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Is Your Ankle Mobility Holding Back Your Running

Posted on by Andrew Cassidy, PT, DPT
Runners are known to push into pain in pursuit of their goals. Setting a new 5k PR or training for a marathon involves an unavoidable degree of discomfort. However, some nagging aches and pains are our body’s way of telling us something needs fixing. Whether you are a rearfoot or forefoot runner, a large amount of force goes through your ankle when you run1. While knee or ankle pain could be normal delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) from running, it could also be related to ankle mobility2. (more…)

Motion Is Lotion: How To Stay Moving When Living With Osteoarthritis

Posted on by Brian Whittington, PT, DPT, CMTPT
Arthritis affects 24% of American adults, is the leading cause of work disability1, and accounts for approximately $303 billion of the $4.1 trillion yearly healthcare cost. With 21% of the population estimated to be 65+ by 2030, arthritis management will be an increasingly prevalent topic. While exercise is one of the best treatments for arthritis, inevitably, the question arises of how to keep moving when living with arthritis. The answer begins with understanding that exercise is not the enemy. (more…)

Can Dry Needling Help Sciatica Pain?

Posted on by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CON
You or somebody you know has probably had an episode of low back pain that radiates into one or both legs. This is commonly referred to as sciatica. The sciatic nerve travels from the low back through the hips, glutes, and down into your lower leg. These symptoms are usually caused by disc involvement at a specific segment of the spine applying pressure to the nerve or a tight muscle a bit farther down the line, compressing the nerve. (more…)

Beginner Workout Plan You Can Take To The Gym

Posted on by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CON
Getting into the gym that first time can be pretty intimidating. Especially with that guy screaming in the corner as he deadlifts 400 lbs. Below, we’ll go over a plan you can bring into the gym on your first week and progress independently when you feel comfortable. If you experience any pain while exercising, stop and seek help from a physician or a physical therapist. (more…)

Occupational Therapy Or Hand Therapy? How To Decide Which Is Best For You

Posted on by Janet Apgar, OTR/L, CHT, ASTYM-cert

Occupational Therapy

When you think of Occupational Therapy, do you think "work”? Many do! But that is too narrow. Occupational Therapy focuses on returning the student, client, or patient to daily tasks they need/want to do throughout their life. These functional tasks are labeled “occupations” and include feeding, dressing, bathing, house and yard chores, meal preparation, school work, driving, caregiving, recreation, and work too! This list is not exhaustive, and the different “occupations” importance varies with age, injury/illness, and individual goals. For example, in pediatrics, an Occupational Therapist obviously will not work on driving skills with a preschooler. Occupational Therapists evaluate and collaborate with the individual to implement a customized treatment plan and re-evaluate with functional outcome measures to assess progress toward the individual's goals. (more…)

Should Gymnasts Lift Weights?

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Gymnasts are strong, and they have to be to do their amazing tumbling passes, hang and spin on the bars, and perform their routines on beam or pommel horse. Weight lifting is a common way that many athletes build strength. However, in the gymnastics world, weight lifting has mixed reactions. Historically, many gymnastic coaches and athletes have discouraged weight lifting routines as they may “bulk” up the athlete. Gymnasts need to maintain certain agility and flexibility to perform their skills and be able to fly through the air. The question becomes, “can a gymnast lift weights for strengthening purposes without causing harm?” (more…)

How to Rock Your Cheerleading Tryouts

Posted on by Ashley Kovalcik, PTA
Cheerleading has become one of the fastest-growing sports, and it is no surprise why! Cheerleading has evolved into an activity involving gymnastics, stunts, jumps, and dance jam-packed into a three-minute routine, while most times simultaneously cheering for your school. We hope these tips help you feel more prepared for your big day! (more…)

5 Tips For Better Sleeping Throughout Pregnancy

Posted on by Chelsea Silva, PT, DPT
Being well-rested and getting enough sleep are vital in a healthy pregnancy. Your body is building a baby, which takes a lot of energy! Although sleeping is important during this time, there are many obstacles to getting good sleep when pregnant. With pregnancy comes body aches and pains, leg cramps, the extra weight that can lead to shortness of breath, and insomnia due to changing hormones. Here are 5 tips for prioritizing sleep, despite these hurdles. (more…)
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