FLEXBOARD - healing your body one calf stretch at a time

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Welcome to Flexboard

The Flexboard is a therapeutic, preventative and health maintenance apparatus/device used to stretch the Achilles/calf muscles and tendons.

The Flexboard is designed to effectively stretch and maintain flexibility of the Achilles tendon and muscles in everyone!! The Flexboard can be used by including but not limited to, athletes, physical therapy patients, at risk geriatric and elders, people with neurologic disorders, teenagers and all healthy people.

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  • Got a Bad Back?
  • Core Strengthening
  • Health Benefits
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Got a Bad Back? 5 Tips to Help

Consider various causes of bad back. Are you achy, tight or feel spasms across the back?

Things you do every day contribute to your bad back. Tight muscles, poor body mechanics and dehydration are a few causes. Further, prolong sitting and also bending over can cause back pain.

People don't realize that back pain can come from tightness in the calves, hamstrings, hip rotators or hip flexors. Long static positions such as sitting too long can irritate the back and contribute to back pain. Disc dehydration can also cause back pain. Weakness in the muscles that work on the spine can cause back pain.

Consider these 5 tips: 1. Stretch (especially stretch your 'posture' muscles - the calves); 2. Body mechanics - avoid bending over; 3. Avoid sitting longer than 30 min.; 4. Drink 8 glasses of water a day (more if you also drink caffeine); 5. Strengthen your Core (try bridges exercise)

So don't just take it easy, take these simple tips to make changes for a healthier back.

 
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Core Strengthening

Did you know 8 out of 10 people suffer with back pain sometime in their life? An important factor is to keep the spinal muscles strong; strengthen the core.

The core refers to the muscles in front of the spine (abdominal's), behind the spine and to the sides of the spine. The core includes the hip and buttock muscles too. Thus, the core refers to the midsection around the lower spine.

A strong back and abdominal muscles (core) are important for every day activities (lifting groceries, lifting your toddler, lifting gym bag, unloading the dishwasher, vacuuming, etc.). It is important to strengthen the core performing various back exercises (a popular exercise is the Bridge Exercise, where one lies on their back with knees bent, feet on floor, and then lifts their buttocks off the floor). In addition to strengthening the core for a good back, it is important to adhere to good posture and body mechanics, and especially good flexibility starting at the bottom (the calves).

Remember, having a strong core comes from good alignment and flexibility up the chain. It starts with the 'posture muscles', the calves. One must have proper length of calves, or proper flexibility, or there will be altered mechanics and undo forces up the chain (up the legs from the feet to knees, hips and especially affecting the low back). Thus, core strengthening and stretching the calves/achilles are so important.

So next time you have an achy back; ask yourself; have I strengthened my core and stretched properly.

 
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Health Benefits Achieved Through Improving Posture

by Susan Meyerson, PTA

The words I use most often in physical therapy when teaching patients about posture are:  symmetry, neutral alignment, equal weight bearing, and frequent posture breaks. These are all important skills for improving flexibility, strength and balance, which translate to decreased pain, increased performance and overall better health.  How is this possible, and can we improve posture at any age or stage?  Absolutely! That’s our specialty as Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.

The body was made, for the most part, to be symmetrical. The spine has specific curves important for supporting our head, and our pelvis connects our spine to our legs. If we don’t have symmetry at our hips, then our spine can develop unnatural curves, from side to side. We must also have symmetry from front to back.  If our ears don’t line up with our shoulders and hips, we can develop neck and back pain.  If we have tight hamstring and calf muscles, we can develop low back pain and balance disorders.

One product that is most helpful for achieving better posture from the ground up is the “Therapist - Invented” FlexBoard. It’s specifically designed to allow for symmetry of the spine while stretching the muscles that can cause postural deficits. Its patented angle and design make it the most effective product on the market.  It’s sturdy enough to be used in a gym or weight room, but also practical to have at home for use 3-5 times a day. It’s always best to see your doctor with specific concerns.  PTs and PTAs can provide education and exercises for your specific needs. But the FlexBoard is something you can do to improve your postural health – Everyday!