How To Loosen Up Stubborn Areas

April 15, 2016

Today we kick off our weekly Q&A session with the most common question I get: “I have been working on _______ EVERY day and it will not loosen up. What do I do?” We have all been there on this one. For some of you it may be the calves or hamstrings, and for others […]

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ATA Turns 6 (and gets a big makeover!)

February 13, 2016

It’s hard to believe that this past January the ATA website turned six years old! For those of you who have been along for the ride from the beginning, you have seen a few different versions of the site now. What started as a little clinic wordpress blog has grown into a virtual warehouse of […]

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Peroneal/shin mobilizations

January 11, 2016

In this post I’m going to show you how to use the tennis ball to mobilize the muscles along the shin bone and down the outside of the lower leg . This includes the anterior tibialis, extensor digitorum, and peroneal muscles. The goal with this mobilization is to anchor one end of the muscle down […]

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Lower Back

This region is home to the large muscles of the low back including the paraspinals (erector spinae and multifidus), as well as, the quadratus lumborum and larger overlapping latissimus dorsi muscles. In this section you will find our available treatment plans as well as the different self treatment techniques on this site. Injury Treatment Plans […]

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Low Back Pain

As you may recall from our intro post on kinesiology taping, we’re going to focus on each muscle group/joint and show you how to use kinesiology tape in three distinct ways: Immediately after injury  (for swelling and pain) During the healing process (correction techniques to restore normal position and allow for healing) Techniques to help improve […]

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Stretching pt 10- Low Back

In the introduction post to this series, we reviewed and answered some common questions regarding stretching, including why, when, how, etc. Click here to review it. In this post we will be talking about stretches specifically for the low back. This includes the long back extensors (erector spinae), the QL and where the large hip flexor […]

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Tennis ball mobilization- low back

In this post we’re going to use a tennis ball to try and break up soft tissue restrictions in the low back. The goal is to anchor down one end and then to slowly stretch the muscle out against it. Key Points: 1) Go back and read the massage post specifically on the back itself to review the […]

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Self Muscle Massage- Neck/Back Extra Credit

Working on the back as a whole can be tricky. The muscle groups are arranged in overlapping layers and for every large muscle there are five tiny little ones buried beneath it that run solely from one vertebrae to the next. That being said- it can be REALLY tricky to get in there and loosen […]

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Self Muscle Massage pt 10- Low Back

This is part ten in the Self Muscle Massage Series. In the introduction post to this series we introduced and demonstrated the three muscle release techniques that will be used in this post. If you would like to review them, click here. If you would like to see any other parts of the series, click here. In […]

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Elbow Forearm

The forearm/wrist consists of the muscles that bend and straighten the wrist, namely the wrist flexors and extensors. This area is commonly injured with lateral and medial epicondylitis (aka tennis and golfers elbow). In this section you will find our available treatment plans as well as the different self treatment techniques on this site. Injury […]

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