PHYSICAL THERAPY AND THE CAMARADERIE OF HEALING

THE NEW YORK TIMES: 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. Because the article describes the hands-on, intense nature of physical therapist treatment, there could be some who find the article…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…