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Returning to Exercise Postpartum

Posted on by Dawn Klos, ASTYM cert
After giving birth, a lot of questions arise on how to return to a workout program safely once cleared by your doctor. Every birth is different (vaginal delivery vs caesarian section), so it’s important to discuss with your doctor before returning to exercise. Typically, walking and gentle exercises are permitted immediately after birth, but most doctors do not clear women for impact activities until at least 6 weeks postpartum. Certain women’s recoveries will be longer, and it is important to ease into abdominal strengthening. Starting a vigorous workout too early can cause problems such as incontinence or prolapse of the pelvic floor (when organs in the pelvis slip down from their normal position). (more…)

Stretch for Success: 10 Exercises & Stretches To Help Improve Your Posture

Posted on by Michael K. Glynn, PT, DPT
Working from home has been a major change in many people’s life during 2020. One of the downsides may be the increased sedentary time. Unless you have committed to a daily exercise routine, you may lose activities such as walking to your car and walking into the office, doing a flight of stairs to get in your building, or rushing over to a meeting down the hall. With winter on the way, it may be even more difficult to get in a walk outside at lunch. Here are ten stretches and activities that you can do to improve posture throughout the day, increase your activity level, and decrease pain from constantly sitting. (more…)

Why is My Finger Stuck?

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT
Our hands are some of the most complex and delicate structures of our body. If your fingers have ever gotten “stuck,” know this could be caused by two conditions: Dupuytren’s Contracture or Trigger Finger. These conditions can often be confused for one another. Continue reading to learn more about these conditions, their symptoms along with treatment options. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2020: Week 12

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
This Thanksgiving, be sure to adjust your Fantasy Football lineup before you sit down to gobble up turkey and watch football! As we head into Week 12 of the NFL football season, teams have their eyes on a spot in the playoffs. For tips on who to sit and who to start, Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, is providing insight into player injuries that are impacting teams around the league. The Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report is a helpful resource put together on a weekly basis to assist fantasy players in starting their best lineups. (more…)

Winter is Coming: How to Avoid Slips & Spills

Posted on by Brianna Brackin, PT, DPT
It’s that time of year yet again, where fall turns the outdoors into a blustery obstacle course for many of us living in the Midwest. Despite popular belief, it is not only the elderly who are at increased risk for falls in the winter. One study shows that the working-age population was the leading group with emergency department visits for fall-related injuries in the winter months of 2006-2011. We all need to be mindful of the weather and increased risks for falls that come with snow, ice and windy weather. According to the CDC, approximately 1 million Americans are injured annually as the result of falling on ice and snow, with 17,000 of these injuries resulting in fatality. The best way to avoid becoming a statistic is to reduce risky behavior and be proactive. To do just that, here are some Physical Therapist-approved tips for preventing falls this winter. (more…)

Get a Grip on Fall: Joint Protection Tips for Your Hands

Posted on by Jamie Brugger, OTR/L, CHT
Co-author: Sofia Monarrez Fall season is here! Sweater weather, crisp and chilly mornings, colorful foliage, and pumpkin flavored everything are just a few reasons to love autumn. But as you reach for your leaf rake or start cooking your favorite fall foods, let’s make sure you are protecting the joints in your hands while you make the most of the season. (more…)

Safe Thanksgiving Cooking Tips from a Hand Therapist

Posted on by Justin Schvach, MOT, OTR/L
Co-author: Amy Frederickson Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to show gratitude and enjoy the company of family and friends. This year, due to the recent pandemic, our gatherings will be smaller than usual or even celebrated virtually. No matter how you’re celebrating this season, our expert Hand Therapists are talking through some common hand-related injuries and providing tips to keep you safe while cooking and celebrating Thanksgiving. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2020: Week 11

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Fantasy football players are looking for a win each week as we get closer to the playoffs! To help you decide who to sit and who to start, Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, is providing insight into player injuries that are impacting teams around the league. These insights are assembled within the Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report, which is a resource to help fantasy players start their best lineups on a weekly basis. (more…)
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