If there’s anything we can all agree on, it’s that being injured or sick is the worst. It leaves us feeling uncomfortable, uncertain about the future, and—if you’re anything like me—the idle time is enough to drive you up the wall. So how do we cope?
We look for other people going through the same thing.
Sure, authoritative clinical content helps educate us about these injuries and ailments; but little of this content communicates the experiences real patients have during the recovery and rehabilitation phases of their injuries.
Continue reading “Achilles Rupture Rehab — A Closer Look”
It can start as tolerable pain that only comes after physical activity. Over time, the pain increases, invades your exercise routine, and may even reach a point where walking is painful, the injury site sore to touch.
Ahhh, the fibula stress fracture—that creeping stress injury that runners especially know and “love.” Continue reading “Have a Fibula Stress Fracture? Take a Load Off!”
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017, over 400,000 people will have died from the four major cancer types (lung, breast, colon/rectum, prostate) in the United States alone. It’s a sobering statistic, to say the least, enough to give any person pause—no matter their walk of life.
Whether you’ve had personal or indirect experience with this wretched and challenging disease, you likely share a sentiment common to most people: cancer is a terrible trial to be avoided at all costs. So, what can are some simple things we do on a daily basis to help prevent cancer? And in the unfortunate cases where cancer does enter our lives, what can we do to help beat the disease and move on with our lives?
Continue reading “How Your Lifestyle Can Help Prevent and Defeat Cancer”
The statistics are in, and they’re staggering: according to the American College of Cardiology, heart disease causes one out of every three deaths in the United States. That’s approximately 800,000 lives claimed by coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure every year. It’s also a sobering reminder that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is something that every person needs to pay attention to, no matter their walk of life.
The good news is that there are several simple habits and activities that have been proven by modern medical science to decrease the risk of CVD, both in the short term and long term.
Here’s a few that we recommend: Continue reading “How to Get Heart Healthy (and Stay That Way)”
If you read our post on four common New Year’s resolutions (and some tips for achieving them), you know that the struggle is real. Waking up on the first day of 2018 and swearing to eat better, exercise more, and lose weight?
Making these things a reality— and sustaining your New Year’s resolutions throughout the year—is far more difficult. At times, the hill will seem too steep to climb. The path will be blocked by a felled tree. Lightning will strike at the summit.
It’s in these moments it’s important to push on. We believe in you! But it’s equally as important to keep things in perspective: a resolution is a goal to be achieved through earnest hard work and discipline. And pursuing these resolutions at the expense of your health, or in counterproductive ways, defeats the purpose.
Continue reading “Don’t Let Your New Year’s Resolutions Harm You”
It’s December. The New Year is fast approaching, and with it comes the typical, predictable, inevitable resolutions that we make the morning after the ball drops in Times Square.
This year, we say, things are going to change.
Most people who read that chuckle to themselves at least a little bit. I mean, come on: nobody actually keeps their New Year’s resolutions, right? They’re meant to be broken.
But we here at AlterG disagree.
This is the year.
So, in the spirit of a fresh new year soon to come and keeping our resolutions well into 2018 and beyond, here are four common resolutions and a few ways that AlterG can help you achieve them. Continue reading “Common New Year’s Resolutions and How to Make Them a Reality”
Recently, I noticed an odd dip while walking around in my running shoes. So, I sat down, took them off, and examined the soles—just as I suspected, they were worn out in exactly the same place that my running shoes always seem to wear out: the outside of my heels.
Time to investigate.
As it turns out, I over pronate, one of a few common gait inefficiencies among runners. And yet, up to that point, I’d just kind of lived with it.
Unfortunately, this might have been a big mistake. Continue reading “3 Tips for Examining and Correcting Your Gait”
Quick quiz, hotshots: name the second most common cause of disability among American adults. Obesity? Nope. Old age, you say? That’s not it, either.
Did you guess lower back pain?
If so, a gold star for you, kind reader. Hopefully, though, you’re not among the many sufferers of this often-debilitating condition. Aside from being the cause of some 149 million missed workdays a year—and costing the U.S. economy $100-200 billion annually—lower back pain can significantly impact a person’s ability to lead a normal, pain-free life. Even the most basic movements can be limited, saying nothing of some of the more intense exercises and activities many people know and love. Continue reading “Suffering from Lower Back Pain? Unloading Could Be the Cure!”
Sprained ankles, cranky knees—surgery, training, rehab—the list seems to go on and on. Thank goodness for physical therapists! Because no matter if the patient is an athlete, senior citizen, or suffering from a chronic condition, the goal is always the same:
Get back to good as fast as possible.
And we understand that helping clients get better requires a commitment to finding new and innovative ways to rehab. That’s why we put thousands of clinical hours and countless client interviews into our latest gravity-defying physical therapy solution: the Via Anti-Gravity Treadmill® from AlterG®.
Continue reading “Defy Gravity with the All-New Via Anti-Gravity Treadmill®“
October 29 marks the beginning of Obesity Week—time to celebrate!
Wait, we’re celebrating?
Yes! Because Obesity Week is the annual gathering of scientists, researchers, and medical professionals committed to improving the way we approach, treat, and overcome obesity. Despite the overwhelming statistics surrounding obesity, this condition can be treated, and physical therapists often play a key role in implementing effective programs that deliver life-changing results.
Continue reading “Celebrate #OW2017 With a Focus on Diet and Movement”