physical therapy

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

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:

Proper Posture and Ergonomics While Working at a Computer Desk

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.

The Fibromyalgia Roller Coaster Ride

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is an increasingly recognized chronic pain illness that is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pain and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue and sleep disturbances. The most common sites of pain include the neck, back, shoulders, pelvic girdle and hands, but any body part can be involved. Fibromyalgia patients experience a range of symptoms of varying intensities that wax and wane over time – similar to a roller coaster.

Tips for Parents and Caregivers to Prevent Torticollis

Torticollis Prevention“Torticollis” is not a fancy name for a turtle or a pastry!  It is actually an acute, congenital or acquired condition affecting the muscles in a person’s neck. Torticollis is characterized by a tilt of the head to one side with the chin turned to the opposite side.

Back to School: Backpack Safety

Backpacks have become a must have for back to school. Students use their backpacks to carry an overabundance of books, papers, smart phones, video games, sports equipment and more. With so many different designs on the market, choosing the right backpack sometimes becomes a challenge, but it’s an important decision. A properly fitted backpack can prevent the development of aches and pains in the future.

Ankle Sprains Helped by Kinesio Taping

Who hasn’t suffered an ankle sprain? In the most severe cases, sprains can swell and bruise your ankle almost immediately. They are painful and prevent normal walking. Following a sprain, you may need crutches for a time because it is just too painful to bear weight on your ankle.

Next time you suffer an ankle sprain, consider Kinesio Taping to decrease pain and increase your mobility.

Don’t Let Shoulder Pain Stop Your Warm-Weather Plans

Whether it’s digging in the garden or throwing a baseball in the backyard with the kids, this is the season for having fun outdoors. But it can also be the time for shoulder pain.

Lacing Up the Proper Footwear

Most people spend much time carefully choosing the clothing they wear. They pick outfits based on the event they're attending or the weather outside.

Often, footwear is seen as an afterthought - an accessory to an outfit. But this is a mistake. For comfort and safety, you should put as much thought into what shoes go on your feet as to what clothing goes on your body.

It’s Time To Start Conditioning for Next Ski Season

Ski season is winding down in eastern Pennsylvania. I hope you all had excellent experiences hitting the slopes this year.

Now that winter is over, it is time to start conditioning yourself for next ski season.

During warm-weather months, your focus should be on maintaining the physical skills that are associated with skiing.

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