Entries by PIVOT

How Physical Therapy Can Address Lymphedema and Breast Cancer

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Physical Therapy Month come to an end, we wanted to raise awareness about the important connection between the two – and the ways that a well-planned therapy program can help a common complication of breast cancer: Lymphedema. What is Lymphedema? The National Lymphedema Network writes: “Lymphedema is an […]

Fitness Matters: Nearly 40 Percent of U.S. Adults are Obese (CDC)

An important new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines a key health and fitness concern: Nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are obese. The document is titled Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2015–2016. As the report notes: “Obesity is associated with serious health risks (1). Monitoring obesity […]

A New Way to Deal with Back Pain

“If you’re dealing with back pain — whether you spend hours sitting every day or are still nursing that weird high school injury — you know it can be a tricky thing to treat. But, new research may have found a surprisingly effective (and drug-free) way to ease the pain,” according to Refinery 29. “The […]

Why You Should See a Physical Therapist Every Year

“Why is it that superbly fit athletes can find themselves in as much back, knee, or neck pain as their flabby fans, who sit at desks all day long then watch sports from overstuffed sofas?,” St. Louis Magazine asks. Warns Dr. Shirley Sahrmann: “When you do an activity over and over again, your body adapts […]

Sit Up Straight!

From Good Morning America: “Back pain is an epidemic. It could be caused by our more sedentary lifestyle, a few extra pounds around the middle or looking at the phone for hours each day. But Silicon Valley posture guru Esther Gokhale says in non-industrial cultures, back pain is practically non-existent. Why?” “She thinks is because […]

How Physical Therapy Helps Stroke Victims

A new University of Florida study finds that “in the case of stroke survivors, the key to better recovery is to spend more time in an intensive physical therapy program.” “After a stroke, the brain and body can start recovering immediately and can show improvement up to six months afterward, said UF Health researcher Janis […]

Aquatic Therapy Can Help Patients Heal

“Gravity is sometimes too much for patients recovering from injuries, operations or disease,” writes the Traverse City Record-Eagle. “Patients with back and joint pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and those recovering from surgery sometimes do better in the water. Therapists try to strengthen patients so they can function well on land.” “Aquatic therapy has a lot of […]

New Ways to Stay Fit at Your Desk Job

Most of us seek new ways to stay fit while at the office. We all know that sitting at the desk, hunched over with hamstrings and lower backs becoming tighter, is no way to stay in shape. So a writer at Vox decided to integrate new ways to stay fit into his daily routine, or, […]

Misplacing the Blame for Back Pain

“People suffering from lower back pain often think a specific moment of extreme exertion triggered their sudden discomfort, even though simple daily tasks can just as easily contribute,” writes Fox News. “When researchers asked 999 adults what caused their back problems, about two thirds blamed a specific experience on the day their pain surfaced. Because […]