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

Are You Vitamin D Insufficient?

Athletes and those who are physically active could be at risk of injury.  Higher incidences of stress fractures and muscle injuries have been reported by those who are vitamin D insufficient. An estimated 50 to 70 percent of Americans lack appropriate vitamin D.  This causes a decrease in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus.  Bone density and muscle strength is … Read More

Dizziness Is Treatable!

Many who suffer with dizziness find themselves limiting their normal activities.  They constantly worry about falling.  Not knowing that help is available, they continue to struggle.   The two major causes of dizziness include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and vestibular dysfunction.  These are easily treatable by a qualified physical therapist. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): BPPV occurs when small crystals … Read More

Moving More Helps Arthritis Pain

The pain of arthritis may cause you to become less active to avoid the discomfort, but the opposite is actually better for you.  Moving more helps arthritis pain! The Mayo Clinic recommends exercise to: Increase strength Improve flexibility Reduce joint pain Combat fatigue Physical therapy offers stretching and manual therapy treatments to safely work out stiffness.  Your physical therapist will … Read More

Physical Therapy For Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Frightened by a diagnosis of MS?  Not sure what’s ahead and how it will affect your life?  Use physical therapy to help with Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. Multiple Sclerosis is the result of your immune system attacking your central nervous system.  Symptoms vary from person to person and the severity can fluctuate.  Learning how to manage or avoid the onset of … 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