Tag Archives: Muscle Recruitment

Improve your Workplace Ergonomics

The workweek can be stressful, mentally draining, and mundane. It’s important to remember, though, that this daily routine affects your physical health just as much as mental. There are ways you can, and should, change up office ergonomics in order to reduce physical stress. Ergonomics refers to the study of how people interact with their environment....
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Balancing Your Muscle Groups

A balanced body works better. It is no coincidence that the two sides of the body are symmetrical, with corresponding ligaments and tendons. Our bodies function best when our muscles and bones are equally strong and healthy. Your opposing muscle groups are meant to work together in harmony, and when one group is worked more...
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Patient Education for Better Physical Therapy

By George Barlow One of the biggest roles of a physical therapist is patient education. A very common question that patients ask is, “what can I do at home?” Oftentimes, simple exercises are prescribed at home, and performing them consistently and correctly can have a positive affect on patient outcomes. But a concept that is greater...
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Mobility vs. Stability: How not to get them confused

By George Barlow Most people have heard the phrase, “lift with your legs and not your back”. The warning makes sense, but a deeper explanation is required. The buzz term “core” is often overused and incorrectly used. Think about the core of something: it is the equidistant center. The core is essentially the spine and...
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Muscle Recruitment as it pertains to function

By George Barlow What would you think if I said you are much stronger than realize? Muscle recruitment is an interesting concept. Essentially, the nervous system (specifically, motor nerves) sends signals to a muscle to cause the muscle to contract. The only thing a muscle does is contract; everything else is a function of the nervous...
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The Planes of Motion and How the Body Moves in Them

By George Barlow The human body moves in three dimensions (or planes): the frontal, sagittal, and transverse planes. To describe these planes of motion, it is more effective to provide specific examples of planes as opposed to the definitions. • The Frontal Plane: While standing upright and looking into a mirror, bend side to side and/or...
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