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Exercise as Medicine for Mental Health

Posted on by Kayla Hutton, ATC
Many of us are currently facing more stresses and anxieties than we are used to and being forced to find new ways to cope and get our mental health under control. One method we may consider is utilizing physical activity and allowing the various intrinsic benefits to help us out. While the benefits are numerous, let’s look at a few key reasons to begin exercising for our sanity and mental health. (more…)

Tips for Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

Posted on by Shelia Tenny, OTR/L, CHT
You may have heard of the conditions tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, but did you know you can suffer from these conditions even if you don’t play either sport? Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow can occur when there is inflammation, overuse or degeneration of the tendons at the elbow. (more…)

Six Tips for At-Home Fitness for Dancers

Posted on by Kathleen Warner, PT, DPT, Performing Arts Specialty
Co-author: Derrick Agnoletti, Joffrey Ballet Company Dancer The majority of the country has adopted shelter in place policies, which means many of our daily routines have been disrupted. For Joffrey Ballet dancer Derrick Agnoletti, this means being unable to attend daily ballet class and rehearsals with his colleagues. As a physical therapist, I am adjusting treatment sessions in order to continue to connect with patients safely. Here is some advice for dancers who are similarly adjusting to training at home. (more…)

Self-Care for Social Distancing

Posted on by Eliza Barter, LAT, ATC
COVID-19 has impacted each of us and continues to change our lives every day. The constantly changing news and disruption to our lives has caused us to confront a primal emotion we do not often feel: fear. Fear has forced us into survival mode and increased our stress levels. Practicing self-care is one way to reduce your stress and respond to it in a healthier way. The truth is, we are all trying to cope the best we can. Sometimes, stepping back to work on our mindset is what we need to get through the hard times. (more…)

Why Is My Thumb Sore?

Posted on by Shelia Tenny, OTR/L, CHT
If you are in your fourth or fifth decade of life, or beyond, and have begun experiencing pain in the base of your thumb and wrist, it could be a symptom of osteoarthritis of the CMC (carpo-meta-carpal) joint. This is also sometimes referred to as basal joint arthritis. (more…)

Workout at Home with these Household Items

Posted on by Emily Putney ATC, LAT, ITAT
So you’re stuck at home and can’t get to the gym to workout, now what? Not everyone has access to gym equipment, but this doesn’t have to mean you can’t get in a good workout. Many everyday items can be used as exercise equipment, you just have to be creative! (more…)

What is Proper Running Etiquette?

Posted on by Athletico
If you’re a runner, you may have had the experience where you pass a fellow runner and you’re just not sure what to do – do you wave? Smile? Flash the peace sign? There must be a signal we can use to show support for one another. (more…)

What is Occupational Therapy?

Posted on by Gary S. Johnson, MSOT, OTR/L, MBA
As April begins and Occupational Therapy Month kicks off, I am again reminded of why I am proud to call myself an Occupational Therapist. The work that my fellow Occupational Therapists are doing on a daily basis is not only growing and advocating for a profession that is over 100 years old, but also advancing research throughout all healthcare rehabilitation settings. For a profession that has been around for over a century, there are still many people who have never heard of Occupational Therapy or what we do. Read below as I explain: (more…)
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