While many assume that loss of strength – debility – is an unavoidable part of the aging process, the reality is that adults can often remain physically active throughout their lives. There are ways to prevent debility as well as help older adults regain their strength.
What is debility? Read more »
I am a runner. However, after being plagued with injuries during the past few months, I'm rethinking walking.
Walkers are far less prone to injury than runners, and research shows that consistent, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart disease by the same amount as more vigorous exercise such as running. Read more »
Few people would consider their desk job “dangerous,” but painful work-related conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, back and neck pain, are real possibilities. Luckily, there is a lot you can do to prevent these problems, and you don’t even have to leave your office! Read more »
Spring is the season to start sprucing up your yard or garden. This is also the time of the year when injuries can happen if lifting is not done properly. It is important to keep in mind proper body mechanics while working with a shovel, wheelbarrow, rake, etc.
Here are a few helpful tips to keep you safe while working in your yard or garden: Read more »
If you are a runner, you have probably heard about the recent trend to run “barefoot.” Barefoot runners may actually be running without shoes or with minimal cushioned footwear – shoes with thin soles. What are the benefits of running barefoot? Read more »
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. Read more »
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. Read more »
As 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 involving the use of stainless steel instruments contoured to the body. The therapist uses the instruments to apply pressure to the affected area, breaking dow
Snow 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: Read more »
Are you reading this on a computer? Are you seated at a desk? If so, this blog is for you!
Although working at a computer doesn’t sound like dangerous work, it can cause repetitive strain injuries (like carpal tunnel syndrome). Posture-related problems may also occur – like pain in the back, neck, shoulders, arm, wrist and hand. Read more »