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Yoga Therapy

Do the “Dog” for Back Pain Instead of Ibuprofen

Study after study shows that ibuprofen is harmful and not good for back pain. As a result the American College of Physicians have just recently changed their long-held prescription practices and said, ibuprofen is no longer recommended for back pain.

Doctors across the country are telling their patients to do YOGA instead.

Why?

Because it works…and often times faster and better than even traditional physical therapy (ughh). If you want to get more referrals from physicians, you should start offering yoga therapy. I will show you EXACTLY HOW to market better to physicians and community in the upcoming course.

So, here’s how to do “The Dog”.

The video shown below is for the low-to-average complexity low-back patient. There are modifications for the higher complexity patient but we won’t go into that here. At the course you will learn the 3 different modifications and progressions for each of the highly specialized movements for upper, lower and mid body.

What are the multiple benefits of the Dog movement?

  1. Promotes lumbo-pelvic stabilization (very important for lbp), while minimizing aggravation of pain.
  2. Promotes dissociated movement between the hips and lumbar (very important), while minimizing aggravation of pain.
  3. Creates normalization of the lumbar nerve/dura system (very important)
  4. Stretches the hamstrings (very important)
  5. Engages thoracic extensors, abdominals and even the postural muscles!
  6. And more…

And the beauty of it…also helps with posture, shoulder, elbow and knee strength as well! And the patient can go at their own pace and control the intensity!

But it has to be performed correctly in order to see results.

Can you think of a better exercise for lbp patients?

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Physical Therapy Exercises

Why are “Physical Health Tests” (PHT’s) so Very Important?

The No. 1 fastest way to MOTIVATE a patient and get them excited about their rehab program is…

-to do a “Physical Health Test” (PHT) and remeasure each and every visit.

The PHT’s I do are quick and easy, and very easy for the patient to see where they fall short and can improve.

  • They look forward to being tested each and every time they come in
  • Their progress is clear and visible and noticeable.

You should always do a PHT along with your Primary Functional Limitation.

Why?

Because it’s always easier to notice the changes with PHT.

Let’s use the analogy of “Losing Weight”.

If you had a client who wanted to lose weight because they want to fit into their wedding dress in 6-months, the Primary Functional Limitation counterpart would be “to fit into wedding dress”.

Every time your client came to see you, wouldn’t they want to be weighed on a scale?

You certainly wouldn’t test them attempting to get into their gown every single time would you?

That’s why PHT’s are so important.

They are like the “being weighed on a scale”.

It motivates.

It’s extremely important.

Above is a sample of a PHT for the lower body. Watch…

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Physical Therapy Exercises

MFM for Lower Back Pain Relief

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No more fluffy ther-ex, and boring therabands.

In this course you’ll become proficient with unique movements that bring fast healing, power and restoration.  It’s simple yet challenging. It exponentially increases patient compliance with their home exercises and, at the same time, watch your appointment no-show and cancel rates disappear.

No more long list exercise programs that take too long to create, revise, and manage. Instead learn how to implement short yet structurally changing movements that patient’s love, and that’s easy to manage.

In this certification course, the focus is on equipping healthcare professionals with advanced movement expertise. The skills obtained help clinicians to quickly implement movement with their patients that speed the rehabilitation process.

  • Protocols for each joint in the body.
  • How to categorize patients to apply the most appropriate protocol.
  • It’s extremely fun and addictive
  • Challenging (no fluff)
  • Efficiently produces speed, power, and restoration

Stop doing therapeutic exercises learned in school and begin a higher level of movement knowledge to more effectively treat patients. Movement is essential for the repair of injury but essential for balance, power and health. The uniqueness of this class is found in it’s simple yet scientifically proven influence on the body’s healing and power centers.

If you want to elevate the power of movement skill, get on our waiting list for the next course here. (We will send you more info and video samples after registration)

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General Exercise

Co-Contraction is Key to Boosting Results

Co-contraction exercises have been the key to my success with patients, athletes, and performers.” -James Ko, PT/National Instructor

Co-contraction only occurs when there is longitudinal force to a joint with impact (ie. punch, kick, jump, etc.).

Much of the traditional “therapeutic exercises” are uni-planed and works only one or two muscle groups. This fosters strengthening but it doesn’t tap into the full functional synergistic actions of the joint, and it doesn’t tap into the nervous system very well.

For Example

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When you have a patient punch into a pad, during the initial phase, it fires a multitude of muscles (lats, serratus anterior, anterior delt, subscapularis, and traps) but at impact it dramatically recruits the antagonists (rhomboids, triceps, deep rotator cuff muscles, and peri-scapular muscles).

If your exercises don’t involve co-contraction, outcomes suffer.

To maximize balancing of muscles around a joint, or body part, it’s important to elicit co-contractions. And many ailments require balance and smooth joint movement for fast gains. This is the case for example with…

  • Core strengthening
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Bursitis
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Lower back pain
  • Knee flexibility
  • and more.

 

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Physical Therapy Private Practice

Can MFM Help to Reduce No-Shows and Cancellations?

Recent surveys reveal that the thing patients hate most about their therapy sessions are “fluffy and boring exercises.” -James Ko, PT/National Instructor

During a recent training with one of my clients, who is a physical therapist in private practice, she wanted to reduce her no-shows and cancellations, because it was costing her a lot of money. She’s a great therapist and her show-rate was good already but she wanted to be better.

One of the Action Steps for her was to increase the VALUE of each session and motivate patients to not miss their appointments.

Here’s what she had to say about MFM…

To learn more about Jennifer Angeles, PT or her clinic, go to http://ktstherapy.com

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