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Pre-Activation Circuit for Dancers

Here is a pre-activation circuit for dancers based off the most current research.  This can be implemented before class or competitions.  Research suggests performing this at least 3 days/week in order to decrease the risk of injury. Pre-Activation Circuit for Dancers WARM-UP 1.  Forward jogging 2.  Backward jogging 3.  High knees 4.  Butt kicks 5.  Walking open/close gate with hip…

Can a Proper Warm Up Reduce Injuries in Dancers?

Pre-Activation Warm-Up and Skilled Training Program Associated with Reduced Risk of Injury Among Dancers We have a lot of dancers that we evaluate and treat for overuse injuries. Most injuries among dancers involve the lower extremity and low back. Research shows that dance-related injuries are often due to muscular fatigue, muscular imbalances, loading intolerances, and balance deficits from an inadequate…

What is Sarcopenia and Why Should I Care?

Sarcopenia is a term that means “age-related muscle loss,” and can be a factor in predicting frailty and fall risk in older adults. It can lead to a DECREASE in performance and strength, but also other critical body functions: fighting inflammation, hormone regulation, and absorption of nutrients. Sarcopenia can be caused by not just the normal aging process, but also…

Getting Back to Life – Ben’s Comeback Story

On Ben’s last day of physical therapy, he was squatting over 155 lbs. and dead lifting more than 100 lbs..  If you would have seen him when he hobbled into Omaha Physical Therapy Institute using a walker on his first day of PT, you wouldn’t have believed he was going to be able to ever walk normally again, let alone…

The Benefits of Strength Training

Strength training can be an essential component to keeping your body healthy and your mind happy.  There has been a lot of research, especially in the most recent years, on the importance of adding strength training into your daily routine! We were going to write a whole blog on the benefits of strength training but then we came across this…

Meet Jack Matuella, PT, DPT

Jack Matuella loves being a physical therapist because it allows him to utilize his talents and passions to assist others with living their best lives!  Jack is a fun, smart, and compassionate guy and we are lucky to have him on the OPTI team!  Learn more about Jack below! Where were you born? I was born in Kansas City, MO…

4 Exercises to Perform While Working from Home

In the past couple of years, many people have found themselves working from home, meaning less movement during their workday.  Here are a few of our favorite exercises for people who have a desk job!  Remember, only perform if they are comfortable and make sure to perform them gently!     Remember, movement is medicine!  The more you move throughout…

Return to Play Progression Following Concussion

RETURN TO PLAY PROGRESSION FOLLOWING CONCUSSION 1. Once diagnosed with a concussion, a return to play progression will be started once the athlete has not had any symptoms for a 24 hour period and has seen the appropriate medical professional for assessment. 2. Return to play guidelines require the athlete to be symptom free for at least 7 days before…

What Causes Muscle Cramping?

Many people experience muscle cramping during or after exercise which can be uncomfortable and alarming. A muscle cramp is a sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscle that can last for seconds or for minutes. Whether it’s a small muscle cramp or full body cramping, there isn’t an exact reason proven yet as to the cause of it.  However, there are…

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from your friends at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute!!! Don’t be “scared” of your pain anymore!  We can help you!   Your Comeback Story Starts Here!