physical therapy

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.

There’s Still Time To Hit the Slopes (Safely) in Spring

Spring is just around the corner, temperatures are starting to rise and days are getting longer.

For a snow sports enthusiast, spring usually means that it’s time for a big trip up north or out west where conditions are still optimal.

If you stick around to enjoy some spring skiing close to home, you’ll find challenging conditions. The snow will be frozen in the morning and become wet later in the day.

Hopefully, most skiers have logged countless hours on the slopes this winter, and you are ready for this challenge.

Don’t Let an Ankle Sprain Keep You Down

Imagine you’re taking a leisurely stroll down the sidewalk, but you don’t notice that the sidewalk is uneven. As you set your foot down to take another step, you begin to lose your balance.

Normally, your ankle ligaments and leg muscles would kick in at this point, contracting to help you regain your balance. But, if you’ve endured repeated sprains to your ankle, these mechanisms may be damaged, and you would instead stumble or fall.

You could have chronic ankle instability.

Injuries or Disabilities Shouldn’t Stop You from Hitting the Slopes this Winter

Just watch the Winter X Games or visit your local ski shop, and you’ll see that snow sports – especially skiing – are now more popular than ever.

The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy at Good ShepherdSwimming pools have many fun and healthy uses. They’re fun to splash in, they’re great for cooling off in the sweltering summer heat and they can help you shed a few extra pounds. You may not think of swimming pools as a tool for rehabilitation therapy, but you should.

What You Can Do To Prevent Dangerous Falls

Winter is here, and winter means snow and ice. It also can mean slips and falls!

For people who are 65 or older, a fall can happen anywhere at any time, even if there is no ice on the ground. In fact, one in three older adults will sustain an injurious fall at some point.

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