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Safely Exercise in the Summer Heat

August 5, 2019

By: Kerri Eggleston, PT, DPT. Cert. DN Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but during hot summers it can pose a health risk. If you are someone who prefers to exercise outdoors, it is important to follow precautions and know your risk. As we exercise, our muscles work and our core […]

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Six Tips to Avoid Injuries While Playing Instruments

August 2, 2019

By: Roxanne Williams, PT, DPT You may have begun playing an instrument as a young child, or maybe you began to build your skills later in life. Musicianship can be enjoyed quietly by oneself, or shared with others in small groups or grand ensembles. Remember that making music is a physical pursuit and requires athleticism! […]

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How Technology Can Improve Concussion Treatment

August 1, 2019

By: Cristin Beazley, PT, DPT, CBIS After a concussion, the road to recovery can seem overwhelming and the conflicting information patients sometimes receive doesn’t help. For example, most people are told that screens are bad and to avoid all technology after a concussion. While this is true, it is most important to avoid screen time […]

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10 Ways to Decrease Low Back and Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

July 8, 2019

By: Lindsey Forstie, PT, DPT More than two-thirds of women experience low back pain (LBP) and/or pelvic girdle pain (PGP) during pregnancy and the post-partum period. The pain tends to increase in severity as pregnancy progresses. Symptoms include: • Pain over the pubic bone in the front, middle area between your hip bones • Pain […]

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How to Breathe for Better Health

July 8, 2019

By: Lynn Hewette, PT For a few moments, stop breathing. Don’t take in any extra air, just exhale and stop. Now, keep holding your breath for a few moments. Keep holding a little longer! Now, breathe normally. How did that long pause feel? Did you feel like you could go on for a bit longer? […]

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What is High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

July 8, 2019

By: Jennifer Prugh, PT, DPT Everyone knows that it is important to exercise and that not exercising can lead to negative health consequences. The World Health Organization recommends adults should participate in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. However, most people do not participate […]

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Tips to Manage Tremors

May 30, 2019

By: Kathryn Perry, OT Essential tremor and Parkinson’s-related tremors of the hand can interfere with daily life activities like writing, eating, and dressing. There are some simple modifications that can help manage tremors. Here are some tips and suggestions: • Relax! Stress, frustration, and anxiety can make tremors worse. • Minimize your caffeine intake. • […]

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Dos and Don’ts of Low Back Pain

May 30, 2019

By: Sean Whittaker, PT, DPT, OCS Low back pain is a condition that almost everyone experiences in their lifetime. Pain can be frequent and may become chronic if the condition is poorly managed. Feelings of helplessness, negativity, depression, anxiety, fear, or distress are often associated with chronic low back pain. These feelings often lead to […]

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Why You Need Rehab After Stroke

May 30, 2019

By: Elizabeth Goodwin-Horne, PT, DPT A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked or reduced, causing damage to the areas of the brain affected. Approximately 600,000 strokes occur each year and can result in long-term neurological damage as well as disability. However, stroke rehabilitation can help survivors recover their mobility and […]

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Is It Safe to Exercise With Osteoarthritis?

May 9, 2019

By: Nick Hopson, PT, DPT, Cert. DN Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) occurs when the protective layer of cartilage between the joints breaks down causing increased friction between the joints and inflammation. This inflammation leads to pain, swelling, popping or cracking, stiffness, and loss of joint movement. OA […]

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Are You Wearing the Right Shoe?

May 7, 2019

By Matt Wren, PT, MSPT Anyone who plans to spend time walking, fitness jogging or training for a running race needs to have properly fitting athletic shoes. The proper equipment will not only make your fitness activity more comfortable and enjoyable, but reduce your risk of injury as well. How do you know if your […]

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May 3, 2019

Every day, people come to Sheltering Arms in search of hope and healing following stroke. A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when the flow of fresh, oxygen-filled blood from the heart and lungs to the brain is interrupted by a blockage or rupture. This starves the brain of its energy source and causes nerve cells […]

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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

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 relationship between food and pain […]

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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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