Category Archives: Health and Medical

The Impact of Exercise on Mental Health

Living with mental health issues can be challenging. Anxiety, depression—ADHD, stress, and PTSD—mental health issues touch nearly every aspect of life, from work to relationships to overall wellbeing. And these issues can extend into our physical lives, sometimes diminishing our motivation to exercise. It’s an odd conundrum, considering how central exercise is in helping people […]
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Benefits of Walking When Living with Atrial Fibrillation

  September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, the perfect time to explore this serious, sometimes life-threatening heart condition that affects over 200,000 people a year in the United States alone. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib, as it’s sometimes called) is a form of abnormal heart rhythm caused by lack of coordination between the heart’s upper (atrial) […]
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How Your Meals Impact Your Movement

With such a focus on movement in physical therapy, we sometimes forget about one of the keys to proper movement: food. Balance, coordination, strength building, recovery—all of these important elements of PT are impacted by the things we put into our bodies. Have you ever experienced grogginess after a meal? How about muscle soreness that […]
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Creating a Walking and Running Routine that Works for You

If you’re considering beginning a walk or run routine, we have one piece of advice above all others: go for it! Because committing to walking or running is satisfying, energizing, and can have an enormous impact on your overall health. Stress and anxiety relief, weight loss—you name it. It’s a low-impact, low-cost way to make […]
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Exercises That Can Help Alleviate Gastroparesis Symptoms

Although relatively unknown, Gastroparesis is a chronic digestive condition that affects hundreds of thousands of people a year in the U.S. alone. This condition inhibits the otherwise strong muscle contractions that propel digestive matter from the stomach through the digestive tract, slowing the digestive process to a crawl. The result is a variety of symptoms […]
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Posture-Improving Exercises for Physical Therapy Patients

Patients of all ages looking to improve their posture may benefit from exercise. In extreme cases, where the spine is severely curved, there traditionally were few options for effective treatment. If a patient has a condition that is adversely impacting their posture, they may begin to feel frustration or embarrassment.
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Exercise for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is progressive, debilitating, and often poses a major obstacle to regular exercise. In some cases, it precludes it entirely. COPD encompasses two general conditions, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis, that cause breathing difficulties, phlegm-producing cough, shortness of breath, and other unpleasant symptoms. The cause? Typically, it’s what you might guess: cigarette […]
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Decrease Pain, Encourage Movement in the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

It is something we see time and time again in our clinic: patients struggling with chronic pain. Maybe it is from a recent injury or surgery, or one from long ago. Either way, enduring pain can impact the quality of life, and can often require long-term treatment plans that include heavy doses of pain management […]
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How You Feel is What You Eat—The Role of Nutrition in Wellness

It’s safe to say that most of us would prefer to be well. After all, who doesn’t like to feel good? Yet, a general state of good health—wellness, as it’s often referred to—is surprisingly elusive when we miss some of the key ingredients. Regular exercise, intellectual stimulation, emotional stability—all of us recognize the important role […]
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Managing Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms with Exercise

When multiple sclerosis (MS) disrupts the flow of information within the brain, each person living with the disease experiences different symptoms at different levels of severity. While the disease is unpredictable in so many ways, most people living with MS find that exercise help to improve some symptoms and overall health and well-being. The majority […]
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