New Year, New directions

Recently, I had a high school student sidelined from running due to injury. I saw her several times in my office for a few weeks and then realized that she was ready to do some more dynamic rehab. We went outside and did some drills, and I got to see her run more than just on my office treadmill. I ended up sneaking in a legit workout and we got a good laugh when she was resting her hands on her knees and said, “I think I’m out of shape.” Been there…

Though I coach a few people around town, it definitely gave me the coaching bug to do a little more. I know that my career was really made by having excellent coaches along the way. If you care about something, go all in and do it right. I am excited to announce I am taking on a few more coaching clients. To learn more click here. Happy running!- Blake

It’s your journey, don’t let pain stop you.

Often the only thing that gets patients to finally call their doctor or come to a physical therapist is pain. Wether it’s acute or chronic, your body is telling you something is not right. Often this pain starts limiting you from doing the things you love or even just completing simple daily tasks. Getting to the root of your pain is the key to resolving it completely.

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Taking care of you

We are certainly in a weird, unexpected time with this new Covid 19 pandemic. Everyone is on edge and anxious with the uncertainty and life disruptions, understandably so.

Just the other day I had a patient call me saying they were feeling very anxious and depressed and thought they needed to talk to somebody on the phone. Since it was late, I directed her to call a suicide prevention number until she could connect with her primary medical doctor, and followed up with her family. Here are some helpful numbers if you or anyone you knows needs help. (CDC link)

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Self Maintenance Tools : Roll Recovery

I’m all about staying healthy, and if i have learned anything over my 20 year running career it’s that staying healthy does require some self- maintenance. When I was running professionally, I often got weekly massages because running 100+ miles a week takes it’s toll. Even when I would feel good, the therapist would find things I didn’t know were brewing. Any athlete or avid exerciser knows how important consistency is, and missing time off for an injury is just frustrating.Continue reading “Self Maintenance Tools : Roll Recovery”

Staying cool in the summer

I admit that one reason I love training on the Monterey Peninsula is because the weather is perfect for running. But being a North Carolinian, I do love the humidity, and I make lots of east coast trips where you have to run in stifling heat and feel like your head is going to explode. Continue reading “Staying cool in the summer”

Self Neck Mobilization

Ever wake up with neck pain or do a funny movement and feel your neck immediately kink up? Ever look down at a computer or a book for hours and feel the onset of neck pain? Have headaches? I have a feeling we have all been there and suffered for a few days until you were slowly able to regain some motion and have less pain and not walk around like a stiff robot. I had a surgeon the other day tell me he was hovered over a patient for 6 hours and his neck just hadn’t been the same even though he has been doing the same motion for years. I always tell patients you can do strenuous things and ask a lot of your body until one day it will tell you that it has had enough.Continue reading “Self Neck Mobilization”

Ankle sprains can have lasting effects

Ankle Sprains are one of the most common musculoskeletal problem effecting all ages and people of all different activity levels.  There are different locations and several different grades depending on severity, with the high and low lateral ankle sprains being the most common.

We have probably all felt the immediate pain of a “twisted” ankle. Sometimes it subsides, and there is not much bruising or swelling and walking is fine in a few days. Continue reading “Ankle sprains can have lasting effects”

Make your health a priority

What can On Track Physical Therapy do for you?

Get you information: I often get calls from patients that have a new pain or issue and want to get some information and a thorough medical evaluation. Many of my patients do not have a primary care doctor, so starting with a physical therapist is a great way to get into the health care system. I am embarrassed to admit, I don’t even have a primary doctor. The good news is, physical therapist are highly trained in orthopedics, neuro and everything in between. Though On Track Physical Therapy specialized in general orthopedic issues, we see clients with all diagnoses including post -surgical and vestibular to name a few.Continue reading “Make your health a priority”

Home Health Physical Therapy

Do you or a loved one have a prescription for Home Health Physical Therapy from your primary care physician? On Track Physical Therapy and Performance, P.C. does not contract with Medicare patients directly, but we can see patients through Choice Home Health  one of the most respected agencies on the Peninsula.

First Toe Extension and Running Mechanics

It’s  tiny joint, but your big toe joint (MTP) can be an important one. Yep, you probably don’t often think of your big toe unless you are stubbing it on some concrete path or whacking it on some furniture, but it’s a key joint for balance and locomotion- not to mention running.  As you push off, your big toe must extend which causes your plantar fascia to tighten which helps to stabilize the foot. This rigidity it causes in your foot as it extends  is good because it makes a strong lever for propulsion.Continue reading “First Toe Extension and Running Mechanics”