Why Women’s Health Physical Therapy?

Author: Meg Henderson

I have been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient orthopedic setting in Charleston, SC since 2008. As a new grad, in a new city, with a new husband I eagerly approached my job as I had been trained in school: evaluate and treat. Help the patient return to their functional activities. Instruct in home exercise programs. Over the years, I became more confident in my skills learning from my co-workers and continuing education courses along the way. I developed meaningful relationships with my patients as I assisted them in their recoveries from surgery, over-use injures, weekend warrior projects, and more.

Physical Therapy can help you respond to the changes in your body.

It wasn’t until I became pregnant with my second son that I became more interested in women’s health PT. I was learning first-hand how important it was to continue my once active lifestyle in order to prepare for the pregnancy-related changes to my body and keeping up...

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3 Shoulder Exercises to Improve Your Mobility

Author: Peter Yu

Our shoulders are one of the most versatile and incredible joints in the human body. The shoulder is a “ball and socket joint” and allows for the most range of motion and mobility of any joint in the body. The shoulder requires that at least 12 muscles work together at any given time along with the scapula and humerus of the arm in order to allow for optimal shoulder motion and function. Because of the large range of motion our shoulders allow, it is often times not as stable as our other joints and can frequently become injured. Right now we are specifically looking at how we can improve our shoulder mobility and stability, in order to ensure optimal shoulder performance.

The Apley’s Scratch Test and the Seated Shoulder Flexion Test are two self examination screens you can perform on yourself to determine if you have adequate mobility at the shoulder.

TEST: Apley’s Scratch Test 
(Shoulder Internal External Rotation)

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Ankle Integrity: Building a Foundation from the Feet Up

Author: Peter Yu, SPT

When it comes to building any house it is essential to establish a stable and strong foundation. Similar to that, our ankles and feet are the foundations of our body when it comes to movement and motion. Because our feet are the first thing that comes in contact with the ground, proper motion at the ankle is essential in order to have the joints above, and ultimately the whole body, moving in an effective and efficient manner. Having a healthy ankle is crucial in allowing us to optimize our movements without any pain or discomfort! A “healthy” ankle is comprised of 3 major factors: mobility, balance, and strength. This article will provide you with ways to assess and improve your ankle performance. Start by taking the following tests.

TEST: Ankle Mobility 
(Half Kneeling Dorsiflexion Test)

To perform this test, kneel in front of a wall with about 4-5 inches of separation from your big toe to the wall. Then, push your knee...

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A Step in the Right Direction

You are not alone!

The ankle…probably one of the most taken for granted of all the body parts. You don’t realize how important the ankle is until it isn’t working right.  Not only from a standpoint of pain but also in terms of performance.  

Did you know that the most common orthopedic (muscle/bone) injury is an ankle injury?  More likely to injure your ankle than any other body part. This is true in everyday life, and even more so than while playing sports.

The ankle has multiple degrees of movement. There are plantar flexion and inversion. One of the reasons that people experience ankle injuries so frequently is that an imbalance or weakness may exist.  (Well, that and places like Charleston, SC still have cobblestone roads and don’t understand the idea of creating a flat sidewalk.) When you have weakness and/or lack of proprioception possibly from multiple previous ankle sprains or general deconditioning.  This can lead to...

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Continue Enjoying Your Rounds

“As you walk down the fairway of life, smell the roses, you only get one round.” -Ben Hogan

You love the game of golf, I get it.  We love the game of golf too.  You love the game, not only because it’s fun but, because to you, it’s an escape.  It’s a challenge, a long walk through nature, and by all accounts a means of stress relief.  An excuse to spend time alone, or, with your friends. The game of golf allows you to compete with yourself, compete with your friends, and with your driver! The game of golf is mentally tough enough don’t let injury, tightness, or low-quality movement get in the way. These things are improvable! Don’t play another frustrating round in pain or discomfort! The golf course is a place to conduct business, celebrate achievements, and have fun! Let’s keep it that way!

“The proper score for a businessman golfer is 90. If he is better than that he is neglecting his business....

