29 Dec

PHYSICAL THERAPY AND THE CAMARADERIE OF HEALING

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Physical Therapy and the Camaraderie of Healing An article in Monday’s New York Times, titled “Physical Therapy and the Camaraderie of Healing,” captures the essence of the special relationship a physical therapist develops with his or her patient. This article dives into the undeniable bond that patients and physical therapists develop…

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29 Dec

WEIGHT LOSS MAY TAKE 250 MINUTES OF EXERCISE

Recommendations Call for 250 Minutes of Physical Activity a Week for Significant Weight Loss, 150 Minutes a Week to Maintain Weight You may need to block out more time for the gym.  Adults need at least 250 minutes per week – equal to 50 minutes of exercise 5 days a week – to lose significant…

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29 Dec

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE SLEEP?

While many of us think of sleep as a largely forgotten stretch of time when nothing happens, sleep is, neurologically speaking at least, a busy time indeed. Although sleep’s importance is inarguable, scientists do not know exactly why it is so important to our survival. What happens when we sleep? Scientists recognize sleep stages by…

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29 Dec

CELL PHONE ELBOW

Prolonged use of a cell phone may irritate a nerve in the arm, that can then cause aching, burning, tingling, and/or numbness. It is often caused by keeping the arm in 1 position for too long, as when talking on the cell phone for long periods. Talk to one of the PTs at ECRC Physical…

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29 Dec

PROGRESSIVE RESISTANCE STRENGTH TRAINING

Progressive resistance strength training (PRT) is an effective intervention for improving physical functioning in older people, including improving strength and the performance of some activities, according to authors of a systematic review published July 8 in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Researchers searched the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group Specialized Register (to…

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29 Dec

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, WEIGHT REDUCTION LINKED WITH REDUCED T2DM

In a 10-year study, intensive lifestyle changes aimed at modest weight loss reduced the rate of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus [T2DM] by 34% compared with a placebo in people at high risk for the disease, according researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Participants…

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29 Dec

TIPS TO KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF DURING THE HOLIDAYS

The best piece of advice for any situation is to monitor calories, drink water, especially before meals, and don’t skip meals. Part of the problem around the holidays can be a disruption of routines. If you are traveling, you get away from your usual workout and eating habits. If you are in a hotel or…

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29 Dec

INDIVDUALIZED EXERCISE PROGRAM MAY IMPROVE ADHERENCE

Interventions such as supervised or individualized exercise therapy and self-management techniques may enhance exercise adherence, say authors of a systematic review that assessed the effects of interventions to improve exercise adherence for people with chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP). However, the authors add, high-quality, randomized trials with long-term follow up that explicitly address adherence to exercises…

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29 Dec

EXERCISE TO HELP POSTURE

An exercise intervention is successful in decreasing forward head and rounded shoulder postures in elite swimmers, say authors of a study published in the April issue (Vol 44 Issue 5) of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study supports the theoretical basis for clinical rehabilitation of posture and the shoulder, the authors add. This…

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29 Dec

NEW REPORT ON BOOMERS

A recent report from the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 40% percent of adults ages 50 to 64 experience mobility-related problems in areas such as stooping, bending, kneeling and standing for 2 hours, among many other issues. The study also found increasing numbers…

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