Movement IQ Physical Therapy in Fullerton provides the best physical therapy by providing 1 on 1 treatment sessions.

Movement IQ Physical Therapy in Fullerton provides the best physical therapy by providing 1 on 1 treatment sessions.

Movement IQ Physical Therapy located in Fullerton, CA provides the best physical therapy by giving you 1 on 1 treatment sessions for 1 hour, allowing for more time to be focused on YOU. We are currently serving the areas of Brea, Placentia, La Habra, Fullerton, Anaheim, Buena Park, Yorba Linda. 

Warning Signs - Deep Squat

Squatting is one of the most basic and primitive movements of the human body. Some people argue that the human body is designed to walk. I would agree with that statement but I would also state that you need to include squatting in that category. If you look at babies, they all automatically figure out how to squat. There are few movements that the human body can do that engages multiple muscle groups better than the squat. Therefore, if you can't do the squat, you got some problems. If you were to come into my office today and I asked you to squat alone, I could get some good information to figure out your movement disorders. 

Try doing activities in the squat position to train your mobility and endurance in the position. 

Try doing activities in the squat position to train your mobility and endurance in the position. 

If you can't squat, what that tells me is that you have: 

1. Limited hip mobility

2. Limited knee mobility

3. Limited ankle mobility

4. You never do that functional motion

5. Poor motor control patterns.  

Some of you might say that you can do a deep squat but you have to warm-up or stretch first. To me, that doesn't count. You can't depend on increased blood flow to have healthy mobility. The fact that you can do a deep squat at any given time is a much better of true mobility/flexibility.  

If can't do a full depth squat, I think you are setting yourself up for generalized arthritis in the legs, low back pain, bursitis, patellar tendonitis, plantar fasciitis just to name a few. If you can't do a full depth squat, activities like Brazilian Jiu-Jitus, Crossfit, Powerlifting, and yardwork are automatically a little harder for you. 

If attaining a full depth squat is important to you, then contact Movement IQ Physical Therapy. We are available for evaluations and treatments to reach your goals and get back to living life. Our location is inside of Crossfit Structured, near Downtown Fullerton. You can schedule your first appointment at www.movementiqpt.com/scheduling. For generalized info, go to you www.movementiqpt.com

Plantar Fasciitis - What else can you do?

Plantar fasciitis is often referred to pain in the bottom of the foot.  That is true but there are more specific characteristics to this form of tendonitis. Other specific characteristics include pain to the arch, pain to the inner heel, pain with weight bearing, and no pain with non-weight bearing. The most common treatment include stretching to the calf, joint mobility to the ankle (talocrural/subtalar joint), plantar fascia stretches, and use of a boot/sock while sleeping. The sock I am mentioning is called the Strassburg sock.  A good number of people are going to make improvements with this treatment. What do you do if you have done this without improvement? Here's my 2 cents?

I am purposely rolling right ankle out to the side to line up the heel bone (calcaneus) so that the Achilles tendon is inline with the bone. The left foot is slightly everted so that the inner heel has more pressure. 

I am purposely rolling right ankle out to the side to line up the heel bone (calcaneus) so that the Achilles tendon is inline with the bone. The left foot is slightly everted so that the inner heel has more pressure. 

1. Change your foot posture - If you have the ability, shift your foot posture so that there is even weight bearing throughout the foot. The most common dysfunction I see is the heel bone is rolled so the inside has more weight. 

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2. Massage the bottom of your foot. Use a lacrosse ball and bear weight on it. Maintain pressure anywhere there is more tenderness. Spend around 5 minutes on each foot once a day to mobilize the soft tissues on the bottom of your foot. 

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3. Plantar fascia stretch - I learned this stretch from my good friend Lisa Salners during her Yin Yoga class. This is probably going to be the best possible stretch to your plantar fascia. In this class, we were staying in this position for 2 minutes. It was brutal! If you decide to do this stretch, you can start with your hands on the ground first to decrease weight onto the feet. Then gradually increase the weight so that your hands are on your thighs but leaning forward. Once you master that, then keep your posture upright for maximal weight bearing onto the toes. 

Try out these 3 exercises to decrease your plantar fascial pain and return to what you love to do. If these exercises helped you out, share this post to a friend who also has plantar fasciitis. 

