When training just isn’t enough.
Many of you train hard, you train consistently, you eat healthy, and rest well. I ask you though, are there times when you need more than just this to keep performing at an optimum level day in and day out with the same amount of intensity and drive during your workouts?
Written By: Annemarie Alf, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Owner OMP
Cupping has been a hot topic since the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
It has been a ‘tool’ in my PT toolbox since early 2012 and I have been using it since. I worked and learned daily from Chinese Medicine specialists, as they did the same from me; while I spent a year in China between 2012 and 2013. The biggest thing we both learned from one another was that the blend of Eastern and Western Therapies worked best together. Traditional Chinese medicine techniques, such as cupping, WITH a Western style movement pattern-based exercise approach was the way our athletes got better faster! Therefore, when I returned to the US, I began integrating cupping into my practice when appropriate. It’s not for every person, athlete, or diagnosis; evaluation and movement assessment MUST be done 1st. It is one piece of the puzzle, NOT the only piece. I have made the technique my own, as most experienced practitioners do with everything; mine a more movement specific approach.
How finding the right provider can make a difference in reaching your goals on your path to feeling your best and improving your health.
Written By: Kimberly Marshall, FNP-C
Outdoor activities are a boost to mental and physical health. Whether you enjoy summit hikes, mountain biking, trail running, road racing, or a good run on the beach, being outdoors can be the boost you need for a great workout.
Hydrating for Life and Performance
Written by: Brittany Peterson, ATC
The human body consists of more than 50% of water. Same goes for the Earth. That in itself shows us how important water is to our bodies and the environment. Yet a lot of the time we as humans are not properly hydrated. Fluid balance is the relationship between fluid going in to our body and fluid going out of our body. We take in fluids from food and drinks. We get rid of fluids through sweating, breathing, urinating, and pooping. But most importantly we need to know how to keep this balanced.
I sat down tonight to write and share a short blog about what cash based PT is and why its a better option for our athletes/ clients. BUT then I came across this article written by a DPT colleague that summed it up perfectly. Sometimes there's NO reason to re-invent the wheel, best to just share the knowledge.
Thank you, Kevin Prue and New Grad Physical Therapy!
Wondering what the benefits are of a vitamin injection vs. oral supplementation? First, it is important to remind you that, ideally, you should be getting the majority of your vitamins and nutrients from natural, whole food sources like vegetables, fruits, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised eggs and poultry, legumes, nuts, etc. However, many of us are occasionally unable to meet our nutrient needs through our diets alone, especially during periods of stress, due to illness, while taking certain medications, or some may have a condition that impairs absorption of certain nutrients. Many people have trouble with nutrient absorption (from food or oral supplementation) due to the presence of intestinal inflammation, poor gut health, or sometimes in the case of B12 deficiency it can be due to a deficiency of Intrinsic Factor – a glycoprotein produced in the stomach that is essential for B12 absorption.
Ankle sprain injuries are the most common athletic injury, accounting for 25% of all injuries. The risk of ankle injuries in the sport of soccer are as high as 30%. The lateral (or outside) ankle ligaments are the most commonly injured, followed by fractures, and medial sprains.
Bright and early Wednesday morning CBS 8 and Ashley Jacobs came by Olympus to check out our new space. They saw some of our athletes getting an early morning workout in and saw how we customize those workouts for the younger athletes keeping them safe.
Our movement of the week this week is what we call Thoracic Peanut! This is a great warm up before overhead movements and pressing. Incorporate this into your recovery and pre or post workouts and watch how much your mobility improves!
Author: Annemarie Alf
"We Specialize In Optimizing Teen And Active Adult Lives In Carlsbad/ Vista By Addressing The WHOLE Person. We offer A Holistic, Integrative Approach To Performance And Wellness That Will Assess And Address The Root Causes That Lead To Pain, Hormonal Imbalances, Fatigue, Weight Gain And/ Or Decreased Performance."