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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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The brain is your #1 organ

March 5, 2018

By Trine S. McCall, LPTA, CBIS Brain injuries, which include concussions and strokes, are more common than you think. March is National Brain Injury Awareness month. It’s an important time to understand the significance of brain injury and how Sheltering Arms helps patients to recover. What are the numbers? 4.7 million Americans are currently affected […]

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Springing into running will hurt you

March 1, 2018

By Sean Whittaker, PT, DPT, OCS After a long and restless winter, everyone is ready to get outside. For runners, jumping back into running without a training plan can lead to pain and/or injury. As soon as warm weather arrives, we hit the road, trails, and fields full speed. The next day, the bottom of […]

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Getting to the core issue

February 21, 2018

By Matt Wren, PT, MSPT “You need a strong core” is the mantra of the fitness industry, but what exactly is the core and why is it important? Consider a sailboat in the wind and the 33 vertebra of the spine is the center mast on that sailboat. The inner unit muscle groups hold the […]

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Tips for maximizing physical therapy insurance benefits

February 19, 2018

By Amber Walter, PT, DPT, NCS Many times illnesses and injuries come by surprise. You may have never thought about your insurance policy’s coverage for outpatient therapy services — nobody wants to have to use this benefit. However, knowing some ways to maximize your coverage may be helpful in the event you or a loved […]

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Is it carpal tunnel?

February 19, 2018

By  Melinda Jermer- Gu OTR/L, MEd A tingling sensation or pain in the hand may be carpal tunnel syndrome, but it could also be indicative of other problems as well. That pins and needles feeling and/or numbness, is often a sign of nerve irritation due to inflammation or pinching. The nerves in our fingers  start […]

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Fragile bones

February 13, 2018

By Hillary Hawkins, M.D. The statistics are sobering. Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every three seconds. After age 50, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience osteoporotic fractures. We would love to see those statistics change. Too often, we see patients after […]

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The health benefits of leisure time

February 2, 2018

By Alison Clarke, Director of Community Recreation Leisure is unobligated time or “free time.” It is an attitude or emotional state of mind that creates a positive experience and contributes to overall wellness. When physical or emotional challenges occur, activities once enjoyed are often not considered critical. As a result of decreased activity, depression and […]

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The heart and brain connection

January 31, 2018

The one factor that is the strongest indicator of brain health is high blood pressure and it the most significant risk factor for stroke. So, taking care of your heart helps your brain and reduces the risk of stroke. There are several reasons why blood pressure may be consistently high, and most notably these include […]

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The power of neuroplasticity!

January 30, 2018

By Angela Elmore, PT, MPT We once believed that the brain did not change after childhood. Scientific advances now tell us that this is not true. The brain can and does change throughout our lives. The brain is adaptable and flexible like plastic. Scientists call this brain adaptability NEUROPLASTICITY. How does neuroplasticity work?  Think of […]

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Is an injury robbing you of sleep?

January 24, 2018

By Mary Wells, PhD Sometimes the biggest obstacle to healing after an accident or illness is not the physical hurdle of recovery, but the mental hurdle of recovery. At Sheltering Arms, we treat the whole person, not just the disease or injury. That invisible mental hurdle may not even be observed by the patient, but […]

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7 steps to shoulder pain freedom

January 9, 2018

By Roxanne Williams, PT, DPT Shoulder pain is very common. It affects approximately one-third of adults and it’s something we see a lot of at Sheltering Arms. Subacromial Pain Syndrome (SAPS) is one type of shoulder pain in which there is no specific injury. Symptoms are usually limited to one shoulder and centered on the […]

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How to safely return to driving

January 9, 2018

By Meredith Bowen, MOT, OTR/L The ability to drive is a vital part of independence. For patients who have suffered a stroke or other neurological injury, there are often changes in vision, motor skills, and/or coordination. There is also a lack of awareness in how these deficits impact the ability to drive. Sheltering Arms Hanover […]

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