Direct Access

Do you have a musculoskeletal injury or pain, posture or balance problem? All of these can restrain your recreational activities or affect your everyday routine. It is likely a visit to your physician will result in a referral to physical therapy.

Many don't know that in the state of California consumers have direct access to physical therapy. This means that you can see a physical therapist without a referral from the doctor. Click Here to Read More


Office Ergonomics-I Hate My Work Station (Part 1)-By Charles Alexander, PT, DPT

by ksumner, July 17, 2020

                                                I Hate My Work Station (Part 1) Office ergonomics and lifestyle factors have a huge impact over a span of time to our bodies. The gradual stress and strain of work […]


What Is Telehealth?-By Charles Alexander, DPT, PT

by ksumner, May 1, 2020

What is Telehealth? With current circumstances and issues arising due to the shelter in place order, certain measures have been taken to ensure proper continued services in the medical field. One such service includes the use of what is called Telehealth. Telehealth options include communication via telephone and/or use of other means of communication through […]


Just Keep Swimming-By Charles Alexander, DPT, PT

by ksumner, April 27, 2020

  Just Keep Swimming   We offer aquatic therapy here at Burch Physical Therapy to help facilitate patient needs. When  considering aquatic therapy there are some things to consider.   Aquatic therapy is the use of water and the properties of water at different depths to help with various functional goals that can include Stretching […]


Knee pain (part 6) by Charles Alexander, DPT, PT

by jessicag, July 19, 2019

Final Thoughts So to answer the original question: it depends. If you are running just to maintain cardiovascular benefits and typically do not enjoy running, then I would recommend running on a treadmill at moderate intensity for 30-45 minutes at least 3 times per week. If you like to participate in marathon running or more […]


Knee pain (part 5) by Charles Alexander, DPT, PT

by jessicag, June 19, 2019

  Treadmill vs. Free Running One of the most common questions I get as a physical therapist has been about what style of running is better, using a treadmill or free running.  For today’s blog post I will be talking about the pros and cons of treadmill running versus free running in hopes of helping […]


Knee pain (part 4) by Charles Alexander, DPT, PT

by jessicag, May 19, 2019

How can physical therapy help my knee pain? For all of these issues several approaches are taken by physical therapist that can help. Some techniques may include patellar mobilizations (moving the knee cap), stretching the problem areas, strengthening the problem area, taping the patella, or the use of foot orthotics. Moving the kneecap can help […]


Knee pain (part 3) by Charles Alexander, DPT, PT

by jessicag, April 19, 2019

My hips can make my knee hurt? Another possible contribution to PFJ is weakness or tightness of the hip. Common inequalities of tight and weak muscles include: weakness of the quadriceps, tightness in the lateral hip, and tightness in the quadriceps/hamstring/iliotibial band. Weak quadriceps can result in the kneecap not following the intended path within […]


Knee pain (part 2) by Charles Alexander, DPT, PT

by jessicag, March 19, 2019

One of the main contributions to PFJ pain are posture problems. Postural deficits include pes planus or flat foot, tibial torsion, femoral anteversion, or a greater q-angle. Having a flat foot can cause issues to arise at the knee or the hip. With the knee in mind, a flat foot will cause the knee to […]


Human Movement Series (Part 2) The Squat by Michael Hansen, PT, DPT

by jessicag, March 18, 2019

  In part 2 of our human movement blog series we are going to cover the squat. Maybe one of the most highly discussed, debated and confusing movements. There are endless coaches, trainers, Instagram fitness “pros” and medical profession that differ on how they instruct and explain the proper squat. If you want to see […]


Knee pain (part 1) by Charles Alexander, DPT, PT

by jessicag, February 19, 2019

  One of the most common issues seen with the knee is called patellofemoral joint (or PFJ) pain. Patellofemoral joint pain is one of the most common dysfunctions that affects 25-40% of all knee problems within sports medicine clinics. The particular pain is generally defined as pain located behind or around the patella or kneecap. […]