Archive for October, 2010

Back Muslces Don’t Recover From Pain By Themselves

October 22, 2010

Back Pain studies have shown that the low back muscles that stabilize the lumbar vertebrae do not automatically recover on their own after the pain is gone. This can lead to recurrent episodes of back pain with activity in the future. However medical exercise therapy has been shown to be quite effective at rehabilitating the low back muscles and preventing recurrent lower back pain.

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Multifidus (Low Back) muscle recovery is not automatic after resolution of acute, first-episode low back pain

Author(s): Hides JA, Richardson CA, Jull GA
Source: SPINE    Volume: 21    Issue: 23    Pages:2763-2769    Published: DEC 1 1996  

Times Cited: 240     References: 42   

Conclusions. Multifidus (Low Back) muscle recovery is not spontaneous on remission of painful symptoms. Lack of localized, muscle support may be one reason for the high recurrence rate of low back pain following the initial episode.  


Help For Persistent Low Back Pain

October 21, 2010

Studies have shown that the longer your back pain persists the less likely it is that it will resolve on its own. However physical therapy has been proven to be very sucessful at elliminating chronic back pain regardless of how long you’ve had it.

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Low back pain: what determines functional outcome at six months? An observational study.

Michele C Harms , Charles E Peers  and Derek Chase

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010, 11:236doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-236


Analysis controlling for confounding variables, demonstrated that participants showed greater improvement if their episodes of pain during the previous year were short-lived.

Physical Therapy Provides a Unique Combination of Treatment for Back Pain Relief

October 20, 2010

Physical therapy combines manual hands-on treatment such as massage and contract relax stretching with medical exercise therapy and home exercise programs. This unique combination is what has made physical therapy the medical community’s go-to therapy for non-operative back pain treatment.

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Physical Therapy Boise – Pro Motion PT Works With Local Fire Departments

October 20, 2010
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This a news story featuring Gavin Morrison who is the owner and physical therapist at Pro Motion Physical Therapy in Boise. Gavin has been working with local fire departments in the Treasure Valley for nearly 10 years providing fitness and injury prevention training to the departments and physical therapy to the firefighters.

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Physical Therapy Clinic In West Boise

October 20, 2010

Pro Motion has a West Boise physical therapy clinic located at 3040 N. Five Mile Rd. It is just south of the Ustick and Five Mile intersection. We see patients by appointment. Our phone number is for booking appointments is: 208-608-0958

For more information about Physical Therapy in Boise visit our website at:

We treat patients suffering from:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Elbow Pain

We bill insurance and accept worker’s comp.

Get Back Pain Relief At Home With A Specialized Exercise Routine

October 19, 2010

One of the most important aspects of physical therapy with regard to back pain relief is the application of medical exercise therapy and the development of a home exercise program. A patient’s home exercise program is usually made up of a specialized routine of stretching and strengthening. This routine is designed to address the underlying low back strength deficits and joint range or motion restrictions that caused the back pain in the first place. A home exercise program usually takes about 10 – 15 minutes to complete and should be performed 2-3 times per day. By addressing a patient’s underlying problems, low back pain exercises not only expedite the healing process but also help ensure the patient doesn’t have any recurring lower back pain in the future.

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Stretching To Get Rid Of Knee Pain With Running

October 18, 2010

Knee pain with running is a common complaint in athletes, especially when they begin to run more than 5 miles at a stretch. I see numerous runners in my clinic who complain of knee and I often find that they have tight calves.

There can be many causes for knee pain but one of the most common is altered foot and ankle mechanics caused by having a tight calf muscle. When the calf is tight it restricts the ankle from flexing adequately during running. This restriction causes ankle and knee dysfunction that is repeated over and over again during running. This repeated dysfunction eventually results in undue stress on the knee joint causing pain in the knee or kneecap.

In order to over come knee pain caused by a tight calf I often recommend a rigorous calf stretching program to my patients that includes sustained stretching twice a day. Research has shown (see below) that sustained stretching for 8 minutes at a time is effective for creating permanent length changes in a muscle. In order to perform an eight minute sustained stretch I have my patients use an adjustable stretching strap that I developed just for this purpose. The stretching strap allows them to sit with the strap around their waist and foot. When the strap is adjusted the patient just leans back to get a calf stretch. This holds the ankle in a sustained dorsiflexion stretch with minimal fatigue to the patient.

Sustained stretching with a strap twice a day for 4-5 weeks is generally enough to cause the muscle to lengthen to the point that it no longer restricts ankle motion. Once there is enough ankle motion the proper foot and ankle mechanics are restored and patients can then run pain free.

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Effect of repeated eight-minute muscle loading on the angle of straight-leg raising.

Bohannon RW. Effect of repeated eight-minute muscle loading on the angle of straight-leg raising. Phys Ther. 1984;64:491– 497.


The right lower extremities of 10 experimental subjects were passively loaded for 8 minutes on three consecutive days to determine the effects of such loading on the angle of straight-leg raising. The angle was determined cinematographically each day after loading for 15 seconds, every 30 seconds thereafter during 8 minutes of loading, and 10 minutes and 24 hours after loading. Twenty-four hours after three days of loading, the straight-leg-raising angle of the Experimental Group was an average of 4.4 degrees greater than it was initially. This increase was not statistically significant. The comparable angle of 10 control subjects increased an average of 0.6 degrees. The 4.4 degree increase suggests that muscle lengthens slowly in response to 8 minutes of stretching applied on three consecutive days.


Physical Therapy Training Programs Teach Back Pain Relief Techniques

October 18, 2010

Physical Therapists get their training through universities offering graduate and doctorate level programs that are mostly affiliated with medical schools and teaching hospitals. Physical therapy students receive extensive training in low back rehabilitation methods such as:

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Spinal decompression / traction
  • Manual joint mobilization
  • Postural re-education
  • Manual stretching techniques
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Application of modalities (i.e. electrical nerve stimulation)

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Physical Therapy in Boise Idaho

October 18, 2010

Physical therapy in Boise doesn’t get any better than Pro Motion PT. We are locally owned and have two locations, one in central Boise close to the North End and Downtown and the other in West Boise near Ustick and Five Mile. We provide attentive one on one treatment to all our patients at every visit. Patients are treated by a licensed physical therapist for a full hour at every visit.

We treat patients suffering from:

  • Back pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Ankle Pain

We treat sports injuries and work injuries. We bill insurance for our patients and are preferred providers for most private insurance carriers.

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Physical Therapy For Back Pain

October 18, 2010

One of the most effective ways to get back pain relief is with physical therapy. Many people think that physical therapy is reserved for recovering trauma victims and post-operative patients. Over the last 40 years however physical therapy has grown to become the medical community’s most successful therapy for non-operative low back pain. Most physical therapy practices today are out patient clinics that treat a number of orthopedic conditions including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain/whiplash
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Ankle pain

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