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Exercise and pregnancy in recreational and elite athletes

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Guidelines on physical activity or exercise and pregnancy encourage pregnant women to continue or adopt an active lifestyle during and following pregnancy. Two systematic reviews of pregnancy-related guidelines on physical activity found similarities between recommendations from different countries, but noted that the guidelines differed in focus. The guidelines provided variable guidance on prenatal exercise, or on how pregnant women might approach continuing or adopting sport activities. However, most guidelines did not include important topics such as prevalence and known risk factors for...

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Physical Therapy’s Scope of Practice Extends Beyond Aches and Pains

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Physical therapy is an obvious choice when you’ve sprained an ankle or developed tennis elbow, but what about when you need to boost your mood? Though highly skilled in methods that improve mobility and reduce pain following an injury, physical therapists can also play a key role in improving a patient’s mental health. Exercise, a core component of any physical therapy regimen, is known to benefit patients with mild to moderate mood disorders such as depression. Depression is an underlying condition often associated with chronic illnesses and orthopedic injuries that limit mobility and...

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Stress Reduction

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What is Stress? Stress is the body’s reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. Stress Symptoms: – Physical Symptoms Headaches Insomnia Muscle tension Low energy – Emotional Symptoms Irritability Avoiding others Overwhelmed Stress Management Strategies: Identify stress source Daily Physical Activity Get Organized Get enough sleep Positive self talk Avoid caffeine and energy drinks Balance your time Stress Facts: High stress for an excessive amount of time can lead to heart disease, increased blood pressure and an irregular...

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Arthritis

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The Role of a Physical Therapist towards those suffering from arthritis Promote maximal physical function Reduce pain Increase and maximize joint mobility Increase muscle strength The main symptoms of arthritis are pain muscle aching joint stiffness swelling Impairments that can come from arthritis -dressing -bathing -walking When trying to exercise with arthritis choose exercises that build muscle around your joints focus on range of motion exercises do low-impact exercises (walking, cycling or water aerobics) What exercises to avoid Running Jumping Tennis Inactivity Repeating the same...

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Preventing Low Back Pain

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Lifting When lifting a heavy object, position your body directly in front of it to lift, then make sure to carry it close to your body. Bend your knees so your legs, not your back, bear the weight. When carrying the item, turn your feet instead of twisting your back. At the Office When at your workstation, use an upright chair that has good back or lumbar support. The monitor should be positioned so your head and shoulders are relaxed and you don’t have to crane your neck. Also, keep your mouse close to your body. Remember to do easy exercises at your desk, such as backward shoulder rolls,...

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