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Osteoporosis Education

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This weekend Misty Woodden attended Sherri Betz’s Therapilates for Osteoporosis.  This course was designed among many things to update the clinician on the latest evidence from the medical community on Osteoporosis, focusing on the aspect of exercise. Many people with Osteoporosis or Osteopenia have never been given detailed information about what exercises would most benefit their bodies and what movements they should avoid.  Diamond Peak Physical Therapy will be hosting a free presentation for the community on Osteoporosis in the near future to discuss this.  They also will be adding Pilates classes specifically designed for the active adult with lower bone density.  Stay tuned for more information on bone building and the upcoming presentation.

Pilates Mentoring

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Misty, our certified Polestar Pilates instructor was nomitated and accepted in the Polestar Pilates Mentor program. The mentor program entails advanced training and assisting in the training of future pilates professionals. This is a great achievement for Misty as she continues to advance her knowledge and skills.

At Diamond Peak PT, we are proud of Misty’s accomplishments as a clinician and as a Pilates professional. We hope to make a positive impact on our community by providing the highest quality services by skilled and qualified instructors and clinicians. No other facility in our area offers these credentials.

In addition, Rodrigo finished his second course in the Polestar curriculum. He plans finish the full certification by the end of 2011.

Spinal Manipulations/Mobilizations

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Last month Rodrigo started the program with the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences working towards the certificate in Advanced Manual Therapy. The program requires 7 classes and it will take about a year to two years. At the end of the courses, there is an exam to become a Certified Manual Therapist.

Rodrigo just completed the first course work, Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation, in Atlanta, Georgia. The class was intensive and it review the latest trends in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and interventions in manual therapy. This manual certification is based on the new research that is being investigated in the field of physical therapy and manual techniques.

What does that mean for you as a patient of DPPT? You have the certainty that when you are a patient with us, you are going to be evaluated by therapist that keeps current with the most recent research and you are going to be treated with the latest manual techniques.

Please feel free to call if you have any questions or if you want to know more about our facility and services.

What is the “core”?

Posted in: Pilates | By: Misty Woodden | 8 Comments

What is the core?

 

The core has been called many names, the powerhouse, the cylinder of support, the inner unit, the hydraulic amplifier to name a few.  It is made up of four muscles that form a “box” around your midsection. This ‘box’ is formed by the transverse abdominus in the front, the pelvic floor on the bottom, the mutifidis in the back, and the diaphragm on the top.

 

The transverse abdominus (TA) is probably the most famous of the core muscles, but often is misused and other abdominal muscles compensate for it.  The TA runs horizontally around the abdomen and when contracted increases intra-abdominal pressure.  In a healthy person the TA fires just prior to movement (anticipation) to provide stability.

 

The multifidis runs along either side of the spine.  It provides important proprioceptive (the body’s ability to know where it is at in space) feedback and plays and a crucial role in spine stability.  It is the most important muscular factor in increasing stability of the motion segment, providing greater than 2/3rds of the stiffness increase at the L4-5 level.

 

The Pelvic Floor is on the bottom side of our pelvis.  It looks like a diamond shape between the pubic bone, tailbone and each of the sit bones.  It works closely with the TA, in fact in healthy people the pelvic floor and TA often contract together.  The pelvic floor’s function is the support to our internal organs, sphincteric to control bowel and bladder, and sexual to aid in reproduction as well as support posture.

 

The diaphragm is the reason we are able to breathe.  The breath is closely related to stress and muscle holding/tension.  There is a relationship of movement between the diaphragm and pelvic floor.  When the diaphragm lowers on an inhale the pelvic floor also lowers.

 

The core is not only useful aesthetically (better posture, flatter tummy etc.) but is vital to the wellbeing of the rest of our joints and muscles.  When the core is engaged (working together as a unit) we put less stress onto our joints because our body is aligned and in it’s ideal positioning. The core also helps the bigger muscles in our backs, hips, legs and arms from being over used, resulting in less muscle soreness.  Now who doesn’t want that!

 

While we all want a great core (6 pack abs!!), just doing a bunch of sit ups isn’t necessarily going to do it.  Often we need help to change movement habits and compensations in order to get the muscles working as they should.  If you want to get your core on track, think about setting up an appointment with a Physical Therapist or Pilates instructor to make sure you get the most out of your workouts and to prevent further compensation.  Here’s to happy, healthy cores!