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Pediatric physical therapy begins from a physical assessment. Therapy is conducted to strengthen muscles, practicing movement control and balance whilst sitting, standing and walking through specialized techniques in order to help the young patient become self-sufficient and resume normal daily activities. Treatment Objective To help stimulate movement and development in children through specialized techniques by…

The seasons may change, but the health benefits of exercise stay the same. Spending time outdoors can also greatly benefit your health, and the heat and humidity don’t have to stop you. But getting outside doesn’t mean you have to suffer in the summer heat. Have Fun this Summer While Staying Active   1. Go…

Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that helps people with physical, developmental or emotional needs. OT is the only therapy whose primary focus is to improve specific self-care skills. These skills include: eating, dressing, using the bathroom, bathing, completing hygiene tasks, getting into the tub, getting on to the toilet, and other necessary tasks such…

Better Speech and Hearing Month is observed in May each year to increase awareness about communication disorders and hearing health.. History of Better Speech and Language Month The Better Speech and Language Month was founded in 1927 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The aim of Better Speech and Language Month is to raise awareness around…

It’s time to celebrate Occupational Therapy Month, which is April in the U.S. Occupational Therapy Month is all about celebrating the holistic approach that OT has brought to healthcare. When injury strikes or long term wear of joints and muscles require rehabilitation, an occupational therapist (also known as OTs) provides the necessary exercises to get us back…

National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week honors health care professionals who guide and support the rehabilitation of those with lung disease. Pulmonary diseases construct the airflow in the lungs, causing numerous symptoms such as difficulty breathing, daily coughing, and wheezing. These diseases can also lead to other health problems including heart disease Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week aims to raise awareness…

February is American Heart Month, a time when all people can focus on their cardiovascular health. American Heart Month is a wonderful opportunity to focus our attention on ways to promote and maintain heart health. Since 1963, American Heart Month has been celebrated as a way to educate Americans to join the battle against heart…

It is essential you know that life immediately after surgery is not instant bliss. The success of your treatment depends on what you do during your post-op recovery period. Physical therapy is often recommended – and there’s a good reason why. It works. What Should I Expect From Physical Therapy After Surgery? Most doctors are…

Gift Of Sight month has been designed to help and raise awareness regarding the importance of eye health. A lot of people realize that routine yearly physicals are imperative in terms of detecting or preventing a lot of conditions. However, very few people appreciate just how important a yearly eye exam is when it comes…

Raises Awareness Of The Many Health Benefits Of PT National Physical Therapy Month occurs each October. The American Physical Therapy Association uses the month to raise awareness for the benefits of physical therapy.  It’s also a time to celebrate the wonderful work done by health professionals to restore and maintain function, and improve people’s lives without…

National Suicide Prevention Week, which begins on September 5 and ends on September 11 this year, is an annual campaign observed in the United States to educate and inform the general public about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide. By drawing attention to the problem of suicide in the United States, the campaign…

Elderly physical therapy combines a combination of approaches including stretching, walking, massage, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and electrical stimulation among others. According to APTA, physical therapy can restore or increase strength, range of motion, flexibility, coordination, and endurance — as well as reduce pain. Another important role is to retrain the patient to do…

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increasing awareness of the early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis and to ease the focus of resources for this battle. There are many forms of juvenile arthritis (JA), the disease attacks the child’s joints and immune system causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness. With multiple types…

June is National Men’s Health Month!  It’s important to encourage the men in our lives to get regular checkups and be aware of the risks for their age, ethnicity, and lifestyle.  Know your preventable risks Take steps to create healthful habits Schedule routine tests for early detection of disease Learn your risk factors Document your family history…

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Speech and language therapy can help people deal with a wide range of issues, from well-known problems such as stuttering, to slightly more obscure conditions such as apraxia or dysarthria. Whatever the case may be, a common stumbling block for many patients is taking what they learn in therapy, and applying it out in the…

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a term used to define a complex array of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by social communication deficits and restricted and repetitive behaviours. Signs and Symptoms Early signs ASD signs and symptoms are evident as early as twelve months and the diagnosis can reliably be made by experts by two years old….

