COVID has certainly made the importance of health very clear and we have all seen how quickly things can change with an illness. While COVID is currently front and center in most people's thoughts, it isn't the only thing out there that can change your life. Heart disease, diabetes, strokes and cancer can all be … Continue reading Want to Stay Healthy? Move More.
The obvious reason to lift weights is to build strength, but weight training also helps protect against osteoporosis. Weight training will help make daily activities more comfortable for people who suffer from arthritic conditions. It will also help minimize injury risk, and enable continued participation in recreational sports for people of all ages. You can … Continue reading The Importance of Lifting Weights
People usually see a physical therapist for pain or loss of function. Think of the person who has back pain, the injured athlete or the person who's had a stroke. They all want to improve how they move and complete tasks. Now, there is good reason to wonder if physical therapists will start seeing more … Continue reading Will COVID-19 Change the Typical PT Patient?
Moving your body in “smart” ways helps save energy. It also helps protect you from the risk of injuring yourself. Standing Up To stand, scoot to the edge of the chair.Lean forward slightly so your nose is over your toes and breathe in.As you breathe out, push yourself up using your arms.Remember, it can be … Continue reading Proper Body Mechanics: Move the Right Way
If you learn to do your daily tasks more efficiently, you will be able to do more with less shortness of breath. When you go about your everyday routine, remember to Plan, Prioritize, Position and Pace Yourself! #1: PLAN AHEAD Write down plans for the day or week. Figure out when you have the most … Continue reading Energy Conservation Tips for People with Pulmonary Diagnoses
By Rachel Long, PT, DPT Many people suffer from vestibular symptoms, which include problems with balance and vision as well as position or movement-related dizziness. Common complaints include vertigo, unsteadiness, lightheadedness, motion sickness, sense of tilting, frequent falls or loss of balance. Dizziness itself is not a disease- it is a symptom that often times … Continue reading What is Vestibular Rehab?
TRICARE, one of the nation's largest insurers wants their members to get physical therapy for back pain. They think that treating back pain with PT is so important that they're willing to waive the cost to their members. That's a huge deal. When's the last time you remember an insurance company covering the entire cost … Continue reading TRICARE Thinks PT is so Valuable, They’re Covering the Whole Cost!
Most people with chronic lung disease take several medications to help relieve daily symptoms. Your doctor will help find the best medications for you and your condition. It is important to remember that even if you are feeling well, you should not skip any dosages. Bronchodilators These medications help to relax and open your airways, … Continue reading Medications for Pulmonary Patients
1. The "Goldilocks" of Weather. Weather that is too hot can increase the severity of symptoms in patients with COPD. Likewise, weather that is too cold can make it more difficult to breathe . The perfect temperature for people with COPD is around 70 degrees. Ideally, humidity should be between 35-50% inside your home. 2. … Continue reading 6 Ways Weather Affects Your Breathing
By: Jeanette Kochman, PT, DPT, OCS Pulmonary rehabilitation has been clearly demonstrated to improve quality of life in individuals with COPD. Too often, those with chronic lung disease find themselves in a downward spiral of inactivity and isolation. The good news is, there is something out there to inhibit this downward spiral. Pulmonary rehabilitation is … Continue reading COPD Patients Encouraged to Take Advantage of Pulmonary Rehabilitation