain relief.

What is the Rotator Cuff?

The rotator cuff has 4 muscles that are responsible for stabilizing the shoulder joint. The injuries to the rotator cuff are common as the shoulders are one of the most-used joints and muscles within the body. Rotator cuff tears can come later in life, but they can come at younger ages as individuals can exert their muscles quickly through exertion. Athletes and heavy laborers and seniors are the individuals commonly affected with rotator cuff injuries. Even something as basic as walking the dog and having them pull hard on the leash can cause strain on the shoulder. This injury normally causes severe pain and decreases a patient’s ability to use their arm.

The most important job of the rotator cuff is to provide stability to the shoulder joint. A rotator cuff tear is considered full-thickness or partial-thickness based on the severity of the tear. Most patients with rotator cuff pain deal with acute or chronic problems:

  • Acute rotator cuff tear. An acute tear is a recent injury to the rotator cuff. Lifting heavy objects is one of the main reasons an acute rotator cuff tear can occur.
  • Chronic rotator cuff tear. These tears are slow to develop and occur due to repeated action of the arm. Throwing balls for years and repeated actions by moving the arm above shoulder level.

Rotator cuff tears can end up as a result of strain or tears within the biceps tendon and irritation to other muscles.

Symptoms of Shoulder Pain

How does it feel when you have shoulder pain? The majority of people dealing with rotator cuff pain will feel pain over the top of the shoulder or down the outside of the arm. Loss of motion and shoulder weakness is the other symptoms individuals deal with as they struggle with rotator cuff pain. Patients often feel like the shoulder is heavy or weak. The tears in the shoulder can keep patients from being able to handle their daily activities and can struggle to even raise their arm.

Diagnosing Shoulder Pain

If you are struggling with shoulder pain, Layton Physical Therapy can help! Our first step will be reviewing your health history, examining your shoulder and performing several tests on the shoulder to identify the source of pain.

Is Surgery the Only Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries?

There is very little evidence in scientific literature to support shoulder surgery as the only treatment method for degenerative, atraumatic rotator cuff tears. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery has conducted several studies on rotator cuffs, and have found that some tears can grow larger, while others stay the same without treatment. You may have had rotator cuff surgery, but the rotator tear can still struggle to heal, leaving you with consistent pain.

Physical Therapy Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injury

After a rotator cuff injury is diagnosed, we will work with you to create a manageable recovery that prevents surgery. We work hard to restore your range of motion, coordination, and muscle strength. Our goal is to help you get back to the game of life and start enjoying your regular activities once again. If surgery is inevitable, we will help you before and after the surgery to ensure your shoulder is healthy. Early treatment will help to speed up the healing process and can prevent additional pain.

Layton Physical Therapy will create a treatment program that is designed toward your personal goals and your health. We will be next to you every step of the way as we guide you through your postsurgical rehabilitation. If you have a specific sport you continue to play, we will create gentle range-of-motion exercises that strengthen your shoulder once again so you can resume participation in sports you enjoy. There is no set timeline for recovery as it does depend on your current state of health and the extent of damage your rotator cuff. Some patients need at least 4 months after surgery to resume strenuous activities and return to sports.

Why You Need Physical Therapy for Rotator Cuff Pain

Can you prevent an injury to a rotator cuff? A physical therapist will be able to decrease your risk of worsening your shoulder injury pain. We will help you learn how to care for the shoulder to prevent additional tears and pains to the rotator cuff. Our goal is to help you improve your rotator cuff, but to also help you avoid harmful positions that could lead to additional rotator cuff pain or tears. Contact Layton Physical Therapy today to discuss your rotator cuff pain.

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Why You Should Do Physical Therapy Before Surgery

Has your doctor told you it is time for rotor cuff surgery? Do you constantly limp due to a bulging disc and other back pain and strain? Surgery is an invasive process, and sometimes leaves a patient in a worse situation. Come to our office before you schedule a surgery to find out how we can help. Many physical ailments can be alleviated through the appropriate intervention techniques.

