5 Rhymes for Physical Therapy: Catchy phrases I tell my patients on the daily.
1) Motion is Lotion: My favorite but not a Dr. Jesse original. Outside of the obvious cardiovascular and mood-elevating benefits of exercise, the only way your joint cartilage and spinal disks stay healthy is by moving. Think arthritis and disc degeneration prevention. Movement of joints sloshes around the juice (synovial fluid) inside the joint and bathes the cartilage. Your spinal disks “drink” nutrition from the adjacent vertebrae when you move. 2) Use It or Lose It: It’s
3 THINGS about HEADACHES that can help YOU.
3 things I always discuss with patients who complain of headaches, assuming their headache is arising from the neck (cervicogenic). Regardless of how long you've been having headaches, there is great research supporting simple/silly exercises to significantly reduce frequency, duration, and intensity of headaches. 1) Muscles in the neck can cause headaches. Trigger points/knots in your muscles around your spine, skull, and shoulder blades can all refer pain up to your head. G
Me: Volleyball without shoulder pain.
True story. I recently saw some research which stated girls volleyball had higher amounts of strains/sprains in shoulders than boys football, wrestling, basketball, and baseball as well as girls basketball and softball. It also stated that negative effects of shoulder injury can range from a significant reduction in playing time to lifelong shoulder instability or shoulder degeneration and arthritis over time. That was for TEENS. Imagine us in our 30s and 40s! Ugh. Here’s my
PT Identity Crisis: What PTs actually do. Opinion.
Let’s address what I eluded to in my introductory blog: the PT identity crisis. Spoiler alert!! Conclusion: If you catch and treat movement issues early, it stops arthritis, and thus negates the need for surgery. The ultimate purpose of physical therapy is to save you from a preventable surgery. Now let’s work toward that grandiose and sweeping statement. It seems that in general, people in pain ignore it until it stops them from doing something they care about. When asked, w
Good morning! My name is Dr. Jesse Roles, Physical Therapist. As I sit here on this beautiful June day in Denver, Colorado, I'm excited to begin blogging about my profession and hopefully offer insight into the world of PT, how it can so greatly benefit you, the reader, and allow you to recover from pain and return to doing all the things you want and should be able to do. As I write on my website, I'm extremely passionate about my profession. Unfortunately, physical therapy