Participating in a pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program will help decrease your shortness of breath and increase your ability to exercise. You may have heard that pulmonary rehabilitation is only for people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). We now know that people with other lung conditions such as pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, pre/post-transplant, and…

Physical therapy focuses on assisting a patient with body movement, and occupational therapy on helping a patient with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, walking and eating. The medical fields of physical therapy and occupational therapy sometimes overlap, but they are also distinctly different in their approach. Essentially, physical therapy treats people for…

January was declared by President Richard Nixon to be   National Blood Donor Month. It’s the perfect time to resolve to be a regular blood donor and help save lives.  According to the American Red Cross, about 38 percent of the U.S. population can donate blood — but only 10 percent actually do. Every time we…

When buying a gift or toy for a child, always read the label to make sure the toy is appropriate and safe for their age. You should consider the child’s temper, habits, and behavior before buying a new toy. Children, who can seem advanced compared to other children of their age, shouldn’t use toys meant…

Is what you believe you know about Physical Therapy even true? Let’s separate fact from fiction… What is PT anyway? “Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function.” American Physical Therapy Association So what does all…

Are you struggling with sitting in your chair all day long – working or attending online classes for school? Our bodies weren’t meant to be sitting around all day. Sitting at a desk and in a chair for many hours can cause many issues from high blood pressure to fat around the waist. Excessive sitting…

  Where can I find reliable information and timely updates about COVID-19? This continues to be a rapidly changing situation, the CDC provides regular updates and guidance. In addition, your local, county and state health departments’ sites are likely a good source for details about the latest developments close to home. Please visit Wake County’s…

Nearly one in 10 Americans struggle with shoulder impingement pain on a regular basis. This shoulder injury usually stems from poor shoulder posture habits and overuse during activities where the arms are above the head, which causes frequent pinching of the rotator cuff tendon. Shoulder impingement causes pain and reduces the range of motion in…

We use our hands constantly throughout the day. This may be by typing on your computer at work, cooking dinner for your family, doing sports, and much more. According to statistics found on InnerBody, each hand consists of 27 bones. That is a lot of bones to take care of! These bones support the muscles…

We all deal with some form of bodily pain, to one extent or another. Between daily movement, sports activities and simply growing older, our bodies are under a lot of stress throughout our lives. Often, the results are painful movement and difficulty performing daily functions. Physical therapists can play a vital role in assisting with…

Most insurance plans pay for physical therapy services that are medically necessary.  However, to make sure that your treatment will be covered, it is best to check with your health insurance provider to see if they require a referral from your primary physician.   If your insurance company does require a referral, consider talking with…

Does your child suffer from orthopedic injuries such as fractures or sprains? Do you have a child who is diagnosed with autism, developmental delays or sensory motor impairment? You can help your child gain function, strength and confidence through pediatric physical therapy. Physical therapy can appear overwhelming for children at first, but it doesn’t have…

When asked why they do what they do, the speech therapists at Care First Rehab all said the same things.  Donna Richmond, CF Supervisor and Speech Therapist, shared, “We find this career to be meaningful and challenging.  I enjoy the flexibility and independence due to the variety of work settings and patients.” The Top 10…

Many people have heard of occupational therapy, or OT, but do not understand what it is all about.  The American Occupational Therapy Association defines occupational therapy as “The therapeutic use of work, self-care, and play activities to increase development and prevent disability.  It may include adaptation of a task or environment to achieve maximum independence…

Occupational therapy doesn’t have to be a tedious process. When occupational therapy feels more like fun than therapy, you’re more likely to maintain focus on the task so that your fine motor skills actually progress toward your goals more efficiently. The American Occupational Therapy Association outlines some of those goals and provides some tips at www.aota.org.  We would like…

Years of research prove that massage therapy helps with more than just relaxation. But if you are just beginning massage therapy and haven’t had much experience, you might be wondering what to expect.   What is the purpose of a Therapeutic Massage? The benefit of a therapeutic massage comes from the purpose of the massage….

