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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. 

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:

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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: 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.


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.


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