For those who work in an office setting, spending most of their workday at a computer, carpal tunnel syndrome is a real possibility. There are ways to help prevent carpal tunnel problems like correct posture and an ergonomic workspace, regular breaks from the keyboard with proper stretches. If you’ve already been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, there are things you can do to minimize discomfort and progression. (more…)
Physical therapy, like most other types of therapy, can be done one-on-one with just you and your therapist or as a group. There are many times when group physical therapy might be beneficial. But sometimes it is best to work individually with a therapist that is trained and experienced in the type of physical therapy you need. (more…)
While a growing family is an exciting experience for most, pregnancy can also be quite stressful. A woman’s body is designed for pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean it is easy. Pregnancy can be very draining and take a toll on the body. Physical therapy can help address many of the discomforts that women experience during pregnancy, from the early stages to postpartum. (more…)
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the opening in the vertebrae where the spinal cord is located. When the small spinal canal becomes smaller, the spinal cord and/or the nerve roots contained in the canal can become compressed or “pinched.” This can produce cramping, weakness, numbness or pain. The parts of the body affected depend on where the narrowing occurs.
Most often, spinal stenosis occurs in the lumbar region of the spine. Here it affects the lower back and legs. When it occurs in the cervical area, it can cause symptoms in the neck, shoulders or arms.
The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects your jawbone to the temporal bones of the skull. It allows for up-and-down and side-to-side motion of the jaw. This structure provides the motion for mastication, or chewing of your food, yawning and talking. When the joint is injured or overstressed, symptoms can range from minor to severe, depending on the extent of the injury.
Though individuals in every generation have experienced the discomfort from temporomandibular joint disorder, certain facts about this problem have only come to light in fairly recent years. Here are four interesting facts you may not know about this joint disorder. (more…)
It is not unusual to occasionally experience bouts of dizziness once you reach a certain age. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV, is a common cause of vertigo. Usually, episodes are brief and can range from mild to intense. This condition is generally not serious, unless it makes you more likely to fall. Effective treatment for BPPV reduces this likelihood. (more…)
Symptoms of fibromyalgia were confirmed in a scientific study in 1981, yet even today there are still some doctors who overlook it as a real condition. Patients who suffer from it are well aware of how real it is, and how debilitating it can be to live with the condition. Because it affects everyone differently, it is difficult to diagnose, and symptoms often can look like a different condition. Living with fibromyalgia can be challenging, especially when the realities you face are invisible to those around you. (more…)
Whether it is your job and you do it on a daily basis, or if you only do it occasionally at home, proper lifting of heavy objects is important for back health. Doing it wrong can result in straining your back muscles. In fact, lifting heavy objects improperly causes many avoidable back problems.
You may be surprised to learn that just ten pounds of weight puts 100 pounds of pressure on lower back muscles. For every ten pounds you lift, you add an additional 100 pounds of pressure to your back. No wonder your back hurts when you do the heavy lifting. Lifting heavy objects repeatedly over time can do serious damage to back muscles. Lifting properly can save those muscles. (more…)
When was the last time you thought about how important your hands are to everyday living? From the very beginning of life, your hands have been there, feeding you information, holding things for you, speaking for you and helping you with just about every aspect of your life. Most of us take hand health for granted until something happens. (more…)
Shoulder pain, neck pain, back strain and wrist pain can affect your ability to do your best work. An ergonomic assessment can show you where improvements can be made, so your discomfort can be minimized or perhaps even eliminated. Ergonomics is the science of designing a workplace to fit the user’s needs. It increases worker efficiency and productivity while reducing discomfort. (more…)