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Head and Neck Cancer: How a Speech Therapist Can Help

September 5, 2018

By: Taylor Culley, Speech-Language Pathologist Head and neck cancer is a comprehensive term for cancers involving the tissues and organs of the head and neck including the throat, tongue, tonsils, lips, mouth, salivary glands, larynx (voice box), and nasal cavity. Treatment for head and neck cancer frequently involves surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. The muscles used […]

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How to Manage Your Low Back Pain without Opioids

September 5, 2018

By: Elisabeth Flannery, PT, DPT, CSCS Low back pain can significantly impact your life both at home and at work. The pain can be enough to drive many patients to see a doctor about their symptoms. After an initial consultation, patients may receive a referral to physical therapy to manage their symptoms; however, despite a […]

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Four Easy Ways to Improve Your Memory

September 5, 2018

By: Ray Varner, Speech-Language Pathologist Short-term memory issues can have many different causes including stroke, brain tumors, and head injuries such as a concussion. Speech-language pathologists are experts in helping people with these memory problems regain their memory and provide compensatory strategies for their difficulties. Memory strategies are designed to help people be more intentional […]

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Heat vs. Ice – Which is Better?

August 6, 2018

By Kimberly Johnson, PT, MSPT, OCS, Cert DN You have pain and swelling, but should you reach for an ice pack or hot pad to find relief? The purpose of heat or cold is to temporarily make you feel better so you can move more easily. If you’re trying to decide between cold therapy and […]

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Post-Surgery Scar Care Can’t be Overlooked

August 6, 2018

By Bryan Gilreath, PT, DPT, OCS, CWCE “Life goes on, but the scar remains” rings true any time someone undergoes surgery to correct a medical issue. Scars come in all shapes, lengths, widths, directions and colors. Total knee arthroplasty or replacement (TKA) is one of the surgeries where the scar is especially visible. As you […]

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Intimidated by Exercise Classes? Don’t Be.

August 6, 2018

By Kerri Eggleston,  PT, DPT, Cert. DN.  Are you: • unsure how to start an exercise routine? • afraid to step foot in the gym? • intimidated by the variety of cardiovascular machines? • overwhelmed by the weight room? • nervous about people watching you? • unable to pay for a personal trainer, but looking […]

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Three Factors That Could Be Making Your Pain Worse

July 9, 2018

By: Kerri Eggleston, PT, DPT, Cert. DN Physical therapists are often asked questions such as, “I have low back pain. What exercises should I do?” or, “My shoulder hurts. What do you think could be going on with it?” While these are great questions, there is not a one-size-fits-all answer. Therapy needs vary for each […]

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Why Limiting Screen Time Is Important

July 9, 2018

By: Cristin Beazley, PT, DPT, CBIS Using screens within an hour of bedtime can disrupt your sleep. Good sleep patterns are essential to successful rest and recovery after an injury, especially a concussion. Following a concussion, it is important to limit screen time to allow your brain time to rest. The total amount of screen […]

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Owning a Diagnosis, Not Letting It Own You: Promotion of Self-Efficacy

July 6, 2018

By: Robert Hand, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS There are times when people living with complex, neurological conditions are referred to by their diagnosis instead of who they are as a person. It is a cultural issue that can be resolved by promoting self-efficacy with all patients. Self-efficacy is a scientifically-based approach that is effective in […]

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How to Perform Five Essential Exercises Correctly

June 5, 2018

By: Chris Stanko, PT Research has shown that exercising regularly is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Engaging in an exercise program is very important, but it is equally important to have proper form and technique while performing all exercises. Improper form can lead to joint irritation, muscle pain and soreness, and injury. Also, […]

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What’s Causing My Dizziness?

June 5, 2018

By: Cristin Beazley, PT, DPT, CBIS Feeling lightheaded, off balance, or like you’re floating, spinning, or moving are all ways people describe dizziness. It’s one of the most common symptoms reported after a concussion, but a concussion is just one condition that can make you feel dizzy. Dizziness can be caused by a variety of […]

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Why Do I Look Pregnant?

June 5, 2018

By: Amy Stuart, PT, MPT Do you still have a poochy belly despite exercising and eating well? You could have a condition called Diastasis Recti Abdominus, or DRA. DRA is caused by an increase in abdominal pressure and occurs when the rectus abdominus, the abdominal muscle that runs down the center of your stomach, separates. […]

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Use it or Lose it, the Lumbar Spine System

May 10, 2018

By: Matt Wren, PT, MSPT Low back (or lumbar spine) pain is a common medical condition. It is inevitable that almost all of us will experience some type of lumbar-region pain in our lifetime. There are numerous causes of low back pain such as lumbar disc problem, degenerative arthritis, nerve impingement, or just a good […]

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Tingling in your fingers? Carpel Tunnel or something else?

May 10, 2018

By: Melinda Jermer-Gu OTR/L, MEd Have you experienced a tingling sensation or pain in your hands? It could be carpal tunnel syndrome; however, these symptoms may also mean that a nerve is pinched somewhere else in your body. The nerves in our hands and fingers begin in our spinal cord at the base of the […]

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Life Before and After Stroke: Prevention and Symptom Management

May 10, 2018

By: Rebecca Grondin, MS, OTR/L One in four stroke survivors suffers from another stroke; however, the signs and symptoms of stroke are the same when experiencing a stroke for the first time. Sudden changes in functioning such as difficulty speaking or muscular weakness are warning signs of a neurological event. Take the steps to reduce […]

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May 1, 2018

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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How to Stay Active During and After Pregnancy

April 12, 2018

By: Debbie Marchese, PT You just found out you’ll be bringing home your little bundle of joy in less than nine months. While there are many questions surrounding your pregnancy, many women wonder how they will be able to stay active during and after pregnancy due to the changes their bodies experience. It is recommended […]

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Sleep Well, Live Well!

April 12, 2018

By Sarah Nockengost, PT, DPT It is no secret that a full night of quality sleep is important for the day ahead. However, did you know that sleep represents a critical period of recovery, and can have an effect on your perception of pain, cardiovascular health, and your ability to heal? If you are recovering […]

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Awkward Moment Hacks to Save Your Body

April 12, 2018

By: Lynn Hewette, PT We all have been there — that moment when we realize that our situation is less than perfect, but inaction is not an option. While this can apply to many of life’s difficult situations, it also applies to the challenges of movement and exertion in the things we do every day. […]

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MS Awareness Week 2018

March 14, 2018

By Kelli Doern, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS Partner in MS Care with NMSS Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable immune-mediated disease that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. Helping others better understand this complex disease is critical to fueling the progress that changes lives for people […]

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