Halfway through my Marathon Training Plan, I felt a sharp pain in my heel followed by severe pain in my arch. Having been a runner for four years, this pain concerned me since I had never experienced that type of pain before. I was at the point in my training where my mileage would increase into high double digits, but I couldn’t run through the pain and didn’t know what to do. Feeling defeated and concerned that I would need to cancel my first marathon, I contacted a running friend and a coach who recommended Empower Physical Therapy and Fitness. Read More
Stress is an unavoidable part of human life. In small doses, stress is a GOOD thing because it enables us to recognize and overcome both physical and psychological threats to our well-being. Acute (immediate and short-term) stress prepares the body for more challenging tasks. Once the body encounters a stressor, overcomes it, and then returns to a normal rested state, it is better prepared and capable of handling a new stressor of potentially greater intensity. This is how we adapt and build resiliency for increased stress in the future. Read More »
In part I of this series, the benefits of getting enough sleep, ideally 7-9 hours each night, were discussed. However, many people frequently struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. Here are some effective ways to maximize your quality of sleep: Read More »
We live in a fast paced, demanding society that often views downtime as time wasted. Attaining adequate sleep on a regular basis frequently becomes of secondary importance to cramming the day with as many activities as possible before hitting the hay. Even if going to bed an hour or two earlier than planned seems to come at the expense of a workout, an important work project or social function, doing so can have a significant positive impact on your health and wellness goals. It can make you more productive, healthier, and happier throughout your waking hours. Some of the many benefits of getting enough sleep include: Read More »
Interview Questions and Answers
- When did you first start using AlterG? 2012
- What attracted you to the AlterG solution? (either business or clinical) From a clinical perspective, it was an opportunity to expand our cardiovascular conditioning of patients without knee, hip or ankle pain.
- How were you achieving partial weight bearing therapy with patients prior to using AlterG? Sending them outside the clinic for aquatic therapy.
- How does AlterG help you overcome those limitations? We can see patients in our office and monitor their therapy/rehab. Read More »
Having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or getting the recommended seven to eight hours a night? If you’ve bought a new mattress, use light blocking shades, don’t drink caffeine past 2 p.m. and still don’t’ sleep well, there’s a good chance you need more exercise in your day. Read More »
For most of us, walking just happens. We don’t spend time thinking about moving our bodies forward and we typically don’t worry about it. But for those with an illness or injury or who are overweight, in pain or deconditioned, walking across the room may seem the same as climbing a mountain. Decreased efficiency, increased energy expenditure, decreased balance and increased fall risk are all the possible results of an altered gait. Read More »
If your patient has been through breast cancer treatment, you know she’s on a brutal uphill climb. And the battle doesn’t end after the cancer is in remission.
The lump may be removed, but women deal with the psychological trauma of how their lives have changed after treatment. Plus, they may be struggling with limited function of their arms and shoulders after surgery and radiation.
More than 6.4 million people are living with the aftermath of a stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), which brings sudden neurological deficits when arteries leading to the brain are blocked or burst. During a stroke, brain cells die because the brain is not getting enough oxygen and physical and cognitive impairments result. The good news is that the brain is an amazing organ and can be “rewired” for optimal function thanks to its plasticity, or its ability to change and adapt.
The most common impairments from a stroke are loss of sensory function, motor function, cognitive abilities, perceptual capabilities and language function. The motor deficits are usually classified as hemiplegia (paralysis) or hemiparesis (weakness). Read More »
Technology continues to change how therapists provide care. In fact, therapists often are helping guide or lead the technology development for neurorehabilitation and physical rehabilitation. Some therapy practices may be hesitant to purchase technology because of the price tag and the uncertainty how it will enhance patient outcomes and the overall business . But now is a great time for US-based companies to take the leap and become one of the successful practices that is fully engaged with rehabilitation technology. Read More »