Weekend Happenings (7/28)
Check out these local events happening around town:
7/28- Boz Scaggs/ Robert Cray Band
7-10pm Wente Vineyards Livermore
Boz Scaggs showcases his new album, A Fool to Care, at Wente Vineyards. Making the evening even better: the Robert Cray Band is also on hand for state-of-the-art blues-rock.
7/29- Moonlight Movies
6:30-11pm Town Green Danville
Gather up the family and join your neighbors for respite under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. To help keep the little ones busy, arts and crafts will be available to younger attendees beginning at 6:30 p.m. and go on until the movies get underway at sunset. Featured movie is Ant Man
7/29- Rockin’ the Plaza: Evolution
7-8:30pm Blackhawk Plaza Danville
Come join us on July 29 and listen to Evolution, a Journey Cover Band!
7/29- Concerts in the Park: Finding Stella
7-8:30pm Lions Wayside Park Pleasanton
The Pleasanton Downtown Association’s (PDA) popular free Concert in the Park series takes place every Friday night throughout the summer from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park. The Friday, July 29 show features modern / alternative rock band, Finding Stella.
7:30pm Wente Vineyards Livermore
Enjoy Livermore Shakespeare Festival's quality, accessible Shakespeare with Wente Vineyard's renowned brand of casual elegance for an unforgettable wine country experience.
7/31- Joni Morris Presents Tribute to Music of Patsey Cline
2-5pm Firehouse Arts Center Pleasanton
Joni Morris and her After Midnight band return to the Firehouse Arts Center with her hit show honoring Patsy Cline.
Have a great weekend!
4 Myths of Low Back Pain
As physical therapists who try to stay up with the latest research in our field, we feel it's important the general public is more aware and understanding of their bodies and how it works.
Below is a part of Richmond Stance's article on Specialist Pain Physio and are 5 common myths of low back pain:
1. Bending is dangerous
2. Discs slip
3. Nerves are trapped
4. Low back pain is in isolation to everything else in your life.
1. Bending is normal. Sure it can hurt when the back is being protected, and when we have back pain the muscles are guarding and this can reduce the amount of movement. In the acute phase, most positions and movements hurt, but this is protection and it is meant to be unpleasant in order to motivate action. Moving little and often, changing position and breathing all help to keep blood and oxygen flowing.
2. Discs are not actually discs and they do not go anywhere. Yes they can be injured like any other tissue. They can bulge and affect the local environment, and they can herniate, triggering a healing response — both can hurt because protection is initiated. The fact that there are so many nerve endings around the area mean that sensitivity can arise in a vigorous manner. Again, this is a normal if highly unpleasant experience. Remember that a 1/3 of the population have such changes in their spine but without any pain. The body as a whole must rate the situation as threatening for it to hurt.
3. Nerves do not get trapped. Local swelling and inflammation can sensitize the nerves meaning that they send danger signals. There is not too much room either, so if there is swelling or a bulge, this can affect blood flow to the nerve itself and cause sensitivity to movement and local chemical changes. Again, this can happen without pain as well, so it is down to the individual’s body systems and how they respond. Understanding, gradually moving and breathing can all help ease you through this phase.
4. Low back pain is embedded within your lifestyle. It is not separate to how you live — e.g. lack of exercise, postures, work, stress, emotional state, previous experiences, understanding of back pain, gender, genetics, just to name a few. This maybe more complex, but this provides many avenues for overcoming pain.
We wish you a happy weekend!
Be Careful How you Tape...
A physical therapist, in conjunction with your therapy program, can skillfully apply kinesiology tape to help maximize the potential gains and minimize the potential risks of using tape. We can also instruct and supervise your self-tape application to use as an adjunct in your rehabilitation.
Have a great week!
Weekend Happenings (July 14)
Happy Thursday everyone! Here are this weekend’s local events!
7/14- Hot Summer Nights
6pm-9pm Downtown Danville
The Danville Hot Summer Nights and Classic Car Show is in its 22nd year with rare one-of-a-kind collector cars along with hot rods and muscle cars.
