If you’re seeking physical therapy, you’re usually motivated by a desire to get rid of aches, pains or getting back to living your life and doing the things you love. . Maybe you’re even looking for an alternate route than surgery.
Your problem could be due to an accident, illness, injury, or recovery from surgery. Regardless of the cause, your number one goal is to get back to “normal.” You want to feel like you did “before.”
But what happens if your experience at a physical therapy clinic doesn’t meet your expectations? As you probably guessed, it can adversely affect your healing process. This situation often happens in a “big box” practice where physical therapy involves offering patients a one-size-fits-all treatment plan instead of individual and personal care.
A migraine headache is a common condition that can be incredibly draining. Conventional treatments, including medications, are often ineffective in alleviating headache pain.
Physical therapy can be vital to migraine headache management, depending on the cause and physical symptoms of the condition in migraine patients.
If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, physical therapists can provide you with long-term pain relief. Learn below about physical therapy as a migraine treatment.
If you experience pain in your hand and arm along with numbness or a tingling feeling, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). People who have a family history of CTS may not be able to avoid this condition and will likely experience it at some point between the ages of 18 and 64.
The good news is that, thanks to physical therapy science, CTS is highly treatable with PT, often without the need for surgery. If surgery is necessary to relieve symptoms of CTS, therapy following surgery can restore your wrist’s strength and prevent future problems.
Summer is here, which means that it's hot. In some parts of the U.S., midsummer of 2021 is hotter than ever before. The risk for heat-related illness spikes during the summer, so it's important to be extra cautious when exercising on those hot days to protect your health.
Heat exhaustion and other heat-related illness during hot weather are a real possibility. Whether you are just walking the dog or engaging in strenuous exercise, there is a greater risk to your health, so be sure to take precautions.
To urge you to stay safe and preserve your health during this hot weather, we at MAG Physical Therapy, Pilates & Wellness put together this helpful guide on how to stay active, stay cool, and stay safe when under the sun.
If healthy aging is important to you, a lifestyle that includes healthy habits should be as well. However, some older adults may limit physical activity over concerns about safety, ability, or chronic health conditions. These worries may be due to the myth of aging and activity level, which holds back some older people from starting or maintaining an exercise regimen.
While you may not have the same performance, ability, or endurance that you did when you were younger, that does not mean you cannot benefit from regular exercise. Here is what you need to know to stay active and stop believing in the myths about aging.
Stress is such a buzz-word these days, isn’t it? From detoxing with ‘green juice’ to staring at the sun and meditating for 8 hours a day, so many activities and media campaigns have now become obsessed with tackling this elusive enemy. We can’t avoid the presence of some advert, some poster, some model telling us that her solution is the answer to stress, anxiety, and tension. But, what is the truth? How can we really get to the heart of dealing with stress… and why in the world is it so important to do, anyway? Fear not – in this post we help make sense of all the mixed messages, we go through what stress really means, and, of course, how you can start defeating it in your own life. Ready? Let’s get started.
When the pandemic hit it seemed as though there was a mass exodus to work from home: from store managers to doctors, everyone unplugged their PC’s, loaded them in their cars, and set them up in the kitchen, living room, and garage – for those fortunate enough to have a study, the computer now has pride of place next to the photo of grandma. Now, working from home has its benefits, right? You can do your laundry and still hop on that Zoom call, or you can help the kids with their homework and still find time to fill out that spreadsheet for tomorrow. Yet, as good as all that sounds, there are some down sides, too… what about that gnawing pain in your neck? How’s your back today… a little off? How many times have you tried to stretch your shoulder out yet have had no luck? As you’ll see in this post, remote working can have pretty dramatic effects on your body if you’re not careful: we’ll run through what those are AND how to resolve them so that you can get back to a 9 – 5 that resembles some type of normalcy. Here we go!
