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Aquatic Therapy: Help for What Ails You

At Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center in Allentown, aquatic therapy is performed in a pool heated to 92 – 94 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the optimal temperature according to current research. As an aquatic physical therapist, I work with many people who are unable to tolerate physical therapy in a regular therapy gym. I see people overcome many painful conditions while experiencing the fun of the pool environment.

Speech Therapy: Addressing Difficulties Following a Stroke

By Denise Stryker, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Speech Language Pathologist and Sherri Repsher, MS, CCC-SLP/L, Speech Language Pathologist, Clinical Supervisor
 

Treating Back Pain Non-Surgically

For a patient with back pain, simple activities like sitting, standing and walking can be difficult.  Back pain symptoms can range in intensity from a slight “tight feeling” in the back to severe back and/or leg pain. Physical therapy offers many treatment options for patients with back pain. When pain levels are high, patients can be apprehensive about physical therapy and exercise, but a physical therapist can develop a plan to help patients overcome that apprehension.

Feeding Problem or Picky Eater? Solving the Dinner Dilemma

“When he gets hungry enough, he’ll eat.”
“We don’t play with our food. We eat it.”
“Kids can live on mac and cheese. Can’t they?”

Are you guilty of using one of these phrases? If so, then you’ve probably faced the high-chair hero. He won’t open his mouth for anything or anyone – not even if Sponge Bob himself were the one holding the spoon. He gives you the trademark head turn. He cries big crocodile tears and repeats the word “no” over and over again. Welcome to the dinner dilemma!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Treatment Options

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a well-known condition that affects many people. The two most common questions about carpal tunnel syndrome are what it is and how can it be treated?

New Therapy Technique Offers Relief from Pain

Graston TechniqueAs a physical therapist and director of outpatient musculoskeletal services at Good Shepherd, I am always pleased when we can offer our patients a new treatment that can help them recover from a painful condition or injury. We’ve recently introduced our patients to the Graston Technique®, a form of manual soft tissue therapy involvi

SPRINT to Independence

 
We all know someone who has suffered a stroke, broken bone, joint replacement, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma or brain injury. Medically necessary inpatient rehabilitation probably was part of the recovery process after your relative, friend or neighbor was stabilized at an acute-care hospital.
 

Be Prepared for Safe Snow Shoveling

physical therapySnow shoveling brings increased visits to local emergency rooms and physician offices as a result of lower back injuries. Improper body mechanics can result in muscular strain or possibly a more serious injury, such as a herniated disc or disc degeneration.

The following guidelines will help you prevent injuries and move snow more effectively:

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution To Get in Shape

The new year seems to bring with it endless possibilities. You vow to begin and stick with an exercise plan, and you’re extremely motivated…for now.  By the end of January, however, you’re probably ready to throw in the towel if you haven’t already. Sound familiar? 

Many people repeat this scenario year after year, and it’s not because they don’t have good intentions. The problem is that we live in an on-demand society. When we don’t see improvement quickly, it’s difficult to stay motivated.

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