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18 12, 2017

Fitness Plateaus And How to Handle Them

By | December 18th, 2017|Blog, Uncategorized|326 Comments

Fitness Plateaus And How to Handle Them Many of us work out regularly. It can be gratifying to see the results of one’s hard work. However, those of us who have been at it for a long time recognize the disheartening moment when you realize that you’ve been working hard to improve your condition only to find that your body is no longer changing in a positive way. Maybe you have been working on cardio routines and gauging weight loss. Increasing your speed and effort has been paying off. Steadily, you’ve been losing five pounds a month or so…then suddenly, [...]

1 10, 2017

Health, Wellness, and Massage Therapy Tucson

By | October 1st, 2017|Health|1,747 Comments

Health, Wellness and Massage Therapy Health and wellness is a topic of concern to everyone. Even if you don’t have an issue right NOW, chances are excellent you will at some point in your future. Massage therapy as a part of the healing and recovery process from injuries or conditions can have a startling impact on your long term success. Historically, massage therapy has been considered as a “feel good” option in the medical sciences. New research done by the Mayo Clinic suggests otherwise. An article published by the Mayo Clinic says, in part: “Massage is generally considered part of [...]

30 08, 2017

A Real Healthcare Option For You

By | August 30th, 2017|Health|70 Comments

Healthcare options have become more complicated and less easy to understand over the last several decades. Insurance companies have become the main method for paying for what we need, with the amounts consumers pay out of pocket growing at a staggering speed. It is hard to imagine that there is any other way. When doctors decided to become primary physicians in the days before health insurance, they would set up an office and charge a modest office visit fee to cover the services they provided. Some patients would be billed every month, some not. Either way, the expense was fairly [...]

23 07, 2017

Sports Medicine Again Because It’s Important

By | July 23rd, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|50 Comments

Sports medicine is a topic worth revisiting. As I suggested last year when I first wrote about it (read it here: https://physicaltherapytucson.com/sports-medicine-what-is-it/), the term can be quite misleading. Societies in our ancient history recognized how exercise and health were connected. Greece, Italy, and China are among the countries that recognized this intersection. In the United States, it was not until the 1950s that organizations began to get on board with the idea that physical movement and overall healthcare had a place together. Sports Medicine in the USA In 1950, the National Athletic Trainers Association was founded. In 1954, The American [...]

12 06, 2017

Your Personal Wellness Journey Part 2

By | June 12th, 2017|Sports injuries|50 Comments

Your Personal Wellness Journey Part 2 You might not think that personal wellness is a topic worth revisiting. I am here to tell you it is. Particularly now, when there is so much conversation about your healthcare and where it is headed. About a year ago, I posted a brief article about personal wellness from the perspective of a life-long health care worker. (read it here: https://physicaltherapytucson.com/healthy-lifestyle/ ) One of the things that keeps coming back to me is the extent to which we allow others to decide our personal healthcare. You may think I am talking about insurance plans [...]

6 05, 2017

Piriformis Syndrome and Your Butt

By | May 6th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|49 Comments

Chances are you have heard the term "piriformis syndrome" if you’re reading our blog right now. It’s a lovely term to describe a not-so-lovely assortment of symptoms. Bear with me here: the piriformis muscle alone isn’t a problem. It’s a small, flat, pyramid-shaped muscle (piri-pyramid, formis-shape) located in the general area of your pelvis and your hip joint. It lies almost parallel to your gluteus maximus (The large muscle affectionately called, among other things, your butt). It’s a muscle that is important for flexibility and to assist the entire group of muscles and tendons in the hip area. When this [...]

10 04, 2017

Occupational Athletes – Preventing and Treating Injuries

By | April 10th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|52 Comments

Occupational Athletes - Preventing and Treating Injuries Occupational athletes. Using the term occupational athletes implies that our discussion today is about people who play pro sports. It is not - at least not for the purposes of this article. Think, for a moment, about the work you do every day. Then consider this: did you have to pass a physical agility or endurance test to get hired? You know who you are. This article is for anyone who can answer 'yes' to the above question. We will talk about other types of occupations and those physical therapy needs in a [...]

22 03, 2017

Back Pain: Two Tales, Two Guys

By | March 22nd, 2017|Sports injuries|48 Comments

Rick had back pain. As a construction worker in his mid-forties, the days when he could just jump out of bed feeling fine were behind him. Still, most days, he got through just fine. Occasionally his lower back pinged him with the notice that he had overdone it that day, but otherwise, he was fine. Until he wasn’t. Every company he had worked for had the mandatory safety presentations that reminded Rick he needed to use body mechanics properly to lift and move heavy objects. One day, he was tired and less alert. He bent forward to pick up a [...]

7 03, 2017

Repetitive Motion Injuries

By | March 7th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|48 Comments

Repetitive Motion Injuries or Occupational Overuse Injuries Repetitive motion injuries are injuries we tend not to think about, especially if it's one that happens gradually. It is also (usually) hardly noticeable when our bodies are at rest. It’s important, though, not to ignore the effects of repetitive tasks on our overall function. If you work in an industry or at a specific job that requires you to do the same physical motions with your body over and over, chances are, over time, you may experience what professionals like to call, “repetitive motion syndrome”. While there are common terms to describe [...]

18 02, 2017

Physical Therapy: Five Things To Know

By | February 18th, 2017|Sports injuries|54 Comments

Five Things to Know about Your Physical Therapy   While there are common recommendations for most joint and muscle issues (we call them “protocols” in the health care biz), each person has different needs and abilities. This means that a “one size fits all” approach not only could miss the mark, but ultimately cause more harm than good.   Yes, we will teach you exercises to do at home. This isn’t the same thing as just doing them at home and not seeing a physical therapist and this is why: our bodies are amazing machines, and if one part is [...]

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