December 2018 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from Active Physical Therapy!

Happy Holidays to your family from ours!

December has to be one of the busiest months of the year with all the gift-buying, holiday parties, and the end of the year to-do lists! Remember to take time to breathe– soak up the festive lights, nostalgic smells of the season, and rest! We challenge you to put the phone down and really be present this month (pun unintended!).

Reminder: Insurance Deductibles reset in January!

Most insurance plans (not all– many of our government employed clients won’t reset until July!) will reset January 1. If you have already met your deductible this year, now is the time to take advantage of your benefits! You already pay the same monthly premium whether you access your benefits or not; once your deductible has been metyour insurance will finally start covering your costs. Now is the time to take care of nagging issues in order to crush those 2019 goals!

Join us for our Student Presentations!

Monday, December 3, 2018 at 12:00pm-1:00pm our interns will be presenting on their semester-long projects! In years past, our students have presented on Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training, Physical Therapy for dogs, and Physical Therapy for patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). If you would like to attend, please let us know by emailing Thank you!

Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1:00pm-3:00pm we are having a holiday open house celebrating our partnership with the Northwest Football Club! Santa (Santa! I know him!) will be there and we will have games, cookies, hot chocolate, and egg nog. Please plan on joining us for a festive afternoon!

Mattie’s Monthly Move: Overhead Press

Curious how a Physical Therapist views overhead press? Today’s your lucky day! Scroll down to read more about the tips and considerations for any person doing overhead press: athlete, everyday athlete and even in a rehab setting!

Success Story Highlight

We have to take the time to brag about our client Lauren and her hard work! Lauren has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS. EDS is characterized by defective collagen production that causes hypermobility of joints and affects essentially all body systems. Lauren came to Active PT for guidance to manage her hypermobility and pain.

Through months of hard work, a broken wrist, and dislocated elbow (not uncommon for people who deal with EDS) Lauren and her PT decided to take her health and fitness to the next level.

Five weeks ago Lauren joined CrossFit at CrossFit Grandview . Lauren was able to make the seamless transition into fitness thanks to her dedication, her PT, and all the coaches at CFGV. Way to go girl!!

How a PT Sees an Exercise: Overhead Press

Muscles: (major contributors in order)
·         Anterior Deltoid
·         Middle deltoid
·         Supraspinatus (rotator cuff muscle)
·         Triceps
·         Traps
·         Teres minor, subscapularis, infraspinatus (the rest of the rotator cuff)
·         Abs
·         Back Erectors
·         Pec Major

Joints: spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists

Why We Need Them:
·         core strength
·         bulletproof shoulders
·         something we need once a year will always be stored in the rafters of your garage
Who we use it with, and Why: 

·         Any sport that requires power transmitting from the ground to the hand; throwing sports, linemen
·         Runners and jumpers in track and field: increased vertical arm swing is a direct effect of pressing overhead
Everyday Athlete:
·         The core strength required to overhead press is the perfect way to combat sitting in a car or at a desk all day.
·         Shoulder strength and stability for things from Olympic lifts to painting your ceilings.

·         Highly functional exercise as everyone needs to reach into cupboards.  
·         Rehabilitate the rotator cuff
·         Shoulder and elbow stability
·         Adapting overhead weight before body weight is appropriate.  
·         Shoulder and thoracic mobility

Things we want you to consider:

  • Set up for success! You will be stronger in these positions:
  • Overhead press is a better place to develop your core than sit-ups (gasp)
    • Think about an isometric ab contraction as you press to prevent over extension of your low back.
  • In the final overhead position, you should aim to have your arms right outside your ears, if not slightly behind.
    • This comes from your shoulder blades squeezing together behind your back…not your head jutting forward.
  • Thoracic mobility is the key to OH pressing so keep up the good work if you’re currently fighting the good fight…and get on it if you are not already!


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