TRX: A New Technique

In 2005, former Navy SEAL commander Randy Hetrick introduced a new training method called TRX to the fitness world. After serving his country for 14 years, Hetrick discovered that a simple set of sturdy straps – upgraded with cushy handles and new hardware that optimizes home training – could greatly increase mobility, flexibility and core strength in its users.

That was then, but this is now: TRX is one of the most popular, up-and-coming, efficient ways to re-program your body’s core muscles and movements without hitting the gym. In fact, many of these isometric exercises accomplish what gym workouts sometimes never address.

Jason Villareal, Therapydia Portland’s clinic director, employs TRX in his physical therapy techniques. So for those of you who are curious about the methods and equipment, this short video from TRX helps illustrate how it works and its possible impacts.

Why Physical Therapy?

This video from the American Physical Therapy Association helps illustrate just how physical therapy works and why it can benefit a range of physiological issues — from joint pain and sore muscles to sports injuries and even “preventive” measure to avoid surgery. With physical therapy, you don’t have to end up on the operating table.

One of the key differences between physical therapy and, say, visiting the chiropractor, is that physical therapy tends to be less intense. We tend to use less invasive methods to increase your range of motion and flexibility. We’re also a cheerleader for progress that’s with you every step of the way.

Understanding Pain

What is pain, where does it come from, and how do I conquer it? These basic questions are essential to your recovery, and this clever video literally “illustrates” the finer points of preventing persistent pain.

There are many things to consider. As you will see, it’s not as simple as popping a pill or hopping on an operating table. One must really look at the issue holistically, as if it were part of a larger picture, and use the latest evidence-based techniques to solve it. That’s what we do at Therapydia Portland.

We’re new to the Portland physical therapy scene, but we’re not rookies. Clinic Director Joshua Zavertnik uses multiple techniques to guide your body to its ultimate goal of healing itself.  But this process is a partnership, and it helps when the patient understands exactly what his or her body is trying to tell them.