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Have You Performed the Chair Challenge?

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

New social media challenges arise every day, and one of the latest ones taking the internet by storm is called the chair challenge.

What is it?

This challenge, which has gained popularity on social app TikTok, requires the person performing it to stand facing a wall (with a chair nearby). They take 2- 3 steps backward, one foot right behind the other. Then they lean forward at a 90 degree angle with their head touching the wall. At this point, the nearby chair should be placed in front of them by someone else. Once the chair is in place, the person performing the challenge must lift the chair toward their chest while still bent over. The challenge is then to stand upright while still holding the chair.

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5 Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

As the weather becomes cooler and fall approaches, many are looking forward to autumn activities, like going to apple orchards, corn mazes and of course – decorating pumpkins! The hand therapists at Athletico would like to help you avoid any injuries when getting in the Halloween spirit this fall, so save your hands and fingers from a scary situation by following these tips!

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Get Moving! Take Our PT Month Movement Challenge

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In celebration of National Physical Therapy Month occurring this October, Athletico is inviting you to participate in a 31-day movement challenge!

To participate, take a photo or video based on each prompt for the given day below – one movement a day for the entire month. Get creative and have fun – this challenge is all about celebrating the healthy habits that keep us moving!

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6 Stretches to Try Before Raking the Leaves

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Like it or not, Labor Day is in the rear-view mirror and fall lays ahead of us. After a summer of hot weather and mowing lawns, we now look forward to the changing colors of the trees and the inevitable downfall of leaves.

While this may invoke memories of children making piles of leaves to jump in and enjoy, for those of use with larger trees near our yards, it can mean something much different. Raking is a repetitive task that can cause real aggravation to some of the more vulnerable structures in our lower back and shoulders. Luckily, you can always limit your risk of injury or strain with a proper stretch and warm up before picking up the rake. Here are a few stretches to try:

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Athletico Culture: Coming Together for the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 2019

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As Chicagoland’s leading provider of physical and occupational therapy, Athletico is committed to educating the public about the importance of health and fitness. One of the ways our company encourages employees to live a healthy lifestyle is by participating in the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, which is a 3.5 mile run/walk that celebrates corporate teamwork, camaraderie and community!

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3 Trick-or-Treating Tips for a Safe and Healthy Halloween

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With Halloween tomorrow, most parents and children are getting ready for the big day by putting up decorations, watching scary movies and finding the perfect costume for trick-or-treating. However, there is more to take into consideration before families head out to trick-or-treat. Read below for some tips on how to stay safe and healthy this Halloween.

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4 Daytime Activities for the 4th of July

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Fireworks are the highlight of any Fourth of July celebration, but there are also plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday during the daytime. From enjoying time at a local park to taking a dip in the pool, read below to discover four activities that you may want to incorporate into your holiday celebration this year.

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Best Sleeping Positions for your Neck and Back

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

In my experience as a physical therapist, one of the most common reasons patients seek out physical therapy is due to pain of the spine. Although certain factors related to neck or back pain are outside of our control (such as aging or arthritis), there are many factors that we do have influence over – including sleeping position.

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