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  • Cupping Therapy

    Posted on 3/23/2017 by Michael Staino, O.T., CHT, COMT | Comments

    Cupping scar tissue Negative pressure soft tissue manual therapy, or, in simpler terms, cupping, is a mobilization technique used to treat pain, stiffness and swelling of the upper and lower extremities, as well as large soft tissue areas such as the shoulder blade or low back.

    Cupping is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the treatment area and a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.

    Cupping for soft tissue stiffness

    Following injury, surgery and prolonged immobilization, patients may experience pain, stiffness and swelling that hinder normal movement patterns. There are numerous methods to treat such soft tissue stiffness. Scar tissue can be hypersensitive to touch, restricting a therapist’s ability to mobilize the visible scar and scar tissue deep within a patient’s recovering region. Using cupping, the therapist able to gently… MORE >

    Categories: Physical Therapy  

    National Athletic Training Month – Keeping America on the Job

    Posted on 3/13/2017 by Select Medical Outpatient Division WorkStrategies Program | Comments

    Work HealthNational Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to celebrate and spread awareness about all that athletic trainers do: provide vital health care services for life and sport. Athletic trainers play an integral role in the physical rehabilitative process on the playing field and keeping industrial athletes healthy and safe within the workforce. We count on our athletic trainers to be on the frontlines in prevention, treatment and ongoing management of care for our customers.

    Our athletic trainers partner with high schools, colleges/universities and professional sports teams and work closely with team physicians and coaches to ensure athletes compete at their highest potential and avoid injury. Through our WorkStrategies® Program, athletic trainers partner with employers to help keep workers on the job. They provide preventative programs and services to ensure that a company’s workforce remains healthy and productive.

    The National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s theme for 2017 is “Your protection is our priority.” Protecting our customers out in the workforce is most certainly a priority for us, and we’d like to shine a spotlight on some of our trusted WorkStrategies athletic… MORE >

    Categories: Physical Therapy   Work Health  

    Concussion – Just a bump on the head?

    Posted on 2/9/2017 by Melissa Bloom, P.T., DPT, NCS | Comments

    ConcussionOne of the many myths pertaining to concussion is that you need a big blow to the head to get one, or that getting your “bell rung” isn’t a big deal. In fact, any impact to the head, neck, or body has the potential to create changes to the neurologic function of the brain, or cause a concussion. While you most certainly can get a concussion from a high intensity football game or from a car accident, they often occur after what may seem like a fairly light bump.

    I’ve seen people with significant concussion symptoms from slipping and falling on ice, accidentally hitting their head on a cabinet door, getting elbowed in the head, or having luggage hit their head while unloading it from a plane. Additionally, I see patients from motor vehicle collisions where they never even hit their head and I see athletes where no one can pinpoint a specific hit. However, these individuals may be showing signs of post-concussion symptoms after the accident or game.

    Similarly, a common myth is that you need a loss of consciousness or at least will “see stars” in order to have a concussion. In fact, a loss of consciousness is quite rare post-concussion, with occurrences of less than four to 10 percent.

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    Snow Shoveling Safety

    Posted on 1/18/2017 by Dorthy Lehr, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT | Comments

    Snow ShovelingMajor snowstorms have already hit many parts of the country, and the threat of snow still looms large during the remaining weeks of winter. There is lots of fun to be had with the fluffy white powder, but removing snow from sidewalks and driveways is an unenviable chore and one that can cause a plethora of physical problems.

    With that in mind, below are a few tips and stretches to keep you safe and healthy while out in the winter wonderland:

    Choose an ergonomically correct shovel, one which has a curved handle and an adjustable handle length. As opposed to a straight line shovel, a shovel which is small, lightweight and curved will allow you to carry a manageable load of snow and keep your back straighter, reducing spinal stress.

    Proper shoveling technique is just as important as the correct shovel. Keep your back straight and bend at your hips and knees. When moving the snow to a new location, avoid twisting your body. Instead, turn your whole body by pivoting your legs.

    Avoid slipping on slick areas or black ice by wearing shoes or boots with good tread. Applying pet-friendly salt, sand or kitty litter will also increase traction and decrease the risk of slipping.

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    Categories: Physical Therapy  

    Combatting Mother Nature – Winter Running Tips

    Posted on 12/12/2016 by Andrew Miller, P.T., DPT, OCS, CEAS | Comments

    Cold Weather RunningWhile some athletes temporarily retire their running shoes for the winter season or simply head indoors, there are many athletes who ignore the colder temperatures and snow and prefer to log their miles outside. Following these tips by physical therapist, Andrew Miller, will help to keep you injury-free during the winter months and prepare for the spring racing season.

    Cold Temperatures – Running in colder temperatures will make it difficult for a runner to get their lower leg muscles warmed up which can lead to muscle or tendon injuries. Our bodies are efficient at maintaining core body temperature to protect our internal organs and will pull blood away from the extremities to do so. This is why our hands and feet get cold so quickly in the winter. It’s important that runners dress appropriately with layers. Your body will warm up as your start running, so dress for 15-20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature.

    Performing a thorough pre-run warm-up, which could include jumping jacks, skipping, arm circles, or leg swings, is key to injury prevention. The goal is to increase your heart rate and wake up your muscles before heading outdoors. It’s even more important to stretch after… MORE >

    Categories: Physical Therapy