What has Physical Therapy allowed you to do?

Now that you’re back in the game, we want to see what physical therapy has allowed you to do!

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Has physical therapy given you the ability to do something you weren’t able to do before? Did it get you back to work, the golf course, or competing at a higher level? Whatever that may be, we want you to show us for a chance to win a pair of Husker football tickets, $100 Scheels gift card, and more!

Anyone can win!

To participate, all you need to do is take a picture of what it is that physical therapy has allowed you to do and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #MakovickaPT hashtag. Get as creative as you want with the pictures you post. If you’re currently going through physical therapy, this is not an excuse to go beyond your doctor or physical therapist’s orders. Rather get creative within your limits.

Use #MakovickaPT (don’t misspell it) to win big!

Anyone can win, but how you say?!

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Follow us on Twitter
  3. Post pictures on Facebook (message us the pictures) or Twitter throughout the month of September with #MakovickaPT in the post. Thats it!

The most important thing is to do #3!

Prizes

–          A pair of 2013 Husker Football tickets

–          $100 Scheels gift card

–          iPod Shuffle (2x)

–          Swiss workout balls

–          Makovicka Physical Therapy t-shirts

*The contest will run from Sept. 1st – Sept. 30th with the winners being announced on October 2nd. Any pictures posted using the #MakovickaPT hashtag might be shared on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Benefits of the Graston Technique

For those of you who have never heard of or experienced the Graston Technique, it is used to help with the breakdown of scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The tools are made for specific parts of the body and help detect and treat chronic inflammation and soft tissue fibrosis.

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By combining this technique with corrective exercise, stretching, and modalities clinicians can help the healing process to rebuild the appropriate tissue. We also see many patients who come in solely for Graston as it has many benefits on its own.

The treatment time for each restriction is approximately 30-60 seconds per spot, while bruising and pain are avoided to provide comfort for the patient.

Graston may be incorporated in the treatment of:

Achilles Tendonitis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tennis Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow

Lumbar Strain/Sprain

Patellofemoral Dysfunction

Plantar Fasciitis

Want to know how you can benefit from Graston? Visit a Makovicka Physical Therapy clinic Today!

An easy transition from traditional to minimalist shoes.

The first thing you want to do after you purchase your first pair of minimalist shoes is to use them as you would if you bought a normal pair. Throw them on and go for the same run or walk you did the day before. That is where most people go wrong. The transition from traditional shoes to minimalist shoes is a long process but can

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A pair of Vibram Five Finger minimalist shoes.

The debate of using shoes for any mode of transportation, whether its walking or running, has been going on for decades if not longer. Barefoot (minimalist) shoes, such as the vibram’s, have been popular in the fitness community as a replacement to the highly supportive traditional running shoes. Being barefoot is natural and strengthens the muscles that support or feet. The benefits are numerous but takes time to achieve.

 

 

A pair of ASICS stability running shoes, model...

A pair of ASICS stability running shoes, model GEL-Kinsei (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What many people do as they switch from traditional running shoes to minimalist shoes is they don’t ease into them. As we come from the traditional shoes, our muscles and joints have not been used to absorbing the force that comes with minimalist running. The amount of time it takes to adjust to the barefoot or minimalist shoes varies from person to person. Start by using them to walk around the house a little each day and slowly increase the time you use them to walk in. As you start to run in them, try softer surfaces such as a track or grass.

Jeff Gaudette, from running.competitor.com, gives a great tip on how you should transition into your minimalist shoes. “Begin with some short 20 to 30-second accelerations in your minimalist shoes after an easy run in traditional trainers. Once you’re comfortable in your new kicks, progress to 3 to 5 minutes of minimalist running every other day and slowly add 3-5 minutes each week, focusing on landing softly with an efficient midfoot strike.”

Another thing that may change as you switch from traditional shoes to barefoot or minimalist shoes is your gate pattern or landing style. This typically occurs without you thinking about it to help absorb much of the increased force that the cushioned shoes took for you. Those who use traditional shoes usually run with a heel strike compared to minimalist runners who are usually mid- to fore-foot strikers. Although the point at which your foot contacts the ground changes from heel to mid- or fore-foot, there isn’t any research confirming the estimated increase in injury when running with a heel strike.

Minimalist shoes aren’t for everyone. Different gate patterns or biomechanical characteristics may need the support of a traditional shoe. These supports and shoe styles are dependent on the need of the person and a physical therapist or foot specialist can point you in the right direction.

Monthly Newsletter / August 2013

August is going to be a busy month for Makovicka Physical Therapy. Everything from The Best of Omaha contest to a contest of our own. We also had to say good-bye to one of our residents, Ryan Vincent, as he took a new position in his home state of Wyoming. Ryan, thank you so much for imparting your knowledge among the rest of us and we wish you the best of luck! We’d like to welcome Zach Kramper, and Michelle Ripperger to the Makovicka family as we continue to grow.

