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Three Steps For Returning To Physical Activity After COVID-19

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Three Steps For Returning To Physical Activity After COVID-19

The following tips are designed to help people return to fitness after a typical case of COVID-19. Around 10% of people infected with COVID-19 will have problems that linger for months after the infection is gone. These individuals are called long-haulers, and the condition is known as “long COVID” or PASC, which stands for Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2. If you have symptoms of long COVID, contact your primary care doctor before starting an exercise program. Long COVID may include other health complications that require labs, tests, or imaging, before being referred...

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COVID and Physical Therapy

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Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is caused by a contagious virus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2. There is ongoing research about the lasting side effects of COVID-19, often referred to as “long COVID” or PASC, which stands for post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2. Long COVID is defined as anyone who hasn’t recovered after four weeks of illness. These individuals are sometimes called long haulers. Long COVID presents a serious threat to health and function — for some, long after the infection is gone.  Researchers estimate...

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Six Exercises to Promote Balance That You Can Do at Home

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Six Exercises to Promote Balance That You Can Do at Home

Falls are common in people over 65 years of age and can result in serious injury, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 million older adults are treated in the emergency room for fall injuries each year. The average health care cost per fall is $35,000. Performing safe home exercises can help strengthen your lower body to promote balance and reduce your overall fall risk, among other health benefits. Always check with your health care provider before beginning a home exercise program. A physical therapist can evaluate your balance and recommend...

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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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