Posts From November, 2013

Pain-free holiday cooking

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means you’ll soon be heading into the kitchen to whip up your special homemade stuffing or bake cookies with the kids. Although cooking with your family can create great memories, all those hours stirring and chopping can be tough on your muscles. You might develop neck and/or low


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Shop—without dropping!

Black Friday is almost here, and that means you’ll probably be spending hours on your feet getting the best holiday deals. That can put your neck, shoulders and back at risk. Here’s how to ward off pain and injury—and still get all the gifts you need: • Avoid shopping when stores are crowded. That will


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Physical therapy and your weight

If you’re struggling with your weight, you’re not alone. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, meaning they’re 35 pounds over a healthy weight, according to new figures from the National Center for Health Statistics. Fortunately, physical therapists (PTs) can help you stay active and ward off disability. A PT will address how your


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New hope for Bell’s palsy

Bell’s palsy—in which one side of the face is suddenly paralyzed—is a frightening experience. Symptoms include a loss of feeling in your face, headache, tearing, drooling, hypersensitivity to sound and an inability to close the eye on the affected side. The condition strikes about 40,000 people every year, and the median age is 40. Luckily,


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Fighting fibromyalgia

If you have the painful condition known as fibromyalgia, you’re probably searching for relief. Fortunately, a growing body of evidence shows that physical therapy and acupuncture can be very effective. The syndrome, which is characterized by chronic widespread pain and tenderness, can be treated with aerobic and strengthening exercises, as well as certain pain-relief techniques.


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