Movement IQ Physical Therapy is a private pay clinic located near Downtown Fullerton, inside of Crossfit Structured. For an appointment, go to our website www.movementiqpt.com. There you can find answers to questions and make your first appointment. If you have any questions, e-mail us at info@movementiqpt.com.

Warning Signs - Overhead Reaching

Have you ever heard of the phrase "if you don't use it, you lose it." That phrase is 100% true for movement. For today's post, I'll be talking about the overhead position or reaching above your head.  

Here is a question I want you to think about,"how many minutes do you spend with your arms above your head?" Chances are that number will be less than 5 minutes a day. That number might increase to 10 minutes if you do Crossfit or olympic lifting. To me, that is not enough time to maintain shoulder mobility in the over head position. The main muscles that are the culprit is the teres major, pec major, and latissamus dorsi. However, you can't negate the influence of the shoulder joint capsule, acromioclavicular joint, and the rotator cuff muscles. if any of these structures are immobile, you have automatically increased your chances of getting some form of shoulder pain/injury. Those injuries include impingement syndrome, rotator cuff strain/tear, shoulder separation, biceps tendonitis, labral tear, etc. 

Here is a simple test to see how tight your shoulders are.  

Test: Lay on your back with your knees bent. Now reach your arms overhead and make sure the biceps are close to your ear. Ask yourself 2 questions:  

1. Can your hands touch the floor with a straight elbow? 

2. Can you keep your low back in contact with the ground?  

If the answer is "NO" then you have shoulder mobility issues. Textbooks will tell you that normal is 180 degrees but after practicing for nearly 10 years, very few people have 180 degrees of shoulder flexion. 

If your answer is "YES" then:

1. Can you do the same test with your legs fully straight?

By straightening out the legs, you are changing the position of the pelvis  and lumbar spine. The greater the curvature of the spine, the more your arms will move. Some people become dependent on lumbopelvic arching with overhead motion. This could because of shoulder tightness but also a learn habit or poor neuromuscular control. If you do Crossfit or olympic lifting, it is crucial you have the shoulder mobility but also to have the neuromuscular control to maintain lumbar neutral if you are going to put a large load overhead.  

If you have concerns about your mobility or questions about an issue, feel free to e-mail Movement IQ Physical Therapy at info@MovementIQPT.com. Movement IQ Physical Therapy provides treatment for pain/injuries, as well as wellness services, for you to perform at your best and stay healthy. Movement IQ Physical Therapy is located in Fullerton, CA. 

Warning Signs - Morning Pain

Can you find signs in your life of pending injury or imminent damage? Except for a specific event that causes an injury, most people's pain are caused by compounding physical impairments. These impairments are usually painless and difficult to diagnose unless you have a trained eye. Over time, these impairments gnaw away at your body until one day, you start feeling pain. It's difficult for people to understand this because if you don't have pain, then you must be perfect. Unfortunately, that is far from the truth. Not only that, there is a good chance you have some form of pain but you don't think it's  something you have to address because you can still do your job or don't have time, etc. 

One common sign that most people overlook is low back pain in the morning. Most people I talk to say that they have had low back pain for a long time but only in the morning, then goes away after they take a shower or move for 5-60 minutes. Since the pain doesn't return later in the day, then there isn't an issue. Like any large problem, it's usually starts as a small problem. For instance, if a small rock hits your windshield, it may result in a small crack in the glass. Since it doesn't impede your visual field, you probably won't get it fixed. Then one day, you drive on the freeway and that small crack has a line that is 3 inches bigger. Still doesn't impede your ability to drive so you keep going. Then another day, that crack gets to the point where it spans the entire length of the glass or has other lines that are splitting off of it. That's when you take action and get the whole windshield replaced, costing you $200-$300 for parts and labor. What if you addressed the crack when it was small using a resin filling for $50? Would it have been worth it by being more proactive? Depends on who you are. Some people need for situations to get back before they take action. Others believe in preventative measures before the problem gets bad. The problem with this situation is that windshields are all replaceable. Unfortunately, all human tissue is not replaceable and depending on injections or surgery can sometimes not resolve the issue. 

So my suggestion is to take care of any problems with your body using preventative measures.  Seek medical advice when your body is telling you something is wrong. Movement IQ Physical Therapy is able to assess posture, movement, and help you determine the best way to manage and treat your body. For appointments, you can go to www.MovementIQPT.com/schedule or feel free to e-mail me at info@MovementIQPT.com. 

