Neck pain is an ailment that affects 30 to 50 percent of the population annually, according to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Just less than half of these sufferers — about 15 percent of people, according to the IASP — experience chronic neck pain, or pain that lasts three months or [...]
New mini e-book now available: Help! My Tailbone Hurts!...now what? Tailbone pain, also referred to as coccydynia, can be debilitating. In over 16 years of practice as a physical therapist, Debbie Turczan has heard many stories from her patients about tailbone pain, some of which have been shocking. What shocks Debbie is not the details of [...]
Guest post! Are Your Health Goals Overwhelming You? Here’s How to Take the Stress Out of Your Fitness Resolution
by Paige Johnson of LearnFit.org Photo courtesy of Pixabay by Skeeze Would you like a year with less doctors visits? With fewer asthma attacks? With the ability to keep up with your children (or grandchildren)? If these are goals for your life, consider making health and wellness a priority this year. If you’re [...]
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines related to the prescription of highly addictive pain medications, called opioids. These drugs – including Vicodin and OxyContin – are responsible for 40 deaths from overdose each day in the United States. The guidelines are intended to equip doctors to make better choices about type and [...]
The list of benefits from exercise seems to grow every day. Recently, a study out of Denmark, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that exercise may fight cancer. While it may seem intuitive that the improved health that comes along with exercise may help to prevent cancer, researchers have grappled with the notion that in [...]
Scoliosis – defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a sideways curvature of the spine” – can be responsible for a broad spectrum of physical complaints, ranging from mild backaches to disabling pain and limited tolerance for physical activity. While many successful treatment options are available that improve dysfunctional curves of the spine, including bracing and [...]
According to a University of California at San Francisco press release, a study published on April 25, 2014 in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society) reports that a yoga training program, designed to improve pelvic health, can help women gain more control over their urination and avoid [...]
An interesting article recently appeared in The Wall Street Journal, highlighting research which shows that patients who are more involved in their medical care have better outcomes. Click here to have a look.
The American Board of Internal Medicine has launched a new educational initiative called "Choosing Wisely," in an effort to open a dialogue about the rising cost of health care, empower patients, and minimize unnecessary and ineffective medical treatment. From the ABIM Foundation website: Choosing Wisely ® aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping [...]
Getting an early start on maintaining and improving your balance can pay dividends later in life. So says this article in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal. Check it out for some great, simple balance tests and exercises you can do anywhere.