According to a recent study of Swedish amateur athletes, those who received ACL therapy before a surgery were able to avoid surgery altogether. If you start out with rehab only, there is a good change you can have a positive outcome compared to early ACL surgery. It is surprising to many people to learn that they do not end up needing ACL reconstruction.

Each year, close to 200,000 Americans will need ACL surgery. Some patients feel a knee brace is the best way to prevent additional problems with the knee. While a knee brace can provide support, there are some other things that must be done to keep the knee strong. We highly recommend visiting our offices and sitting down for an evaluation to find out how our programs can help.

Even if your doctor still recommends surgery, there are some basic exercises we will teach you prior to the surgery. They are designed to strengthen the knee and improve flexibility. These techniques will help you recover faster from surgery.

For more information about our services, and how we can help you get back on your feet and feeling better faster, contact Layton Physical Therapy today (801) 896-9624!

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Why Physical Therapy?

No matter what area of the body ails you – neck, shoulder, back, knee – physical therapists have an established history of helping individuals improve their quality of life.

A physical therapist can help you move freely again without pain and discomfort and feeling renewed and ready to move on. They can even help you prevent an injury altogether.

For instance, a study of 1,435 NCAA Division 1 female soccer players demonstrated that those who participated in a physical therapy program had an overall ACL injury rate 41 percent lower than those who did only a regular warm-up prior to practice.1

Because physical therapists receive specialized education in a variety of sciences – physics, human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), to name a few – they understand how the body works and how to get you moving again. They know how to manage all four of the body’s major systems – musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin) – to restore and maximize mobility.

Whether you are living with diabetes or recovering from a stroke, a fall, or a sports injury, a physical therapist is a trusted health care professional who will work closely with you to evaluate your condition and develop an effective, personalized plan of care. A physical therapist can help you achieve long-term results for many conditions that limit your ability to move.

Reduce the Risk of Injury

While playing a round of golf or picking up around the house may seem harmless, but these everyday activities can result in injury due to abnormal movement, stress on joints and strain on muscles.

Because physical therapists are experts in knowing how the body works, they are able to design personalized treatment plans to reduce the risk of injury whether in everyday activities or sports.

For example, women perform athletic tasks in a more upright position, putting added stress on parts of the knee such as the ACL, resulting in less controlled rotation of the joint. While men use their hamstring muscles more often, women rely more on their quadriceps, which puts the knee at constant risk. To combat these natural tendencies, your physical therapist may develop a treatment program to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination, as well as to counteract incorrect existing patterns of movement that may be damaging to joints.

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Safety Tips for CrossFit Enthusiasts and Recreational Athletes

For people who are looking to get in the best shape of their life, CrossFit is becoming a popular option. The combination of Olympic lifting and gymnastic exercises are great for building strength and endurance.

CrossFit programs are high-intensity, and, like any other high-intensity sport, there is a small risk for injury. If you have been injured while performing a CrossFit activity, don’t worry. The physical therapists and sport medicine specialists at Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine can diagnose the injury, recommend a treatment, and help you understand injury prevention techniques.

There are many things you can do right now to prevent sports-related injuries. If you adhere to these tips, you can significantly decrease the likelihood that you will sustain an injury during your training, testing, and competing routine.

  • In the beginning, start slow and light with weight until you master the basic movements
  • Check your ego at the door, and don’t let yourself be coerced into more than you can handle
  • Make sure you warm up and cool down daily when you do your WODs
  • Practice mechanics and consistency before increase the intensity of movements before going heavy
  • Pay attention to persistent pains after your workouts
  • Take active rest and recovery days as prescribed

Though it is important that you listen to your coach, make sure you take heed of your body and ask questions if you don’t understand how you should do a movement properly.

If you have sustained a sports injury, call Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at (801) 896-9624 today to make an appointment!

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