6 Reasons Why the Diaphragm may be the Coolest Muscle in the Body

What if I told you that there is a muscle in your body that is key to giving you good posture and participates in weight lifting between 17,000 and 25,000 times per day? What if I told you it does this without you even knowing it? What muscle do you think that is? Hint: it’s not a heart muscle.
Stumped yet? Check out this great blog by my colleague Jessica Reale to find out the answer. Young athletes of all ages and backgrounds need to learn from a young age the importance of this muscle.

Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS

I have a small confession to make– I love the study of human anatomy. Always have. It was studying human anatomy and physiology that made me shift my undergraduate degree at Gordon College away from “Biology” and into “Movement Science” (which has now become “Kinesiology”… Who would have known that years later, “Movement Science” would have been the coolest name for a major ever? Am I right fellow PTs?). The human body is fascinating and incredible. So, it should come as no shock to you that I have favorite muscles. In PT school, my favorite muscles were the ones with the most fun names… like the Gemelli brothers (who are small hip external rotators) or Sartorius (a thigh muscle…best, if sung to the tune of “Notorious“). Of course, you know that now the pelvic floor muscle group ranks pretty high on that list…but the diaphragm, well… it just takes…

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There is no skill in manual therapy…?

Physical therapists have a vast toolbox of skills to help improve someone’s ability to move. Within that toolbox may be exercise techniques, Pilates, Redcord Neurac, dry needling, other manual therapy techniques, taping, tapping, yelling, cheerleading, lecturing, parenting, inspiring, and mentoring. The truth is, despite what any studies say or any expert will tell you, there is probably not ONE best treatment for any young athlete. I will say no more because Adam (@thesportsphysio) who I follow on twitter really just summed it up best. I’ll let him do the rest of the talking…

The Sports Physio

I’m guessing if you are reading this then you are probably a manual therapist, and probably a little pissed off with the title of my blog that’s just called into question your skill, training and experience! But before you ‘blow a fuse‘ and decide to get all ‘medieval on my arse‘ in the comments section, please hear me out and continue to read on a little further!

So a few weeks ago, just for a change, I posted a controversial tweet that said “There is NO technical skill needed in ANY manual therapy. Except for red flag/safe application”

It had a mixed response, some agreeing, some disagreeing and the odd smart arsed remark. So I thought I would expand on this a bit more and explain my reasons for saying this, why I think this way and of course, as always, some evidence to back…

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Navigating These Reimbursement Waters

Young athletes deserve the highest quality of care. They may be young, active, and often have fewer complicated impairments as their adult counterparts. However, this does not mean that they deserve to be seen at the same time as more than one patient or by any provider other than a PT. Kids and teens have special needs that differentiate them from adults–their cognitive processing and ability to understand movement and exercise concepts often requires more attention than the average adult. Read this great post from my colleague, friend and boss about the ever changing waters and defnitions of what is “quality” physical therapy.