I recently accompanied a friend while he made a car purchase. While he was test driving the vehicle, the dealer shared how important it was to drive your car every day. He explained how vehicles which sit stagnant quickly lose lubrication to their moving parts and their seals start to dry out and crack. In […]
Archive | Therapy for Back Pain
Are You a Boom-Bust Inflammatory Junkie?
One common definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Unfortunately, that repetition is characteristic of a cycle many people living with chronic pain and instability find themselves in. Our nervous system resembles a computer – information goes in … it is processed … and then there […]
The Effects of Aging, and 5 Things You Can Do About It
“The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be … !” Many “seasoned” individuals (yes, and that includes me!) can recall sitting around a camp fire singing that old famous folk song. There’s a lot of truth in those lyrics. In case you haven’t noticed, your body is changing! Some of the many […]
Do You Have the Protective Joint Stability You Need?
When I was serving in the Air Force in Europe I was taken by the beautiful historical monuments. Many of them were hundreds of years old. My favorite were the Celtic crosses. These are different than the other symbolic crosses seen in churches and gravestones; they have a circular ring portion connecting all the central […]
Reducing Prescription Medication Use With Physical Therapy
(Also published in the Senior Review – March 2017) Prescription medication use has continued to rise over the past decade in the United States. As a result, American culture has become more & more drugged. Mayo reports nearly 7 in 10 Americans take a prescription drug, and over half take two. Unbelievably, 20% reportedly are […]
There’s No Place Like Home For Physical Therapy
(Also published in the Senior Review – November 2016) “There’s no place like home.” In the holiday season I’m always reminded how wonderful it is to be with family in a nurturing, relaxed, enjoyable, & supportive environment where so many incredible memories are created. I certainly appreciate not every home environment is positive, but typically […]
The Importance Of Support In Achieving Pain Control, Stability, & Support
The right kind of support matters! As a young child, I recall hearing the story of the wise man who built his house upon a rock and the comparison to the foolish man who built his house upon sand. Jesus related how the stresses of the world caused the house built on sand to collapse, while […]
Early Intervention Therapy Significantly Reduces Health Care Costs
[need citation] Recent research shows that early-intervention physical therapy can significantly reduced health care costs, for individuals with low back pain. The research by a team headed by Dr. Julie M Fritz at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah and published in the Spine Journal helps show how early intervention physical therapy […]