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Ankle Range of Motion

May 11, 2017

When it comes to overuse injuries it is really easy to see them as an isolated event. The problem, however, is that overuse injuries are not an isolated thing. In fact, overuse injuries are the result of a mechanical problem. This could be mobility loss, decreased strength, or even coordination/muscle imbalance. Whatever the restriction, the […]

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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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Strengthening

February 1, 2016

What: Muscles and joints that have been stuck in a tight/short position lose the ability to function normally over time. This is a fact. Remember, the body is phenomenal at being able to adapt when something breaks down. It will find a way to keep moving forward even if it has to call in every […]

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Kinesiology Tape

What: Kinesiology tape is a specially made elastic tape that can be applied to your muscles or joints to decrease pain and swelling, correct faulty motion, and assist weak or injured muscles. It can also be used as a proprioceptive tool for muscle re-education for sport specific movements such as running, cycling, and swimming. In […]

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Stretching

What: In the ATA System, we use self massage and mobilizations to break up restrictions and restore mobility. The next step is to stretch those muscle fibers and joints out so that the body can register that a change has occurred and adapt accordingly. You see muscles have what is known as a resting length […]

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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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