Chronic pain and injuries are common ailments that make it difficult for individuals to fully enjoy everyday activities. Many individuals either suffer through the pain or avoid activity because they believe there is no solution, but working with a physical therapist can help them manage current injuries as well as prevent them in the future.
“Many people believe that they are simply prone to injury or that they lack strength and...more
As spring arrives and local green thumbs plan for a season of gardening and general yard maintenance, physical therapists have a message for garden and landscape enthusiasts: watch your back.
When gardening, it’s a fact majority of your movement takes place in a bent position, which is unnatural on the body and, when prolonged, can lead to lower-back pain. Repetitive bending, reaching, twisting and lifting – all actions common to...more
We typically wish for those we love to live their best, most healthful lives. That’s why it can be both frustrating and worrisome when a loved one slips onto a more sedentary lifestyle track – one that could be harmful to their long-term well-being.
You want to help them recommit to exercise and fitness, but you’re not sure exactly how to do it both lovingly and effectively.
It begins with simply starting a conversation, says Mesa...more
We still have a lot to learn about the implications of COVID-19 and the long-term effects the virus will have on the health of those still recovering from the illness.
In the short term, though, one of the main wellness goals of COVID-19 survivors involves simply getting back to a normal life. This is a process in and of itself – a journey during which physical therapy plays a significant role.
Whether a patient required bed...more
Many people who work at a desk job often complain about feeling achy and stiff at the end of the day, and this pain can often accompany them well into the weekend. Mesa physical therapist Courtney Warren says that pain caused from sitting all day can often become chronic when underlying issues and habits are not addressed.
Furthermore, Warren says that physical therapists are seeing an increase in patients coming in with complaints as...more
While many relish the opportunity to take both play and exercise outdoors as the weather continues to warm, such beneficial exercise comes with an added level of risk when done in the summertime heat and humidity.
Heat adds an extra level of stress to the body as you exercise, and the ramifications of this can be dangerous if you don’t go about it mindfully. Whether you’re jogging, golfing, working or doing chores around the house, if...more