As we all embark on the New Year, consider these motivational quotes to help you kick off a healthier, happier 2017. Tape them to your desk; stick them on a mirror; put them up on the fridge, and come back to them when you need a little encouragement to help you reach your rehabilitation goals.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
If you’ve been struggling to overcome an injury or condition this past year, it can be tough to have a positive outlook for 2017. But much of how we feel physically depends on how we’re handling things mentally and emotionally.
Make 2017 the year you feel better by adopting some of these healthy mental strategies. (more…)
Ergonomics is a word that may sound strange, but it’s one that plays a big role in how comfortable and efficient we’re able to be at work.
Ergonomics is a field of study that looks at how work spaces are designed. An ergonomic work area can increase efficiency, but more importantly it helps reduce or eliminate the risk of musculoskeletal pain from conditions such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, neck tension or back aches that can occur when we sit at our desk incorrectly for 8 or more hours a day.
Whether it’s muscle, joint, or bone, chronic pain from illness and injury is one of the most common medical symptoms suffered by adults in the United States. It’s also one of the most medicated symptoms, with the number of prescriptions written for pain reaching unprecedented, sometimes dangerous levels.
While certain illnesses and injuries do call for medication intervention for pain relief, there are many other, potentially safer and more effective options that can also help you alleviate pain, including physical therapy, which, according to a report released this past March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should consider first.
As the temperatures drop, many people suffering from hand and wrist conditions such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome often find themselves dealing with more pain, and other symptoms such as tingling and swelling.
If cooler temps are aggravating your hand or wrist condition or injury, consider these tips:
- Stay warm. Keeping hands protected from cold temps is an easy way to fend off pain. And stick with mittens, rather than gloves, since they don’t separate the fingers.
- Keep the blood circulating with movement. Lightly squeezing a small rubber ball, performing therapist-approved hand exercises, and rubbing hands together can increase blood flow and decrease pain and other symptoms.
- Keep bones, muscles, and joints strong with anti-inflammatory food and plenty of calcium and vitamin D.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to gather with friends and family and reflect with gratitude — not to mention all the great food!
Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also a prime time for some not-so-pleasant injuries. Don’t let an accident sideline your holiday. Stay injury free with these smart prevention tips.
While this Halloween is sure to be a time of fun tricks and treats for both kids and adults, it’s also a holiday that increases our risk for preventable injuries and accidents.
More pedestrians get injured on Halloween than on any other holiday, as most trick-or-treating festivities begin around the time many people are heading home from work, and end long after it’s dark out.
It can be hard to keep your hand out of the Halloween candy bowl. And while a couple of pieces here and there may not be harmful, if you’re working on overcoming chronic pain or injury, overindulging in Halloween treats could be working against you, thanks to their sugar content.
Here are a few reasons why.
Even before that first cold front of the season blows in, your body knows it’s coming — especially if you have chronic pain. Many chronic pain sufferers, or those living with an injury, often report aches and pains triggered by cooler temperatures.
And there’s some science to back up that claim. When the barometric pressure outside changes, like it does when it’s damp or cold, the nerve endings of our joints are receptive to that, triggering aches, pains and stiffness.
When speaking to a specialist or physical therapist about treatment options for your pain, they may suggest something call dry needling.
It can sound intimidating, but is actually a common part of many physical therapy programs. Dry needling can also sound familiar to another type of needling procedure known as acupuncture. But these are not the same type of treatment.
1. Dry needling is a newer treatment procedure and one based on musculoskeletal science and Western neuroanatomy science. Acupuncture is based on Chinese and Eastern philosophies such as Chi, and is considered a form of traditional Chinese medicine.