Physical Therapy

| Posted On Oct 05, 2021 | By:

Seasonal Yard Work: Preventing Back Pain

As the seasons change, many people here in New England are dusting off their rakes and snow shovels in anticipation of the cooler weather. While often an inevitable part of home maintenance, the repetitive bending and lifting involved in seasonal yard work can lead to muscle strain or can exacerbate chronic back pain.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe and injury-free while you spruce up your outdoor space.

Don’t forget to stretch

Like any physical activity,

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| Posted On Jun 14, 2018 | By:

Diagnosing and Treating Shin Splints

Running is a popular sport or form of exercise for millions of people around the world. Although running has plenty of health benefits, it’s also associated with various injuries. One common injury I see in runners is medial tibial stress syndrome, more commonly known as shin splints. Shin splints can also occur in people who are participating in other high impact sports such as basketball, soccer, jumping or gymnastics.

Shin splints are an overuse injury that is characterized by a throbbing or aching pain along the front or inside edge of the shinbone (tibia).

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| Posted On Apr 25, 2018 | By:

The Smart Way to Use Smartwatches

Smartwatches have definitely become one of those “must-have” items of late and are very popular gifts. If you either just got a smartwatch as a gift, bought one, or are thinking of getting one for yourself, very common questions you may have are: “But now what?” “What can it do and what can’t it do?” and “With all the choices which one should I choose?”

First, a smartwatch is a wearable extension of your smartphone that can alert you to phone calls,

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| Posted On Apr 09, 2018 | By:

Get a Workout at Your Desk

If you sit at a desk all day for work, you may be all too familiar with how you feel when you (finally) stand up. A stiff neck, stiff joints, leg muscles that need a good stretch, even aching back muscles – your entire musculoskeletal system can be impacted by too much sitting.

The fact is that the body likes to move, and any prolonged static positions – like sitting in front of your computer for long periods of time – are not good for keeping the muscles limber and loose.

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| Posted On Feb 14, 2018 | By:

A Headache That’s a Pain in the Neck

If you sit at a desk all day working at a computer and start to notice frequent headaches, you may have what’s known as a cervicogenic headache. These headaches have nothing to do with eye strain but rather are caused by nerves and muscles of the neck and spine that have been aggravated by posture or perhaps an injury.

The source of a headache can sometimes be tricky to pinpoint given there are more than 150 unique kinds of headaches,

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| Posted On Feb 02, 2017 | By:

Exercises to Help Prevent and Manage Sports Injuries

Are you a runner or do you frequently play sports like tennis, squash, or basketball? Do you often deal with an injury from your activity, or do you just want to learn more about how to prevent injury while being as active as possible? These exercises will help improve your stability and strength which are key to avoiding, preventing and managing injuries to the knee, hip, ankle or back as a result of recreational activity or a competitive sport.

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| Posted On Jan 10, 2017 | By:

Vertigo

Experiencing vertigo for the first time can be a pretty scary event. Most people describe it as a strong spinning sensation or a feeling of light-headedness or being totally off-balance. Vertigo often stems from a problem with the vestibular system, our balance center which is located in the inner ear but deeper than our ear drum and the systems involved with hearing.

One of the most common causes of vertigo is called BPPV,

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| Posted On Oct 20, 2016 | By:

Should You Use Heat or Ice on an Injury?

Whether it’s at home, at work, or in the gym, that age-old question of whether to use heat or ice for an injury continues to be debated. And there’s good reason for the debate, as there is no one correct answer to the question – it depends on the injury in question.

Below we describe the physiological and therapeutic benefits of both heat and ice to help you decide which one might be most effective to use.

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| Posted On Sep 13, 2012 | By:

Frozen Shoulder

Have you had an annoying pain in your shoulder for weeks or months, but you cannot recall injuring yourself?  Are you unable to enjoy sports like tennis or golf because the pain and stiffness in your shoulder is getting worse? Is the pain beginning to keep you awake at night?  If any of this sounds familiar, you may have frozen shoulder.

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| Posted On Mar 02, 2012 | By:

Stand Up Straight! Improving Your Posture

Growing up, most of us were told at some point by our parents or grandparents to “Stand up straight!” or “Stop slouching!”  Although it might have felt like they were nagging, studies have shown that this was in fact excellent advice. There is a direct correlation between maintenance of proper posture and efficient body function throughout your daily activities and work tasks. Poor posture habits, such as slouching while standing or hunching over your computer at work,

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