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Exercising After An Injury

How do you know when to come back to exercise after an injury?

Injury is a normal part of life and it happens to everyone. You can do all you can to try and prevent injuries from happening (and these preventative measures are a great thing), but at some point people DO get injured, whether that is from playing a sport, gardening too long, rigorous travel, picking up your grandchild, or having a stressful job. 

Pregnancy and Physical Therapy

"If your primary doctor or OB/GYN is not discussing your pelvic health, then bring it up."

pregnant physical therapyPhysical therapists have a much bigger role in treating pregnant and postpartum women than many people, including healthcare practitioners, may know. Physical therapists in general have a responsibility to assist women with returning to physical activity following childbirth. Yet, therapists who are certified in women’s health, have a greater role and capability in helping women address some of the common conditions and symptoms that arise during pregnancy and in the postpartum stage.

6 Causes of Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability and injury in the United States today.

Billions of dollars are spent on the treatment of back pain each year—ranging from surgery to conservative treatment approaches such as physical therapy. Much less money, however, is spent on the prevention of back pain and treating back pain early on.

Low back pain can be caused by many different factors or a combination of factors. The following are six of the more common causes of back pain and the reason people will go see their medical provider:

low back pain physical therapy

Ergonomics for Parents

"As parents, your first instinct is to forget about yourself to take care of the newborn baby."

physical therapy ergonomics, baby in cribThe days, weeks, and the months following a new addition to the family is a joyous time for parents. But, it can also take quite a toll on their bodies. This, in turn can lead to injuries. Oftentimes, we think of injuries in terms of sports or a recreational activity. However, parenting can make you susceptible to injury due to poor body mechanics or to strain from repetitive movements. 

How Much Exercise?

We all know story of Goldilocks and the three bears, but did you know that this story actually holds true for your body as well? I think we can all agree that neither of the extremes are good choices.

According to John Hopkins, never exercising can lead to an increased risk of:

  • coronary artery disease
  • serum lipid abnormalities
  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • obesity
  • colon cancer

Too much exercise is also bad because it will not give your body the proper time to rest and recover. This has the potential to lead to break down of tissue and injuries that could have been avoided. 

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…
 

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