In recent years, the health care industry has come to a better understanding of Fibromyalgia. As someone whose family is affected by this disease – my dad has Fibromyalgia – I can attest to how devastating it can be, and the many misconceptions and myths surrounding it.
When you’re in pain, you’re open to pretty much any solution that makes you feel better. In most cases, doctors are likely to recommend pain medication or even surgery to cure what ails you.
If you read my last blog, you know how I feel about choosing physical therapy to treat chronic pain instead of using opiates to mask it. If mismanaged, or prescribed unnecessarily, opiate medications can lead to some serious issues, up to and including opiate addiction.
And now, researchers are discovering that physical therapy can be an alternative to surgery that’s just as effective and much less costly.
As a physical therapist, it’s so ironic to me that video games, which are often regarded as a leading cause of sedentary lifestyles among kids, can be used as a beneficial tool in physical and occupational rehabilitation. But whether you want to call it ‘Wii-habilitation’ or ‘exergaming,’ more studies are coming out that prove just that. Continue reading →
Getting enough sleep is good, so why can’t I sleep longer instead of getting out of bed to workout?
Ahhh, a very common question. Especially this time of year when the air gets colder and the days get shorter. Sometimes it can be really tough to resist the temptation to hit the snooze.
Here’s the thing. It’s not really a question of which is better than the other. It’s all about striking that perfect balance for health between both. If you’re getting at least seven hours of good sleep at night, that’s going to give you the energy for an effective, prolonged workout session. And the better the workout session, the better you’ll sleep. Continue reading →
When pain has you firmly planted on the couch, any type of movement sounds like torture – but physical therapy and exercise are better pain management options than medication.
We’ve all been there. You finish working in the yard, cleaning the house, or playing with some very active kiddos, and the idea of any kind of movement is the absolute last thing on your mind. When your knees creak like door hinges, or your back feels like you’ve been carrying sacks of flour all day, the common and immediate response is, “Just let me lay down for a bit.”
And while a heating pad with a dose of pain medication may sound like a sensible alternative to exercise, it does nothing to address the cause of the pain. Continue reading →
Is it Time to Schedule a Physical Therapy appointment?
Not all physical therapy patients are getting over joint-replacement surgery. Physical therapy can be very beneficial for common injuries, and can help alleviate pain, restore function and movement, and prevent more serious issues later on down the road. But when is the best time to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist? Continue reading →