Some of my favorite parts of December are my two posts on What I Learned in 2012 and my top posts of 2012. I love looking back on the year and reviewing what I had published and what YOU, the reader, found interesting!
2012 in Review
A bunch of great stuff happened in 2012, here are a few highlights:
- We really grew online this year, introducing my Inner Circle premium membership program, and RehabWebinars.com, by far the best educational site on the web. I am proud to be affiliated with these AdvancedCEU programs and can’t believe how popular they have been. It has been fun.
- We had a 67% increase in visitors to this website in comparison to 2011! That is a huge increase.
- This was partly due to a 5% increase in international visitors, a goal that I am proud of and love the fact that we are reaching new people!
- In total people from 195 different countries visited this site. Thanks to that one dude in Swaziland that visited! They didn’t come back for a second visit but they did spend 2 minutes and 24 seconds reading!
- I was surprised to see that the #1 web browser that accessed this site was Safari, followed by Internet Explorer, no doubt due to how many people are viewing this from an iPhone or iPad.
- Probably the stat I am most happy with was the % of people searching Google and finding this site with the search term “Mike Reinhold” had decreased significantly! Yeah, you guys are starting to spell my name right!
Top Posts for 2012
Below is a list of the most read posts of 2012. The list is in no specific order, as an article published in January will naturally get more traffic than something published a month ago.
- Assessing the Sacroiliac Joint: The Best Tests for SI Joint Pain. I really liked this article, and it was technically the most read article of 2012. This will make you think a little bit next time you evaluate the SI joint.
- Trigger Point Dry Needling for Lateral Epicondylitis. This articles was a great guest post from Ann Wendel and easily the most commented on article I will probably ever publish. I even had to shut down the commenting at times and moderate, something I never thought I would have to do here! It will take you three days to read all of the discussion. What an amazing response this was, with so many brilliant people contributing their thoughts and experience. Whatever your belief, this is worth reading just to see all the different perspectives.
- 3 Myths of Scapula Exercises. This articles was just recently published but was easily the most read article of 2012 since. I’ll have to work on some other “myth” articles in 2013.
- Best iPad Apps for Physical Therapy. Who doesn’t love new iPad apps?
- Core Stability From the Inside Out. Another great guest post, this time from Hans Lindgren in Australia. I really liked this article and should serve as an intro article for everyone that is starting to think about the core, the role of the diaphragm, and breathing function.
- Glute Bridge Exercise Progressions for Rotary Stability. Here is an exercise to progress your glute bridge exercises to include core stabilization. Essentially adding a rotary component to a posterior chain exercise. I use this exercise all the time.
- Rotary Stability Planks and Advanced Rotary Stability Plank Progressions. Two more posts on adding a rotary component to an anterior chain core exercise.
- A Simple and Effective Gluteus Medius Exercise. Probably more simple than you would guess! Just shows you sometimes simple is best!
- What 15 Top Experts Are Doing Differently This Year. I love themes like this. Each year I try to poll several experts on a question. I like asking people this question. You can learn a lot about someone that when asked what they are doing differently this year simply reply with a “not much!”
- Kneeling Hip Thrust. Bret Contreras’ hip thrust exercise is great for glute development. In this article I show a regression for the rehab or dysfunctional mobility person that needs to work on hip hinge and extension prior to really loading the exercise. Another exercise I use all the time.
- Assessing and Treating Loss of Knee Extension Range of Motion. Loss of knee extension is still one of the biggest complications of knee surgery. Read this and make it a thing of the past.
- The Influence of Anterior Pelvic Tilt on Hip Flexion Mobility. Another post with the them of “alignment before mobility before stability” that I have been preaching lately.
Breathing and Low Back Pain: Is There a Correlation?. This was an interesting article showing that people with back pain breathe differently.
What is Coming Up in 2013?
I always have a huge lists of projects I want to complete each year, but here is a sneak peak of what I am working on for next year:
- I promise I will finish my educational program on instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, IASTMtechnique.com. I have been working on this for over a year now and it always gets put to the “to-do” pile when other projects come up. But I have been talking about this for too long and too many people have been begging me to finish! I am planning something short and sweet and very affordable, just a small program teaching you the basics to get you started. I am looking forward to this and will get it done, I promise.
- I am working on the next component of the Functional Stability Training Integrated Rehabilitation and Performance System, the follow up to Functional Stability Training for the Core.
- I have a super special surprise coming in 2013! My online CEU program for the shoulder at ShoulderSeminar.com was so hugely popular that I am super excited to be working on a similar project, but this time a different body part! Let’s just say that it isn’t the shoulder, the body part rhymes with “Glee,” and I am co-authoring it with someone that rhymes with “Wevin Kilk.” This will be good…
Happy holidays and hope everyone has a great 2013!