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Let’s Talk Ergonomics: 3 Things You Need To Know About Your Posture

Posted on by Kathleen Habschmidt PT, DPT

Many of us spend hours each day sitting at desks, hunched over screens, or engaged in activities that can affect our posture. By understanding a few key principles, you can take significant steps toward better posture and a healthier, more comfortable life.

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8 Ways Physical Therapy Can Help Improve Overall Wellness

Posted on by Andrew Cassidy, PT, DPT

Physical therapy is the catalyst which leads to many pain or performance improvements. ACL surgery, low back pain, golfer’s elbow – these conditions are well known to be within the domain of physical therapy. Most commonly, physical therapy is seen as a low-cost, conservative method to address pain. There are, however, benefits of physical therapy that go beyond resolution of aches and pains. Here are eight ways physical therapy can improve your overall wellness.

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Posture Check: 4 Stretches To Try Throughout Your Workday

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.

“Sit up straight” or, “You need better posture” – sound familiar? Posture, posture, posture. It can be hard work. Let’s take a quick look at a handful of stretches you can do at work to improve your posture.

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Physical Therapy For Chronic Pain: Why It’s Never Too Late To Seek Help

Posted on by Clinton Boone, PT, DPT, CMTPT/DN

Living with chronic pain can affect every aspect of your life. It can be debilitating and overwhelming. However, physical therapy offers hope and a solution for those suffering from chronic pain. Regardless of how long you’ve been enduring pain, it’s never too late to seek help. Physical therapy is a worthwhile option. It may improve your quality of life no matter how long you have been struggling with pain.

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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.

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Tips for Better Ergonomics at Work

Posted on by Erik Krol, MOT, OTR/L

Every job presents its own set of physical and mental challenges. However, no matter what demands our ergonomics or how we use our bodies while interacting with our work environments and surroundings, it affects how we feel during and after the day. It can be helpful to think of our bodies as tools with specific jobs and purposes and should be used as efficiently as possible to prevent injury and pain.

Thinking about ergonomics from a few fundamental themes can help keep safety and efficiency at the forefront of our minds. Themes such as posture, positioning, and performance are married to ergonomics, and if we think of these ideas proactively, we can stay safe while at work.

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Creative Way to Get Moving When Working from the Office

Posted on by Brian Whittington, PT, DPT, CMTPT

While Americans work in various industries and hold many different jobs, there’s one constant thread that can be seen through nearly all people’s work. They spend far too much of their day sitting.

Sedentary jobs have increased 83% for Americans since the 1950s, and physically active occupations make up less than 20% of all U.S. jobs. The shifting landscape of American work doesn’t seem to be reversing course anytime soon, and, unfortunately, it negatively impacts on our society’s health.

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Textbooks to Tablets: How to Prevent Upper Body Pain in an Increasingly Digital Learning Environment

Posted on by Erik Krol, MOT, OTR/L

Our digital world is ever expanding, and one may find themselves required to spend more time using technology for work, learning, and leisure. If this applies to you or your family members, it is important to be aware of how we interact to the digital world to prevent injuries that can result from prolonged positions which compromise good posture and ergonomics, resulting in pain.

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