Posts made in March, 2015

Neurological Physical Therapy

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The nervous system is an incredibly large, complex part of our bodies. It controls and affects almost all of our movements, and when it is hit with disease or injury, the results can be life altering. Neurological Physical therapy is specifically designed to help patients who are suffering from paralysis, weakness, confusion, pain and other symptoms caused by neurological issues.   Neurological Disorders   Abnormalities in the brain, spinal cord, or nerves will lead to the symptoms mentioned above. Some of the most common disorders associated with these abnormalities include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and injury to the brain or spinal cord. If you or someone you love is suffering from numbness, disorientation, or constant pain, there could be something much more serious happening with their central nervous system. A doctor or physical therapist will be able to properly diagnose the issue and then implement a plan of medication and therapy to help improve symptoms and teach you how to live life to the fullest even with neurological issues.   How Can Physical Therapy Help?   The primary goal for physical therapy that addresses a neurological disorder is to restore function and mobility. Since the nervous system regulates how we move through he world, many of these diseases and injuries will make it difficult to get around and complete tasks that were once incredibly easy. With many neurological disorders, you body has now changed and you need to effectively re-learn how to move. Physical therapists can help you to accomplish this seemingly impossible task, while also using stretching and other techniques to relieve pain or tension.     If you have been diagnosed with a serious neurological disorder or injury, discuss the diagnosis with a licensed physical therapist. They have the training necessary to develop a plan tailored to you and your goals. It’s the best way to make sure that you will get back on your feet and learn to accomplish everything you want to do no matter what is affecting you....

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Tips For Getting In Shape

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With the weather starting to improve all over the country, more and more people might be finally getting out of the house and wanting take to the outdoors to get back into shape. As physical therapists, we are in complete support of anyone wanting to live a healthier, fitter lifestyle. But, it’s very important to not overexert yourself or create an injury that’s going to have drastic consequences later on. Here are the top four things you can do to make sure that you aren’t exercising improperly.   Practice Good Form:  Exercising in the wrong way is a sure way to hurt yourself. If you are just starting out on the path to better physical health and fitness, it’s a great idea to get a personal trainer who really understands exercise and how to do it right without creating injury.   Gradual Increases: Don’t be afraid to start off slow. If you want to take advantage of better weather by running or jogging, start off with walking and gradually build up. Trying to force yourself in to an intense routine is not worth it. It’s a quick way to injure yourself and then make it impossible to continue.   Get the Right Gear: Many people who are just starting to get in shape underestimate a very important part of any fitness routine: the shoes. Make sure that you have proper footwear that really supports your particular feet. Ankles and knees are highly susceptible to injury that can be lead to long-term physical therapy and rehabilitation. Having the proper footwear is the best way to avoid these painful, long-term situations.   Get an Evaluation First: Before you begin a new exercise regimen it’s always a good idea to consult with a professional—especially if you have had any major surgeries or injuries in the past. Be sure that you see a physical therapist or doctor for a physical evaluation to ensure that you are...

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Workouts for Chronic Pain

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Workouts for Chronic Pain

  Patients with fibromyalgia, sports injuries, and other musculoskeletal issues know what it’s like living with chronic pain.  Physical therapists work hard to develop a program of pain relief and exercise that should alleviate the most intense pain, and help get you back to 100%. But in the meantime, those that are used to being more physically active might be at a loss trying to rest and recuperate while their body heals. If you are the type of person that’s always in motion, the at-home exercises provided by your physical therapist might not be enough to keep you from feeling antsy, so here are five things you can safely do that generally won’t irritate problems, and might actually help in reducing pain:   Walking: There’s not better form of exercise than simple taking a stroll in your neighborhood or local park. It’s also a good way to relax and unwind. Don’t strain yourself by trying to run or jog, instead just keep a light pace as you stretch your legs a little. Start off with a short 10-minute walk, to see how you handle with the pain or stiffness, and then slowly increase and build up to longer journeys. Stretches: By now, your physical therapist has probably shown you tons of stretches that you need to do to help out your muscles. After your walk take some extra time to do them at home and try holding your stretch for one full minute to get maximum benefit to your muscles. Light Weights: Get some 1, or at a maximum, 3 pound weights to help lightly tone your arm muscles. It’s a great thing to do while standing in front of the TV, waiting for water to boil, or simply kill a few minutes. However those who have suffered serious shoulder or neck injuries might want to avoid this particular exercise. Yoga : Many patients find that the spiritual, relaxing nature of yoga adds a much needed component to their pain-friendly workouts. Be sure to speak with the instructor about any limitations you have before class starts, and stick with beginner levels, but it’s a great way o get your body moving and working while also practicing patience and inner calm—two things those who suffer from pain could always use. Try your everyday activities: The point of physical therapy is to help those who are suffering still live their lives to the fullest. Don’t let pain keep you from doing the things you love like playing with kids, cleaning the house, or other simple tasks. Discuss them with your therapist and make it a priority to get you in good enough shape to do them without any...

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All About Orthopedics

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The word orthopedic means anything having to do with the muscles in your body and your skeleton. Orthopedic physical therapy is a special form of physical therapy that has been specially designed to treat disorders that affect these systems. As you can imagine, this branch of physical therapy and medicine covers a wide range of issues and treatments.  If you are suffering pain or swelling in your muscles or joints, this could be due to a lot of different issues. There are chronic problems like arthritis and minor injuries you might have sustained that you didn’t even know when they happened.  Visiting a physical therapist is the best way to diagnose what is specifically bothering you and work out a treatment plan that will address both the issues of pain and help you strengthen your muscles to get through the day without issue.  Fibromyalgia, recovering from surgery, and strenuous physical activity are all causes of orthopedic problems. Physical therapists will sometimes use sonograms to aide in the diagnosis of conditions. They also have a variety of ways to help with pain such as ice and heat treatments, stretches, and more. Once a therapist has determined what is causing your pain and discomfort they will work with you to develop a program of specific exercises, massages, and other therapeutic techniques to help restore your mobility and flexibility. By strengthening muscles that are nearby muscles or bones that are experiencing problems, your body will adapt and give those “problem areas” time to heal. Whether you have been through an operation as traumatic as hip or joint surgery, or you are recovering from a small bone fracture, physical therapists help you to regain your strength and retrain your muscles to start working with your new condition. They also might use a combination of massage or hydrotherapy to both relieve your stress, aiding your both physically and psychologically. Getting over a major surgery or chronic pain can cause mood swings and generally bad outlook on life. Physical therapists will not only treat you physically, but also help you to get back to your old self and living your life without orthopedic problems standing in your...

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