Peripheral Neuropathic Syndromes Upper Quarter to Treat Shoulder and Neck Pain - Movement IQ Physical Therapy

Movement IQ Physical Therapy believes you can't know everything but you might as well try. This weekend, I took the Peripheral Neuropathic Syndromes course for the upper extremity and neck. The purpose of this course to improve my skills in the evaluation and treatment of neural restrictions in the upper extremity. The tricky part of the body is that nerve pain, tendon pain, and muscular pain are not always clear cut. For instance, not all tennis elbow pain is from an inflamed tendon. The radial nerve goes over the radial head, which is also in the same region as tennis elbow. Another example is that you may have limited shoulder movement but it improves if you move your head to the side. In order for any body part to move better, all components of the body have to move: skin, bone, joints, muscles, and also the nerves. If any of those components are not willing to cooperate, then you are probably going to have problems. 

If you have been receiving treatment and if you haven't been improving, then consider a possible neural involvement. If you are interested in an evaluation of possible nerve entrapment, go to www.MovementIQPT.com/scheduling to make your first appointment. 

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Movement IQ Physical Therapy believes in continuing education to better serve their patients. 

Movement IQ Physical Therapy in Fullerton, CA is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Arts. 

Movement IQ Physical Therapy in Fullerton, CA is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Arts. 

Yoga Teacher Training with Just Yoga - Corona, CA

It happened again, my annual contribution to Just Yoga's registered yoga teacher training (RYT-200). I've been helping out this yoga studio for the past 4 years by educating the students on injury prevention, knowing when a person should or should not do yoga, and using manual cues to improve their yoga practice. My relationship with Just Yoga started because I used to go to this yoga studio for Gumby training. The sad part of that joke is that everyone under 25 years old who reads this have no idea who Gumby is. Just Yoga's RYT-200 course is a rigorous training program that is 9 months long, 1 weekend a month. 

I find yoga to be immensely valuable for overall health. With every session, you are working on flexibility, strength, and posture. With the poses, you are moving your body in every possible position. That's important because I believe that your body should have access to all normal ranges of motion and be able to be strong throughout the range of motion. Unfortunately, we no longer move and access all our mobility and lose it over time. So I would advise anyone who has been inactive and taking yoga for the first time, to be careful not to over torque your body. When accessing new positions that your body has never been in, you can possibly irritate tissues. My word of advise is to take it slow and steady. Staying on the path of consistent long-term motion that doesn't set off the inflammatory process is the way to go. 

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Foam Roll to Decrease Low Back Pain - Calf and Anterior Tibialis

I know what you are thinking, "how do muscles below the knee affect Low Back Pain?" I'll go back to the old phrase, "everything is connected." When I talk about these muscles, I think about the structures that cross the foot and ankle. In standing, walking, running, the only thing touches the earth is the foot. If there isn't control at the joints and muscles around the foot and ankle, then everything above isn't going to work as well. 

The calf is made up of the Soleus and Gastrocnemius. The Soleus crosses the ankle joint only but the Gastrocnemius crossed 2 joints, the ankle and knee. The anterior tibialis is in the front of the leg and is a common muscle that is aggravated with shin splints. Shin splints can also be caused by inflammation of the posterior tibialis but the pain will be on the inner side. The peroneal muscle group lines up the outer calf and the fibula. 

When using the foam roll, you have many options in attacking the soft tissue structures. I provide numerous options in the video on how to properly use the foam roll for that area. You can either move the knee but you can move the hip and ankle in all directions. By moving those structures, you can get a better release of the soft tissues. 

How does the foot and ankle affect the low back? The foot/ankle has the ability to move in all directions. It can rotate, move forward/backwards, and move sideways. Those movements will influence the tibia/fibula, resulting in the knee alignment changing. If the knee moves, then the femur has to move. If the femur moves, then the pelvis and low back has to move. You can sometimes make significant changes by changing shoes or adding a shoe insert. So never forget what is happening down south, it can mean the difference between staying in bed all day or being able to play with your kids. 

Foam Roll to Decrease Low Back Pain - Adductors/Abductors/IT Band

In my previous post, I mentioned that muscles that attach to the pelvis will always have an influence to the lumbar spine and associated pain.  The first post addressed the quads and hamstring and it's influence to the pelvis. To see that blog post, CLICK HERE. Another set of large muscles with attachment to the pelvis are the adductors and abductors. 