Social media seems to be the hot marketing tactic, and we are taking advantage of it! Along with Facebook, we just added Twitter and Pinterest accounts to the mix. These accounts are what we will be using for our contest in September for a chance to win Husker football tickets, gift cards, and more!

Football Season is right around the corn stalk and training camps have been underway for a few weeks. Brain injuries are a popular topic among coaches and staff and there is little information we have on what exactly causes them (in terms of force and direction from which it comes). If you or your son have any questions as the season nears, don’t hesitate to stop by one of our clinics or give us a call.

Traumatic Brain Injuries in football

Summer is almost over and high school football teams are starting camps all over the country. Whether the players have been training to make the varsity team, preparing for a state championship, or trying to impress college scouts, it now comes down to how they perform. Their training may help prevent non-contact injuries to the knee or ankle, but what about the head? Injuries to the head can cause far worse damage then one might think. Anything from experiencing no symptoms at all to life-altering traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

What used to be the most overlooked part of the body (in terms of training) until recent NFL lawsuits is starting to become a focus point of companies around the country. Companies are claiming that their products might help reduce the chances of sustaining a head injury or speeding up the diagnosis process. Are these products worth the money? It’s hard to say but something that might help player safety that doesn’t cost a penny is awareness.

The more we know about traumatic brain injuries the better we can prepare our athletes and the faster we can diagnose an injury to ensure that they aren’t playing through it. According to the CDC, older adolescents (15-19 yrs.) are some of the most at risk age group to sustain a TBI. What does this all mean in terms of football?

What kind of hits can cause a TBI? It can be anything from major hits that cause unconsciousness to a normal tackle or block to the helmet. It is still difficult to determine the amount of force and direction from which the blow comes from that causes these brain injuries. When these injuries occur, specifically in football, they may cause symptoms that players can often point out but don’t want to admit to the coaching staff in fear of being benched. Besides those symptoms that appear right away, other symptoms might not arise for days to weeks after the initial injury. This makes it difficult to pinpoint the cause.

Sustaining a traumatic brain injury during football, specifically youth football, can have long-lasting effects. We’re hearing more and more that kids are hiding their symptoms to be able to keep playing either out of fear or competition. Doing this can have life-long effects on their health, and it’s not just a knee that can be repaired, it’s their brain. This can be enhanced by the fact that football players are continuing to hit harder at younger and younger ages while the brain and skull are continuing to develop.

Treatment

Nothing. After being diagnosed with a concussion or TBI the best thing to do is nothing. The obvious things to refrain from include physical contact and activity but some of the other not so obvious are limiting the amount of time that your brain is being used. That may include time home from school, studying, etc. Continue to stay in contact with your doctor or physician as every person is different in how they recover and are effected by a brain injury.

Prevention

Trying to find ways to reduce the risk of your son sustaining a brain injury while playing football besides abstinence? Be sure that their helmet they are using fits correctly and continue to check the fit after games as it may loosen.

If you have further questions as training camps continue and the season nears, please contact us at info@makovickapt.com or give us a call at 402.934.0045. Do everything you can to prevent a traumatic brain injury.

Treating Little League Elbow

What is Little League Elbow?

Injuries in baseball can often occur from repeated movements are preventable, such as the throwing motion. These injuries usually influence the shoulder and elbow joints while limiting the athletes’ playing time.

Now that the baseball season is reaching its halfway mark, aches, pains, and injuries might begin to limit playing time or performance. The goal is to prevent the aches and pains from becoming long-term or season-ending injuries. If an injury does arise, you want to be sure to treat it as soon as possible, limiting the amount of game time missed.

How to treat Little League Elbow

As hard as it is, initial treatment for Little League Elbow is to rest. That prohibits a throwing  motion of any kind for a minimum of 4-6 weeks, or until the player is pain free. Icing the elbow 1-2x a day for 15-20 minutes at a time will help decrease the pain and inflammation. During this time, core strengthening exercises and cardiovascular exercise would be beneficial in maintaining strength as the amount of practice and activity has decreased. Increasing the strength of the muscles that make of the “core” can help improve throwing motions as many adolescents have poorly developed core muscles.

Physical therapy is the most important part of treatment for little league elbow syndrome.” – Emedicine.com. Range-of-motion exercises may be prescribed by the therapist to help in the healing process. When the player is pain free, your physical therapist might begin strengthening exercises to prevent further injury.

Always remember that until the pain is gone, the player is constantly in danger of injuring the elbow again, which means more time away from the field.

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