#Goals

As one year comes to a close and another begins, people begin to set goals and make resolutions. Losing weight, getting to the gym more often or getting into “better shape” are all common. These all require increasing your amount of physical activity. More activity is great for your health, energy levels, sleep, and mood….

My Dry Needling Experience

I’ll begin by saying I’ve never previously had any acupuncture or dry needling.  I’m not a skeptic, I’m just really busy.  The kind of busy that leaves you with a stiff neck, headache and sore shoulders.  My boss and some co-workers recently got certified to do a new technique called “dry needling”.  They came back…

Dry Needling Round Two

We decided to try the needles a little lower today; my last application was higher and focused around upper neck.  This treatment was a bit more intense than the last treatment in respect to my body’s response.  I had some slight discomfort, no pain, but I felt the needles.  Redness, slight swelling of one site,…

The Funny Bone Turned Serious

Third needling under my belt, or should I say under under my elbow? I must admit I had a much better effect from having an arm needled than I did a neck.  The humor has been restored to my funny bone…okay, so maybe that’s going to take more than a few needles.  Soreness in the…

Happy Hovering

I recently got a small taste of the newest sought after gadget…the hoverboard.  After my experience I felt it important to share some insights with our readers (the details of my experience aren’t as important as what I learned…right?) This board is pressure sensitive and requires a significant amount of what therapists like to refer…

Tenosynovitis Caused by Texting

Are you constantly glued to your device? There is no denying that technology has transformed the way we live. The average teenager now spends 4 hours a day texting. Eventually, one is at risk of developing tenosynovitis, otherwise known as De Quervain’s disease. This is characterized by pain that overlies the radial aspect (thumb side) of…

The Big Question: ICE or HEAT

Heat and Ice therapy are the most commonly used for joint, ligament, and muscle pain. Which one to use depends on a number of factors. The inflammatory process is a healthy, natural process that happens to be incredibly painful. Heat can make inflammation worse, and ice can make muscle tension and spasms worse, so they have the…

5 Injury Prevention Tips from a Former Collegiate Athlete

I am a previous collegiate softball player writing to suggest tips on how to prevent injuries with mainly softball and baseball. However, these suggestions can be implemented into any spring sport. As a former athlete, I can relate that one of the worst feelings is being on the sidelines with an injury. There are a…

The Correct Way to Kegel

By: Kim Osier, PT, DPT Cathy Konkler, PT For years, health care practitioners have been prescribing the Kegel exercise as a first treatment for patients suffering from pelvic floor muscle weakness. The Kegel exercise was developed by Arnold Kegel, an American obstetrician/gynecologist. It was a method for women to exercise the pelvic floor musculature, to help treat and…

Chronic Constipation

Constipation is the most common chronic digestive disorder in the United States. It affects 4.53 million people and costs over $200 million for cathartics alone. 1 Accepted description of normal bowel voiding habits is a range of frequency from 3 times per day to consisting of hard stools, fewer than 3 bowel movements per week, or inability…

The Female Athlete’s Best Kept Secret

Urinary leakage in female athletes has been a well kept secret that has gotten very little attention. However, recent press regarding leakage during CrossFit workouts has created a flurry of activity on social networking sites. Female CrossFit athletes happily declared that they pee during a workout. A gynecologist offers her medical advice “It’s OK to…

Pokémon Go Stretching

Feeling a little sore after scouring through the woods, or traveling several blocks to catch Pikachu or Squirtal? We have you covered with some great lower body stretches to reduce your muscle soreness and allow you to continue your Pokémon adventure! Each stretch should be held 20-40 seconds and completed 2-3 times on each side.The…

Home Exercises – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Have you ever had the wonderful experience of outpatient physical therapy?  I can almost hear the silent chuckle…yes, it actually can be a wonderful experience.  A hard experience? Yes.  An unforgettable experience?  Definitely.  I’m going to share a secret that all therapists know, and only some patients end up realizing; the ones who do usually…

Keep Calm and Shovel On

5 tips to keep you safe this winter while removing the powder: First use the proper equipment.  From the shovel you choose to the layers you wear, using the right tools for the job is a must!  An ergonomically sound bent shovel is your best choice.  The dual bar handled shovel is also another great…

Winter Time Fire Safety

Recently I completed an interview with the local fire safety prevention officer who offered some insightful advice on staying safe this winter.  Normally we focus on physical therapy related topics, however occasionally if the quality of information warrants a veer from the norm…then we are going to take it.  Two main ideas were conveyed in the…

Access to Physical Therapy

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Stress Relief From Laughter

LOL….hahaha…., all jokes aside, laughter is great for your health!  Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. So what exactly is…

Stretching…The Good the Bad and the Ugly – Part 1

Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve the muscle’s felt elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone.[1]Weerapong, Pornratshanee; Hume, Patria A.; Kolt, Gregory S. (2004). “Stretching: Mechanisms and Benefits for Sports Performance and Injury Prevention”. Physical Therapy…

Stretching, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Part 2

In part one of our stretching blog adventure we uncovered some researched based (& somewhat shocking) truths about stretching. Now it’s time to get down to business…let’s talk about a couple of weird stretches!  PANDICULATION is a non-traditional stretch. If you’ve ever awoken in the morning, yawned, and stretched your arms, you’ve experienced pandiculation. Use…