The hip adductors are located to the inside of the thigh and attach to the femur and inner pelvis known as the pubic bone.  When you go to the gym, you'll see the adductor machine and most people use it to get rid of the inner thigh fat. That doesn't decrease inner thigh fat because you can't spot reduce fat in the body (we can save that topic for another blog post). To me, that machine is worthless unless you want to work on your closed guard strength or you professionally squeeze watermelons in between your knees (another topic for a blog post). The adductors are actually act as key muscles in stabilizing the pelvis and help provide strength to the legs in all directions. 

The hip abductors is a generalized term used for the outer hip and thigh. Those muscles include the gluteus maximus/medium/minimus and tensor fascia latae (TFL). The IT band is connected from the TFL and to the outer tibia. Technically, the IT band is a tendon but it's an anomaly in that the white fibrous component of the structure is much longer than the muscle, or what I like to call red meat.  These muscles, like the adductors, stabilize the pelvis in all weight bearing movements. 

What's important about pelvic stability. If the pelvis is stable, then the low back is stable.   when you abnormal movement, that's when you get too much sliding and gliding in the lumbar discs, excessive compression, and you'll set off the inflammatory response. 

By foam rolling those 2 groups of muscles, you improve pelvis stability and leg strength. There are a few muscles in the 2 groups mentioned that also passes the knee joint so they can also help with managing knee pain. 

Foam Roll to Decrease Low Back Pain - Hamstring/Quads

The foam roll is your best bang for your buck tool to get out of low back pain or prevent low back pain. The foam roll is inexpensive and can be easily purchased in any store. The purpose of this blog post will be to focus on low back pain but the tool is versatile and can be used to help with neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, etc. 

If you have low back pain, I would suggest rolling out the hamstrings and quads. Now notice that I didn't say the low back. Of course, you can use the foam roll to roll out the muscles around the low back. I suggest starting at the muscles around the thigh bone because of their direct connection the pelvic girdle, particularly the lower portion of the pelvic girdle. Whenever I start treatment for a patient with low back pain, I start at the pelvic girdle, including the SI joint. When using the foam roll, it's hard to pin point the muscles around the low back. 

The quad and the hamstrings have a direct connection to the pelvic girdle, femur, and tibia. Because of their large surface area, the foam roll works great on these muscles. If you can get the pelvic mobility and positioning to improve, it can decrease stress in the lumbar region. You might be asking if you are having low back pain, why not target the low back? When you are feeling pain, there is an inflammatory response in that area and sends neural signals for your to feel pain. That is different from the mechanical faults in your body that is driving more force in the low back causing inflammation. The mechanical faults can be anywhere in the body, including the hips, foot/ankle, thoracic spine, ribcage, upper cervical region, etc. In order to figure out the cause of your low back pain, you would need an assessment. If you are interested in an assessment, go to www.MovementIQPT.com for information and scheduling. We are located in Fullerton, CA and inside of Crossfit Structured. 

Stop Exercising! It doesn't work!

If you are thinking that I literally believe the title of this blog post, you are mistaken. Exercising is important, even life saving. Then why would I tell you stop exercising? The issue I have is with the word "exercise" and not the act of it. When you say exercising, you are talking about a verb without purpose. Even if you attach a purpose with exercising, it's probably going to be short lived. Exercising for health is difficult because the definition of health is hard to define and anything that is difficult to define lacks purpose. The issue with the word is that you are setting yourself up for failure when using it.

Movement IQ Physical Therapy currently trains at the UFC Gym in La Mirada.

Movement IQ Physical Therapy currently trains at the UFC Gym in La Mirada.

I started to think about this when I started going to Tinguinha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Yorba Linda, CA. The owner of the gym, Mauricio AKA Tinguinha, never used the words exercise, class, or workout. He always called it "training". One thing you you need to know is that each session of jiu-jitsu has a portion dedicated to skill aquisition. Every session I attend either includes learning something I have never seen or refining a technique I have done in the past. Over time, all those techniques formulate into a greater knowledge base symbolized with belts. On average, it takes 10-15 years to attain a black belt with consistent training and practice. The word "train" or "training" always stuck with me, enough so that that's all I use now. In my own life, I started this physical therapy practice and we added a new addition to our family, a daughter. With those new additions in life meant that I no longer have something called "free time". Whenever I do take time for physical activity, there needs to be a purpose to it or else I'm probably wasting time. 

