Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, where the spine goes sideways instead of being in correct alignment. It is most often diagnosed in otherwise healthy adolescents just before puberty as well as in those with other health conditions, such as cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis. For severe cases of scoliosis, wearing a brace or undergoing corrective surgery may be required. In addition to, or instead of, these measures, physical therapy can be beneficial even for mild cases of scoliosis. Here are some of the ways that physical therapy can help with scoliosis.
If you are suffering from an injury or chronic pain condition, manual physical therapy may be able to help. Physical therapy is a broad-based field that treats disorders of functional movement. The goal is to restore function and range of motion while eliminating pain. Manual physical therapy is a specific type of physical therapy that is generally used in conjunction with other forms of physical therapy. Here is what you should know. Continue reading “What You Should Know About Manual Physical Therapy”
Myofascial release therapy (MFR) helps to alleviate tightness and shortening in the muscles. Many people seek this treatment after an injury or when coping with chronic pain in a part of the body that contains soft tissue, such as the shoulder, back, or hip. Myofascial release can also help alleviate symptoms of such conditions as migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Here is what you should know. Continue reading “Understanding Myofascial Release”
Physical therapy is a broad field that encompasses all sorts of treatments for functional movement disorders. Physical therapy attempts to identify areas of restricted movement, alleviate pain, and restore full mobility. Although there are many different techniques, all can be loosely categorized into several main types.
Everyone has a poor night’s sleep now and then, whether due to stress or jet lag. In general, one lost night of sleep will leave you feeling miserable but will not have long-lasting effects on your mind or body. The more nights in a row that you have disturbed sleep, though, the more compounding effects you will experience. Here are a few tips for better sleep.
Temperature therapy is highly useful in treating all sorts of pain, inflammation, and muscle stiffness, regardless of the cause. It is inexpensive and easy to use. Yet many people are unsure which situations call for ice, and which would be better treated with heat. As a general rule, ice is best for acute injuries, inflammation, and swelling, while heat works better for muscle stiffness or pain. Here are some more details. Continue reading “Ice vs. Heat: When to Use Which Treatment”
Although they can occur throughout the body, repetitive strain injuries generally affect the wrists and hands, forearms and elbows, or shoulders and neck. They can affect many different structures including the muscles, nerves, and tendons. You may receive a specific diagnosis such as bursitis, tendonitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Continue reading “Repetitive Strain Injuries: What You Should Know”
Whether you have just been referred to a physical therapist or have been in physical therapy for some time, there are still many things you may not know. Physical therapy is a vast, complex field of practice that is full of surprises. Here are 6 things you probably didn’t know about physical therapy. Continue reading “6 Things You Didn’t Know About Physical Therapy”
Handheld technology is evolving rapidly, forcing our bodies to constantly adapt to new smartphones, tablets, and other devices. With a staggering 95% of Americans owning a cell phone, 77% owning a smartphone, and 50% owning a tablet, there are innumerable opportunities for hand and wrist injuries. In fact, nearly 15,000 Americans per year are now treated for these injuries, and age does not seem to be a contributing factor. Constant use of devices is our new reality, and so are wrist and hand injuries. Here are some ways to protect yourself. Continue reading “Protecting Your Hands While Using Handheld Devices”
You may be aware that good posture is essential for overall health and well-being, but you may not realize just how important proper sleeping posture can be. After all, you spend roughly a third of your life in bed. Fortunately, following a few simple tips can dramatically improve your sleeping posture, giving you a boost in feeling your best while you are awake. Continue reading “5 Tips for Improved Sleeping Posture”