The Importance of Good Posture

Good posture is vitally important to keep our bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are being used correctly. Ultimately, good posture will reduce strain through ligaments, joints and muscles and will thus help to minimize/ prevent pain. What are the Top 10 Posture Tips to Keep Our Bodies Happy? Pay close
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Video Analysis in Physical Therapy

Introduction Our Physical Therapists use video capture/playback to examine the movements that can cause injury. We can also compare and contrast healthy movement versus injured movement to guide the injured patient back to health. Slowing down an athlete’s movement can pinpoint areas that need rehabilitation or improper movement patterns that may evolve into other problems.
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How to Avoid Long Term Workstation Discomforts

In recent years, we have been hearing more and more about different computer-user related problems. Carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as some degrees of eye strain have been the prominent forerunners in the issues people have been having as a result of regular everyday use of their bodies in unnatural positions. These are not the
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Women’s Health – Dealing with Incontinence

Introduction Losing partial or total control of urine is not “just part of getting old” and is not normal. One in three women are affected by urinary incontinence and some women do not recognize it as a problem. Frequently women are hesitant to talk about this problem as they are often caring for others or
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Trigger Point Dry Needling: It’s Place in Physical Therapy

When 14 year old teenager Justin Skeesick couldn’t train and play baseball competitively because of an intense pain in his pitching shoulder, his parents turned to dry needling. He first had to overcome his fear of needles but his trust in his Dad saw him through. Justin’s Dad tried trigger point dry needling personally for
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Lighting, Low Vision and Falls

Changes to lighting can help prevent falls.  In a research study, adults over the age of 40 had poorer balance in low light situations than in normal lighting. Types of lighting: Incandescent bulbs: less expensive, “warm” light but they do not cast as much light per watt. LED bulbs: more expensive but they last much
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Fall Prevention

Falls often occur after meal times and at night. Falls are often related to toileting and getting in and out of bed and chairs.  Adults with higher fall risks are those with: History of previous falls Cognitive impairment Mobility impairment Environmental Adaptations: Remove hazards (e.g., clutter, throw rugs) Sit in chairs that are not too
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Dealing with Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves that connect the spinal cord to muscles, skin and internal organs. It usually affects the hands and feet, causing weakness, numbness, tingling and pain. Its course is variable – it can come and go, slowly progressing over many years or it can become severe and debilitating.
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Kinesio Taping Helps Speed Up Recovery in Physical Therapy Patients

The history of Kinesio tape Kinesio tape is an elastic tape that is made from a cotton strip and comes with an acrylic adhesive. This tape is commonly used to aid in the recovery of physical therapy patients. The tape was invented in 1970 by Joseph C. Komp. During the first decade of being introduced
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Early Treatment by a Physical Therapist Associated with Reduced Risk of Health Care Utilization and Reduced Overall Health Care Costs

ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 25, 2012 – A new study published in Spine shows that early treatment by a physical therapist for low back pain (LBP), as compared to delayed treatment, was associated with reduced risk of subsequent health care utilization and lower overall health care costs. Using a national database of employer-sponsored health plans, researchers
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