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What's the best way to manage low back pain?

Posted by Ridgeview Rehab Specialties staff on Jun 14, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Managing low back pain can be frustrating. You just want the pain to go away, so you can go about your daily activities—without discomfort. Medication works as a quick fix but sometimes doesn’t get down to the root of the problem. When low back pain stems from muscle imbalances or degenerative changes the long-term fix is an exercise routine—one that matches your body’s needs and your lifestyle goals.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation

What works best for relieving sore muscle knots?

Posted by Katelyn Berens, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on May 1, 2019 12:33:45 PM

Muscle knots, also known as trigger points, are focal areas of sensitive muscle and connective tissue kept in a state of contraction.  This feels like a “knot.”  These can develop anywhere in the body. Some common areas include the neck and shoulders, lower back and calves. Muscle knots can be caused by physical stress, poor posture, dehydration, injury, stress, heavy lifting or repetitive motions.
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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation

Sports Specialization – What’s all the hype?

Posted by Katelyn Berens, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Apr 16, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Youth sports today look different than they did just a few generations ago. In the past, “play” was a pick-up game after school, it was recreational and unstructured, the goal was to have fun, socialize and develop a lifelong love of physical activity. Today’s youth “play” is adult-led, structured and focused on winning. This competitive shift in youth sports has led to an increasing number of children specializing in one sport at a young age. The benefits of youth sports are countless; however, early sports specialization may threaten these positive aspects.

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Topics: Rehabilitation

Are you fueling your body correctly for exercise performance?

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties and Nichole Anderson, ATC, MS, MOAS, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Nov 7, 2017 12:33:27 PM

Food is fuel for your body! Your “fuel” choices influence how well your body will handle the stress of your workout, activity or competition. Timing of refueling also has an impact on your body’s ability to maximize the effect of your food choices. In other words, not only does it matter what you eat but when you eat and how much you eat.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health, Rehabilitation

How can physical therapy help you?

Posted by Tracy Shupe, PT, LAT, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Oct 24, 2017 1:28:05 PM

October is National Physical Therapy Month. However, many people aren't completely aware of the profession of physical therapy and what it can do for them.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation, Specialty Care

Is your child's backpack to heavy and causing injury?

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Aug 22, 2017 1:32:48 PM

Have you ever picked up your child’s backpack and thought that it seemed extremely heavy?  You are not alone. Children today are carrying more and more in their backpacks. In fact, some recent studies have shown that on average, a child’s backpack weighs as much as 25 percent of their body weight. However, American Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Associations recommend that a backpack weigh no more than 10 percent of a child’s weight.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation

What is torticollis and how is it treated?

Posted by Ridgeview Pediatric Rehab Specialties Staff on Jul 4, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Torticollis is a common postural deformity that affects newborns and infants. It is typically characterized by the neck bending to one side (a tilt) and turning the head to the opposite side. Because of this, infants diagnosed with torticollis tend to favor these motions in their neck, but also certain sides of their body.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness, Rehabilitation

Try this workout at your desk to stay alert and pain-free

Posted by Ridgeview Rehab Specialties staff on Jun 22, 2017 2:51:08 PM

Have you been at your desk all day? Are your eyes tired and muscles tense? With a little exercise, you can wake up for the afternoon and be more productive.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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