Let’s face it, growing older can come as a bit of a shock – more aches and pains, a little stiffness, and a bit more bird watching, perhaps… and yet, growing older, especially into your 50’s, never needs to be underscored by pain, a lack of activity, or a generally unhealthy lifestyle. We all have the ability to age well, actively, and with confidence, no matter where we are in our lives right now. In this post, then, I talk about how you can maintain an active lifestyle well into your fifties and beyond so as to safeguard a strong, mobile second part of your life.
When we think about the types of activities appropriate for individuals in their fifties and beyond, it’s best to consider those forms of exercise that don’t place unnecessary stress on your joints. Running or jogging, for example, can negatively impact your knees and back if not done with caution and proper form. Walking, on the other hand, can be done by anyone, of any age. So, walking is a good activity to consider. In addition, you may want to include cycling, swimming, yoga, Pilates, and/or canoeing to your routine – not only are these activities fun to do, but they offer you a great way of working out without ‘pumping iron’ or running a marathon. And hey… after you do them, you still have time to spend with the grand-kids! Or better yet, invite them to join!
Have you ever woken up to a headache, pain, and a thirst you can’t seem to slake? Nope, I’m not really talking about the after effects of a big night out… I’m referring more to the effects felt after a big take out! All too often, people underestimate the extraordinary power of food when it comes to their health, fitness, and general wellbeing. If you think pain and nutrition aren’t interlinked, well, you’d be very wrong. Similarly, if you think there isn’t a direct causal effect between your BigMac and some fatigue and back ache, well, you’d be wrong again! What we ingest is as important as how we workout, sleep, and maintain mental wellbeing. There’s a reason the Greek philosopher Hipprocates explained that ‘food is thy medicine and medicine is thy food’. Food matters, not only for your body, but for your mind and quality of life, too. In this post, then, we look at what the wrong foods really do to your body, why inflammation can be problematic, and what you can eat to make it balance back out. Ready? Let’s jump in?
At the best of times, the concept of bone density can be a little overwhelming. For the majority of people out there, bone density and its importance is a foreign concept made visible only when issues in the form of broken bones, ailments, or pain arise. The thing is, though, when it comes to osteoporosis, bone density is the main feature, not the trailer. If you’re reading this, chances are that you yourself suffer from osteoporosis or perhaps know someone who does. Maybe you’re here to find out what it is, or maybe you’re here to find some relief for its symptoms – either way, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, then, we’re talking about all things osteoporosis: what it is, what it means to live with it, what one can do to counteract its effects, and how lifestyle changes can alter its intensity. If you’re ready, let’s get to it.
The sun is out, the grass is green, the birds are chirping, and you’re busy carefully packing your golf bag. That’s right – the time has come to get back out on the green and get teeing, putting, and swinging. Golf season is always an exciting time – it means you’re back outside, getting some fresh air, and playing a sport you genuinely love. In addition, 2020 was a tough year… it’s time to let off some steam. Before you get carried away, though, I want to run through some stretches and tips you can implement to make this golfing season one of your best, if not the best. As with every sport, there are ways to get into the swing of things, so to speak, and when it comes to golf things are no different. Ready to hear it all? Great.
You and your partner are expecting a little one… congratulations! Knowing that you’ll be bringing life into the world truly is a blessing; you’re probably counting the days until you meet the newest member of the family, right? Of course you are! But, then again… you’re also desperately counting sheep… night after night, after night. While your partner sleeps soundly next to you, you’re rubbing your belly and your back, trying anything short of whiskey to fall asleep. Hey… pregnancy is a rollercoaster, and falling asleep later in the process can be an uphill battle. Don’t be too hard on yourself! In this post, then, we have a look at why sleep eludes you the closer you get to labor, and we also dive into the ways in which you can overcome the discomfort, stop counting sheep, and get a good night’s rest. Sound good? Let’s get started!
