Posts made in January, 2014

How To Keep Your Joints Healthy

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

How To Keep Your Joints Healthy

Our joints enable us to move as they allow us to run, jump and dance as well as roll, rotate, bend and glide parts of our body where our bones meet. Because we use our joints very often, they are prone to damage and injury, just like any other part of our body. To avoid joint problems, as you get older, it’s best to keep them healthy as early as you can. With the right nutrition, exercise and hygiene, you can keep your joints working at its best for many years to come. Here are some tips on how to keep your joints healthy: Healthy habits and proper posture help By sitting the right way while you’re in front of your computer at work or keeping your back straight whether you’re standing or sitting down, you can maintain healthy joints. If you keep your back arched too long, you will put unnecessary strain on it that will affect your joints in the long run. Our bodies are design to twist just about any way but we need to always keep our posture in check. Take time to relax Life should be lived like it’s a vacation – at least sort of. Don’t stress too much and if you are feeling hung out, take time to relax. Whether it’s just closing your eyes for 5 minutes or taking a short walk after sitting down for a while, that would help your joints already. Just keeping your activities at the right levels and taking a break every time you feel the need for one will help your joints a great deal. Don’t rest for too long though because that will make your joints stiff. You can also enjoy a relaxing warm bath every now and then because that would also make your joints relax. Eat healthy We can never stress this enough. For every thing that concerns our bodies, eating healthy is the first and foremost key to maintaining health. Whatever age you’re in, your bodies need nutrients and vitamins to maintain proper function of your systems. Your joints need them too. Proteins are great for joints and ligaments but keep in mind that you need to balance your diet to keep your whole body running the right way. Be careful We try to be careful all the time but as we age, it is important to consider that we may not be as limber or as athletic as we used to be. Avoiding trauma or injury will help us maintain health in our joints. If in case we do break a bone or fall on our back for some reason, seek professional help immediately. You can never be too cautious in making sure that you did not damage your bones or muscles. Furthermore, finding where the damage is can be crucial to making sure it heals properly. Rock Physical Therapy in Maryland offers professional help to people with body pains and problems. If you think you are starting to have some problems with your joints, visit us for consultation so we can help you get back on track with your physical...

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What Physical Therapy Can Do For You

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

What Physical Therapy Can Do For You

Body pain is something that almost all of us experience very often. There are countless causes for body pain as there are so many body parts that can be affected by it, but if there is one thing most of us resort to when it comes to pain is medication. For those who have chronic body pain, however, medications may sometimes not work anymore because of the resistance our body has developed. What we should be aware of is that there is another alternative. Physical therapy may be the best solution for your body pain, especially if it involves your muscles, joints and tendons. Physical therapy is self-management taught to us by professionals in the field to help us get relief from strains, pains and stresses on our body. It focuses on the recuperation and prevention of injuries. It helps us get back the control of our body through exercise, lifestyle change and some other related activities. Techniques like stretching, balancing, finding the right posture and exercising will help you reduce the tension on your muscles, which means that you and your body may feel better in no time. Fibromyalgia and Physical Therapy Fibromyalgia is a syndrome where someone experiences pain the muscles and joints as well as fatigue, anxiety and sometimes, even depression. Women are more prone to this condition than men but statistics show that more than 12 million people in the US have it. A physical therapist can help you restore health and fitness through the techniques he or she has learned while earning his or her license. Physical therapy involves working with the body and understanding the movement of each joint, muscle or bone so a therapist will get a good understanding of what you need to improve to get rid of the pains you are experiencing. Fibromyalgia does not have a known cure and physical therapy may be your best option to get rid of the pain you experience from it. The therapist will help you reduce the fatigue and stiffness in your body with exercise, deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy and other necessary treatments. Massage is a common practice in physical therapy. There are many massage styles with varying intensity, movements and techniques that a licensed therapist is experienced with. The benefit of getting a massage from a licensed physical therapist, like those in Rock Physical Therapy in MD, is that you can be sure that every part of your body is handled with great care and in the right way. Most health insurance companies cover physical therapy. If you are experiencing some discomfort because of a muscle or joint or if you have chronic pain in your back, neck or shoulder, you might want to take advantage of this cover and consult with a physical therapist to see your options. This might just finally relieve you of that annoying back pain or that strained neck you have been complaining about. If you live in Maryland, visit one of our centers to see your best options for physical...

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The Pain in Spinal Disk Problems

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

The Pain in Spinal Disk Problems

Pain signals that something is wrong in your body and those who have spinal disk problems know too well how difficult this medical issue is to deal with. Movements of any type become really hard and the pain becomes worse. However, with the right steps to take, spinal disk problems can be dealt with in better light. What are spinal disks? Spinal disks are those found in between the bones in the spinal column. Because they are between vertebral bones, they often called intervertebral disks by health professionals. A disk is circular and flat. Each one is made with membranes that are strong and rubbery. Ligaments that connect the bones in the spine hold together spinal disks as well. There should be very minimal movement possible for these disks. They keep the vertebrae from colliding with each other. During childhood, these disks are gel-like and as we age, it becomes solid and sturdy, but the process also makes the disks prone to damage or injury. The start of pain Stress on the disks may cause them to swell. When this happens, the surrounding nerves may be affected, which then causes the pain or spasm we feel. If no proper treatment is done, further damage may result. The more damage there is to the disk, the more pain will be felt. If the nerves surrounding the disk are affected, movement in the arms and legs may cause some extreme discomfort as well. This is a condition more commonly known as herniated disk. Herniated disks may be caused by a bad injury but its most common cause is aging. Everyday activities like lifting, walking or stretching may be the culprit if these activities are not done with proper care. This should make us think twice about putting too much strain on our bodies especially our backs. Another cause for herniated disk is genetics, which means even if you are careful, if it’s in your family history, you might experience it later on as you grow old. What could be done A spinal disk problem is very hard to deal with as it affects everyday activities aside from the excruciating pain it brings. To find out if you have a disk problem, you can ask for an MRI so the health professional can take a photo of your bone and see where the damage is and to what extent it has become. There is also the option of X-ray or CT scan but these tests do not give the clearest view, unless your spinal disk has great damage to it already. Another thing to do is to get therapy. Rock Physical Therapy in Maryland offers this kind of treatment because it can lessen the pain and the stress from a herniated disk. If proper care is given, the problem may even be fixed. If not, a disk replacement or surgery may be necessary. There may be other causes to the pain you are experiencing your back. The best way to start dealing with it is to get diagnosed properly so you know which step to take next. Don’t wait for the problem to be aggravated even more. As soon as you think or suspect that you have a spinal disk problem, seek professional...

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