2 Simple Exercises For Neck Pain

What a pain in the neck! We all love working at computers, reading, watching TV and using our phones.   But doing these activities for long periods of time can cause neck pain. Pillows that are too high or too flat, and don’t support the neck properly, can be a source of discomfort. Intense concentration or stress can tighten the neck, … Read More

6 Myths About Back Pain

      Back pain is the most common cause of disability.  Americans spend over $50 billion a year on treatment and remedies.  But as prevalent as it is, many misunderstandings prevail.  Here are 6 myths about back pain you should understand. 1.Bed Rest Will Always Help Back Pain No!  Most of the time, moving is actually better than bed … Read More

Age Gracefully With Physical Therapy!

Did you know that you can age gracefully with physical therapy? The number of Americans age 65 and older has steadily increased in the last 100 years.  Physical activity plays a huge factor in determining the quality of those extra years. RELIEVE PAIN with a physical therapy treatment plan. PREVENT FRAILTY by utilizing strengthening exercises. PREVENT SURGERY and the dangers … Read More

3 Simple Exercises for Low Back Pain

What exercises should I do for my Low Back Pain? By David Hutchinson, PT, MPT, OCS If you experience low back pain, you are not alone. Low back pain is a very common diagnosis that I have been treating for more than 20 years. Nearly everyone will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Even I have … Read More

Manual Physical Therapy – The Magic Touch

Often called “the magic touch”, manual physical therapy is important in the treatment of pain and immobility. A physical therapist or physical therapist assistant will use their hands to put pressure on affected muscle tissues and joints. Types of Manual Therapy SOFT TISSUE MASSAGE applies pressure to relax muscles, increase circulation, break up scar tissue and relieve pain. MANIPULATION uses … Read More

Laughter Boosts The Immune System!

Laughter promotes the production of hormones that boost the immune system, according to a 2006 Linda Loma University study. Hormones tested in the study included: Beta-Endorphins—helps to numb pain and counteract depression. Human Growth Hormones—stimulates cell growth and reproduction, and boosts immunity. Increases of 30 to 90 percent were documented in patients actively laughing or even thinking about something funny. … Read More

1 In 3 Rural Residents Has Arthritis!

1 in 3 rural residents has arthritis according to The Center for Disease Control.  More than half of those residents has limitations in daily activities. A survey of over 426,000 adults across the U.S. asked if they had ever been told by a doctor that they had some form of arthritis.  Overall, 1 in 5 (22.7%) reported yes. Among rural … Read More

Back Pain: Physical Therapy First

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends physical therapy first in treating low back pain.  Only 10% of primary care physicians, however, recommended it to their patients in a 2010 SPINE study of 170 million doctor visits. Information published by the AAOS describes guidelines that include physical therapy for both the prevention and treatment of low back pain. AAOS Guidelines … Read More

PT: Effective Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis

Physical therapy is an effective treatment for knee osteoarthritis. Current guidelines from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends that non-surgical management of osteoarthritis of the knees should include physical therapy, NSAIDS, and in certain cases, tramadol (an analgesic/antidepressant). Patients who receive physical therapy can expect medical costs to be as much as 45% lower than other non-surgical methods such … Read More

Lower Pelvic Issues Can Cause Back Pain

Sometimes back pain can be caused by issues in the lower pelvic region.  The sacroiliac joint (or SI joint)  is located at the base of your spine and transmits all the forces of the lower body to the pelvis (hips) and lower back. Inflammation and mobility issues in the SI joint and pelvic girdle can cause lower back pain that … Read More