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Red Rock Physical Therapy And Wellness
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We have three therapists at Red Rock who specialize in treating fascial issues. We find that it is the missing link in a lot of conditions we treat at our practice. Become aware you have a choice and a voice in your healthcare. Treating the fascia isn't deep tissue work, foam rolling or some other aggressive forms of treatment that are out there. It takes sustained pressure and time to create the cellular environment for the tissues to re-hydrate and allow the slide and glide for normalized function. We not only treat, but also educate you on the principles on how this amazing structure functions so you can incorporate it into a well balanced wellness plan.
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Spring Gardening Tips for a Healthy Back
Gardening can be great exercise and a good reason to be active outside. Do not let back pain slow you down or decrease the pleasure of planting and tending. The following tips may help you to avoid injury and increase your enjoyment of this springtime ritual.

Remember to get checkup by your MD yearly to see if your body is healthy enough for physical activity. You can also see a physical therapist to address mobility and functional deficits. Physical Therapists are experts on knowing how the body works, and are able to create a treatment plan to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination, as well as to counteract incorrect existing patterns of movement that may be damaging to the joints.

Proper posture is important. Your legs are made for lifting, not your back. Remember to always square up to what you are lifting and keep a straight spine while bending at the hips. Twisting while lifting puts too much pressure on the spine and can lead to injury.

Use tools that are light weight, sharpened properly and designed for the task you are performing.

Anytime you can push vs. pull will reduce back strain. A wheelbarrow is a good option to move heavy items. Don’t be afraid to break things down into smaller loads to get the task done with less stress on the body.

Avoid using heavy watering cans which can cause poor posture when carried. It would be wise to invest in additional lengths of hose for watering needs of your garden.

Remember to take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.

Consider making raised beds, to reduce the necessity for bending or reaching too far for planting and weeding.

Use specialty tools such as a kneeler or mobile gardening bench to keep the body more comfortable close to the ground.

Listen to your body. If you experience pain, stop, change positions and watch that you are using good posture habits.

Consider taking a walk and perform some light stretching after gardening to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness.

Physical Therapists are a good resource to advise you on proper stretching, strengthening exercises, and other healthy habits to keep your back and body free from injury.

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Dr. Deborah A Mitchell, PT, DPT, MPT, CGS
Owner of Red Rock Physical Therapy and Wellness in McHenry, IL.
Red Rock Physical Therapy is a private outpatient physical therapy practice that specializes in myofasical release and other manual therapeutic techniques in a relaxing one-on-one setting. For additional information, please call (815) 451-4502.
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Interested in what is fascia? Check out this video. It helps to understand the properties of fascia, and why John F. Barnes trained therapists perform treatment following certain principles. Other forms of "fascial work" don't allow for the duration required and they force the system and are more akin to deep tissue massage.
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Ever wondered, What is fascia? Do you know it can be the source of pain, that is most often overlooked or mistreated with aggressive forms tissue work/therapy? Watch this video by Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau to see what is really happening in this fluid filled system that acts as our own fiber optic network. If you would like to experience JFB myofascial release which is a sustained pressure technique that meets exactly what your body needs in the moment, contact Red Rock Physical Therapy and Wellness @ 815-451-4502. Serving McHenry County and surrounding areas.
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Proud to be a member of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. The updated mission statement of the IPTA is: "The IPTA exists to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for the people in Illinois through physical therapy." We are working as a group to help reduce barriers to care and to help people learn that as a profession we are the experts in human movement.
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Time to do your stability exercises. Just follow my friend here.
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Access to PT varies state to state. Let your state rep know that you deserve access without barriers to your Doctor of Physical Therapy! This could be just one of many ways we can help control healthcare costs, and help reduce pain, decreased function,  lost productivity and among other things at the same time.
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Red Rock Physical Therapy is proud to announce it offers MPS Therapy. It is a form of DC microcurrent stimulation that is a powerful tool for scar release and pain management. It is one of the integrative tools which can be utilized with purpose of relaxing muscles, calming the nervous system and releasing endorphins (the body's own natural painkillers).
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