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Why does Exercise Make You Feel Better?

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1
We’ve all been through it, the dreaded pre-exercise blues. Not quite sure if you want to go through with it; there are a million other things you could be doing instead. But you know that you will feel better if you do exercise, and while removing the guilt of not exercising is partly the reason, there is a scientific basis for why exercise makes us feel better. (more…)

Q and A with an Occupational Therapist

Posted on by Erik Krol, MOT, OTR/L
During Occupational Therapy Month, we sat down with OT health expert Erik Krol to discuss what is Occupational Therapy and what you can expect in regard to your recovery. (more…)

3 Ways to Sleep Better with Shoulder Pain

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
The importance of sleep cannot be overstated. Recent research has discovered links between poor sleep and “hypertension, obesity, type-2 diabetes, impaired immune functioning, cardiovascular disease, arrhythmias, mood disorders, neurodegeneration and dementia, and even loneliness.” The causes for poor sleep are vast, but as it relates to physical therapy, sometimes pain can be the cause. Have you ever had a night you just can’t seem to get comfortable because your neck, back, or shoulder hurts? Next thing you know, the alarm clock is ringing, and you’ve barely slept at all. You drag through the next day at work, aren’t productive, and then go home only to experience the same poor night of rest again. Let’s look at ways to improve sleep that is disrupted due to shoulder pain. Sleep position is the most important piece when it comes to shoulder pain. An improved sleep position can truly make the difference maker between a restful and unrestful slumber. The following sleep position modifications may help provide additional support to the arm/shoulder to reduce pain. (more…)

Exercises to Improve your Golf Swing

Posted on by Owen Campbell, PT, DPT, OCS
Power or mobility? Range of motion or strength? As you begin to adapt your body for better performance on the golf course this spring, you need to figure out first what you need. This article will discuss the major stumbling blocks that I see the most with patients. These corrections are great for getting out of a chair the following day after a round of golf. They can also increase your power off the tee or on approach. (more…)

Sever’s Disease in Gymnasts

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Many young kids that participate in sports can have complaints of pain in their heels. This is more common in children who are actively growing and those who are very active in running and jumping sports. Young gymnasts fall into this category, and they also practice and compete barefoot, which can lead to a higher risk of injury to the foot. (more…)

What Is Hip Dysplasia?

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT
Isn’t hip dysplasia something dogs have? The short answer is yes, but humans can also have hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia has become increasingly more prevalent over the past decade, as hip dysfunction can be a source of pain. So, what is it? A typical presentation of hip dysplasia can be when the acetabulum (the portion of the hip joint attached to the pelvis) does not fully cover the femoral head (the hip joint's ball). However, it may vary based on a variety of factors. Hip dysplasia can be diagnosed at birth, during childhood, or even as a young adult. Hip dysplasia is most common in females born from a first pregnancy and breech delivery. (more…)

Ways Stress Can Affect Your Health

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1
We all deal with stress from time to time, with some periods of our lives being more stressful than others. Everyone handles stress differently; some can cope with stress better than others, and some give in to the slightest bit of stress. Some use positive coping mechanisms like exercise and meditation, while others use negative coping mechanisms like substance use or other destructive behaviors. With all this increase in stress over recent years and decades, modern medicine has demonstrated within the past few years the effects stress can have on our physical and mental health, both long-term and short-term. (more…)

How to Support a Family Member who Recently Had a Stroke

Posted on by Rebecca Pudvah PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS
In medical terms, a stroke is a loss of blood flow to part of the brain, which damages brain tissue. This impairment can occur in any part of the brain, which can have numerous effects, ranging from vision, auditory, speech, hearing, swallowing, balance, emotional control and/or motor control. A stroke is one of the few “invisible” conditions that affect a person in various ways. Below you will find the top four things you can do to help your loved one through their recovery process. (more…)
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