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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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3 Strategies to Maintain Health and Fitness During Social Distancing and COVID-19

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3 Strategies to Maintain Health and Fitness During Social Distancing and COVID-19 Although COVID-19 has caused temporary changes to our way of life, we shouldn’t let it put a damper on doing healthy activities. Now more than ever is the time to keep an active, healthy lifestyle, while still following the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread. Doing so will help in fighting this virus. And regular physical activity boosts your immune system, prevents chronic conditions, and even helps to fight anxiety and fear. Physical therapists...

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7 Tips to Avoid Aches and Pains While Gardening

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7 Tips to Avoid Aches and Pains While Gardening Common gardening activities, such as digging, planting, weeding, mulching, and raking can cause stress and strain on muscles and joints. The following tips can help minimize aches and pains: Get moving before you garden. A 10 minute brisk walk and stretches for the spine and limbs are good ways to warm up. Change positions frequently to avoid stiffness or cramping. Be aware of how your body feels as you work in your garden. If a part of your body starts to ache, take a break, stretch that body part in the opposite direction it was in, or switch...

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6 Reasons to Consider Telehealth Physical Therapy

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6 Reasons to Consider Telehealth Physical Therapy Have you ever wanted your physical therapist to teach you how to move better in your home? Do you have a difficult time getting to your appointments? Telehealth — a live, one-on-one video appointment with your PT — may be a solution. Telehealth is becoming a popular option that enables patients to see and talk to their health care providers, including a growing number of PTs, from the comfort and convenience of home. Here are a few reasons to consider telehealth physical therapy: 1. Accessibility. Telehealth can help you stay connected with...

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Osteoporosis Prevention

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Osteoporosis Prevention Healthy bones can help you stay strong and active throughout your life. If good bone health is achieved during childhood and maintained, it can help to avoid bone loss and fracture later in life. For healthy bones, it is important to maintain a physically active lifestyle and eat a balanced diet with plenty of calcium, vitamin D, and perhaps other supplements as needed. Physical therapists can design a unique program for you to help keep your bones healthy. Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that affects both men and women (mostly women), usually as they age. It is...

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