What You Can Do Now to Prevent Stroke

As part of our ongoing blog series in honor of American Stroke Awareness Month, this week’s post is all about stroke prevention. Although there is no way to completely protect ourselves against stroke, there are many choices we can make on a day to day basis that significantly reduce our risk.

Here are a few areas to focus on.

What is a Stroke? Read the first post in this series. Read More »

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What is a Stroke? Symptoms, Causes, and Response

In honor of American Stroke Awareness Month, welcome to our four-part series on stroke. Each blog we publish the month of May will be dedicated to educating people about stroke, building awareness, and introducing treatment, rehab, and recovery options. Read More »

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3 Ways to Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

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According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.” Why are these numbers so low, when there is ample evidence that regular exercise can be of immense benefit? Read More »

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Did You Miss Our Last Webinar? How Anti-Gravity Technology Can Help Anyone

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

If there is one belief that we are deeply committed to, it is the ability of anti-gravity technology to change lives. We’ve seen the impact it can make on people young and old, physically fit or suffering from a debilitating injury. Professional athletes. Stroke survivors. People approaching middle age. Read More »

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March Madness is Over – Here’s 3 Common Basketball Injuries (and How to Avoid Them)

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This year’s NCAA Basketball Championships are over, and what a tournament it was. At the end of all the March Madness, it was the Villanova Wildcats that prevailed for men’s basketball and Notre Dame for women’s basketball—each team winning their second title. Read More »

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How Running at Altitude Affects Conditioning

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Completing a marathon is an amazing feat. For many, it’s the challenge of a lifetime. And training for a marathon is difficult enough. Now imagine running those 26.2 miles at altitude. Each year, scores of athletes do just that, taking to some of the world’s highest, driest locales for the ultimate running challenge. There’s the Madeira Island Ultra Trail, a non-stop, grueling marathon that few have the wherewithal to actually complete. Then there’s the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon, the highest marathon in the world.

It takes a seasoned, well-trained athlete to take on such immense physical feats—running at altitude can have a dramatic effect on the human body. Read More »

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How Unweighting Can Help Treat Knee Osteoarthritis

Female runner knee injury and pain.

The ways we develop osteoarthritis of the knee are many. There’s the sports we play, the jobs we hold. For most of us, though, knee osteoarthritis develops as we age.

Who knew that knee cartilage had an expiration date?

Osteoarthritis is typically characterized by chronic pain, swelling, and stiffness. And it can limit our range of motion and ability to do even the most simple daily tasks. So, no matter the cause, the way we treat knee osteoarthritis can be the difference between a manageable condition and a painful one that inhibits our way of life. Read More »

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A Femur Fracture Rehab Case Study

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If it sounds terrible, that’s because it is: according to the American Physical Therapy Association, a femur fracture is the “break, crack, or crush injury of the thigh bone.” Recovery time for this painful injury can range from anywhere to four to six months.

Though there are many causes for femur fracture, including contact sports and high-impact exercise, this kind of injury can also result from pre-existing conditions such as osteoporosis, bone cysts, or even tumors.

Regardless of the cause or severity, most patients require some form of physical therapy to improve motion, strength, and expedite their return to physical activity. Read More »

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5 Easy Lumbar Core Strengthening Exercises You Should Know

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Chronic lower back pain is a common reason for starting a physical therapy program. It has a variety of causes. And we do know that core stability is at the center of spinal health. That’s why we are constantly exploring new ways to strengthen the core. Not only can these stability exercises be used in a preventative manner, but they can also help patients recover from a variety of conditions, from athletic injuries to total hip arthroplasty. Read More »

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Training Seniors Using Unweighting

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There’s a harsh reality that we all face as human beings: the older we get, the less capable we are of doing the things we used to do with ease. A walk up the hill can leave us winded, it takes us longer to recover, and exercise brings with it an increased risk of injury.

Gone are the days when mobility and stability were taken for granted.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! Many of these challenges have less to do with old age and more to do with the physical inactivity that often accompanies old age. Exercise, though, can be one of the keys to healthy living for seniors. That’s because a regular exercise regimen can lead to improvements in cardiovascular health and blood pressure, bone strength and weight control. Other benefits include improved sleep cycles, better mental health, and better balance overall.

Still, many senior citizens find the prospect of regular exercise daunting. For this, we call on our good friend unweighting. Read on to learn how unweighting technology can help bridge the gap between seniors and regular exercise. Read More »

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