Unfortunately, getting to jiu-jitsu class is often difficult for me so I needed a home training system to remain flexible and strong. That home training system is called Gymnastic Bodies (https://www.gymnasticbodies.com). It all started when I heard Coach Sommers, former US men's gymnastics coach, on Tim Ferris' podcast. He has designed an online coaching program for regular people to start gymnastic strength training (GST). His knowledge about tissue heath and realistic lengths of time for building proper flexibility and strength sold me on the program. He states that there is no magic pill in real strength training and in order to decrease your chances of injury, you need to make your improvements slowly and over a long period of time. Consistency with the programming is going to build a healthy body with minimal injuries and maximal strength improvements. I have been using it for the past 5 months and I have been quite pleased with the approach. The training program is set up so that you have to master a particular skill before moving onto the next step. If your body is not prepared for the next step, then keep working on it until you get it right. You have to check your ego at the door and rush into things. Unfortunately, some people jump right into new activities or workout regimen that their body's are not prepared for. Be smart with your training or else you are going to need a good physical therapist, particularly one at Movement IQ Physical Therapy located inside Crossfit Structured in Fullerton, CA. 

Here are my main points:

  1. Don't exercise...Train! Think about skill acquisition, not the amount of sweat.
  2. Train with a specific purpose or goal in mind. 
  3. Consistency is the key to reaching goals. 
  4. Think long-term, there is no magic pill.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Movement IQ Physical Therapy at info@movementiqpt.com. We are located in Fullerton, CA, inside of Crossfit Structured. 

Fix your Low Back Pain - Latissimus Dorsi

Low back pain is an inflammatory response occurring somewhere in the lumbar or pelvic region that innervates pain receptor cells to tell your brain,"brace yourself because it's gonna hurt when you get out of bed" or "don't you dare think about picking up that box." Please remember that the area of pain does not equal the source for the pain. Another way of saying it is "what caused the inflammatory response?" A simple rule I follow is to look above and below the source of pain and you'll likely find mechanical issues that puts more stress on the lumbar spine. 

Today's post, we will be looking above the lumbar spine for the source, the latissamis dorsi.  The lat dorsi is an interesting muscle because it only attaches to a bone on one end, while the other attaches to fascial tissue called the thoracolumbar fascia. It's the only muscle that has a direct fiber connection from the arm to the back.  Tightness in that muscle can increase tension to the thoracolumbar fascia, causing the lumbar spine more stress. 

The video shows a way to stretch the lat. The key component of this stretch is to elongate. I want you to focus on creating the greatest distsnce from the hand to the pelvis. you can also think about getting the scapula up towards the ear to get the right elongation. Deep breathing also help with the stretch.

Fix your Low Back Pain - Hip Flexors

Low back pain is extremely prevelant in our society for many reasons, One main reason is sitting. If you haven't heard of it yet, the new popular health phrase is "sitting is the new smoking."  I'd take it another step and say that sitting contribute to more low back pain than you think. Why? It's because sitting at a 90 degree angle for long periods tighten up the front of the hips. Over time, the hip flexor tightens up to the point that you would be able to stand or walk with optimal posture. It pulls on the pelvis and rotates it forward, causing the lumbar spine to be arched at all times. 

You'll find numerous videos about the hip flexor stretch but there is one key component of the stretch that no one talks about. In order to properly stretch the hip flexor, you need to lock the pelvis in place. Some people will tell you to activate your core. Now that does lock the pelvis in place but I feel that most people have a very weak core or the hip flexor tightness will overpower the core activation. Instead, I tell everyone to activate your glut. The purpose of the glut activation is that it is one of the most powerful muscles in the human body and can produce more force to lock the pelvis in place. By activating the glut, you can trick the hip flexor in relaxing more (reciprocal inhibition). Lastly, glut activation when your femur is angled behind you mimics proper lower extremity muscle activity utilized during the gait cycle.  

If you are looking for solutions to your low back pain, or any other pain, consider physical therapy. Movement IQ Physical Therapy utilizes a integrated approach and longer treatment sessions to get the best results possible in less time. For a free phone consultation, call us at 714-853-9252. 