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15 Reasons Why You, As A CrossFitter, Need Made 2 Move Physical Therapy

  1. Your Shoulder Range of Motion Sucks – Yeah Butterfly Pull Ups & Muscle Ups are cool, but let’s face it, you can’t lockout overhead without bending your elbow….It’s okay, we can help.
  2. Your Thoracic Mobility is Awful – You look like a flying goose when snatching and overhead squatting because your shoulders are taking over and your thoracic spine is being beaten into submission and failing….It’s okay, we can help.
  3. Your Recovery is Non-Existent – Of course, you don’t have enough time to recover, you’ve WODed twice, drank a FitAide, ate a protein bar, used a compex on your face, and you still feel wrecked….It’s ok we can help.
  4. Your Core is Feeble – Yeah your GHDs are on point and your Toes 2 Bar are flowing but is you core game at 100?…It’s ok we can help. 
  5. You Don’t Understand Your Foam Roller – foam rolling for 20 minutes...
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What a Pain in the Neck.

You have neck pain, you know it, and we know it.  You need to read this…

Everyone experiences neck pain from time to time.  Neck pain is rarely the result of a traumatic event but rather an accumulation of stress to the muscles and the joints of the neck and back.  Chronic neck pain is more of an overuse injury than anything else.  It is an overuse injury in the sense that spending time in positions of poor posture can lead to pain and discomfort. Consider this…the average American spends roughly 10 hours, each day, in front of a screen of some kind.  The crazy thing…roughly 4 of those 10 hours is considered leisure time.  In addition to the screen time, consider the time you spend driving, reading and sitting at the dinner table. These are all positions that can lead to increased pain and discomfort.

Why is neck pain so common?  We noted before that prolonged positions, especially in front of a screen are a recipe...

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Limited by Low Back Pain or Stiffness?

Do you feel limited by low back pain or stiffness? Are you looking to get out and play golf, surf, lift weights, run, fish, play soccer, or hangout with the grandkids? Then this is the post for you!

The Reality

Low back pain is one of the most common problems faced in the modern world today. 31 million people are experiencing LBP at any given time. So if you suffer from low back pain, you’re not alone. There can be many causes for low back pain, including sitting at a desk, injuring yourself while working out, or not working out enough.

How Can Made 2 Move Help?

Sometimes low back pain can go away with some heat and some light exercise (like walking), but these may be temporary solutions and occasionally you might need extra help. Instead of loading your body up with medications to mask the pain, find a solution. This is where we come in. We want to help you get back out to do the things you love. Summer is almost here and we don’t want back pain to slow you down. We...

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Knee Pain & Everything You Need to Know

If you have knee pain, you have to read this. 

We all have activities we enjoy and that require us to be in good physical health. Whether it’s walking, golfing, biking, running, lifting weights, or something else entirely, having physical pain can hinder us from doing the things we really enjoy. There are certain pains that can be more debilitating than others. Having severe knee pain, for example, can mean that short morning walk from your car can turn into a long, painful one.



What can cause knee pain?

While the cause of knee pain can vary, some of the most common causes are arthritis, runner’s knee, tendonitis, meniscus tears, and sprained ligaments. Without proper treatment, knee pain can continue to cause pain for years, and you deserve better! It’s important to find the right type of help to ensure that your knee heals properly and that you stay pain-free. At Made2Move Physical Therapy, we’ll determine the best methods to alleviate your knee pain.




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Be a Bulletproof Runner

I know what you’re thinking: not another blog on running; telling me to stretch, do some cross-training, and buy new shoes. Well this one is different… maybe not completely, but we are going to package it in a sweet doughnut with frosting and sprinkles so it goes down easy.

My name is Yves, I am a physical therapist, and I truly love running. I enjoy just going outside, no equipment needed, and running a mile, or two, or more. I have traveled through a lot of fitness arenas and love most of them. Currently, doing Crossfit, especially the olympic lifting, is my new challenge. Running in some form has always been a part of my workout regimen. I’ve completed a few 1/2 marathons, some 5Ks, 10Ks, and I ran one marathon, “Flying Pigs,” in Cincinnati (there were a lot of hills!)

The main thing we want to learn today (and it’s a universal principle no matter what the sport or activity) is that you need to master the basics first, simplify...

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