Back pain is an elusive beast… it can strike at any moment and can often leave us feeling debilitated for weeks, months, or even years if nothing is done about it. In fact, back pain is so widespread it’s now considered one of the most common issues around the globe. What’s truly interesting is that, while so many people suffer from back pain in one form or another, no pain is similar – how about that? Yet, while no individual is the same, one thing may very well be a common denominator in all cases: poor quality and quantity of sleep. Yes, that’s right. Poor sleep may in fact directly contribute to back pain in various ways. In this post, then, we look at why sleep is important, how a lack of sleep can cause and/or aggravate back pain, and ways in which you can get back to getting some shut eye so as to alleviate your discomfort. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Are you dealing with pain and haven’t been able to solve it yet? Have you tried everything from massage all the way through to injections and pain killers? What about physical therapy? Have you been to a clinic only to find that it didn’t help and that you really didn’t improve as much as you would have liked? Well, the thing is – you’re not alone. Some people spend months, if not years, looking for a way to solve their pain, and many of them have actually been to see a physical therapist only to be disappointed. As the title above suggests, we’re diving into why your previous physical therapy may not have worked. Before I get to the nitty gritty of this post, though, I’m going to ask you a few questions:
So, you’ve hit the ground running in 2021 and are now looking to finish this year with a half marathon, or dare you even say it, a full one! You can the see medals hanging from your mantel piece in your mind’s eye, and you’ve already decided on the perfect celebratory meal to crown your momentous achievement. Life is good and you look forward to getting started. There’s just one thought lurking in the background, though… a thought you can’t shake, one that seems to replay over and over again no matter what: “what if I get injured and can’t do what I want to do?” Yes, there it is: the one fear that makes you feel almost as though it isn’t worth even trying. Running injuries can debilitate people for weeks, if not months, especially when the right treatment isn’t given. And so, worrying about what might happen seems to be a legitimate concern. However, it doesn’t have to be! Your training doesn’t need to suffer at the hands of anxiety and worry, and I’m here to tell you why. In this post, then, we look at tips for avoiding injury while running. We also dive into what you can do if you do get injured so as to have the least downtime possible. Are you ready? Are your laces tied? Let’s go.
How many times have you run that mile? How many times have you looked at your stopwatch and sighed at the missed minutes or seconds on the clock? Sport performance is an incredibly powerful driving force for athletes, and when minutes and seconds become indicators of success, making the most of every movement, every muscle, and every intentional stride, means the difference between winning and falling short. Fitness, strength, flexibility, mobility, and precision… these are but a few of the things involved in sport performance. In this post, we’re looking at the ways in which physical therapy can exponentially boost your sports performance. That’s right! It’s not all about back disks and joint pain… physical therapy can be the different between a good run, length, ski, or jump, and a great one. Let’s see how!
If you suffer from arthritis, winter is less a call for celebration, snowball fights, and snuggly evenings on the sofa, and more a cause of worry, anxiety and – sadly – pain. Colder weather seems to usher in a worsening of arthritic symptoms, and the winter months can often leave those suffering from its effects with low moods, bed bound, and even worse off than they were a year ago. So in this post, we’re looking at exactly why colder weather affects arthritic joints, how you can avoid the pain associated with this, and ultimately, how you can move forward knowing that the colder months will no longer be a cause of anxiety in your life. Let’s get started.
We all know the feeling… it’s cold outside, the bed is a lot warmer than the yoga mat, and your willpower is as close to zero as it can get. Making it to the gym feels the same as scaling Mount Everest at this point, and to be honest, you’d much rather just stay in bed for the rest of the day. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the pandemic means the gym probably isn’t even open… so, the workout is put on the backburner, right? Wrong! Working out at home this winter – particularly during these unprecedented times – can actually be really fun! And no, you don’t need to rush out and buy a treadmill or spinning bike… you can just keep reading this blog for tips, advice, and motivation to get you out of bed, into your sport socks, and back to living a healthy, fit, pain free life! No equipment needed!
