How to touch your toes

Why the toe touch matters Can you reach down and touch your toes with your knees straight?  I consider a proper toe touch as a demonstration of basic competency in the multisegmental flexion pattern and aim to improve it with most of my clients (exceptions being flexion intolerance such as acute disc pathology).  While it is […]

Why does MY tendon hurt?

A Question Tendon problems include traumatic injuries such as rupture, rapidly worsening problems such as tendonitis (inflammation) and slow developing chronic problems such as tendinosis (non-inflammatory tendon breakdown)[1]. These later two are often blamed on overuse and poor bio-mechanics. But you might be asking “Why is my achilles sore when that other guy with terrible running form is […]

Getting Uninjured

References: Vivek V. Venkataraman, Thomas S. Kraft,  and Nathaniel J. DominyTree climbing and human evolution. PNAS 2013 110 (4) 1237-1242; Neil T. Roach, MadhusudhanVenkadesan, Michael J. Rainbow  & Daniel E. Lieberman. Elastic energy storage in the shoulder and the evolution of high-speed throwing in Homo. Nature 498, 483–486 (27 June 2013) Jeffrey L. Halbrecht, M.D., Phillip Tirman, M.D., David Atkin, M.D. Internal Impingement of the Shoulder: […]

How Deep Should I Squat?

THE QUESTION The question “How low should I squat” is one that wafts through the air of weight rooms and fitness centers almost as often as the unique malodorous scent of nitrogen rich sweat from protein supplementation. Everyone from your gym rats to physicians to your aunt Betty seem to have an opinion on the appropriate […]

Are You Destined For Arthritis? A Review of Ryder et al

A QUESTION   My last post covered the modifiable risk factors for osteoarthritis. My conclusion based on the available evidence was that your best bet to reduce risk of osteoarthritis is to avoid joint injuries, don’t get too heavy and pick a job that doesn’t require a lifetime of heavy lifting, kneeling, squatting, stairs or […]