physical therapy

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.

Technology Can Be a Powerful Tool in Assessing Children with Mobility Issues

Children with mobility issues present unique challenges in rehabilitation, and technology can help to ensure that these children get the right treatment at the right time.

Often, children with issues such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, seizure disorders, developmental delays and brain tumors, can have mobility issues that make it difficult for them to get around. This can seriously impact the quality of their lives.

I've been diagnosed with MS. Now what do I do?

Learning that you have MS can be frightening. It’s a diagnosis that changes your life, and, as people with MS can attest, managing the symptoms of the disease can be frustrating and complex.

While everyone’s MS is unique, there are some similarities, and there are some lessons that can be shared.

Help Your Back Pain with the McKenzie Method

Back pain is a real problem for millions of Americans. In fact, it is estimated that 50 to 75 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives(1). Some people will have stiffness in their backs, while others may have radiating leg pain, weakness or altered sensation. Those with back pain have an increased chance of the symptoms recurring.

If you suffer from back pain, there is hope. One treatment option for back pain is the McKenzie Method.

Physical Therapy Can Help Weekend Warriors Get Back Into Action

There are 78 million baby boomers in America, and many of them are as active as ever. While boomers may feel they can do the same physical activities they did at a younger age, their bodies may now have a different idea. That means that baby boomers are often susceptible to strains, pains and sports injuries.

Whether you have tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, or another common sports injury, physical therapy can help you get back into action. Here’s how:

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