7/15- Moonlight Movies
6:30pm-11pm Town Green Danville
Gather up the family and join your neighbors for respite under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Arts and crafts will be available to younger attendees beginning at 6:30pm and go on until the movies get underway. This weekend’s featured movie is The Muppets Movie.
7/15- Comedy Night at Underdog Wine Bar
6pm-10pm Concannon Vineyard Livermore
Underdog Wine Bar welcomes you to another hilarious evening in their popular comedy night event series. Enjoy a night of laughs, wine, and food with friends in the heart of wine country. Space is limited, reservation required. Pre-show seating and dining 6-8pm, show starts at 8pm.
7/15- Rockin’ The Plaza: Petty Theft
7pm-8:30pm Blackhawk Plaza Danville
Come join us on July 15 and listen to Petty Theft, a San Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
7/15- Concert in the Park-The Apes
7pm-8:30pm Lions Wayside Park Pleasanton
7/16- Family Campout
7/17 10AM-7/17 12PM Oak Hill Park Danville
Join us for suburban camping at its finest. Danville’s Family Campout at Oak Hill Park offers an overnight experience chock full of fun. Enjoy swimming next door at the Monte Vista Community Pool, arts and crafts, games for the whole family, and even a movie under the stars. A barbeque dinner and pancake breakfast will also be provided, so grab your family, your friends, and your gear and embrace the great outdoors.
7/16- Summer Wine Stroll
5pm-8pm Downtown Pleasanton
35 downtown locations will become tasting rooms for Pleasanton’s Annual Summer Wine Stroll.
7/16- Mary Poppins The Musical
July 16th 8pm-July 31st 11pm Bankhead Theater Livermore
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical. Shows are on Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.
Keep your calendars open for next week’s events!
7/21- Taste our Terroir (Livermore)
7/21- The Tempest (Livermore)
7/22- Rockin’ The Plaza: Caravanserai (Blackhawk)
7/23- Comedy Uncorked (Livermore)
More information on these (and others) to come next Thursday.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Squat, Squat, Squat...
So much to do with squatting now-a-days...in CrossFit, creating a more "defined" butt, improving athletic performance, etc. But are you doing it correctly? MORE IMPORTANTLY!!! Are you ABLE TO PERFORM IT CORRECTLY?? If not, research points to increased risk of injury.
Here is the test: In a mirror, raise your arms overhead so that it is in line with your ears (if able). With a shoulder width and barefoot stance, squat down as low as you are able.
How do you do? Do you fall into one of the six pictures below? If so, you have limitations that should and can be remedied with easy treatments and simple exercises that can be demonstrated by your physical therapist.
Happy Friday Everyone! Here are some local events that are happening around town:
7/8- Friday Night Live: Food Truck, Wine, and Concert Series
7/8- Concerts in the Park- Ruckatan Latin Tribe
7/9- Family Fun Day
Keep your calendars open for next weeks events!
7/14- Hot Summer Nights (Danville)
7/15- Moonlight Movies (Danville)
7/15- Comedy Night at Underdog Wine Bar (Livermore)
7/16- Family Campout (Danville)
7/16- Summer Wine Stroll (Pleasanton)
More information on these events (and others) to come next Thursday.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Look at that picture above...24 degrees of dorsiflexion (ankle/toes pointed towards your body). I know this isn't meaningful to most people, but if you have trouble squatting or had ankle, knee, hip, or back pain, lack of ankle mobility could be the reason (or at least one of them). Recently, I have seen an increased number of patient complaining of knee pain without major trauma. The first place I look? The ankle...And you should be looking at yours. IT'S EASY!
If your knee touches, you most likely have sufficient ankle range. Congratulations, you can stop reading. If your knee does NOT touch the wall, then read on. We need to fix this...Below are 2 easy exercises to start working of your ankle dorsiflexion.
Calf Stretch: 30 sec hold; 2-3 rounds
Heel Raises Off a Step: 15-20 reps; 2-3 sets.
There you go. 2 easy ways to improve ankle mobility; there are tons more. This by NO MEANS solves all ankle mobility issues. There are many components to ankle mobility and consulting with a knowledgeable physical therapist is advised.
I hope you have a geat 4th of July!
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