we also want our patients to be exercising safely, and as our local temperatures continue to blaze it's important to us that our patients take extra precautions - as exercising in the heat can put extra stress on your body and can lead to serious illness. According to the CDC, theses risks are increased during high humidity, as sweat does not evaporate as quickly, and your body is unable to release heat fast enough. People over the age of 65, under the age of 2, or those with chronic or mental illnesses are also at increased risk for heat related illness.Read More
As the weather gets warmer, people of all ages are looking for ways to get outdoors and stay active. The positive health effects of running have been well documented throughout the years. A regular running routine has been shown to improve lung function, reduce risk for cardiac disease, manage body weight, and boost your immune system. The benefits are not limited solely to physical factors, as research has shown improvements associated with mood and self-confidence as well as a decrease in stress levels.
If you are just beginning to run as a mode of exercise, one of the most important things to remember is to start with a steady progression. One of the pitfalls of new runners is feeling the need to do too much too soon. You wouldn't start your first weight lifting class by trying to bench press twice your body weight would you? Running is no different and should be treated the same way. It may be best to begin your routine with a walk/jog program in order to reduce the initial stress placed on your body. Begin with walking at a comfortable pace for several minutes. Then increase your speed to a light jog for several minutes and return to your initial pace. Continue this pattern for the remainder of your workout and over time, gradually spend a greater percentage of the time jogging.
Although this is an area of some controversy, health care professionals generally support some form of warm-up and cool-down when engaging in any strenuous cardiovascular activity. Doing so can greatly reduce your risk of injury. Common injuries to runners include: Patellofemoral pain syndrome or "runner's knee", plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, shin splints, and achilles tendonitis. The link below to Runnersworld.com is an excellent place to start to develop an understanding of the characteristics and risk factors associated with each injury. It should be noted that often times these injuries can clear up with rest and a stretching/strengthening program targeted at specific muscle groups. Expensive braces and compression socks are not always the first line of defense.
As with all exercise and sport activity, good technique is crucial. Running exposes your body to a variety of stresses and forces so it's imperative that these are distributed through the body properly. Popular buzzwords such as "overpronation" are commonly told to runner's as a reason for current or potential mechanical issues but often times the source can be coming from somewhere else in the body. Physical therapists are skilled in recognizing gait deficits and dysfunction and therefore can be an effective resource in helping both novice and experienced runners prevent and treat running injuries. If you have been sidelined by a nagging running injury, consider scheduling an initial evaluation with us. We will work alongside you to develop an individualized and effective rehabilitation program.
Gregory Chrest PT, DPT – Clinic Director – Reisterstown
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As anyone who has ever had a surgery knows, post-op rehabilitation can be a painful recovery process. Luckily, there is an alternative to traditional physical therapy and rehab that could help eliminate much of that pain.Read More
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Did you know there is an alternative to traditional physical therapy, an alternative that may help alleviate much of that dreaded discomfort?
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f you are in pain, we don’t have to tell you how bad it can get. You don’t want to do anything. You just want to lie in bed and refrain from moving. However, without therapy, you can never expect to improve your quality of life. Luckily, there is a solution: Aquatic Therapy, which can be used to treat a variety of patients to accelerate recovery.
Aquatic therapy can be used to effectively treat a number of diseases and disabilities, including:
“Is Aquatic Therapy right for me?"
Quite simply, yes! Aquatic therapy is right for everyone, both young and old, from patients suffering from arthritis and foot pain to athletes recovery from sports injuries and so much more. Aquatic therapy can help alleviate pain and speed up your rehabilitation / recovery at the same time. That is what we like to call a win-win!
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The path to recovery following total knee replacement can be long and painful. But does it have to be? According to a German research study led by Dr. Thoralf Liebs, “…beginning aquatic therapy just six days after total knee replacement may lead to improved results…”
Liebs studied two groups of individuals who had just undergone total knee replacement surgery. Each individual was randomly selected to begin 30-minute aquatic therapy either six or 14 days following surgery. These sessions occurred three times a week up to the fifth week after surgery. Liebs evaluated each patient’s physical function, pain and stiffness six, 12 and 24 months after surgery.
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Exercise can help alleviate the pain and stiffness you feel. While going for a run may seem like the last thing you want to do, it will actually reduce the pain, combat fatigue and keep you healthy. Additionally, exercise will help maintain bone strength and help you get through your day.
Physical therapy plays an important role in rehabilitation following several types of conditions and accidents ranging from a sports injury to more serious events like a stroke. Therapy can be performed in many ways both on land and in the water. When looking at water therapy, it’s important to understand what benefits aquatic physical therapy can provide for your recuperating body.Read More
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Approximately 20% of these people are formally diagnosed with FMS. These individuals experience a nightmarish combination of poor quality sleep, fatigue, anxiety, stress, whole body stiffness, and gastrointestinal complaints.
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