physical therapy

What Do You Know About Exercise?

Exercise seems to be such a common word. Especially, nowadays with people so health and fitness conscious. With all of the exercise that is occurring, how much of it is specific and purpose-orientated?

Exercise & Medication

“Exercises” to physical therapists are like medication to doctors. They are prescribed for a condition, with a particular purpose behind it, and with a specific dosage. As with medicine, use of one exercise may be helpful for one condition but, maybe, harmful for another. And the intensity of an exercise is like the dosage of a medication people take. Too much can cause more harm, and too little will be ineffective. It's true that some people experience good results after doing some exercises they learned from television. This is because some exercises, like ibuprofen, have more general effect for a wide range of condition. However, the effect is usually limited.

Advancing Therapy 20 Yrs Later

For over two decades, Dr. Paul Mettler and the Mettler Center physical therapy team have been at the forefront of hands-on treatment for various aches, pains and diagnoses. This has led to thousands of very successful and satisfied patients over the years.

The key ingredient has been the Mettler Release Technique (MRT®) / Dermo-Myofascial Release® (DMR), an innovative and highly effective treatment to address stiffness and tightness in the connective tissue of our bodies. This treatment, unique only to Mettler Center, has been successfully used on thousands of patients over the past 20 years.

What Is Physical Therapy?

October is the national month of Physical Therapy. This profession has been around for over 100 years. With the increasing growth of the aged population, physical therapy is more in demand than what it has been. However, I wonder how much people actually know about physical therapy.

What is Physical Therapy?

As the name applies, physical therapy uses the physical means to achieve the purpose of rehabilitation. It can be in the form of manual therapy (use of hands), electrical therapy (such as ultrasound, iontophoresis, SWD, IFC, TENS, etc), hydrotherapy (use of water), traction (use of mechanical force), and all kinds of exercises. The goal is to rehabilitate a person to his maximum potential.

Types of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy can also be divided into different categories, according to an area of specialty or age group. The following list has some examples:

Physical Therapy Month 2015

Join us in celebrating National Physical Therapy Month this October.

Pain Assessments

Is pain or discomfort holding you back? Meet with a therapist who will assess your pain and provide options for care. Complimentary assessments to evaluate:

  • Neck & Shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Hip & Back
  • Arm, Elbow & Wrist
  • Knee, Ankle & Foot

Take the first step toward recovery with a complimentary 30-minute pain assessment. Schedule at the physical therapy desk.

Proper Lifting Technique

Most people experience some sort of back pain in their lives. In many cases, the problem can be traced back and related to the way a person carries their bodies and their habit of doing things. I will write more in-depth about the ways to take care of the back next month. This month I will focus on the proper lifting techniques, since people suffer micro- and macro-injuries from lifting.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Does pool therapy or aquatic therapy sound like a strange concept? Hydrotherapy (also known as aquatic therapy or pool therapy) basically means "therapy in water," and has been around for a while. However, its use may not be as popular as it should be. (I think one reason is the maintenance of a pool can be costly.)

Property of Water

Water has two great properties which can be used in therapy. One is the buoyancy and the other is its isokinetic resistance.

Buoyancy
Because the human body is slightly less dense than water, our body's weight is supported in a pool. The more the immersion, the more supported it will be. This "low-impact" activity is very helpful for those people who cannot walk because of pain upon weight bearing activity, such as those with arthritis in the knee or hip.

Fibromyalgia, Part 2

Last time I talked about the diagnostic definition of fibromyalgia. This time I will continue to discuss another unique clinical feature of this syndrome, and that is the low pain tolerance of this patient group, especially toward pressure. This will further lead us to discuss the concept of central sensitization.

Total Psychological?
When a heavy coat is put on our shoulder or someone puts their hand on our shoulder, we feel an associated weight or pressure. However, people with fibromyalgia may feel the pressure painful. The perception of the same amount of physical stimuli is different between normal and fibromyalgia. Is it psychological? Or, is there any physiological explanation?

Sensory Stimulus to Interpretation

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