Aquatic therapy has been utilized by physical therapists for many decades with the purpose of assisting patients with reaching their goals using the unique properties of the water. Metter Center partners with the YMCA to treat patients with this same purpose in mind. The water allows the therapist to treat a variety of patients who otherwise have a difficult time completing exercises and activities in a traditional physical therapy setting.
Our Physical Therapy team has had the privilege of working with many elite athletes over the years. We would like you to meet local speedskater, Theron Sands, who shows us every setback is a chance to make an even greater comeback! In his own words, he explains he is even stronger after going through surgery and physical therapy rehabilitation.
I achieved success (second place overall and world champion of the 3000 and 5000 meter events, including breaking the 5000 meter world record six times in the last 12 months) at the World Masters Speedskating level at age 52.
"When should I use hot or cold for an injury?" is one of the most common questions I get from patients. Before we answer it, let’s first review the effects of hot and cold.
Effect of Heat
When heat is applied to a superficial area, it increases the blood flow to that region. An increase in blood flow means more nutrient is brought to the area, and thus, healing is promoted. Heat, in general, reduces the viscosity of body fluid and so improves the overall flexibility of the soft tissue.
Effect of Cold
Use of cold, on the contrary, reduces the tissue metabolic activity. Hence, it greatly reduces the swelling produced by injury. In addition, it numbs the nerve endings, and so decreases pain.
If you’re anything like me you have your entire world on your cell phone. Contact information, a calendar full of appointments, important emails and even more important baby pictures. It is estimated that the average adult checks his or her cell phone 85 times a day. That equates to 23 days a year or 3.9 years of your life that you spend staring at that small screen. High school-aged individuals spend an additional 5,000 hours a year on their phones compared to the rest of us. It is apparent how important cell phones are in our lives and especially in our teen’s lives. The issue is that our bodies are not made to maintain this typical “cell phone posture” for long periods of time. This means that people are getting injured and an alarming amount of teens and adolescents with “text neck” pain are popping up in physical therapy clinics.
Summer is almost here and people have already resumed running as their regular workout. It is not uncommon for people to end up injuring themselves from running. This is especially true for those new to the activity.
Running is a high-impact, repetitive activity. The stress to the joints is great because the entire body's weight plus momentum from running is on one single leg at a time. It is more than double that of walking. It is like walking, however, in that the repetitive nature places stress on the same joints again and again over time.
Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT demonstrates three quick and simple upper body stretches that you can perform while sitting at your desk. These stretches are often helpful for reducing muscle tightness caused by prolonged sitting.