How important is flexibility?


Your muscles are connected to bones by tendons. When you contract your muscles the tendon moves the bone through the available range of motion. If your muscles are “tight” or “inflexible” you cannot move through the full available range and extra stress is applied to your joint surfaces. This is one factor that can lead to degenerative joint disease, as well as putting you at risk for muscular or ligament injury.

At King Physical Therapy & Fitness we can educate you on performing proper stretching activities to help improve your muscle performance and help you function at your optimal level. Stretches ideally should be performed when muscles are “warmed-up” as well as following a longer period of movement. The stretch should not cause pain and should be held and not oscillated. The amount of time to hold each stretch is based on tolerance. We recommend 3 to 5 sets for a 15 to 30 second hold. Before beginning any exercise program please consult your physician.

P.S. Be sure to continue normal breathing during hold and relax phases of stretching.

Sit Up Straight!

“Sit Up Straight” is a phrase that everyone has probably heard at some point in their life time.  Well, it is a good habit to adopt.  Almost 100% of our daily activities are performed directly in front of us.  By constantly having your shoulders rounded and your head forward you are asking your postural muscles to work harder and causing your anterior chest muscles to tighten. Over time this can lead to cervical spine disorders, thoracic outlet syndrome, and shoulder disorders, just to name a few.

King Physical Therapy and Fitness will develop a rehabilitation program to strengthen your postural muscles (including your rhomboid major and minor, middle trapezius, lower trapezius, teres minor and major, infraspinatus, and latissimus dorsi). This program will passively and actively stretch your anterior chest and neck musculature (including pectoralis major and minor, scalene muscles, and upper trapezius). To help maintain benefits received from physical therapy with King PT & Fitness, you will be instructed to follow a home exercise program.  Call one of our two locations today to schedule an appointment–we accept most major insurances.

New Year’s Resolutions

Traditionally at the beginning of each New Year, resolutions are made to help improve or better yourself and each individual around you. No matter what your resolution is, whether it is getting fit, lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol, smiling more, laughing more, meeting new friends, or just enjoying life, we can help you at King Physical Therapy & Fitness. Our staff of professionals will assist you in reaching any or all of your resolutions.

Just to get you motivated, here are some jaw-dropping statistics:

  • 8 out of 10 people aged 25 and older are overweight
  • 78% of Americans do not get the minimal recommended level of daily activity.
  • 3 million American’s are morbidly obese
  • Walking for 20 minutes at 3 mph on the treadmill burns more than 120 calories
  • Taking the stairs can burn an extra 125 calories for every 15 minutes

King Physical Therapy & Fitness can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Our monthly fitness memberships are easy on the pocket book–visit one of our fitness facilities near you today and get motivated!

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Long-Term Relief From Sciatica

Sciatica is the painful condition that results from compression of nerve roots in the lower Sciatica Painspine that merges to form the sciatic nerve in the pelvic area. The good news is that most sciatic pain, which radiates down the length of the spinal column and its related muscles, ligaments, and tendons are all designed to move, and stretching helps to overcome limitations in motion that might cause sciatica flare-ups. In fact, proper stretching and movement is vital to overcoming any number of disorders and injuries. At King Physical Therapy & Fitness, our expert therapists discover your personal needs and create a therapy regimen just for you, whether it’s preventing sciatica or overcoming a chronic disorder. We also provide personal rehabilitation programs for recovery after a fall, accident, or sports injury. Be certain to check out the fitness centers at each of our convenient locations.

P.S. As a means of preventing recurrences of sciatica, attention should also be paid to muscles that are seemingly uninvolved, such as the hamstrings.