Fix your Low Back Pain - Hamstrings

Low back pain can be influenced above and below the lumbar spine. Even though the pain is not located in those areas, there are direct connections to the lumbar spine through muscles, neural tissue, and fascial tissue. The hamstring is directly connected to the pelvis, a structure I would consider the foundation for the lumbar spine.  If the pelvis is in the wrong position, you will never have good posture.  If you don't have good posture, I can't expect anyone's low back pain to go away.  Whenever you squat or forward bend, the hamstrings stretch but also activate to create stability and balance to the legs and trunk. In between the hamstrings, you also have a very important structure called the sciatic nerve. The reason why that is important is those 2 structures need to have the ability to slide and glide past each other. If you have an overgrowth of fascial tissue, that fascial tissue can act as a glue and restrict the mobility of the sciatic nerve resulting in sciatica. Tightness in the hamstrings or sciatic nerve can cause low back pain because it influences movement in the lumbar spine and/or pelvis. Restrictions in the back of the legs will not allow for you to have a neutral spine during sit to stand or forward bending. It will break you out of a protective spine alignment and increase abnormal forces to the lumbar spine. Tightness in the hip flexors do the same thing except it influences the front of the pelvis/hips. 

Everyone knows at least 3 different ways to stretch their hamstring. The conventional way to stretch it to fully relax your muscles to allow for the maximal elongation of a muscle. There is nothing wrong with this but I do feel there is a better way to stretch. 

Adding a muscular contraction to a stretch can further improve any stretch. Contractions can relax your target muscle, called reciprocal inhibition. In this case, we will contract the quadriceps which will force the hamstring to relax. Cues for elongation, again will further improve the stretch. If you can try to reach your heel away from the sit bone, the stretch changes. Don't be surprised if you feel the stretch in the calf, that's the fascial tissue elongating. Personally, my preference is to call this a posterior chain stretch because there should be an elongation of many tissues from the  entire back all the way down to the bottom of your feet.  I would advise that you stay away from the stretch or back off from the stretch if you feel tingling in the toes. The tingling can be a sign of intense neural tension and can cause more pain than improvement. 

Exercises for Low Back Pain - Front Hip

I want you to think about this statement..."you can't fix low back pain without addressing the hip." At first, it might not make much sense because I'm saying that you need to move a ball and socket joint far away from the low back. The hip joint is not the location of where the pain is...which is in the low back. But in order to address low back pain, you need to address the lumbo-pelvic complex. The lumbo-pelvic complex includes the lumbar spine, sacrum, right/left pelvic bones, and both hips. If all bones, joints, and muscles that connect to these structures work properly, then you're chances of having low back pain and sciatica decrease. If any of those structures are slightly abnormal, then you increase your chances of trouble. 

If you ask me, "what part of the lumbo-pelvic complex do you address first to decrease low back pain?", my answer is always the sacrum or sacro-iliac joint (SI joint). I might not need to treat it but I'll always look at it first. Secondly, I'll look at the hip joint. Then I'll look at the lumbar spine. The purpose of that order is that I feel that the first two joints can greatly affect the function of the lumbar spine more often than addressing the lumbar spine first. 

The lunge stretch is a great way to address low back pain because it influences the hip, pelvis, and sacrum.  Stretching the hip flexors are more important in today's society because we are sitting way more than we would have before the development of technology. You may have already heard the phrase, "sitting is the new smoking." If you are in a situation where you are sitting throughout the day, then the hip flexors are constantly in a shortened position. That shortening can then affect you standing and walking postures. So get on the floor and do the 3D lunge stretch. Your low back is going to thank you. 

If you are having low back pain or sciatica, consider Movement IQ Physical Therapy. We specialize in treatment of low back pain and sciatica by utilizing a full body approach to address the pain but also so that it doesn't return in the future. In order utilize the full body approach, Movement IQ Physical Therapy treats each patient for 1 full hour to find out the source of your problem and fixing it. We are convenitently located near Downtown Fullerton, but are close to the cities of Brea, La Habra, and Placentia. For more information, go to www.MovementIQPT.com. To schedule a visit with Movement IQ Physical Therapy, click here.

Warning Signs - Tyranosaurus Rex Walking

Whenever I start my evaluation of any patient, you may think it's after that patient tells me about their thoughts and concerns. It actually starts when they walk in the door with a gait assessment. Even before I shake your hand, I already have ideas about what is causing your issues and what to test for to verify my hypothesis. 

