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Tips to Prevent Low Back Pain

If you are among the 80 percent of Americans who suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives, here are some helpful hints for back pain prevention.

Stretches for Tired Feet

foot stretchesDo you have tired feet? Do you work all day in uncomfortable shoes? Below are a few simple stretches that can be done at the end of the day, which may help address the tightness and stiffness associated with weary feet.

Kick off your shoes as soon as you get into the house and walk around for a few minutes. Sit down and do a few ankle and foot circles to prepare for stretching.

Living with Spinal Stenosis

Spinal StenosisYou start your day feeling fine and decide to head to the local mall. As you start to walk through the mall, pain begins in your thigh. You find a bench, sit down and the pain goes away. What you may be experiencing is spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord or the openings where spinal nerves leave the spinal column.

Choosing an Outpatient Site for Your Physical Therapy Needs

If you have had surgery or are unable to perform your normal activities due to pain from an injury, arthritis or overuse, your physician may recommend outpatient physical or occupational therapy.  Good Shepherd outpatient sites address these common orthopedic problems, as well as serve patients with neurological problems such as

Staying Strong as We Age

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?

How to Start a Walking Fitness Program

walking fitnessI 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. 

Preventing Back and Neck Pain without Leaving the Office

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!

Tips to Stay Safe in your Yard or Garden

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:planting flowers

The Benefits of Barefoot Running

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?

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