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3 Health Resolutions That Can Help You Build Healthy Habits All Year Long

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1

Over the past few months, you may have noticed that gyms have become overcrowded, healthy and fresh foods are snatched up at grocery stores like hotcakes, and people furiously write down their New Year Resolutions. If you’re like the average person, you stick to these resolutions for a month or two before you ultimately drop them. For what reason? Most goals I see are too lofty and would benefit from some simplicity to maintain consistently.


4 Coping Techniques For When The Holiday Season Feels Overwhelming

Posted on by Paige Nelson, PT, DPT, OCS

As many of us know, the holiday season is a time filled with joy and cheer, but it can also bring about feelings of stress, anxiety, guilt and even grief in some cases. In addition to being out of our usual routine due to hosting family or traveling, it can also be challenging to continue healthy habits. We might find ourselves surrounded by family and loved ones with different expectations or views of the world, and it is very easy to feel stressed in these situations. Below are some strategies to help when the holidays start to feel a bit overwhelming.


4 Stress-Relieving Exercises For Teens And Students That Can Be Done At School

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT

Stress is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation.” Stress occurs throughout life, for everyone. Stress is how a human responds and protects from challenges or threats. Stress can be a way to help people or things to grow stronger, but in moderation. There are many simple stress relieving techniques that can be utilized during the school day to help improve your day! Below are five simple tips and exercises for improving stress levels that can be done anywhere.


I Tried These 5 Stress Management Techniques, And They Changed The Game For My Headaches

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT

Headaches can be difficult to manage and require a multitude of disciplines to be effectively treated. Not to mention that it’s important to reveal the root cause of headaches rather than just treating the symptoms of the headache. There’s also the factor of stress, which seems unavoidable at times. Stress can not only cause mental health and emotional symptoms, but also physical symptoms including chronic pain and headaches. These symptoms that occur due to stress are the body telling us something needs to change. And yes, stress is needed to invoke change, physically and mentally, so how can we manage stress while reducing physical symptoms, specifically headaches? While everyone is different, I tried the techniques below to manage my stress and noticed a significant improvement in my headaches.


Writer’s Cramp

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

Writer’s cramp is a form of dystonia, or involuntary muscle contractions, which makes the fingers and hand move into abnormal postures when writing or performing other intensive hand activities, such as typing, playing an instrument, eating/feeding, brushing teeth, or brushing hair. This can cause pain, spasms, fatigue, and decreased legibility of penmanship or decreased task performance. A specific activity or movement can bring on the symptoms. The fingers may extend straight, or the wrist may flex and bend while the elbow extends straight. One might lose their grip or feel uncoordinated. Muscle spasms and hand cramps are more common in men than women. Poor posture and increased writing or playing time of an instrument can play a part in the symptoms, as well as increased stress or anxiety.


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