If you’re like me, then you’re still in a daze – rubbing your eyes, stepping out of 2020 like a sleepwalker. A whole year has flown past – elections, pandemics, your mom’s Thanksgiving turkey… where did the time go? Equally, too, like me you’re probably thinking of ways to make 2021 great – and no, I don’t mean knitting a sweater or learning how to DJ at the local club… I mean ways for you to get healthy, happy, and living the life you dream of! I’d like to help you with that, and so that’s why this post is all about making the right decisions for your health, for achieving the pain free life you deserve, and for making lasting resolutions that extend beyond January second. This year is going to be great, so let’s chat about how exactly you can live your best life, right now.
As a physical therapist, I can honestly say that there are few words as frequently said in my field as ‘sciatica’. So, then, isn’t it odd how such an every-day ailment can be so shrouded in mystery for most people? In fact, do you really know what it is? Sciatica is actually one of the most common forms of back, leg, and hip pain around, and yet it remains incomprehensible to many. So, as an early holidays present, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about what sciatica is, what some of the hidden causes of this affliction may be, and how it can be treated. Ready? Let’s jump in!
There’s something about driving, isn’t there? The long roads, the beautiful landscapes, great music on the stereo, and back pain. Wait, what? Back pain? Yes, that’s right. While we all love taking long road trips with loved ones, or indulging in the much-needed down-time on our drive to the take out, driving can take an unanticipated physical toll. On that note, the festive season is upon us and it’s my guess that the gas tank is full and you’ve already packed your elf costume for a visit to grandma’s, right? Well, in that case, you best keep reading. I’m here to tell you all about why you get back pain when driving and what you can do to avoid it. Let’s jump straight in!
Stress can be a killer: from making you lose sleep, to raising your blood pressure and alienating loved ones, it can have a massive impact on not only your mental wellbeing, but your physical health, too. Stress places pressure on your heart, tightens your muscles and causes you to lose flexibility and mobility over time, too; stress can literally rob you of your independence in many ways. This post comes at a time where each and every one of us – globally – has had to deal with more stress overall, and juggling the COVID-19 pandemic, financial pressure, and trying to maintain our physical health, has been taking a serious toll. In this post, then, we offer you some guidelines for dealing with stress – we hope these tips will promote a better, relaxed lifestyle, a healthier body, and a happier you. Follow along and try your best to implement them throughout your day. Here we go!
What do you think about when I say the following: “Core Strength”? It’s natural to think of your core as just your abdominal muscles – surfer ‘6 packs’ and ‘washboard abs’. It’s natural to want that, too! But, what if I told you that core strength is something entirely different? What if it isn’t about having the perfect beach body or wearing a bikini like a model? What if core strength is about being strong… not so that you can pick up boulders, but so that you can stay mobile for longer? That’s exactly what this post is all about: we’re giving you the low down on what core strength is, why it’s important, and how you can achieve it. Stay tuned – here we go!
As the summer fades and the cooler weather sweeps in, the trees begin to change and so do our mind-sets. Whilst we may indulge in a few more takeout nights, or drink one or two more hot chocolates, many people also venture outside to do more outdoors activities. Hiking, walking, and a general movement away from the cities into nature seems to be a common theme for the fall months. With this general influx of interest in movement and fitness, we thought it would be a good time to give you some information on why being outdoors is healthy. We want you to know how it actually boosts not only our physical bodies, but our minds and mental wellbeing, too. So, let’s jump straight in!
Hiking season is here! As the trees change color and you start turning the heating in your homes up, many of us are heading out into the woods and mountains for intrepid hikes and camping adventures. And yet, how many of us do it safely? It’s fair to say that most of those who put on their boots and grab a backpack don’t really know if they’re doing things safely, let alone why it’s important to know if they are! Luckily, we’re here to help. In this post, then, we cover all things hiking – from bags, to shoes, to water… we’ve got it all. So, stay tuned!
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