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Strengthening Your Rotator Cuff

The rotator cuff comprises four muscles that surround our shoulder joints, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. These muscles are responsible for maintaining proper joint alignment during daily and recreational activities that involve reaching overhead, out to the side, in front of us, and behind us. Due to the relatively smaller size of these muscles, they…

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The Enigma of Low Back Pain… Why Nothing Seems to Help.

It is not uncommon for individuals experiencing low back pain to try to self-treat to address their pain and to hold off seeing their primary care physician or physical therapist. Often, this starts with a Google search on treatments, exercises, or stretches to manage their condition. Here is why this can be problematic… There are…

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Trigger Point & Self-Myofascial Release With a Lacrosse Ball

At UBE, our goal is to improve joint mechanics for suitable function and restore appropriate length-tension relationships of soft tissue. Some of our manual treatments involve trigger point release techniques. Some of our patients can replicate these techniques at home using a tennis or lacrosse ball. Trigger points are “knots” within a taut band of…

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Foundational Strength & Why It’s Important

Foundational strength refers to strength and stability surrounding the body’s major joints, typically involving smaller muscle groups. Improving foundational strength improves your overall mechanics and creates a stronger base from which to build upon. Starting an exercise program without first addressing foundational strength can increase the risk of injury and limit your potential for strength…

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Shoveling 101

We live in Maine. There’s bound to be snow. At times, a lot of snow. With all the snow, there is a lot of shoveling many Mainers face. Shoveling snow may be the most physically challenging exercise you face this winter and many times into late fall and early spring. Snow shoveling is a repetitive…

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