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Why Does My Jaw Feel Tight?

Posted on by Mick Murphy, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT
Do you wake up in the morning with a tightness in your jaw? Is it hard to open your mouth to yawn or brush your teeth right away? Or maybe you feel some tightness after eating. If this is familiar to you, you may be one of the 5-12% of the population that suffers from TMD. TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorder. It is a general term that describes several conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or associated muscles. These disorders can affect anyone but tend to affect people between 20-40 years old and women more commonly than men. TMD starts as an acute episode, but many people go on to develop chronic symptoms. (more…)

Wrist Exercises To Help You Loosen Up For The Golfing Season

Posted on by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CON
The sun and the temperature have steadily been increasing which means one thing, golf season is back! Now that you are able to get back out onto the course, let’s talk about a few stretches and exercises that you can add to your routine to make sure that you are able to make the most of your season while improving your game. (more…)

I Tried These 5 Stress Management Techniques, And They Changed The Game For My Headaches

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT
Headaches can be difficult to manage and require a multitude of disciplines to be effectively treated. Not to mention that it’s important to reveal the root cause of headaches rather than just treating the symptoms of the headache. There’s also the factor of stress, which seems unavoidable at times. Stress can not only cause mental health and emotional symptoms, but also physical symptoms including chronic pain and headaches. These symptoms that occur due to stress are the body telling us something needs to change. And yes, stress is needed to invoke change, physically and mentally, so how can we manage stress while reducing physical symptoms, specifically headaches? While everyone is different, I tried the techniques below to manage my stress and noticed a significant improvement in my headaches. (more…)

Headache Quiz: What Kind Of Headache Do You Have, And What Can You Do About It?

Posted on by Chelsea Silva, PT, DPT
When it comes to headaches, not all are the same. While they all cause disruption to daily activities and it can be agreed upon that they’re certainly uncomfortable, to find out which type of headache you’re experiencing, and what options you have, take the quiz below: (more…)

Tips From A PT: 8 Ways To Prevent Falling On Stairs

Posted on by Rebecca Pudvah PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS
Falls can occur anywhere at any time, especially when going up and down flights of stairs. Regardless of age or ability, everyone can practice fall prevention to avoid injuries in and out of the home. Looking for a way to keep you or a loved one safe at home? Here is a list of some ways to reduce the risk of falls and injuries on stairs. (more…)

How To Relieve Achy Hands

Posted on by Cara Dart, OTR/L
Do you ever find yourself experiencing achiness or stiffness in your hands? Whether it is from typing on a computer all day, gardening, or even trying to open a jar of pasta sauce, achy hands can really impact your ability to perform daily activities. Luckily, there are several strategies to relieve achy hands so you can complete the tasks that are important to you. (more…)

The Link Between Exercise And A Strong Immune System

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1
Exercise has been long established as a way to help boost immune function. For the general population, it is an easy way to get healthier and help prevent infections during cold and flu seasons and keep their immunity up throughout the year1. There is evidence that exercise can help decrease systemic swelling over time, which is a potent cause of disease and infection in humans, but if you look closer at the research, much of that is by way of excess body weight reduction, specifically visceral fat mass2. While exercise is good, too much can be detrimental to your immune system as well, in fact this is seen in many elite athletes by the frequency of upper respiratory tract infections they develop while training3. (more…)

7 Tips To Prevent Golf Injuries

Posted on by Andrew Cassidy, PT, DPT
Golf is typically viewed as a low-intensity, relaxing outdoor sport. During golf, our bodies are not subjected to the same stress as basketball or running a marathon. That being said, every sport comes with the risk of injury and golf is no different. Amateurs and professionals alike can have golf seasons ruined as a result of a golf-related injury. What many people may not realize, however, is that physical therapists are trained to help you after an injury and prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. (more…)
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