Movement Improvement: Life hacks from a physical therapist for the Tahoe athlete
Whether you’ve seen all those infomercials over the years, online ads these days or things that have caught your eye in a sporting goods store, I’m sure you’ve noticed there are lots of devices and gadgets being sold to help with your fitness needs. As a physical therapist, I do agree with some of the concepts out there to help with things such as flexibility. However, why should you spend $30 on something you may already have a version of in your house?
For the average athlete here in Meyers and South Lake Tahoe, money isn’t something to just throw around, so being creative comes in handy. I have always kept this in mind with my patients, and the following are some of my life hacks for getting around the expense, but still getting the tool you need. Instead of “the stick” for massaging tight calf and other leg muscles, use a rolling pin out of the kitchen drawer or that empty wine bottle you might have laying around. For stretches that require a strap, like certain hamstring stretches, instead of buying a yoga strap, you can use your dog’s leash or a rolled up sheet / towel lengthwise. Need to self-massage bottoms of your feet, that tight hip muscle or those spots around your shoulder blades? Use a tennis ball (if that’s not enough intensity for you, try a Lacrosse ball).
One device I do recommend investing in is the foam roller. Relatively low initial investment with multiple uses for many years, for flexibility, self-massage/mobilizations and even core stability work.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Dr. Kermit Jones got nearly 100,000 views on Twitter of his video announcement in September of his candidacy for the U.S. House seat held by Tom McClintock, an Elk Grove Republican whose 4th Congressional District…