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Five Tips to Manage Chronic Pain

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1. Knowledge is power There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that understanding how pain works is a key strategy in managing it. Simply knowing the basics of how our brain and nerves work and their role in pain, can decrease your chance of developing chronic symptoms. 2. Keep moving (gradually and steadily) Living an active, healthy lifestyle not only improves our general well-being and health, but can also reduce our chances of developing chronic pain. Our body was built to move, and we need to understand that not all aches or soreness is cause for concern. 3. Spend time with a...

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Five Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

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Ensure that your body is ready to carry a baby by addressing before pregnancy any pain or problems associated with posture or weakness. Here are some physical therapist tips for helping to prepare your body for pregnancy and to guard against musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction during and after pregnancy. Strengthen your pelvic muscles. To strengthen your muscles, use pelvic floor contractions (commonly referred to as Kegels), which involve gently squeezing the sphincter muscles (rather than the buttocks and thighs). These tightening exercises help prevent leakage when a woman...

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5 Tips for Creating Good Habits While Toilet Training Your Child

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Toilet Training Toilet training is an important developmental milestone for children and is one of the first steps to becoming more self-sufficient. However, toilet training can be challenging for both children and their families. The following tips will help your child create good, lasting habits and avoid future bowel and bladder problems. Wait for it! Bowel and bladder development occurs around 18 months of age. Starting toilet training too early can create frustration and lead to poor habits or avoidance of toilet training altogether. It can also lead to bowel and bladder problems such...

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4 Tips to Stay Active and Independent As You Age

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Aging can have a bad reputation; however, there is no reason that growing older can’t be a journey full of adventure and opportunities to live life to the fullest. All you need is proper guidance, proactive steps, and a positive attitude. And there is proof. Research suggests that improvements in physical function are possible well into older adulthood, and supports that continued activity as you age helps fight cognitive decline. Regular physical activity can benefit your physical, mental, and social health, and prevent or improve many chronic conditions, such as heart disease,...

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Five Tips To Fall Proof Your Home

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Falling down can sound harmless. But for older adults it can result in serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls, and falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries as well as the number one cause of harm and resulting deaths among older Americans. And treating injuries caused by falls is costly, totaling more than $50 billion in 2015. A physical therapist can develop a personalized physical activity plan to help improve your strength, stability, and mobility and reduce your risk of falling.  Falls are not a...

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Five Common Myths About Low Back Pain

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Low back pain is common. At some point in their lives, 80% to 90% of the adult population will experience low back pain. Unfortunately, studies show that many people with low back pain don’t get treatment that aligns with best evidence-based practices. Physical therapists are movement experts who treat low back pain and improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. Here are five common myths associated with low back pain: Myth 1: Spinal manipulation (mobilizing the joints in...

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Four Things to Know About Adult Bowel Health

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Bowel health can be uncomfortable to discuss, but it provides a good indication of your overall health. Developing and maintaining healthy and regular bowel health routines are imperative for staying healthy. For some, improper bathroom habits, such as ignoring the urge to defecate, hovering over the toilet, or not allowing enough time to empty the colon, can develop in childhood and follow us into adulthood. Others develop bowel issues as adults through sickness, sensitivities, microbiome changes, pain, or various diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and...

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6 Tips To Prevent New Parenting Injuries

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The months following the birth of a child are some of the most rewarding for new parents—and the most challenging to a new parent’s body. Lifting and carrying a child, picking up toys off of the floor, and pushing a stroller are normal daily tasks for moms and dads. Here are some tips on how using proper body mechanics to help ease the strains and stresses of parenting: 1. Lifting Your Child From the Floor When picking up your child from the floor, you should use a half-kneel lift: First, stand close to your child on the floor. While keeping your back straight, place one foot slightly...

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3 Tips For Backpack Safety

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Kids Backpack Children—or anyone—should follow these simple tips when wearing a backpack. Wear both straps. Use of one strap causes one side of the body to bear the weight of the backpack. By wearing two shoulder straps, the weight of the backpack is better distributed across the shoulders. Wear the backpack over the strongest mid-back muscles. Pay close attention to the way the backpack is positioned on the back. It should rest evenly in the middle of the back. Shoulder straps should be adjusted to allow the child to put on and take off the backpack without difficulty and allow free...

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