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”
Working in front of a computer can be surprisingly hard on your body, especially if your posture is less than ideal. Hunching your shoulders, slumping in your seat, or bending over too far can cause pain all the way down your back, from the neck and shoulders to the lower back. It is also a common cause of headaches. Fortunately, regularly stretching coupled with regular breaks can go a long way toward reducing these issues. Here are some basic stretches you can do in the office. Continue reading “6 Basic Stretches for Office Workers”
If you have been referred to a physical therapist, you probably have quite a few questions. After all, physical therapy is unlike anything that many people have experienced. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your appointment. Here is what to expect. Continue reading “What to Expect at Your First Physical Therapy Appointment”
If you have undergone an injury or illness that affects your movement, you may be referred for both physical therapy and occupational therapy. There is a great deal of confusion between the two, and some people believe that they are the same thing. However, there are some significant differences as well as a few similarities. Here is what you should know. Continue reading “The Differences Between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy”
If you or a loved one suffer from fibromyalgia, you understand exactly how debilitating it is. It is a life-altering condition that leaves you feeling achy all over. Even the slightest movements can cause muscle pain or burning. Because you’re so limited in what you can do physically, you feel drained emotionally.
The fact that many fibromyalgia sufferers suffer from insomnia and depression is completely understandable. While most people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia take prescription medications to combat pain, depression, and insomnia, there is no “magic pill” that will alleviate the symptoms. The best opportunity for relief is to combine the medications your doctor recommends with a comprehensive physical therapy regimen tailored specifically to provide relief from fibromyalgia pain.
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Sports carry an undeniable list of benefits, from physical fitness to team camaraderie to boosting mood and self-confidence. For professional athletes, sports can be a highly lucrative career. However, all sports also carry a risk of injury. Sports rehabilitation, or overcoming an injury in a way that allows a full return to the sport, is absolutely critical for injured athletes, and physical therapy is a key component. Here is what you should know about the role of physical therapy in sports rehabilitation. Continue reading “The Role of Physical Therapy in Sports Rehabilitation”