physical therapy

Isometrics

Isometrics: The Secret to Gaining Strength Without Moving a Muscle

by Kimberly Painter, PT, DPT

What does it mean to perform an isometric exercise? 
Isometric exercises are when the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction. (Example: bridges, planks)

Physical Therapist vs. Personal Trainer

Maybe you have some pain in your shoulders and knees that is limiting the activities that you enjoy. Or you might just be wondering where to start with your exercise program. Whatever your needs are, who do you need to work with—a personal trainer or a physical therapist?  

Maybe the question shouldn't be WHO should you work with, but WHEN you should see a physical therapist and personal trainer. If you have an injury or pain that limits your ability to reach your goals, you might want to start with a physical therapist.  However, for higher level goals or as the “next steps” after therapy, personal training might be in order.

Headache?

Headaches can result from a variety of sources, but a common factor that people tend to overlook is faulty postures. Did you know that 20% of headache symptoms are musculoskeletal-related? Poor posture places unnecessary stress on the joints and ligaments in the cervical spine. This could lead to increased muscle tension, improper blood flow, inflammation, and subsequent, pain complaints. By correcting your posture and reducing existing impairments (i.e. muscle tightness, weakness), you could reduce the re-occurrences and intensity of headache symptoms.

The first steps to solving musculoskeletal-related headache symptoms is to be able to identify specific attributes…
 

Direct Access

An Epic Change for Physical Therapy in Illinois: Direct Access

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This year in Illinois, the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) and the professional members have fought hard to have direct access of physical therapy services. The exciting change in physical therapy will help trend health care in a positive direction and one that is focused on the consumer/patient. The Bill has passed the House and Senate in Illinois and the governor has signed it into law. It goes into effect immediately. This is a monumental victory for all patients and the profession of physical therapy in Illinois!

What does Illinois Direct Access in physical therapy mean for you?

Women’s Health Month

May is Women’s Health Month, a national effort to raise awareness of the health issues facing women, and encourage women to take manageable steps toward improving one’s health.

Mettler Center has physical therapy services dedicated to pelvic floor health. We treat women of all ages with pelvic-related problems such as urinary incontinence, unexplained pelvic/abdominal pain, and difficulties with sexual function.

What is Pelvic Floor Therapy
& How Can It Help You?

by Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT

Wednesday, May 16th, 10am in Studio C

Women's Health: Let's Get Real

Let's get real…

Nearly half of all women will experience events in their lifetime (pregnancy and childbirth, weight gain, menopause, etc.) which will impact their pelvic health. And yet, few of these women will seek out help for these issues out of embarrassment or the idea that no treatments exist.

5 Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Don't Ignore These 5 Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

by Dr. Jasmine Evans DPT

Pelvic floor dysfunction is one of the most misunderstood impairments in the musculoskeletal realm. So, what is the pelvic floor? To put it simply, the pelvic floor is a cluster of muscles in a person’s pelvic region that are responsible for several functions, including but not limited to, maintaining continence, assisting with sexual function, and supporting surrounding organs, including the uterus, bladder, and rectum. It is important to acknowledge that both men and women have a pelvic floor, and both are susceptible to dysfunction.

Women's Health: Am I a Candidate?

Let's get real…

Nearly half of all women will experience events in their lifetime (pregnancy and childbirth, weight gain, menopause, etc.) which will impact their pelvic health. And yet, few of these women will seek out help for these issues out of embarrassment or the idea that no treatments exist.

For those "in the know," there is a world of professionals devoted to the treatment of female pelvic floor disorders. Many of these specialists include physical therapists, who are often capable of reducing urinary incontinence, unexplained pelvic or abdominal pain, and difficulties with sexual function.

If you, or someone you know, is dealing with any of these issues, rest assured that pelvic health problems are highly-treatable with physical therapy.

Ease Work-Related Back Pain

Most people with back pain experience difficulty in sitting, and some may even avoid going for long trips. Living with these sort of limitations can be very frustrating. In these types of cases, physical therapy is a must to provide proper treatment. However, a few tips may help to minimize the pain to make the day go easier.

For most cases, pain occurs when stress on the back tissue is too great and is beyond its limit. To minimize the pain is to minimize the stress. Therefore, proper alignment is the key.

First, putting a cushion or a small pillow behind the low back will help to support the back and reduce the stress. When a person sits down, the back has a tendency to curve and some support can counteract that tendency.

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