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Back to school means kids are diving into more than just new classes and textbooks. Many children participate in school sports (which is fantastic!). Between often surprisingly intense practices and games, and the over-stuffed backpacks every student seems to tote around, it’s no wonder we see an uptick in injuries and sore muscles.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sprains (ligaments), strains (muscles), and stress fractures (bones) are the most common types of...
Posted on 2017-08-24
Foam rollers have gained a lot of attention and popularity recently, and for good reason. They are a simple, inexpensive tool, and when used correctly, can help release muscle tightness and trigger points (commonly referred to as “knots”). Foam rollers provide myofascial release, giving you the ability to provide yourself an effective self-massage almost anywhere on your body. Knots are essentially adhesions in the muscle; areas where overuse, or chronic/repetitive use creates a...
Posted on 2017-07-17
  It doesn’t matter whether you are recovering from surgery or an injury, or happen to be seeking treatment for chronic pain. What you get out of your physical therapy treatment will be a direct reflection of what you put into it. Most insurance plans pay only for a limited number of physical therapy visits, so you need to make sure you’re maximizing your time. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Your doctor may or may not suggest a specific therapist or clinic. Either way,...
Posted on 2017-06-19
  Summer is often a time when many of us – and our kids – take advantage of opportunities for sports activities, whether it is joining an adult sports league, taking golf or tennis lessons, or heading off to day camp. An active lifestyle is a great way to stay healthy and fit, and we are big advocates of being involved in a sport (or two). But jumping into a more rigorous routine without preparing correctly can leave you, or your kids, at higher risk for injury. Here are a fe...
Posted on 2017-05-27
Recovering from Whiplash: Take Your Time and Go Slow   Whiplash is often caused by a rear-end or side-impact car accident and the accompanying violent backward and forward movement of the neck, which can damage the discs, soft tissue, cartilage between the disc and vertebral bone, muscles and ligaments. The traumatic impact affects the cervical spine, which is composed of the first seven vertebrae (C1 to C7). C1 connects to the bottom edge of the skull and C7 joins the top of the thorac...
Posted on 2017-04-14
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