physical therapy

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?

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.

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.

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

backpack safetyBackpacks 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. In fact, a recent  study found that the average backpack weighs about 14 pounds, or 15 percent of a middle school student's body weight.

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.

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