The way people walk gives me an enormous amount of information about possible movement dysfunctions, current pain, and potential pain in the future. One simple test anyone can do the T-rex walk test. Remember that infamous scene in Jurassic Park when the water ripples because T-rex is walking towards the stranded jeeps. If you have dysfunctions in your walking, your gonna do that too (minus striking fear in people's souls). 

TEST: Walk on a surface where the floor is not solid, like in a house with a raised foundation or the second floor of the house. How loud is it when your foot hits the floor? It is often difficult to hear your own foot hitting the floor so this is often better with a partner. The partner can either hear or even feel the impact of the foot hitting the ground. 

If your heel hits the ground hard when you are walking, you likely have a movement dysfunction with walking. 

If your heel hits the ground hard when you are walking, you likely have a movement dysfunction with walking. 

The key word is eficiency. The more efficient your walking is, the softer your foot hits the ground. The impact is a sign that you are not absorbing the shock when your heel hits the ground or carry the momentum of the movement for the next step. The force generated with the hard impact means the joints of your knee, hip, pelvis, and spine are getting beat up more than it has to. The increased force is mild but when you calculate the number of steps we take on a daily basis and the number of years we live, the wear and tear can be significant. This wear and tear can happen in the absence of pain. There is more force with each step but the amount of force is not enough to set off an inflammatory reaction, thus no pain. 

Inefficent gait patterns are often a precursor to any low back pain, sciatica, hip pain, greater trochanteric bursitis, knee pain, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and much more. This is a bold statement but I believe you can decrease your chances of getting a knee replacement or hip replacement in your later years if you fix inefficiencies in your gait today. 

If you are interested, contact Movement Physical Therapy for an evaluation of your gait and other impairments that may set you up for pain. We are located in Fullerton, inside of Crossfit Structured. Treatment session are 1 hour long with 100% personalized treatment with the physical therapist. 

A year in Review 2015-2016

Movement IQ Physical Therapy has been in operation for a little over a year. At first, we started in Brea where Dr. Carri Cook of Natural Life Chiropractic was kind enough to allow me to take an idea and make it a reality. Then opportunities opened up led me to move to Fullerton at Crossfit Fullerton. It ended up being the most hectic year of my life and also the most rewarding. It has been hectic because I became a business owner when I didn't know anything about business. I tested for for an advance certificate in manual therapy when I didn't know if my manual skills were good enough. Lastly, I became a father when I didn't know anything about parenting. It was a year of on the job learning, trial and error, and making mistakes while hoping the consequences weren't big enough to crush my hopes and dreams. Needless to say, this past year was an emotional rollercoaster because I didn't know if my practice would succeed or how to balance work, life and parenting.  Unfortunately, I had to take a break from my favorite hobby, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and also this important thing called sleep. 

Even though this past year was hectic, I grew and learned more than in any other time in my life. I learned that being a father is an amazing experience. I learned that with hard work and practice, I could improve my manual therapy skills to levels that I never knew I could achieve. However, I'm still trying to figure out how to run a business properly. Fortunately, my child is old enough now that I'm catching up on sleep. 

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Here are a few things I learned this past year. 

  1. Patients are getting better faster - At Movement IQ Physical Therapy, we see one patient every hour and that entire appointment is with the physical therapist, while exercises are done at home. In this new model, I feel like the rate of progress with each patient is multiplied. I now have the time to treat multiple areas of the body, not only in the area of pain. Not only can I treat the pain, I can treat the area that is driving the pain (which is usually somewhere else). That means I can cover so much more surface area to get each patient better. Because I can focus on the treating the pain and also the driver of the pain, patients aren't returning with the same pain.
  2.  Value of work/life balance - With the recent addition of a new family member, I have needed to reconsider how I spend my time on a daily basis.  Time management has become much more important to me where in the past, I had all the time in the world. 
  3. Riding the wave of entrepreneurship - As any business owner will tell you, starting a business is fulfilling, stressful, exciting, nerve racking, etc. On any given day, you can feel like you are failing and in the next hour, you're on top of the world. Experiencing that roller coaster for the first time eventually became exhausting. Eventually, I learned that this venture is not going to succeed overnight but over time. Putting in added stress from every up and down isn't good for the long run both physically and mentally. 

Movement IQ Physical Therapy

401 South Richman, Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832