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7 Signs of Parkinson’s Disease You May Not Know

April 3, 2019

By: Shannon Hernandez, ATC, CPT, AEFP, PWR! Certified April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. The Parkinson’s foundation defines the disease as a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) usually develop slowly over several years and often vary from […]

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Is Your Body Saying “No” to Weight Loss?

April 3, 2019

By: Meredith Dunford, PT, MSPT, OCS, Cert. DN More than 68% of the U.S. population is overweight or obese. Many experts believe this phenomenon is of epidemic proportions and that it is the biggest health risk facing Americans. Being overweight can lead to serious diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, […]

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How Aquatic Exercise Can Help Your Balance

April 3, 2019

By: Ashley Dintaman, PTA Do you sometimes feel unsteady on your feet? Have you recently fallen because of this? Falls are the leading cause of injury in adults age 65 and older. Every year, one-third of people over age 65 fall, and two-thirds of people who fall have a second fall within six months. Lack […]

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5 Things You May Not Know About Concussion

March 11, 2019

By: Cristin Beazley, PT, DPT, CBIS Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? To help raise awareness of brain injury, we wanted to share five frequently asked questions about concussions. What is a concussion? The Centers for Disease Control defines a concussion as a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a […]

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Foods That Cause Pain

March 11, 2019

By: Stacie Lue, PT, DPT Did you know there are certain foods that can cause allergies and sensitivities in the body? These reactions may lead to inflammation in the body resulting in chronic conditions such as: • Respiratory reactions • Gastrointestinal reactions • Pain in the muscles, joints or nerves throughout the body Thankfully, the […]

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Are You Ready to Drive Again?

March 7, 2019

By: Michelle Crincoli, MS, OTR/L After a neurological event such as a stroke or brain injury, there can be a lot of questions surrounding whether or not someone is ready to drive again. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires a medical statement from a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner following the onset […]

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How Your Brain Can Make Your Pain Worse… or Better

February 6, 2019

By: Jonathan Ebersole, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN If you were walking down the sidewalk and sprained your ankle how would you respond? You would probably take a seat, rub your throbbing ankle, maybe say a few choice words, gather up your things after a few minutes, and limp home trying not to put pressure […]

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How to Properly Fuel Your Body to Build and Maintain Muscle

February 6, 2019

By: Anna Riccio, ACSM EP-C, Certified Exercise Physiologist Do you exercise consistently, but feel like you’re not getting any stronger? Chances are that you are not getting the necessary nutrients from your diet. The key to building muscle is ensuring that you are consuming enough protein each day. Protein is made of amino acids, which […]

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A New Bucket List to Make Fitness Easy!

February 6, 2019

By: Matthew Wren, PT, MSPT, Cert. DN Health resolutions are easily made and easily broken because daily life simply gets in the way, but there are some simple exercises you can do at home on hectic days to maintain a healthy lifestyle, all with the help of a five-gallon bucket. Exercising with a five-gallon bucket […]

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Four Simple Exercises to Address Neck Pain

January 10, 2019

By: Caroline Betz, PT, MSPT, OCS Do you ever feel like your head is too heavy for your neck? Imagine a golf ball sitting atop a golf tee or a bobble head doll – when your neck is weak, this is what your head can feel like. When our neck and surrounding muscles are not […]

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Why You Should Consider Dry Needling

January 10, 2019

By: Nick Hopson, PT, DPT, Cert. DN Dry needling – the words alone sound scary, right? Dry needling is a treatment where solid filament needles are placed into tight bands of muscle fibers known as trigger points to relieve pain. Physical therapists focus the technique on the neuromusculoskeletal system to target muscle, connective tissue (such […]

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How Much Exercise is Enough When You Have Arthritis?

January 9, 2019

Between 2013 and 2015, 22.7 percent of Americans were diagnosed by a medical doctor with some form of arthritis. The most commonly diagnosed type is osteoarthritis, although other conditions include gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. It is widely known that exercise can help to improve function, decrease pain, and improve overall quality of life for […]

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3 Tips to Avoid a Concussion during Winter

December 4, 2018

By: Laura Ahmed, PT, DPT Concussion affects all ages and can happen any time of the year, but as we enter the winter months, there are certain risk factors that may increase as the days get shorter and temperatures drop. The CDC estimates 2.8 million people visit the emergency room each year because of a […]

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A Senior-Safe Home: The 7 Rooms That Matter

December 4, 2018

By: Kent Elliot, Sheltering Arms RehaBlog Guest Contributor According to the Institute on Aging, seniors are expected to make up 20 percent of the population by 2030, and with more and more people living to age 85 and beyond, there are also more seniors choosing to stay independent in their own homes. Keep reading to […]

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Avoid Getting Burnt Out This Holiday Season

December 4, 2018

By: Kathryn Perry, OTR/L, LSVT BIG Certified With the holidays quickly approaching, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all the preparations necessary for spending time together with your family, particularly when it comes to preparing a big meal. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you conserve energy during holiday meal preparation: General: […]

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Is a Standing Desk Right for You?

November 7, 2018

By: Jody Schorr, PT, MSPT Recent advertisements and articles tell us that sitting all day at a desk job is very unhealthy and may lead to the following: • Weight gain or obesity (Sitting burns 80 calories per hour) • Increased risk of heart disease and diabetes • Back and neck pain from poor posture […]

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Start your Day Feeling Great

November 4, 2018

By Phil Breidenbaugh, PT No one wants to start the day in pain. Making some adjustments to how you sleep just might help you wake up feeling refreshed and pain-free! Does sleep position matter? In most cases, you should avoid sleeping on your stomach because of the stress this position places on the neck. A […]

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Welcome, Dr. Clanton!

November 1, 2018

We are thrilled to welcome Samuel Clanton, MD, PhD to the Sheltering Arms physician team full time! Dr. Clanton is a familiar face at Sheltering Arms as he began working with us on a part-time basis in the summer of 2017 while completing a one-year Polytrauma/Brain Injury Fellowship at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs […]

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How much exercise is too much?

October 2, 2018

By: Cherie Lovasz, PT, MSPT Exercise is supposed to be good for you! It can help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your cardiovascular health, and even ward off depression. Exercise is like a medication that can be used to prevent and treat many chronic diseases. However, just like with prescription drugs, it is possible […]

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Promoting a Healthy Brain

October 2, 2018

By: Meredith Mayton, MOT, OTR/L By the year 2030, it is estimated that 71 million Americans, about 20 percent of the U.S. population, will be age 65 and older. By 2050, 13 million people are expected to be living with cognitive impairment since age is the greatest risk factor for this condition. The CDC defines […]

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