Occupational Therapy Month

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Impact Rehab & Wellness wants to say THANK YOU to all the OT’s out there making a difference! What is an occupational therapist? Occupational therapists are health care providers who are embracing health challenges and enhancing lives. In occupational therapy, occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families, and with communities to occupy time and …

Population Health

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The burden of musculoskeletal conditions is significant in terms of treatment and care. These conditions impact your quality of life, mobility, and productivity. This results in more missed days at work. In 2011, the annual U.S. cost for treatment and lost wages related to musculoskeletal disorders was $213 billion. That, on its own, is significant. Now, add the burden of …

Fishing Season is Here! Are You Ready?

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Warmer weather is here, which means anglers are ready to get on the water! While most of us enjoy fishing for fun and relaxation, long hours of repetitive casting, bending, and standing can take its toll on your body. Anglers who fish in tournaments, in particular, are at an increased risk for repetitive injuries. This could include tennis elbow, rotator …

Developing Dysfunction Along with Fitness

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After a fast start in January with resolutions, many people are trying to continue their fitness routines this month. Exercise can be a struggle, but it shouldn’t be painful. If you can run a good time in a 5k, but have aches and pains for days after, you likely have a problem. If you are increasing your PR in the …

Coping with Osteoarthritis Pain

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Most of us have experienced the aches and pains that come with getting older. Although joint pain can be considered “normal”, there are things you can do to lessen the pain and improve your ability to do daily activities. There are many people who have osteoarthritis, but they don’t have pain! Physical and occupational therapy can help you cope with …

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): Can it Help with Pain?

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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a physical and occupational therapy manual technique. It uses special instruments to efficiently treat soft tissue dysfunction (muscle strains, sprains, tendinitis, etc.). Due to its effectiveness and efficiency, IASTM is a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity. What is it? IASTM is performed with specially designed instruments. These instruments detect and treat …

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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Why does arthritis hurt more in cold weather? Does the cold weather really affect chronic or arthritis pain? We have all heard people say such things as “I can feel the rain coming” or “My body can tell there is a cold front on its way.” After 10 years of being a physical therapist, I have treated many patients that …

The “Core”: It’s More Than Just Abs

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When you think of your “core”, which muscles come to mind? If you’re like the vast majority of people, you immediately think of your abs. What you probably don’t realize is that your core is so much more than abdominal muscles. It’s actually made up of 29 muscles in your mid and low back, pelvic floor, butt, and hips. Together, …

Bow Hunting: Have You Tuned Your Body?

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Bow season is right around the corner. Many hunters will put a ton of energy and focus into tuning their bows, but how many ever think about tuning their body? There are lots of muscles involved in drawing a bow; all the way from your hand grip to core strength. Archers and bow hunters should “tune” these muscles just as …

Simple Movement Tests Can Predict Health

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The American Heart Association encourages people to “know their numbers” referring to blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and weight. However, research is now showing that moving properly is also important for health. Walking Speed Walking speed has been called the “sixth vital sign” in medical literature recently. Like blood pressure or heart rate, it is quick and easy to …