You never really appreciate how much your knees do until you have knee pain. Whether you have a knee injury from a sports accident, osteoarthritis, an ACL tear or MCL sprain—or even if you’ve had knee replacement surgery, knee physical therapy can help you decrease pain, improve range of motion and strengthen your knee—if you do it…

Massage is a word that is typically associated with relaxation and a calming massage in a spa like setting. In recent years, massage has started to grow in the medical and physical therapy fields. What’s often overlooked is that massage can have medical benefits as well. Therapeutic, also known as medical massage, can be used…

In home physical therapy is not limited to star athletes and the elderly. There is a misconception that in order to receive physical therapy, you need to have a painful injury or be suffering from limited movement. In reality, everyone benefits from in home physical therapy. From children to athletes, office workers to the elderly,…

Waking up in the morning is already difficult enough for some people. Having plantar fasciitis can make getting up in the morning a painful and slow process. Plantar fasciitis is sharp pain in the heel that is usually at its worst in the mornings. Often, plantar fasciitis is only attributed to runners, hikers and other…

October is Physical Therapy Month, a time to celebrate all the good that physical therapy does for those suffering from pain. Pain can manifest in many different forms. Some pain is the result of a recent injury, while other pain is chronic pain that people live with each day. Many people take for granted the…

Physical and speech therapy make most people think of an office setting and sitting down with a physical therapist while working on therapy exercises. What if you do your therapy in the comfort of your home? That’s exactly what a lot of physical therapist are offering these days. Therapists are now coming into people’s home…

When you hear the term tennis elbow you may think this topic is only relevant to those who play tennis or other sports. In reality, anyone can get the shooting pain that’s associated with tennis elbow. Dealing daily with pain in your elbow can hinder movement in your arm and make everyday tasks, such as…

If you’re subscribing to the old adage of “grin and bear it” when it comes to an injury, you’re not doing yourself any favors. The pain will most likely get worse. Researchers say that over time, putting up with chronic pain will develop into more serious issues. And now that summer is upon us, you’ll…

Shoulder pain is a problem for many people. It can restrict the movement in your arms and cause pain when performing certain everyday tasks such as lifting your arms above your head, reaching sideways, reaching forward, and more. There are a variety of shoulder rehab exercises you can do to help prevent and relieve the…

Do you have an old injury that left you inactive and in pain over the winter?  Have you just learned to work around it and tough it out? You deserve to feel better. Without professional therapy assistance, you may not heal properly and might even feel worse or do more damage. Physical therapy can help…

With this physical therapy exercise of the month we will focus on hip exercises and how to reduce pain associated with hip injuries. In order to reduce hip pain, it’s important to build strength and flexibility. Hips are large, weight bearing bones that are put under stress each day. Due to this constant stress, hip…

The fall sports season is upon us.  Many students and weekend athletes are excited about the prospects of playing their favorite sport.  Before you jump into action, you may want to visit a physical therapist for ideas on how to reduce your risk of injury or re-injury. Although most athletes return to their sports three…

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!  To celebrate, we are sharing some little known facts eye care for children and infants. Most parents don’t know that children should have their first eye exam when they’re only 6 months old. “I’ve seen many times where diagnosing and treating an eye disorder early in life meant…

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Movement is one of the primary functions of your body during the day. You move to walk, stand, sit and do a variety of daily activities. It’s what keeps you healthy by preventing diseases such as obesity and heart disease. This is why pain-free movement is vital to our lives. When you deal with recent…

Think it’s too late to “reinvent” yourself? Think again. According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Magazine and executive director of Healthy Aging®, “it’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, passion, or hobby.” Worthington is the creator of September is Healthy Aging® Month, an annual health observance designed to…

If you or a member of your family needs physical therapy to recover from an injury or manage a condition, you need to know how to find a great physical therapist – one who clicks with you. If you have a good relationship with your physical therapist, you’ll feel more motivated to actively participate in…

When your doctor prescribes working with a physical therapist after an injury, surgery or illness, your first question is often how quickly you will recover. Although this depends greatly on the condition being treated, there are many things you can do to speed up your recovery and increase the effectiveness of your physical therapy program….

 

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