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From Home Workouts to Back Pain Exercises: Top 10 Blogs of 2020

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2020 will surely go down in history as a year that derailed our day-to-day lives. A year consisting of remote work and e-learning and the year that put a halt to many of our beloved sports and activities. Not only did families navigate new ways to adapt to all these sudden changes, so did businesses.

Our clinicians stepped up this year to share their expertise to help readers prevent back and neck pain when working or learning at home. They provided innovative ways for readers to exercise safely at home using items found around their household.

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Goodbye 2020: 7 Tips for Setting New Year’s Resolutions in 2021

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While most of us will say a welcome farewell to 2020, 2021 will unfortunately carryover many of the same challenges we are currently faced with. Altering the means and ability to exercise is one impact that the coronavirus has had on many people. Many gym-goers are still either unable to attend their local gym due to closures or unwilling to travel to the gym due to health concerns. Even without a gym membership, there are many unique ways to continue to stay in shape in 2021. Here are 7 tips from a physical therapist on setting resolutions for health in 2021:

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Ergonomic Do’s and Don’ts: Long Term Home Office/Classroom Tips

Posted on by Brianna Brackin, PT, DPT

By now we have all begun to adapt to our new lifestyle amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It is pretty remarkable how quickly we can alter our daily lives to fit the ongoing changes that 2020 has brought on. For better or worse, much of these changes are centered around technology. We now rely heavily on platforms like Zoom and Facetime for e-learning, working virtually from home, and even connecting socially with family and friends. Though technology has made all of this possible, it does have one major downfall: promoting poor posture.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How Physical Therapy Can Get You Stronger for Your Next Marathon

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The running landscape has changed quite a bit as a result of the global pandemic. Running a marathon, even virtually, is perhaps one of the most challenging accomplishments that a person may embark on in their lifetime, requiring both physical and mental strength. During training and on race day, physical limitations are pushed to the brink via muscular and respiratory fatigue. Mental willpower is tested as oftentimes you keep going when everything else in your body is telling you to “stop.” Preparation is paramount for success in running a marathon, and though choosing a correct endurance plan and running group is important, there are other components that will help you run your next 26.2-mile journey with even greater success.

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3 Ways to Increase Your Well-Being during the Pandemic

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT

Physical activity is important now more than ever with trends in COVID-19 cases being related to chronic illness. Physical activity not only helps with preventing chronic disease, it also improves daily life and mental health. By staying active, you are able to maintain and improve your range of motion and strength to perform the activities that make up your day. Here are three recommendations to help increase your health and well-being while staying at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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